Summit Great Northern Porter - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Great Northern PorterSummit Great Northern Porter

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very good

587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ADR on 03-04-2002

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Ratings: 587 | Reviews: 294
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Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date Dec 10. Pours a very dark mahogany color. There's a nice head that lasts for quite a while and leaves lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very much the same, very quaffable.

Definitely a great porter here, not "big" but just right.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle courtesy of the monk...

Poured nearly opaque black with only hints of caramel highlights. Head was light brown and about a half inch think reducing to a thin layer and leaving nice lacing on the way down.

Aroma is of nice roasted flavors with hints of chocolate and maybe a touch of oatmeal. Also a bit of flowery hops in the background.

Taste is mostly dark chocolate with a bit of oatmeal and lightly roasted nuts. A very sharp refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is very nice as it coats well and has a full, heavy, creamy feeling on the tounge. Makes me want another, which is totally possible since this sits relatively light on the old acid bag.

A very well done porter and worth a taste.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a dense tan head that leaves some light lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma is bready and roasted malts, maybe a little roasted coffee and nuts as well.

Wonderful taste with rich, roasted malts tasting of chocolate and roasted coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. There is a nice, slight hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Overall, I think this is an outstanding porter.

Photo of sponberg
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like the graphics on the bottle. Pours a coffee brown with a russet tint. Great aroma - roasty-toasty, dark bready malt, faint spicy hoppiness - spent a good half minute smelling it. If they made candles in this scent I'd buy a box of 'em.

The taste follows through big time. Really hits the notes I like in a "regular" porter - great dark malt flavors all over the place, chocolate and black patent malts seem to be in equal balance, along with a silky, almost oatmeal-stout-like flavor along with some muted toffee and a dryish, mellow bitterness. So freaking clean. The finish is dry, with roasted malt spiciness/aromatics/whatever that is, and again very clean. Medium-light mouthfeel.

I could see a case of this in my fridge if I ever get the opportunity. Solid, incredibly drinkable and tasty porter. Beers don't have to be huge to be damned tasty. Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my British pint, a thick black color with a dense tan head.

The aroma is roasted chocolate a little coffee.

The taste starts sweet smooth with a hint of chocolate. A bitter bakers chocolate flavor follow to a creamy roasted flavor

all around a very solid porter

Photo of BeerIsland
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint on tap at The Drafting Room in Spring House PA and was very impressed. It came out a beautiful deep brown/black color, capped with a nice head that gave way to some pretty lacing as it went down. The Great Northern gave off some nice malt and coffee notes as I brought it up to taste. The flavor was wonderfully balanced and nicely hopped with more coffee coming through. Smooth all the way with very nice finish. A great beer.

Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to Feloniousmonk for this brew.

Tan, bubbly, dimpled head sits atop a sea of black.

Smells of smoky malt and coffee.

Tastes like espreso. Sweet, smooth and very tasty.

Smooth! Goes down increibly easy. A tastey porter that is not overwhelming.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark opaque brown (pretty much black) with very foamy tan head that leaves nice lacing lines.

Smell: Major roasted malts with an emphasis on chocolate. Smells dry, almost slightly sour.

Taste: Very dry roastiness with notes of chocolate and coffee. Ends with a strong English, somewhat metallic and even slightly citrusy, bitterness. A slight sweetness becomes apparent as it warms.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and relatively light body for the style. Quite smooth and finishes very dry.

Drinkability: This is one of the best Porters in terms of simple drinkability.

In my opinion, this is Summit's best year round offering.

Photo of deebo
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear black with 2 fingers of thick tan head that laces the pint glass.

S-Toasted/burnt barley malt.

T-Definitely some dark malt in here, hints of burnt coffee giving a bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied (malty not creamy) and carbonated. Watery finish.

D-Ok, but I don't think I want another.

O-Nothing special here, 1 dimensional, not very flavorful or complex.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a thin caramel head that lasted the life of the beer, although it faded a little. The aroma was bitter chocolate, roasted malt with slight coffee tones. The taste was more roasted malt with hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel was full, yet smooth and the taste never dissipated. I am impressed with what I have sampled from Summit thus far.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a gorgeous creamy tan head that lingered until the last sip. Aroma is very subtle with notes of chocolate and roast malts and an interesting hop profile of grass and flowers. Probably a combination of English and noble hops. Taste is bursting with that wonderful malt character of chocolate and roast with a hint of smoke. Moderate hop bitternes balances the sweetness with the same interesting hop flavors as described in the aroma. Kind of reminds me of a grassy-wildflower summer meadow. What this beer lacks in a thinner mouthfeel actually makes up for it in drinkability. I could have several of these, especially at under 5% ABV. However, I would classify this more as an English porter rather than American due to its thinner body and hop profile. Anyhoo, this beer is tasty and I look forward to the next one.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows some ruby red when held up to light. Small creamy white tan head that slowly fades to a white film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. Slight citrus hops in the background.

Taste: Malt sweetness and coffee followed by chocolate and light earthy hop bitterness. Hints of smoke in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good porter with great balance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a suprise this stuff was, thanks to Minnesota Nick for turning me on to it.

Good deep brown almost black appearance, excellent lacing. Aroma a little sweet. Taste, more sweetness, very hoppy by Summit standards (or midwest), good heft to the chocolate malt. Mouthfeel, hops rescind a little, but its all good. A solid beer, and relatively inexpensive.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Porter -- even better on tap. Though its not my fav, its availability in Minnesota makes it my "test" Porter...Nice opaque deep amber, smooth maltiness and nice roasted finish with little fade. Subtle sweetness and surprising body for the style. There's a little hop tang, but much more understated than the other Summit warm-fermenters. Mouthfeel suffers from a graininess and lack of fullness. Summit does a pretty good rendition again. Nice stuff...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark chocolate hue tone that lets just a bit of light through forms a big billowing light tan head leaves even rings of lacing. Aroma has dark powdered cocoa tones, mild coffee, and herbal hops intact with a soft creamy marshmellow layer. Taste contains moderate bitterness from the combonation of herbal hops and dark roasted malts which also give off creamy cappucino coffee notes and finishes with a dry dark chocolate flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy textured evenly carboanted very smooth textured. Drinkability for this brew is great, one smooth and flavorful porter adding to Summit's stand up reputation, I think with this one in the sampler could probably pursuade me to pick one up I'm also a fan of their pils and pale.

Photo of frankiepop
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark sweet and smooth porter. This is not an over do it type of porter. This is well balanced for smoothness. So what goes with this dark smoothie? I would listen to either Miles Davis Bitches Brew recording or Queen Latifah's Dana Owen cd.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a light tan head that is bubbling a bit then turning rocky. A few tiny bubbles can be seen at the edge of the glass.

S- The smell of chocolate roasted malt is balanced by a nice soft hop spice.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt has a faint tang to it and a coffee flavor that follows. The finish has a faint hop spice with a strong carbonic acid taste. The dark roast hangs on after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with some watery texture and a fizz finish.

D- I don't expect it to be as big as a stout but it would be nice to have some complexity in the malt bill. There are some flavors that are a bit off but it might be oatmeal or rye?

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from about an inch above the glass and was rewarded with a medium to big light brown head with nice carbonation above a clear dark dark reddish brown colored beer.

Coffee and light mocha rich aroma.

Light coffee is blended with with a rich roasted light dark chocolate malt taste.

A medium to full bodied beer that leaves a slightly bitter smooth dry aftertaste.

This was a pretty good glass of beer, well worth seeking out some summit stuff.

Photo of zjungleist
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Summit Brewing Company. Deep brown, yeilding a little ruby to the light, with a short tan head. Smell was a little lacking in intensity, but some malty chocolate and a touch of hops came through. The taste was mainly cocoa, and a high cabonation taste, with some hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thin and bubbly, at least for the style, I thought. Almost lager-like. Drinkability was decent, becuase the beer did display a lack of any real flaws, and was light enough to put several away.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit- Porter

A- Deep brown/black with a thick heavy lacing head Good messy lacing.
S- Deep roasted coffee beans, oatmeal, and caramel.
T- Good medium roast coffee, oatmeal, and caramel malt with a nice creamy touch of vanilla.
M- very smooth creamy malt gives way to a foamy milk chocolate bitter slight bitter finish.

Overall- Delicious! Huge flavors and very smooth. Highly recommended.

Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from Summit.

Pours a deep, translucent ruby-black, with a beige head that sinks quickly, but never quite disappears.

Alot of hops on the nose, with some roastedness evident as well.

A very hoppy porter. Starts with some roasted malt flavors then switches to some syrupy sweetness with liberal fruity hoppiness. Some non-sweetened chocolate in there as well.

Not as creamy as I like my porters...fairly highly cabonated with residual syrup textures. But still fairly robust and quite tasty.

Overall, a treat of a porter than will fulfill hop-head fantasies as well.

Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much taste and the thick syrupy consistency of a slushy. Nice color. A bit of hops and a mid-sip chocolate roast. Otherwise, low in the flavour department. Hope I did not mistreat this in the cellar.


Tip of cap to feloniousmonk for this and a full line of Summit samples.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beautiful black beer has a slightly purple hue when held to the light, and offers a on finger head that drops to a collar of light brown foam. I like the name too. It just sounds good.

Smells of cola, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and cereal grains. There is also a chemical chlorine smell lurking in the background.

I like the bitter coffee flavor along with the dark chocolate notes. IMO, this is bitter but not overly so. Rich, grainy and smooth, this brew is an easy drinker that I will surely grab again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour delivers a full, rocky head of tan foam over a black body that reveals gleaming hints of dark mahogany and ruby. The head retention is excellent and it leaves thin rings of sticky lace with each sip from the glass.The nose is quite welcoming with its rich, roasty, espresso-like, tobaccoish, and chocolatey notes. A touch of cherry-like fruit lends a light but sharp counterbalance that flits in and out. The body is decidedly medium and its fine, moderate carbonation leaves it creamy and smooth across the palate. In the flavor more yeasty fruitiness appears alongside its deep but not overly acidic coffee-like roastiness and subtle chocolate tones. It's rich but not overwhelming - simply satisfying - and it's well balanced with a solid bitterness that leads to a dry and roasty finish. Very well done! It's flavorful, complex, and highly drinkable!

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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.