arminjewell (9721) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours hazy brownish red, nice off white head on tap. Aroma has notes of toffee, molasses, spice, and some roast. Taste is full bodied, with hints of cinnamon, molasses, toffee and caramel, slight roast and earth, with a bread and warm rum soaked cake like finish. Good stuff! bytemesis (9480) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear rich chestnut, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, dark breads and a bit of smoke. Flavor is similar, medium sweet, light bitter, a bit smoky, nutty, pumpernickel, molasses, touch of orange zest. Medium body, low acidity and a bit creamy in the mouth. Solid beer. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Tasted before Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, and it lost that battle. It is nice, but different than most other winter ales... resembling an average stout or porter actually. Smokey hop flavor with a more wood-like aroma. Goes sweet over the tongue, has some maple and vanilla, and is quite abrasive and dry. Bland finish... almost fishy in the burps... stouty is what I wrote down... maybe should be a smoked porter. b3shine (9255) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Best by 04/07/14. Looks good; an almost completely opaque very dark brownish black with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly sweet and malty with notes of winter spices. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable. nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.
SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
got in that stupid winter pack that took months to get rid of ... huge head .. fruits, caramel aromas .. mellow .. abv well masked .. a BMC winter warmer, simple .. . what are you doing? i’m bending my knees, that makes me bum go plonk on the chair, its called sitting... jackl (8535) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 Bottle @ a charity event. Deep amber pour with a small off-white head. Nice nose. Muted chocolate and a bit of caramel. Mellow peppery spice, some red fruit, raisin. Similar flavor. Balanced chocolate, toffee and a some toasty malt richness. Slightly dry earth / pepper hop character on the finish. Medium body, active carb. Enjoyable. PorterPounder (8355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Ft. Myers, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle - part of a 12 pack winter variety pack - great to see this stuff from my hometown reach this far south. Peanuty aroma awith hints of that Summit "house taste". Dark, murky brown pour with an off-white head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Flavor has some earthy notes, s bit of chocolate, some nuttiness and just a hint of that slightly off-putting home-brew-like house taste that all Summits seem to have. Mouthfeel is thick enough - but only par for the style. FROTHINGSLOSH (8272) - 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. Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2006 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Boring but ok.