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Summit Great Northern Porter - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Great Northern PorterSummit Great Northern Porter

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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 03-04-2002)
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Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Santa brought six of these as i've been working my way through Summit brews, they are new to my part of Ohio.
Thisone poured a nice deep mahogany color with a moderate tan head. Lace is nice, glass long, rings that hold. The aroma is of a sweet malt, smoke and coffee. That coffee taste show's the way as the malt seems more burnt than sweet. Chocolate over nut can be noticed as well. The mouth is left slightly dry. Drinkability is good as this 4.9 abv is smooth and easy to put away. Good with food or by itself. Thanks Santa!!

chilidog, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

fdrich29, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

skybluewater, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This another great beer brewed locally here in Minnesota. It pours a very dark, reddish brown and has a nice creamy tan head that leaves pretty quick. It has the terrific smell of dark malts...I love the smell of porters and stouts. It has a major hop kick and a bitter, dark chocolate/ coffee flavor that is most agreeable to me. Hey, maybe I am biased, because Summit is a local brewer, but this is one of the best porters I have ever tried. It has plenty of hopping to go with the heavy usage of dark malts. All in all a dreamy beer...

RushLimbmalt, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was really disappointed by this porter as it came highly recommended from a couple people.

First off the appearence was terrible. It barely had any head at all and what it had was a very sickly brown color, the beer itself was a very dark brown not letting any light through it. It almost looked like pouring a flat can of coke.

The smell wasn't to bad, with some nice earthy and coffee scents.
Then the taste. Very bitter and light on flavor, almost has a watered down taste to it with slight hints of coffee and cocoa, anot what I have come to expect in a good porter.

The mouthfeel was very, very light not real impressive.
Overall not very drinkable, I'll stick with Bells or Grants when it comes to Porter.

bashiba, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, and, well, "Houston: We have a foamer." Inches and inches and inches of tan head over a barely translucent mahogany brew. Lacing tons of heavy, heavy foam. Aroma is nutty and effervescent. Head lasted for quite some time before drinking became even remotely possible, after three pours to get the brew into the glass. Taste is of sweet, slightly nutty, dark malts. Mouthfeel a bit light, but nice and smooth. Drinkability a quandry, because it was such a chore to pour and wait (me being so patient...), but it goes down so well once the waiting's over. A nice porter.

ppoitras, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep jet black color with two fingers of light tan head. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly sweet with coffee and chocolate accented roasted malt. The taste contains lots of burnt malt flavor and black coffee bitterness. Not too much sweetness at all. A fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is fairly good though. A decent porter.

SheepNutz, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Sammy, May 23, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a solid all around porter. A really good example of the style. Dark brown color with a nice tan brown head. Aroma is coffee with chocolate in the background and some floral bitterness. Taste has a grainy base to it. Dark coffee upfront with cocoa in hiding behind it. There is a bittersweet taste there, the hops provide a straight forward bitterness and not much flavoring. The finish is acidic and has a hop twang to it. A solid porter.

granger10, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Voluminous light brown head. Nearly opaque blackish brown liquid. Nice coffee nose with sweet chocolate backdrop. A dry roasty maltiness comes thru loud and clear, marred only by a somewhat thinnish body and mouthfeel. Good bitterness. Finishes dry, drinkable in quantity no problemo.
Thanks to CRJM for this one.

beerluvr, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bier has a very deep, dark brown color, with some glimmers of garnet showing up when the sun shines through it. Lovely! Head is frothy and mocha-colored, but thins fairly rapidly. Still leaves nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is a healthy, roasty chocolate one, with a bit of decent sweetness. Medium bodied, this porter also goes over the tongue in an easy fashion. Flavor is roasty and rich, with loads of chocolate/coffee notes. Floral hoppiness at the finish makes for a great aftertaste, with dryness throughout as well. All-in-all this is a verrry nice porter! Oh yeah! Thnx to Jeffboo for the sample!


overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OG 13.3 plato. 37 IBU. 4.8% ABV. 48 Lovibond.
Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Caramel, and Black Patent malts. Horizon, Fuggle, and Cascade hops.

Pours out to a clear, very-dark brown, forming a medium-sized light-tan head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps just a bit too much for the style considering the medium body. Aroma is very interesting and quite unique...initially musk and cologne, a brief sourness, followed by floral, perfumy hops and pleasantly roasted grains. This one catches me by surprise each time I smell it. Taste begins nicely with a floral hoppiness, followed by a spicy hop flavor perfectly mingling with chewy malts and a very nice balance of deeply roasted grain. Espresso and bittersweet chocolate mingle. I love the abundance of black patent in here, as it adds a unique oily smokiness. There is certainly Cascade in here, but so much more. The black patent and chocolate malt don't add any astringency which is a testament to the brewers skills. There is a pleasing chalky note towards the end, and the finish has notes of peanut-butter and wood-chips. The malt body add a nice lingering sweetness, perfectly in balance with the hops. There is a pleasant astringency which makes me want to drink more.

This porter completely blew me away. It's a much better take on the Sierra Nevada-style porter (which is overly bitter, hoppy, and out of balance in my book), with a pronounced but well-balanced hop flavor and lots of black patent. The malt and hop levels are perfectly in unison. A brew of this balance is awfully difficult to make. Very impressive!

Mitchster, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a porter, smells like a porter, tastes like a porter.

But holy shit -- this thing goes down easier than almost any other porter I've ever had.

High level of carbonation in my bottle lead to a biggish head. Aromatic assertions of barley flambé, smores, and an espresso bean or two. Medium body. Roasty flavors all over the place. Hints of the usual suspects -- chocolate, coffee, et cetera. While it's not especially bitter, there's a definite burnt, charred characteristic to this brew that really gives the impression of roasted flavor.

And again, I can't stress how fast I wanted to drink this. Incredibly drinkable. I loved it.

marburg, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with inverted label.
It pours a ruby-tinted midnight black with a small, but lasting beige/tan head.
A strong smell of malt with dark chocolate and coffee aromas is just behind.
The rich smoky malt is lightly sweet with a hint of rye flavors in the background.
Grapefruity and lemon zest bitterness is equal to the malt characteristics. A mild piney taste rounds out the flavors.
Thanks Feloniousmonk!

BeerResearcher, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, color with some ruby highlights and a fluffy tan head. Lots of sweet roasted malts and dark chocolate in the nose along with some fainter aromas of fresh brewed coffee. Medium to full in body that becomes a bit powdery in the finish. Taste begins with notes of unsweetened chocolate and espresso that turns a bit acidic leading to some notes of tobacco and burnt coffee. An all-around nice porter that doesn’t necessarily stand out in any particular area. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

Morris729, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of jtfest
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely dark brown -- opaque in the glass -- with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet and toasted. The taste, however, is somewhat lacking -- bitter aftertaste, in an unpleasant kind of way. The thinnish mouthfeel initially hits you with a sweet maltyness that quickly turns sour on the palate. Not undrinkable -- interesting in its own way -- but not a beer I'd recommend, either.

jtfest, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of jwilli7122
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick brown/black. zero transparency. thick medium sized tan head. slowly dissapates in an erratic fashion

smell: much roasty chocolate, slightly sweet and alchoholic.

taste: roasty but hoppy with a good dose of sweetness. The chocolate is not as pronounced as the smell would suggest. Medium body

Decent, but not my favorite Summit. has some similarities to all of summit's other ales. almost as hoppy as the pale ales, almost as roasty and chocolately as the winter ale, sweet, but not as sweet as the oktoberfest. tastes just right today.

jwilli7122, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown head sits atop this dark brown to black beer.
Aroma of dark, roasty malt. Hops. Some chocolate. An overall earthy character.

Taste is earthy and slightly smokey. Roasty malt bitterness plays big. Some chocolate and coffee notes. Solid hop balance. More bitter than most porters.

Good mouthfeel, although a little more body would be good.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good porter.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the sample!

PhantomVodoo, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz stubby brown bottle provided courtesy of tavernjef. Thanks!

Beer pours into the glass pitch black with the barest hints of a brown highlight where the beer meets the glass bottom. (in a stemmed glass). Tan head is vigorous at first, but quickly falls away.

Slightly metallic note behind a plummy chocolate malt nose.

Flavor initally appears as a fruity coffee before a long sweeping hop bitterness combines with the acrid bite of the roasted malts for a powerfully bitter mid section. The malt briefly rises to ease the transition to an intensely bitter finish that holds through to the next sip.

drewbage, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours solid black with no light coming through. A large tan creamy head foams up easily. The head very slowly dissipates leaving tight latticework on the glass.
THe aromas are roasty malt and faint underlying hops as well.
The first sip reveals average carbonation and medium body.
The flavors are similar to the aroma. Very roasty, with bittersweet chocolate and some coffee notes too.
The beer is nice and smooth from start to finish. Leaving a very pleasant roast flavor in my mouth. This is incredibly drinkable and I am glad that I have another bottle waiting for me! Thanks Bditty for sharing this one with me!

sulldaddy, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black pour with mocha head, quickly retreated to a ring around the glass with very nice lace. A robust porter, somewhat to the milder side of the scale. Dark roasted malt flavors with some black coffee notes. A slightly acidic bitterness rests across the tongue at the finish, and then gradually fades away. Very nice drinkability. Not head and shoulders above its peers in the style, but well ahead of the middle of the pack.

Brent, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights nested beneath a nice 1-½ finger fluffy tan head that reminds me of the head on a root beer float. The aroma consists of nice roasted malt and a hint of chocolate and hops poking through. The taste mimics the aroma but with a tartness that slides right into the hops. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes a tad try with a bitter end. It is a very nice porter in my opinion. Thanks to budgood1 for the opportunity! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Porters are not one of my favorite beer styles, but this one was actually pretty good. It poured a medium sized light brown frothy head and it had fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was uncarbonated and the hue was dark brown. The nose was that of coffee and the flavor was roasted coffee that left an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth on the palate and medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.

hotstuff, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off white head that leaves a good lacing, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty burnt coffee flavors, nice dry burnt and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and round mouthfeel, a good porter.

maxpower, Oct 17, 2003
Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.