Summit Winter Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
This one has some age on it. Got lost in the cellar.
Pours a fairly clear deep burgundy, with a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.
Sweet molasses, cocoa, and cola form the initial aroma. There's a touch of dates and raisins, which probably developed with time.
Flavor reveals tart cherry and prunes underlying a chocolate and deeply toasted malt base. Slightly sweet, but the nutty, dry finish counters well. Reminds me somewhat of chocolate covered cherries.
Body and carbonation are moderate, with noted alcohol warmth in the finish.
Would like to try this fresh, but it's great with some age on it. The spices have probably dwindled, which suits my palate well. The tart note is slightly overwhelming, but this is a good brew.
07-04-2014 16:14:59 | More by barczar
4.36/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
05-19-2014 03:13:59 | More by BeerWithMike
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Appearance: A rocky tan head with good retention crowns a clear, deep ambre body. Thick, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.
Aroma: Dark caramel and toasted malts dominate the aroma, like a freshly-baked dark bread. Restrained herbal hops are also present.
Taste: Roasted malts and moderate herbal hops dominate the taste, although there is +more to this as well, bitter cocoa, coffee, and earth. Although the herbal hops are prominent, the dark, roasted malt manages to shine, leaving a more striking impression. Finishes with mild, earthy hops, dark bread, and a subtle note of alcohol.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, quite pleasing.
Drinkability/notes: A superb example of the style, would pair well with roasted meats, like beef brisket, or bratwurst. It seems ideal for a cold winter day, whether in Texas or Minnesota.
Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
03-28-2014 02:32:22 | More by Pegasus
Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.