RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winter’s night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. They’d share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. We’ve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

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JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Why in the heck don’t these brewer’s talk to me before they go calling a beer "An English Strong Ale", wait don’t answer that! This is a good beer, but I think it taste more like a porter than a strong ale. Dark brown color, very little head to speak of. Aroma of chocolate, slight smoke and lots of sweetness(like figs or brown sugar). Flavor has some spice, maybe cinnamon and sweet. Watery body. Ever so slight english hop fix on the finish followed by lots and lots of sweet chocolate.

ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Best enjoyed on tap, the open hops seem to approach the polecat in the bottle. Dark consistent color with a touch of burgundy. Medium pace across the palate, and a mid-decibel finish create a brew fit for IPA fans and porters alike. Not a rock star, but a pleasant performer nonetheless: the ticket price is rather fair for the show.

Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Deep red wine appearance, topped by a thin tan head. Dry, toasty aroma with chocolate notes. Toasty, chocolatey body with woody tannins that hint at dark fruits that never quite develop, although there is a red grapeskin characteristic to this beer. Aha! This is very, very similar to New Holland Dragon’s Milk, as a bubblegum sweetness develops as the beer warms. Me likey.

hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Nice large fluffy head, dark in colour, with great lacing. The aroma is a bit thin, mostly made up of malts, maybe a bit of chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than I prefer and the taste was a tad watered down. But it was pretty good overall.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
On tap athe Crescent Moon Alehouse. This is another surprisingly pleasant ale from Summit. Dark amber brown ale with a fleeting beige head. Mild aroma of chocolate and caramel. Nutty malt aroma and flavor. I get no spices discernable at all. A good session beer for a winter ale.

edbeered (2) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004 does not count
A light but not unpleasing aroma. The taste has hints of spice and chocolate. Very smooth. A nice beer from Summit.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours from the bottle with almost no head and a very dark body. Had this in a Chimay chalice. A little bit of amber colored light slips throught when held up to the light. Aroma of chocolate and a little toffee. Also has some slight cooked mixed vegatables. The taste is some malty roasted coffee. Also has some dirt and leaves of fall. But this is pleasant. A real winner.

JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Jay and i agreed that it smells like paste. Cola brown, thick body. Caramelly, scotchy, malty brew with hints of toffee and a very dry finish.

jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
This smelled like glue. Mostly flavorless and dry. Some bitter notes in the end. Medium finish. Also, there were some baked raisin pie flavors, which was nice.

schweiger7 (5) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
Dark in color, full body flavor, a long lasting head. Simply put... the best Winter Ale I’ve had.

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