Summit Great Northern Porter | Summit Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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654 Ratings
Summit Great Northern PorterSummit Great Northern Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by ADR on 03-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,766
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
654
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of bbtkd
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summit Great Northern Porter, 5.6% ABV. Pours black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is vanilla and slight chocolate, taste is chocolate, with a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Efoss
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 ipeters1017
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with an off white head with great retention. Smell is lightly roasty and chocolate without a lot of depth. Tastes mostly of roasted malt with hints of coffee. Straightforward but well done. Feel is smooth, lightly carbonated, medium bodied. Very easy drinking porter.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewer's notes:
"Original Gravity: 13.3° P
Alcohol by Weight: 4.3%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
Color, (deg. L.): Black, 60° L
IBUs: 51
Malts Utilized: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops Utilized: Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade
Yeast: Ale
Established: 1986

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!"

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle is stamped 'ENJOY BY 03/14/17'.
Dark body, but light does show through. Tan colored head, settles to thin cap. Some spotty lacing.
Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste has dark chocolate, coffee, and dark malts.
Thin to medium mouth feel, appropriate for its ABV.
I have been a fan of this beer since 1986. During Saturday tours at the original brewery on University Avenue, this is the first tap I would pull during the free pour session. Solid, not spectacular, but consistently good.

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Photo of Ri0
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Color is dark brown with a 1.5 finger off white foamy head with some lacing, Aroma of roasted grains with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy with very subtle bittering hops. Flavor follows the nose with the bittersweet chocolate, earthy and slight bittering hops with light coffee. Smooth with a medium feel. Solid Porter from my mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of MrUse
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BLarson31
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cristoph
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a deep dark brown with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Minimal light lacing slid into the beer. The smell was a roasty dark bitter chocolate with some coffee and a light toasty note. The taste had a rich chocolate to coffee that ended up allowing a slight roasty quality to it. On the palate, this one sat right about a medium on the body with a fairly good sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth and nice. Overall, I say this was a good porter worthy of having again.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMN44
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of APH
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ANiklaus
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fiveiron
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TCMike
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Halfway between black and brown pours this porter. Brown head. 3/4". Aroma had some sweet roastiness to it.

Taste had some mixture of counterbalancing sweetness with the roast and substantial hoppiness for a midwest porter. Chocolate malt used nicely. Good format, good price. A very minor coffee malt impression. The bitterness is more hop derived than it is from the roast.

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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 654 ratings