CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick, forthy and nicely-lacing tan head. Nice rich toasty caramel toffee aroma has a touch of noble hops and some milk chocolate complexity. Body starts with good viscosity, nice, lightly sweet, full caramel maltiness and a smooth, lightly bitter dark chocolatey finish. A very nice and enjoyable winter warmer. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Summit yet. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
2006 bottle. Poured a clear, darker reddish-brown with a beige head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma starts off nice with some chocolatey notes... devolving to less-desirable notes of baby poo and garbage... really odd transition... some sharper spices are buried, appearing intermittently. Flavor was rather ugly with veggie mash-infused semi-sweet chocolate, dry yet sticky sharp spices, and some floral hoppage. Tacky on the palate, strategically trapping unpleasant flavors where my best taste buds lie.. spicy warmer finish. This beer was just a mess. wlajwl (7204) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Good malt complexity yet still not too unbalanced, a pretty good American Winter Warmer. HogTownHarry (7085) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle (12oz). 20th anniversary edition 2006. Very deep clear ruby, smallish tan fizzy/creamy head. Like a spicy porter - moderate coffee/chocolate roast malt, spice, plenty of cereal grain, some floral hops. The taste follows, very mild, some raisin notes with the cereal grain, muted roast malt, slight cocoa bitterness in the quick finish. Average, slightly chewy body, dry and a touch astringent, weak carbonation, quick finish but a slightly dry cocoa powder aftertaste. Quite good - more a full-bodied brown ale than an English strong (there’s really no alcohol character here at all) - but a very nice winter beer indeed. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Clear copper color/ light tan head. Toasted caramel, nutty, dark fruit aromas. medium bodied. Nutty, spicy toasted caramel, dark fruit flavors are lightly sweet--good.
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber brown body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy thin covering. The nose is dry and toasted malt with just a light English hoppiness. A little fruitiness from the yeast, and a touch of chocolate malt. The flavor is dry as well with toasted and grainy malt and just a light touch of bitterness on the finish. There’s not a whole lot of complexity or subtlety to this beer, it’s rather straightforward and unexciting. Medium bodied with a heaviness on the palate that makes it a bit tiring. Moderate fizzy carbonation level. Not a bad beer, but not one that excites me to the least. RobertDale (6980) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice creamy biege head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste is similar with just a bit of spice. Liked it for the small amount of spices. Good. Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2004
On tap in the MSP airport. Tan head on a black beer. Vaguely roasted aroma followed by stark toasty flavors with a coffee-bittered finish. Smooth. Patrickctenchi (6807) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Deep, rubied-brown with a creamy tan head.
Caramel, chocolate, rich nut aroma.
Molasses, blackberry jam, caramel/chocolate malt flavor.
A bit of spice and cola.
A very nice, mild bodied strong ale. blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle, dark brown pour with wispy tan foam, aromas and flavor of weak
roast, chocolate, some figs, finish is watery