Smokey, light wintry goodness

Summit northern porter is filled with wonderful!  I grabbed one after work and couldn’t wait to pour a beer after getting home.  Maybe it is just getting extra props for being picked at the start of the cold season, but I am really enjoying this beer even while writing this post.  I think the beer could use a little more body, I’m a fan of how guinness tastes like a meal and feel like that is more how a winter beer should be which is why it lost half a star.  I dont even know if a porter is supposed to be a winter beer, it just tastes like one but light and smooth as well.  The smoky flavor it has is great as well, this is a perfect beer for just chillin and enjoying beer.

Mmmmm…winter beers are back…

This porter has a nice black color, excellent bitter coffee aroma however not much head (at least pouring it from a bottle to a glass).  The flavor mirrors the aroma and is very flavorful upfront, finishing clean.  Porters can be pretty hit or miss in my book ranging from a beer that is dark in color but weak in flavor to ones you’d almost mistake for a stout.  Summit’s version is a nice, solid porter that I think I’m enjoying more this year than in the past. 

how is this not in the Winter sampler?

I was over in the Midway yesterday, my old stomping grounds, so I went to Big Top to pick up the Summit Porter. I ended up getting a 12 pack only because it was a better value than the 6 pack ($10.99/12 vs. $7.99/6) and the Winter sampler pack only had Winter Ale, Extra Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, and India Pale Ale. Maybe it’s just me but I totally think the Porter should be in there instead of the EPA. Continue reading how is this not in the Winter sampler?