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?

Wait, did I grab the EPA?

Not because of the taste, this definitely tastes different, and I really liked it. But when I was at the liquor store I had to double check to make sure it was the Winter and not the EPA. They just look so similar. From a brand perspective it’s important to have consistency across beers, but I’d like to see a bit more uniqueness. Continue reading Wait, did I grab the EPA?

I’m Having Trouble With Winter

I really enjoyed this beer.  It’s very drinkable, it’s very tasty.  It went down quickly and smoothly last night, as I enjoyed some delicious hot and sour soup.  But I’m having a hard time reviewing it, because I can’t think of much to say about it. I guess I should just say, I like it.  I don’t love it.  But I’d drink it again. 

Not a favorite

Not really a big fan of this one…I think it is just the style I really don’t like. There are a lot of good flavors, but the whole mix together…just really not that crazy about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a horrible beer by any measure. Reading some of the other comments on this beer I guess I have to agree with CJ Camp, this beer is nothing to get up about. The good thing is that the Great Summit Brewing Co has plenty of other quality beers for me to enjoy!

Winter at it’s best

Summit Winter has a strong look (a very dark brew), a strong smell (heavy malts, caramel and hops) and a strong taste (thick and a little flat). As I write this review it’s 3 below outside and somehow that make this beer more enjoyable. As a newcomer to the “winter” genre of beers I feel like this Summit must be a good example to judge other “winters” by, but I invite the more experienced members to suggest other worthy contenders.


I was really excited to try Snowstorm, and to kick of this weekly project, but then I tasted it.  I admit it was lighter tasting than I expected, but that is about all I liked about it.  If you blink you’ll miss the hint of fruit and just be left with the bitter aftertaste.  I’m glad I got the Schell’s sampler pack at Haskells instead of six of these.


After a long day of sitting around my house doing nothing, this beer hit the spot. 

I generally like Schell’s beers, but I don’t buy them often.  This is the best of their beers I have ever tasted.

It was sweet and smooth.  I was happily surprised by how much body it has.  I wasn’t expecting any, so the amount it had made me happy.  More would have been better.  In a glass, it is gorgeous, just really pretty.  The alcohol content must have been more than a normal beer because my husband got a buzz off of just one, or so he said. 

 Overall, much better than expected.  I would absolutely pick up another six pack.

Good, but not Great.

I am not a big fan of this style of beer and SnowStorm didn’t do much to change my mind.  It was smooth and fruity but I wouldn’t kick it out of the fridge if it had a little hoppier taste.  The color and head were nice and it had a fine smell and aftertaste.   If I finish off the sixer in one sitting my review may go up but my typing ability may suffer.

In conclusion I don’t think this is a bad beer but I won’t be keeping a spot for it in the fridge this winter, hopefully you enjoy it.

Purchased at Richfield Liquors for $6.99 +tax.

mildly surprised

Sometime in autumn, the cold trips a switch in my body and I suddenly want cookies, cake, pie and darker, heavier, sweeter beer. Generally speaking, hoppy pale ales, lawnmower beers and tripels are out. Barley wines, imperial stouts, porters and dubbels are in.

A beer like this Snowstorm is what I want when it’s cold outside. It’s not the best dubbel I’ve ever had, but the flavor is there and the body is almost there. It tastes, looks and feels like a fairly typical dubbel. As it warms up, it’s getting better.

I don’t mind Schell beers, but I don’t often buy them. I would have been really surprised that I like a Schell’s offering as much as I do if I hadn’t read that others were surprised by how good it is.