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Summit Winter Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale

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84
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444 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 14.6° Plato
36 IBUs
Malts: Harrington, Caramel, Carafa II
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, Tettenanger

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2001)
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5/5  rDev +34%

ShwarzAl3r, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

Shag, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

StupidFlanders, Dec 13, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, spring. Time to kill off those winter warmers and stock up on pilseners, wits, and hefes.

A - This one has one hell of a head! Four fingers plus and threatening to spill over the sides of my glass. The head is khaki in color, and it gets honeycombed as it slowly settles to a fat fluffy finger. Lots of really sticky lace is left in it's wake. The beer is a deeply bronzed purplish brown. Pretty beer.

S - Candied apples, and sweet potatoes with marshmallows and brown sugar. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and other spices are apparent. I like the fruitcake and thanksgiving notes going on here.

T - Brown sugar, maple syrup, milk chocolate, chocolate malt, marshmallows, cream cheese. Dang! This is a complex brew! It's like a seven course thanksgiving dinner rolled up into one beer. Like the full dinner gum from Willy Wonka.

M - Full bodied and heavy. This is moderately carbonated, and has some really heft on the palate. The finish is barky and woody, which complements the flavors well.

D - An excellent winter warmer! This category is very hit or miss, and this is a definite hit. I love all of the flavors, and the mouthfeel is reallyl nice. Quality, quality beer.

pmcadamis, May 28, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

pisomojado8, Nov 25, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a solid black color. The head is small and white, and recedes quickly, leaving lacing on the edges of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with some ginger in the background. The taste is full of roasted malt, more so than the aroma. It is like a good porter with some spicey tones. Flavorful, yet mellow. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than medium bodied, and there is enough carbonation to make thing interesting. Overall, this is yet another wonderful brew from Summit. This one will make a great session beer for the long winter ahead.

KarlHungus, Oct 28, 2005
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From bottle to mug.

Nice brown color, inch think head, smelled nicely of coffee, with hints of chocolate and hops, and just a pinch of malty goodness. Laced nicely down the side of my glass as I worked through it. Did the perfect job for a winter warmer, warmed me up and went down nice and smooth. great Brew.

callmeclemens, Nov 07, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Medium sized tan tead.
Smell roasty and sweet, quiet coffee and heavy caramel. Taste is toasted, slightly sweet at first, then bitter with hints of chocolate (but always mellow, never rich) - followed by a nice coffee aftertaste that lingers but isn't overpowering. Very smooth, not overly thick. toasted, but not all that bitter.

jwilli7122, Dec 20, 2003
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4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. Very sweet.

Dark brown colored body with a tan creamy head.

Smells like caramel, nut and malts.

Tastes malty, nutty, some chocolate and coffee.

Thick mouthfeel with light carbonation and very creamy.

It'll definately warm you up on a cold day.

MikeAAL, Apr 05, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight also on 5/18/14. Bought this bottle in the clearance section for just 50 cents! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color with a small off-white head. Lots of ring lacing was seen with each sip. Sediment was left in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. The aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel and some spice. The taste even has more going on with a slight nutty finish. Very smooth to drink with low carbonation. Very tasty brew! Really liked this one.

BeerWithMike, May 19, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it. I just bought a 6-pack last night (August 5th) for $2.49. NEVER HAD A BETTER DEAL IN MY LIFE! This has kept very well. As I was watching the thunderstorms pass I enjoyed 2 bottles - and I must say REALLY enjoyed! I was surprised at how dark and beautifully it poured. A firm, but not long-lasting creamy caramel head. A complex, malty aroma that teased me with subtle wiffs of everything I was about to taste. Very smooth taste. A flavor of chocolate, a bit of coffee roast and spice notes made this very enjoyable. It had a smooth feel around my mouth and tickled with the roasted spice hints on the way down. Very drinkable -I will savor the last 4 bottles, and hope that last 6 pack I saw at the store will still be there in a few days!

Wingman65, Aug 06, 2002
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Rich chocolate malt taste...sweet malty aroma...minimal hops...not overthick or oversweet, but very tasty..not as much hop as previous years...creamy...one of my favorites...could drink this every night for the length of the winter...my type of beer...highly recommended...and outstanding seasonal from an outstanding brewery.

Additional Note..I am readjusting this rating after enjoying many this winter...It is still outstanding and my comments stand but not a "5"

ZAP, Dec 08, 2001
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color. Chocolate milk colored head recedes and leaves minimal lace. Smell isn't very pronounced, caramelly malt mostly. Taste is very nice, soothing, with some caramelly flavors at first. Like a brown ale, there's some chocolate here, but unlike a brown, there's also a bit of spice.

I really like this brew. It's actually the one that finally got me into drinking craft beer (last winter). This one's sure too warm the soul on a howling winter night.

skybluewater, Nov 01, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby/near black in color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. The aroma was chocolate with slight roasted malt. The initial chocolate flavor was replaced by roasty aftertones towards the end. The mouthfeel was smooth as velvet on the tongue and the flavor lasted forever. Another excellent offering from the folks at Summit.

ryanocerus, Aug 20, 2002
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.1% ABV, 36 IBUs, numbers on label.

A - Beautiful caramel amber highlights shine through the deeper brown body in the more volumetric center. A pillowy ivory head billows up from a vigorous pour which shrouds the pint in lave as the well-retained head plateaus to a lumpy pile.

S - The aroma has an interesting blend of both crisp toasted malts and some more hearty bread-like Munich sweetness. Just a pinch of spice accompanies a muted grassy hop nose that works well with this beer. A lingering metallic scent which comes in and out of the background doesn't help this beer though.

T - Crisp, inviting toasted wheat bread greets a doughy caramel-drizzled sweetness that lingers through the finish where lightly roasted notes add light coffee blend hints and a touch of chocolate the beer. Herbal spice comes from the European hops which add a nicely balanced grassy flavor. A fine winter warmer with fantastic complexities.

M - This medium-bodied ale carries a wonderfully smooth, almost creamy nature and crisp, dry bite that accompanies a faintly earthy, herbal spiciness that lurks long after the swallow.

O - Summit's Winter Ale provides a smooth body with moderate heft for a satisfying cold-day brew that incorporates English hops wonderfully for a balanced flavor and touch of spiciness. This beer avoids being lumped with the over-spiced and sometimes overplayed holiday beers but manages a subtle nod to them for a nice winter treat!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark amber. The head is minimal, but good lacing on the glass indicates ample amounts of malt used. The smell is fruity with burnt malt. The taste is rich and plummy, with a hint of pure malt and cherry. Not a lot of hop presence is felt. The mouthfeel has that characteristic Summit crispness. This is one of my favorite winter ales.

edbeered, Dec 21, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Note that this is a 2006 bottle (20th anniversary neck label) consumed in 2009. I like to hold a few bottles of various potentially "age-able" beers to see how they are years later. Bottle reads "enjoy by 031007"

AROMA: Rich and malty, chocolatey, smooth, inviting, no notable hop character. Oxidation, if any, is minimal

APPEARANCE: Dark brown colour, good clarity, delicate espresso crema-like head that eventually dissipates.

FLAVOUR: Malty, smooth chocolatey flavour, not much grain bitterness, a bit of "coffee and cream," hop bitterness has fallen over time but the beer is still nicely balanced, some cherry-and-chocolate notes in the background possibly as a result of some slight oxidation.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, maybe a little warming but not really very alcoholic, carbonation medium or lower

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A very nice porter-like winter warmer that has held up quite well in my basement and may have gained a little complexity. I'm (so far) resisting the temptation to go downstairs and open another one.

nghab, May 07, 2009
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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.