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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: 651 |  Reviews: 308
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of Bockrules
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of anglagard1
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark and foamy like a Guinness but has a unique lacing that leaves thin, foamy stripes with every sip you take. Smell is of cocoa and coffee. Coffee is more prevalant in the taste, cutting through all levels of the palate.
This beer for me defines the style, even as it exhibits unique characteristics of its own. It is one seriously sessionable beer.

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Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a smooth creamy tan head. Smells cocoa powder and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is initially milk chocolate, following with a strong espresso middle, and an earthy, chewy smoky finish. Beer really tastes better at cellar temperatures, let this one warm up a bit out of the fridge. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Good drinkability, a very good porter.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown, thick two and a half finger head, some lacing.
S- Smell is sweeter than many porters. A bit of maple, and good roasted malts. There is a bit of espresso aroma as well.
T- Still sweeter than many in style. Espresso, a bit of cocoa, a bit of milk chocolate, and a light maple character. Finish has a touch of coffee in it.
M- Medium carbonation, medium-light body.
O- An above average porter. Sweeter than I would like, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, just a shade away from pitch black. Thin cream colored head with some lace spots.

Excellent roasted aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Toasty malt also.

Roasted malt is the most predominant flavor, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted almonds and wheat toast. Mild hop flavor in the background provides and earthy, pine-like bitterness.

Dense medium body. Dry feel. Solid carbonation.

Solid porter. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of Phelps
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Mostly-opaque and like black coffee in color, with highlights of amber and gold at the edges. One finger of foamy tan head descends slowly to a thick top layer. Some streaks of lace.

The usual aroma. Tangy burnt sourdough, black coffee, dark chocolate, a light hit of earthy hops.

The flavor starts with powered dark chocolate and acrid burnt toast. After the swallow, it smooths out with softer oat tones. Bitter espresso remains on the sides of the tongue.

The medium-light body is a bit thin but supple. Fairly active bubbles, moderate fizz.

No surprises here. An average, drinkable porter.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin creamy tan head that gradually faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of burnt malts, espresso and bittersweet chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell (but stronger in strength) and has flavors of espresso and roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down rather easily and is quite flavorful despite its thin body.

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

Appearance: Clear dark amber in color before a strong light, with a small, persistent white head, thin, fine dlass-coating lace, modest carbonation.

Aroma: Deep bitter cocoa aroma with a bit of earth, cold coffee, roasted barley, very little hop presence at all.

Taste: Bitter cocoa and earth at the open,as the taste progresses, the roasted barley rises to ascendency. Late in the taste, rather earthy hops appear. Finishes with cold coffee, and a lingering, slightly oily and earthy hop note

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, rather full.

Drinkability/notes A solid and competently made example, perhaps a touch heavy-handed for my taste, but it is quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Riedel wheat glass.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 7/4/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark chocolate/mahogany brown with some dark ruby highlights; starts with a 2 finger, dark tan head that starts out looking a little creamy, but then becomes rocky and pockmarked; body is dark, nearly opaque with the exception of the few of the dark highlights; decent lacing.

Smell: Smell is good, nice dark roastiness that is a touch nutty and earthy; bit of a bitter chocolate; not overly complex or anything, but fairly robust for a smaller porter.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- lots of earthy and nutty roastiness that is plenty good; and there is just a touch of the bittersweet chocolate; not too huge or anything, but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: I've never been a big fan of the body of almost all American Porters as they just seem thin, a tad watery, and big on carbonation, and this one doesn't break that trend. Doesn't impress, but doesn't necessarily disappoint.

Overall: Worth picking up, and I wouldn't turn it down. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it when there Ed Fitz is readily available all year, not to mention Founders Porter; good nose, decent flavors and low ABV all allow this to be a pretty drinkable offer.

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Photo of PokerGod
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- beautiful dark beer, rich frothy tan head that has great retention and leaves a nice tan lacing

Smells- like coffee and chocolate with a tangible hops aroma as well.

Taste- Bitter, not a good hops bitter, just a bad beer bitter. The coffee and roasted chocolate is there like it was in the aroma, but I cant get past this bitter chemical-like aftertaste.

Overall- Admittedly Porters are not my favorite style, but this isn't a very good beer. Summit makes other fine products... Buy their Maibock or EPA for fine examples.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep dark ruby color with a thick tan head that is well retained and leaves a nice lacing

S - rich, sweet, roasted malt aroma with accents of citrus American-like hop

T - delivers aroma with rich roasted, chocolate-like malt up front with a touch of burnt character; hops are present but subdued and noticed from start to finish with a moderate hop bitterness that blends nicely with the roast bitterness

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a very nice robust porter. It's brewed well and the flavors are all in balance for the style expectations. I don't know if I would have had this one if it wasn't in a variety pack, but it sure is a pleasant surprise. I'm glad there are a couple more waiting for me...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass; great solid dark brown color, nice light tan head that clings very well and is nice and thick.

Smell is light roasted malt sweetness, hints of toffee and coffee flavors, touch of chocolate sweetness as well.

Taste is smooth lightly roasted malt sweetness, nice flavors come to mind of toffee, coffee, chocolate, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, a touch on the cloying sweet side, but good balance of bitter and malt sweetness.

Overall, very well done, a nicely done porter, good flavor balanced and profile.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep blackish brown, cardinal shimmering body, no head or lacing

S: hint of boozy aroma, bitter chocolate, mild coffee, roasted nuts

T: big chocolate, roasted coffee, slight bitter/burnt finish

M: med/light, low carbonation

O: Decent porter, but you could do better. Ok session brew for a long night with newbies, not terrible but doesn't stand up to my rigorous porter standard, lol.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows some ruby red when held up to light. Small creamy white tan head that slowly fades to a white film. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. Slight citrus hops in the background.

Taste: Malt sweetness and coffee followed by chocolate and light earthy hop bitterness. Hints of smoke in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good porter with great balance.

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Photo of RonnieBear
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown and appears ruby colored when light shines through it.

Smell: Nothing impressive, boozy with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of chocolate. Lotssss of chocolate, with a background of coffee. Pretty much how I'd expect a solid porter to taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, but thats not that impressive considering the low ABV. Almost want it to be a little heavier and a little boozier, like the nose indicates.

Drinkability: Good, but it being a dark beer it doesn't really appeal to me as a session beer.

Overall, smells like a high ABV beer when it's really not. Doesn't taste like one though, and is still an overall really solid offering.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown color with a tint of red, like black cherry soda coloring. A little coffee colored head with nice lacing.

Smell-Chocolate and an almost roasted wood smell. Very nice, but nothing special.

Taste-That roasted flavor shines here. Slightly bitter (in a good way) on the tongue. A little bit of an aftertaste, but not one that stays with you.

Mouthfeel-A little "empty". Not much there over all. Not a "filling" beer.

Drinkability-High. Because it's a beer that has a combo of a great taste and not being real filling (and with a low ABV), this could be consumed in large numbers.

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Summit Great Northern Porter from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 651 ratings
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