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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass

Appearance - Black, so black that I can see my reflection on the glass. Porters don't really get much darker than this. Has a 2 finger width head with a tan color look to it. Lacing is decent on the sides, though it tends to thin out just a little bit

Smell - Chocolate and Coffee mixed in with a pungent burnt malty scent. There's also some caramel and roasted malt smells in here too. In general, it's pretty sweet smelling for a porter.

Taste - Burnt and Roasted Malts with some black coffee, perhaps a little too much more than it ought to be. The chocolate that was present in the smell is nowhere near as prevalent as it is in the flavor. Aftertaste is a rather bitter burnt coffee flavor and not quite in a good way

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavy bodied but the carbonation is average. Overall, you could do worse.

Overall - I'm used to Porters that strike a balance in terms of their flavor and sadly this one doesn't fit that description. There's nothing really terribly offensive about this beer, but somethings not right when your smell is alot better than your taste.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head - like pancake batter on a cylinder of charred bread. For some imposing, for me inviting. I love the look of that beer.

Dark malts, little hops on the nose.

Chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and other dark notes - nothing fruity though. Just a hint of alcohol to close - almost like what you get at the close of a coally vodka. That close draws down an otherwise enjoyable beer.

Smooth, low carbonation allows the darkness to sit and linger.

Enjoyable beer - not great, but definitely a good warmer for the ABV.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell recently and was surprised to see this available in my neck of the woods. I had another offering from Summit when I was out that way but this was the first time I had seen them locally, and given that Fall is in full swing now, I figured that this beer would go nicely with the season. Even though a few reviewers compared this with Guinness, this beer only resembled it a bit in appearance. This stood out fine on its own and had enough going for it that it doesn't need to be compared with anything else. It's a Porter unlike any beer I've had before!

This had a nice, dark pour to it with a fluffy head that had a slightly pinkish hue to it. That's how light it was and it reminded me of mousse. The edges to this beer were garnet and this had s slightly thick look and mouthfeel to it. The taste was roasted with some bitter chocolate to go along with the almond and hazelnut flavor to this beer. It wasn't as creamy as I pictured but the aftertaste lingered nicely to this and there was a bit of a burnt and caramelized aftertaste that complemented the flavors nicely.

This was stronger than I thought since the alcohol isn't discernible. Even though this is a Porter, there were traits of a Brown Ale mixed in here, which made this stand out a bit more. Although this style of beer doesn't lend itself as a popular one, those looking for a Porter that's nicely crafted and stands bit out from the pack will not be disappointed here.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark brow with a 1-finger, dense tan head. Head falls apart halfway down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing and a ring of bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S - A little bit of crystal and chocolate malt. Gets stronger as the beer warms.

T - Chocolate malt upfront. The body is dominated by chocolate and crystal malt with enough earthy hop flavors to provide some semblance of balance.A bit more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a bitter-dark chocolate finish.

M - On the weaker side of heavy bodied with substantial carbonation that seems to thin the beer more than add that nice creamy texture I look for in well crafted porters.

Great Northern Porter is a textbook, middle-of-the-road porter available at a bargain price ($10 for the variety pack). This is the last beer from that pack that I purchased a few years back . The Octoberfest was the standout beer in that pack, while the rest were merely average beers who's main draw is their cheaper-than-macro price. Nothing I'd seek out, but a good choice to bring to a party to introduce macro beer drinkers to different styles.

(After reading other reviews, I am somewhat suspicious of cellering - hopefully I will have the opportunity to compare these notes to a fresh bottle)

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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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