Summit Great Northern Porter | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Great Northern PorterSummit Great Northern Porter

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADR on 03-04-2002

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Ratings: 643 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of bhayle
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of deebo
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell- Chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Bitter char and smokiness. Just a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly watery. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall- Nothing special, just an average porter. A little too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of psychotia
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee up front, some chocolate, on the bitter side, and a little to much coffee flavor for my liking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of confer
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the squat style bottles. This beer looks like a porter should. It has a chestnut brown color with a nice tan head that hangs around as a frothy cap.
The smell is all roasted malts and it smells more ash tray than smokey malts.
The taste is bordering on ash tray as well, with a finish that is too watery.
Overall I'm not impressed. I have one more to drink and I sure I won't be looking for this one again.

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Photo of PorterPig
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rigilkent
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bjohn84
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin head, beer is deep chocolate brown with a red/amber hue at certain angles

S - Chocolate is most prevelant, with roasted malts, has a sweetness to it

T - Much more bitter than the smell leads on. Burnt caramel and burnt sugars come through. Little chocolate flavor comes through in taste. Finishes with a dry black coffee flavor

M - Mouthfeel is on the drinkable side, especially for a porter. Medium to medium low stickiness in the mouth

O - Nice flavor overall, but may be a little too light bodied for the style. Find it strange how the sweet chocolatey aroma is drastically different than the taste

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this Great porter in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is thin and beige in color, but unfortunately dies very quickly to a ring. The body is an opaque, dark brown.

Smell- This has a nice, slightly roasty and chocolate profile. Maybe a little earthy, it could just be the coffee roast.

Taste- That roast is the first thing on the palate. The sweeter cocoa and more defined coffee roast evolves from the straight roast as the drink rolls over the tongue.

The finish shifts back to the roasted malt and loses the sweetness a little bit.

Mouth feel- This one is a nice medium body, but a little too watery. That does not help in a beer that is so roasty.

Overall- This beer is one you really need to let warm up, or you will never have a clue that this has such a nice powdered cocoa profile.

The mouth feel is good, but on a porter, it could be so much better.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a really nice burnt umber color. It's deep brown with red tones seamlessly blended throughout. One finger of khaki head yields suitable spindles of lacing. This is a textbook looking porter. Great stuff.

It maintains its quality throughout the nose. Milk chocolate for days, as well as some dark chocolate powder. That is a thing that probably doesn't even exist, but that's what came to mind. It parlays into the heavy roast malt here, which I'm always a fan of. Some noble hops are there in the background, but the malts overpower them. Still, this is a pleasure to smell.

All that chocolate doesn't translate over to the palate (though I suppose if ALL of it did then this would taste more like an American Stout). The taste is mostly brown malt upfront. Almost a cola component as well. The roast begins to peek through on the midpalate, before transitioning it's bitterness to a bitter finish of hop flavor. It's quite good.

The body is fine. It's a touch too prickly with carbonation, and there's a slight watery feeling on the edges of the tongue, but I'm nitpicking. Overall, this is a damn good porter. Damn good. Summit does the style proud here.

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Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a lame plastic cup at O'Hare.

A finger of tan head, deep brown body.

Deep roasty malt in the nose.

Roasty, almost charred taste. Chocolate at front, bitter later, slight dropoff before the finish, which is a faint hops aftertaste.

Pretty smooth.

Average-good porter.

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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 643 ratings.
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