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Summit Great Northern Porter - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Great Northern PorterSummit Great Northern Porter

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 03-04-2002)
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Photo of Nugganooch


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/09/14

Thanks to Mid for this extra

A: Dark brown body with nice clarity showing off some garnet hues when held up in to the light. Thick oatmeal colored whip forms over top displaying some pretty stellar hang time. Eventually subsiding to a ring where some light stick holds to the glass.

S: Lots of coffee roast with a bit of cocoa nib in the nose. Some earthy hops. Has a light brown sugar sweetness to it. Good dose of roasted beans up front however which is nice.

T: Flavors develop more chocolaty notes with some spent coffee and a modest level of earthy bitterness. A touch of charred sugars with more green hops and some spice on the backend. Lots of cocoa powder goodness here though. No alcohol flavors ever reveal. A lighter porter that is easy to drink.

M: The body is bit thin with a smoothened texture from the carbonation. Very dry and clean at the finish.

D: A nice table beer. Easily sessionable with nice chocolate and coffee roast flavors. A touch too thin for my liking although what you do have is a well crafted and balanced Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 18:54:52 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/24/2014. Pours fairly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, light molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and light yeast ester/hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, light molasses, herbal, slight pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hops; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:43:28 | More by superspak
Photo of DrDemento456


4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not expecting much for $1.79 but I got it at Vintage Estate.
A - Deep black can't see through with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head that sits around for a bit. Mild lacing.
S - Has some oatmeal stout quality with the grains, chocolate malts, and mild hops. Sweet smelling.
T - Prickly hop bitterness meets some dry porter taste, chocolate malts, and milk stout like grains. Quite good.
M - Medium bodied not very chewy or creamy.

Overall a fairly balanced porter with some oatmeal stout qualities. Tasty and well worth the cost of admission.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:41:30 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Tucquan


3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-01-06 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark brown; fairly clear in the stream while pouring but opaque in the glass. 1.75-finger head with tan lacing that drops pretty quickly but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, hint of molasses sweetness. Very nice aroma of moderate strength.

T - Highly toasted sour dough bread, roasted and hop bitterness, some chocolate and a touch of caramel. Finishes fairly dry with some lingering char/hop bitterness and some moderating chocolate/coffee malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy then a little prickly. I like the firm body on this one. It's not watery.

O - All-in-all, an enjoyable flavor and feel at a good price. Not at the top of my lowish-ABV porters (see Hill Farmstead Everett, Founders Porter and Great Lakes Porter), but not too far off.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:26:11 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Omnium


3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice rich coffee black brown color with a finger of tan head, little on lacing.
S - Roasted malts, a slight coffee hint, cocoa, hazelnut.
T - Really good flavor, nice creamy cocoa, almost like a mocha blend, roasted malt and grain, a nice nutty flavor.
M - Creamy and smooth in front, then gets a little thin, but still highly drinkable.
O - Excellent porter, another representation of Summit brewing solid styles, not blowing the world away, but consistent quality for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:53:08 | More by Omnium
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a one finger medium brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice toasted malt aroma with light chocolate and hints of coffee, rich. Flavor follows, with toasted malt with hints of char, dark chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness. Finishes smooth with pleasant residual coffee and grassy hop bitterness. Very nice creamy body with excellent mouth feel. A very nice porter with a good balanc e of flavor, rich malt and nice hop kick in the finish. Good body emphasizes the chocolate notes, reminding me of a whipped hot chocolate. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:49:38 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Murphious


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with nice tan head with 1/2 in of foam, but goes away fairly soon---before halfway finished with glass-- and I drink fast ;) Some hint of molasses in the aroma and has a nice roasted malt taste. It's has more hop than most porters I've tried and I like the difference. There are better porters and this one is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:15:13 | More by Murphious
Photo of barnzy78


3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle; Enjoy by 01/08/14
A - dark brown/near black, creamy tan head, good retention
S - chocolate, dark malts, faint coffee,
T - loads of chocolate notes, caramel, earthy hop, ample bitterness for balance
M - medium body, creamy but resinous
O - good example of the style, but nothing extraordinary here

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:52:11 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Hergestridge


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice thing about variety or seasonal packs.. One may be lacking a bit, but the next .. Grand Slam!
The Great Northern Porter from Summit is excellent...
Appearance: Dark Brown - Like Molasses..

Smell: Like cocoa/dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

Taste: Foamy thick and sweet/bitter chocolate look and taste.

Mouth-feel: Creamy Richness that covers the tastbuds with wonderful holiday touches (pick a Holiday.. any Holiday)...

Overall: A great Porter .. I will definitely buy this in a 6 or 12 pack .. Stands alone well... Excellent Job, Summit.. !!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:46:15 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 9/19/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. Pours pretty close to black in color that has some dark-brown highlights, with a 1-finger tan head that stayed around for a while. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma of coffee hits you right up front then the roasted malts. Very pleasant. The taste was about the same with a hint of chocolate as well as is common with MOST porters. No harsh or bitter taste afterwards at all. Overall another great porter for the cooler months!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:56:11 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of jeranbrews


3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark coffee color a bit high clairity. Nice dark beige head. Some lacing.

S - malty and chocolate notes a plenty. Sweet like a bakery. Roasted toast notes like lightly toasted pumpernickel. Not bitter.

T - sweet slightly warm. Complex. Tangy hops well balanced with roasted malts. No off flavors at all. Delightful. After warming some sour notes pop out.

M - it looks like it might be thin or watery but the truth is is smooth creamy with just a bit of effervescance. Not bad.

D - great for the price. 12 pack for 13.99 plus tax in MN. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:59:52 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of dakotaben

North Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark color with a tan head that stuck around for a while.

S - A sweeter malt smell with a slightly burnt roast smell

T - Sweet malt flavor with a surprising hop blast.

M - heavy with moderate carbonation.

O - It is a nice beer, but the roasted burnt aftertaste is a bit much for me. I would drink again, but after a Rush River and Bells porter this evening, I would choose this one last.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:56:12 | More by dakotaben
Photo of MikeAAL


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good Porter. Rich and full bodied.

It pours very dark with a thick tan head. Really impressive lacing.

Smells like coffee and roasted malts.

Tasted like coffee, roasted malts and with some bitter chocolate.

Thick, nice body and creamy with a clean, dry finish.

Definately a good Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 23:09:13 | More by MikeAAL
Photo of wac9


2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i want to like this beer it looks great in a glass but that hint of hoppiness that turns me off those of you like hoppiness its good for you but the just the hint of hoppiness leaving a bitter aftertaste in my mouth just turns me off can do hoppiness so i can like this beer go find another but leave this for those hop heads

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:09:48 | More by wac9
Photo of JWU


3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass

A- deep, dark brown, barely any light gets through except on the very edges. Nice light tan head, decent lacing

S- Heavy on the roasty malts, and very coffee forward. No real sweet smells to speak of.

T- Coffee. Tons of it. A touch of cocoa, but big roasty, coffee flavors abound. No real sweetness.

M- A touch thin, and a bit dry.

O- A pretty straightforward porter. Not quite up to snuff with the top tier like Founders, but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:42:08 | More by JWU
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like the name of a large ship... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark blackish-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, very light hickory smoke in the background, and a solid amount of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with a drier (though still quite light) smoke contingent. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, though a tad thin, this is a pretty tasty porter. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 20:02:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of scot_chale


4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Beautiful beer. Very dark brown, almost black. A 1/4" head that hangs out.

S- Sweet malt and nutty- not very pronounced though. You really have to jam your nose in to get the aroma.

T- I could hang out with this beer. It's got great flavor- coffee, chocolate, coffee, malty, and a very faint hoppiness, but it's balanced and easy drinking. It's on the "session" side of American Porters, but it is far from watery or thin. I would give it a 5 if the hop bitterness dried up a little sooner, but that's the only improvement I'd like to see.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body, and leaves a silky sort of texture. it's not dry, and the flavor that hangs out is very delightful.

O- Best american porter that I've had so far. Simply delicious, sessionable, and traditional all at the same time. I really love this beer. I would buy a case and pick through it all winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 21:21:35 | More by scot_chale
Photo of SerialHiker


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown…Khaki colored head is about an inch thick…(3/5)

Smell: Chocolate, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts…(3/5)

Taste: Roasted malts with some sweetness...a touch of chocolate…earthy hops bitterness comes midway…a bit creamy and smoky at the same time…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium feel and carbonation…there is a bit of fluff there that does present mild bitterness, creaminess and chocolatiness…toasted after taste…(3/5)

Overall: It’s good, but not great…the roasted malts are nice but go too far and leaves all other flavors behind…it looks and smells fantastic…I will say, it does taste better after a spell out of the fridge...the chocolate flavor strengthens and does more to balance out the malts…it’s a much better beer 20 minutes into the experience…(2.75/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:36:17 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of wiscokid920


4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A- Dark, cola colored with a 1 finer tan fluffy head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and Roasted Malts. Smells delicious!

T- Light sweetness with mild bitterness. Coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.
Absolutely delicious!

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, creamy smooth finish.

O- I really enjoyed this one. Excellent all around. A superb offering!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:59:45 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of RickS95


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a looker. Fills the glass with an extremely dark brown color. Around the edge, there are some lighter shades of red. The head is a couple fingers of fluffy off-brown bubbles. Good retention, minutes worth, and a killer lace left behind.

Lots of malt greets the nose, caramel mostly. A bit of smoke and the slightest hit of coffee round out the scents.

Malt and hops greet the tongue with that bit of coffee making an impression.

It lacks the sweetness I was looking for in a porter, tasting a bit more like a stout. More bitter that I was hoping for and none of it was offset by the malts. The bitterness coats the tongue and continues well into the swallow.

Looks and smells better than it tastes. I don't want a lot of bitter in darker beers, especially from a porter. Could use more heat and bite from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:22:32 | More by RickS95
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown with giant three-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and coffee and roasted malt matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Nice porter. The look and smell were especially appealing.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:50:55 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark cola black with brown only coming through on the edges. A cream colored head recedes quickly to a film and random bubbles. Light webbed lacing sticks to the glass.

The nose has something spicy about it with some black licorice coming through. Also barley and dark roasted malts are detected.

The taste starts out with some syrupy sweetness. Right through the middle there's again a little bit of a spicy component, but mostly roasted malts and bitter chocolate presents itself. The finish is rich and dry with some biter hops finally coming through.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry.

Overall, this porter has a not of spice in it, not unlike cinnamon. Spicier and sweeter than most porters, yet still has the biter coffee and chocolate components as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 10:05:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is very nice. I get some bitter chocolate notes, as well as a hint of chocolate and some roasted malt. The beer is fairly sweet, with some brown sugar notes coming through in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:09:12 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JamesMN


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with just a hint of dark brown hue on the edges. Light brown one finger head.

Aroma: Roasted coffee and chocolate. Definitely malt forward.

Taste: The roasted coffee from the nose comes through as bitter black coffee. A nice roasty presence on the edge of the palate. Ends with the coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side and easily drinkable.

Final Thoughts: This beer has everything going for it in the appearance and aroma departments but falls a little short on taste. Still a very solid porter!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:28:44 | More by JamesMN
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

A) Nice looking Porter brown. A gentle pour still yielded a nearly 3 finger head over the top of the pint. A nice rocky head remained for the duration, looked like a root beer float. Nice lacing too.

S) Pretty mild aroma, but there was some roasted malt, along with a slightly sweet scent of caramel, perhaps maple syrup. It was a little oaky/earthy.

T) Near the nose but more flavor than indicated above. There is a nice coffee presence, and a earthy hop bitterness. The finish and aftertaste are a slightly charred/roasted.

M) Medium body, about the same for carbonation. Really quite smooth and creamy.

O) Quite a nice porter. A very easy drinker, and a solid option if you are in the mood for this style. Glad to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 20:22:38 | More by RoamingGnome
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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.