beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Robust, roasty, brown sugar, a little spice, light coffee and chocolate, medium body, mild hops, slightly def finish. Good seasonal MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2012
a nice taste of spices, fairly smooth. rustic. decent winter ale, nothing spectacular. Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours very dark reddish-brown with good lasting head and nice lacing. Right out of the fridge, aroma is subdued, a little dusty and metallic. However, given time to warm up, it becomes much nicer and clearer. Roasted nuts, chocolate, and mild winter spices. Taste continues with the subtle stout qualities coming through - caramel, malts, and slightly bitter dark chocolate. More warming than expected, and appropriate for winter. Winter spices are not in-your-face, but the subtlety works here. Let this warm up - it’s like night and day. Aftertaste is great. chinchill (4938) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12 oz bottle, a few months past BB date, served in a snifter.
Pours clear but nearly opaque ruby-brown. The light tan head settles down to a thick ring and partial top coat but leaves full coating on a robust looking the side of the glass.
Aroma: rather floral and unlike the flavor, a little boozy. Also more spicy than the taste.,
T: Nicely rich with chocolate, dark bread and a touch of coffee. More coffee in the lingering dark roasted malt aftertaste. A touch too sweet before the finish.
Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied; very smooth with soft, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish sometimes felt just a little too thin.
O: very enjoyable and flavorful that resembles a porter. Recommended. MiddleBrau (3) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
Inspired by the frigid temperatures (clocking in at a balmy 1 degree Fahrenheit) and because I hadn’t had a Summit brew in quite awhile, I gave this a shot. Overall a pleasant beer , deep brown with an rich malty character, the beer finishes cleanly with a hint of spruce, caramel with carbonation lingering on the tongue. No complaints.
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
The appearance is a clear reddish brown with a large beige head, and the aroma blends toasted and caramel malts, earthy hops, and clove. The taste blends a mild umami, a slight sweetness, and a touch of sourness; the palate fuses a medium body, malty finish, slick texture, and a soft carbonation. gopherfan99 (1776) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a khaki head, sweet taste of roasted nuts, chocolate, malt, and some caramel, has nice winter spicing, nice winter beer bytemesis (8242) - 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. gripweed57 (2314) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Dark reddish brown color with a big rocky beige head. Earthy roasted malt aroma. Tasty roasted malt flavor has notes of caramel, dark bread and dark cherries. Complex and spicy with a creamy mouthfeel and full body. Finish is slightly dry and has notes of dark chocolate. Tasty. Dacrza (961) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
DATE TASTED: April 25, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: saying goodbye to the last of the winter bees in the fridge... APPEARANCE: dark mahogany body; effervescence is tough to gauge; thick, creamy off-white head holds firm long after pouring; tracings are symmetrical and clear... AROMA: an alluring mix of bright, citric scents, nutty malts and floral aromas--caught me off-guard with its complex array; some damp berry and ... PALATE: begins with an ESB’s smoothness, but returns to the teeth with a whiplash bite; medium-bodied, creamy, soft,, and flirting with a porter’s cola-like presence... TASTE: a reasonable blend of malts and fruits---cranberry, pear especially--merge with vanilla, some playful hops, pepper and cola... OVERALL: not as warming as the aroma suggests; the profile overall is useful but not memorable--finishes with rocky malts and the enjoyably creamy aspects of root beer...