Great Northern
Summit Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #501
Ranked #20,457
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Originally named after the London market workers who popularized this brew, we dubbed our Porter with a nod toward the majestic railway stretching from St. Paul to Seattle. Roasted malts offer up coffee notes and lead to a slightly sweet, chocolatey finish. All aboard!
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black . Slightly off white head. 1 finger. Retention is moderate. Nice lacing on the glass.
Nose is rich with malts. Nice chocolate notes. Some vanilla.
Taste malty. There's a slight bitterness on the backside.
A bit on the watery side.
Tasty overall beer.

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Photo of tjseveryday
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of supercolter
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty decent porter. It looks very intimidating when poured as is has the motor oil look, without any head or lacing.
Smell and taste are very similar with dry coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate coming through. I would have liked a bit more hops as they were all but non-existant.
Mouthfeel is actually quite light.
Drinkability- this is a sipper, but goes down easy due to the light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Cresant
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. Neck label notes that this is the 20th Anniversary 2006 Edition. Dark brwon body with cola highlights. Tan, 1/2" of head faded to a cap which continued to regenerate after each swallow.

Smell was molasses sweet. Leafy. Percolated coffee and dark bread.

Taste was bittersweet chocolate and toasty malts. There was a nice balance of leafy bitterness to counter the sweet dustiness.

Mouthfeel was appropriately medium/thin. Zesty carbonation. I liked this one more than I anticipated.

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Photo of ponbon63
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.49 / Bottle
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Very dark brown, near black. The pale brown head pours about 3/8 of an inch thick. The head fades away after a few minutes leaving lacey glassware.

Smell - The scent of burnt malt fills my nose. This is a lovely scent. There's no sweetness or hoppy aroma here.

Taste - It starts out with a smooth malt flavor to get you started. Slowly it moves on to a bitterness not expected judging by the smell. The taste is very good. At first I thought this beer was simple but after a few sips this is a complex brew with a wide range of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Watery smooth at first take. It moves from the front middle of my tongue to the middle sides and then finishes toward the top of my mouth near the back. Interesting array of textures and points of flavor.

~ All in all this is a good beer. I would certainly recommend it to my friends. Tonight I wish I had at least one more to enjoy on my own.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Contagion
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with ruby accents. A nice tan quarter inch head formed as it was being poured. The head faded to a nice film on the top of the beer that seems to last. There is some lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is an overpowering combination of Coffee and Chocolate. You can also detect a faint scent of dark roasted grain. I don't know if it was the actual alcohol content or the combination of smells described, but there was a faint smell of alcohol. The taste starts with a bitter baker's chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. There is a slight bitter hop finish to it. The aftertaste is bitter, but not over powering.

It is a medium bodied beer. The combination level seems a little high for a porter, but it's nothing to complain about.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scalffd
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me say up front, I really like this beer.

Poured into a Warsteiner mug from a bottle without date.

Appearance: Nice dark, dark amber color in the light, very dark when held away from the light - nearly black. Small frothy head, dissapates into a 1/8" bubble head that remains with nice lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Very nice, but somewhat subtle and not immediately up front.

Taste: Fantastic. Malty and roasty with some chocolate hints. Some bitterness in the dry finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, could quickly down 6 of these. They are that nice.

Next to the stout, the porter is my favorite genre and I think this one is done very well. Easy to drink, tastes great with a nice aroma. Really, there is nothing negative I can say about this beer. It is done well, not the best porter ever, but I stress quality. Enjoy, I have.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of climax
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Northern pours a very dark brown, almost black. The head is a fluffy tan mass that once formed, never left.

The aroma was relatively understated, yet had a surprising amount of hops, as that was the first thing I smelled. Grassy and a substantial citrus juiciness were prominent over the malt. Roasty took a backseat to sweet on the grain side of things.

The flavor was quite sweet, dark sugars and chocolate reigned until the dry hop finish took over.

The body was relatively light, with a fluffy feel. The carbonation was mild with a lingering tingle through the roasty dryish finish. Easy to drink, a porter on the sweet side with a respectable amount of hops.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of gmfessen
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer appears brown with a dark ruby hue on the pour, but looks almost black in the glass. Beer has a nice soapy-looking, tan head. Smell is of very much of smoked malt, slightly burnt chocolate. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the smoked notes coming through as the most prevalent, no real hop presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a viscous carbonation. This is a decently drinkable porter, if porter is your beer, I'd try this one.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Northern from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 664 ratings