csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2006
12oz bottle, easily 1-2 years old. Pours dark red/amber with a small head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, floral, with hints of mint. Flavor is the same as the aroma, as well as kinda nutty, with some light baker chocolate, and a slightly bitter/alcoholic finish. Very full bodied beer. I think Heemer77 got me this, if so, Thanks! shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sampled from 12 oz bottle at Jungle Jim’s on 10/18/2006... Summit Winter Ale was a nice surprise. It pours a dark amber brown with a creamy off-white head and lively carbonation. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is roasted malt, hints of coffee and molasses, and an almost hidden bit of something spicy. Overall the flavor is quite robust and enjoyable. Medium body and quite smooth. This was a good one to kick of the Winter Ales for the season... undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours a dark brown/ruby with a small white head. Some toasty malt coffee and toffee are the most pronounced. There was something I didn’t care for in the back of the pallete, but overall there were some nice things with this one. incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Very good craft form ol Summit! Quite sweet and coffee like taste, and I agree that it doesnt have the hop kick like some, but i have been drinking a lot of Surlys latley, and those are hop crazy! I would compare this the the Surly Bender though, quite similar and tasty! footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle from the Blue Max. Most of their beers hava a much larger hop blast and this was a major let down. Virtually no flavor at all. I did get a bit of toffee and a bit of what could have been dark fruit. A bummer for sure.
islay (2765) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 20th Anniversary (2006) bottle. This beer has a strong, sweet, floral aroma that is quite pleasing. It pours a lovely dark brown, with a classic beige/tan head. The flavor is bitter and coffee-like, with just the right touch of sweetness. There is a good but not particularly strong aftertaste. It is clean and crisp going down the throat, more like a lager than an ale. This beer improves upon multiple tastings. It isn’t utterly spectacular, but it is another very nice production by a reliable Minnesota brewery. Re-rated after tasting on tap. Flavor dropped from 8 to 7. CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle: Tan head that my girlfriend described as looking like lake foam. Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. The taste could have stood more complexity, heavy on the raisin and malt flavors with some citus mixed in. Liked the level of hops at the end. Finish was long and wonderful, and the body on this beer full, and for me these factors helped compensate for a somewhat uneventful taste. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Pours dark dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt with citrusy hops in the background. Nice mouth feel, flavor seems subdued. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is strong molasses and nutmeg. The flavor is roasty malts, molasses, hints of dry chocolate and nutmeg. The finish is long and mildly bitter. Tasty. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
12 oz bottle pours a brownish black with a small head. Good carmel malt doughy and toasted but citrusy aroma. Bready flavors are dominant, medium bodied, carmel and toffee contrasted with a citrussy hops and spices. Surpisingly tasty.