jerfilm (2) - Waseca, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
My favorite of the strong ales. Buy up enough in November to last until it comes out again..... peteysmu (63) - USA - FEB 11, 2011
Summit is probably one of my favorite breweries, as they can do no wrong. This is a creamy, frothy tasting darker treat for the cold winter nights. Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
About the best thing Summit has done. Robust and flavorful with a nice hop balance. Well Worth putting a half barrel in your keg fridge.
I do get the feeling that consistancy or shelf stability must be a problem by the diverse ratings this beer gets. gtreptow99 (15) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2001
Had this one over thanksgiving as well and was surprised by it's really mild taste and smoothness. Definitly better than other Summit products. Braudog (6805) - 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.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2014
A lighter winter ale for sure. Color is dark but not black. Very malt forward, with a nice sweetness, but not too much. A bit of hoppiness, too. An imperial version would be welcome. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
A perennial favorite I return to year after year, when the snow drapes the land, and I feel the need for some fortified relief against the chill.
Color, a clear russet brown, with attractive, creamy foam atop.
Aroma, spicy, fruity, nutty, very inviting.
Lands nicely on the tongue, and lightly, too, with a thinner body than I remember from past years samples, while still, say, medium. Dark fruitiness persists in flavor, with roastiness, spices, nuts, sweet caramely character. Malt is abundant, hops play it cool, and overall, a bit sweeter than I'd care it to be.
Nice finish. Not lacking in flavor, but a bit of a let-down, if my memory can be trusted to judge this against past year's batches.
I'll still be tossing these back this winter, but not with the volume of my past consumption. Please, give it a try, by all means. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
This was a pleasant surprise, I thought it would be rated higher than this. Nice spicy malt profile with hints of cinnamon. Reminded me of an English style ale. Full bodied and easy to drink, full of hops. bigglassobeer (4) - USA - MAR 18, 2007 does not count
Pours a deep amber color. Finger worth of head and lacing. Flavor is of chocolate and nuts. Very nice, in my opinion its better than Summit’s extra pale ale AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Ohhh my this is one delicious brew!! Complexity in flavors makes this one a truly superb sipping brew! Very easy on the palate but go slow and enjoy this brew. Surely one of the best offerings from the Summit Brewery line-up. A delicious lingering of cocoa in the aftertaste as well. One of the best English strong ales (ESAs) that I have savored in quite a while!