Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Poured dark brown with a two finger off white head. Nice aroma, roasty and bready. There was a hint of underlying spice as well. Taste was nice. Not a tremendous body to it, but enough, the nose followed through to the taste. A nice change of pace winter beer. mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
This ok but too biter for me. I found it a little hard to drink though I liked its coffee notes. Just too hoppy. MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2006
had at old chicago during their holiday tour. enjoyed the balance, wasn’t expecting the hops. nicely done. eruizgarcia (354) - - JAN 18, 2017
Good nutty, malty winter beer. Dark amber pour, roasty aroma. Easy to drink.
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A dark brown, almost black pour with small light tan head. Aroma is chocolaty, roasted malts, coffee and toffee. Flavor is much of the same. Good bitterness, creamy and thick. Good brew.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо! aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
12oz bottle Pours a deep mahogany with a small off white head that lasts a while. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Flavor is sweet malt and some acidic notes. Palate is nice, medium bodied. hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Dark brown, opaque. Small frothy head, moostly diminishing. Malt nose, touch of hops, slightly sweet. Not bad but I prefer the other offerings from Summit. 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. Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Not spectacular, but defiinitely okay. Still a seasonal favorite I keep coming back to. It's not exactly a winter ale, in my book--not like Blvd's nutcracker, for example. More like a porter, or even a dark alt. Nice hoppy aroma and taste. Just a tad watery in the mouth, but then that's my experience with most domestics, even the best ones. Nice roasted flavors. A lingering bitterness. Clinging circles of lace. Overall, a nice brew for these dark and cold evenings. I've found it tastes best around 60 degrees F; more flavorful at a slightly warmer temp than where I normally drink beer (around 50-55F). Although there are other winter and dark domestic beers I might prefer over this, I still think this is worth picking up at the right price.