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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style AleSummit 90/- Scottish Style Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Heather.
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this, before it's gone forever.

Pours a brown color similar to other Scotch ale's I've had. Even after a fairly aggressive pour, only a half finger of off-white head is produced, and it fizzles out to nothing rather quickly. Only occasional spots of lacing appear from here on out.

The aroma is very malty, with a strong caramel malt backbone. Grassy hops are in the background, along with an earthy/grassy/floral character that I can only assume is heather.

The taste builds on the already solid nose by adding fruit characters to the solid malt base. Grassy hops and the earthy heather character are in the taste as well, with toffee and caramel notes also. Tastes pretty dang good actually.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a creamy smooth texture to it. Drinkability is great for this one, definitely high for the style.

I really enjoyed this one, and considering I liked the first unchained beer I can't wait for the third installment.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Batch #2 of their Unchained Series. A black veil pulled over a dark shade of garnet; tiny bub- bles with some sticky lacing on the glass. Warm aroma of carob, ripe figs, toasted granola and brown bread. Deep smoothness. So dark and toasty, a pleasurable beer when pushing into late fall/early winter. Roasted flavors run right to the cusp of being burnt, like a marsh- mallow on the brink of complete combustion. Quick, spicy note from the hops and alcohol, and a kiss of heather in the middle. A little grainy, toasted and roasted with unsweetened chocolate. Bready with some fruit, warming alcohol in the finish.

Big and bold, complex and a great sipper. Worthy of the 90-Shilling designation, very much so.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know it says "Scottish Style" but this is a 90 shilling and Summit has also referred to it as a Wee Heavy, so it should be listed as Scotch Ale.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, rich mahogany with very thin head but leaves bubbly legs after each sip.

Smell: Smoke, peat, caramel, and a strange herbal scent that I must assume is due to the heather.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel and cherry malts upfront with a hint of smoke, and then turns towards a strong peat flavor and a touch of heather spiciness. Overall, fairly smoky, malty and spicy.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body (light for a Scotch Ale), somewhat smooth with a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: One of the easiest drinking Scotch Ales I have had, while still having a decent (but not huge) amount of flavor.

Nice job Summit - 2 for 2 with the Unchained Series.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediately striking in the glass...a pillowed, frothy tan head that sits like cream on top of a deep burgundy-rust color. Yowza...

Aroma doesn't thrill like others in this category, lacking much of that smoke/peat/toast vibe, and being mostly of a weaker fruit type smell...pomegranate; red grape; raisin. An herbal/black tea thing comes in as well, adding a bit more character.

A fair bit of smoked grain, even a peat-like essence, comes through in the flavor, which is nice. Also heavy vibes of toasted bread, grape, raisin and watered-down chocolate milk. A pervasive burnt grain character dominates the finish. I don't know enough about heather to comment, although there is a flowery/herbal kind of spice here, but it lingers far in the background.

The mouthfeel is interesting...it almost makes it into the milky/creamy area, and I wish it would've, but it ultimately leans to the watery side, despite the carbonation that tried to prop it up. Not bad, certainly interesting, just a little unsure of itself in this department.

I like this beer...it's not a Scotch Ale to make me fall in love all over again with the style, but it does remind me well enough why I like it. Thanks a ton to mnwags for the assist!

Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear, ruddy mahogany with a compact beige head that retains excellently and leaves the glass filthy with lace.
The nose is somewhat closed, but does exude prune and toffee note on top of a firm dark breadiness. Some chalky/minerally astringency comes forward (especially right away, then it fades) as it does in several Summit beers. The heather is slight, but peeks out late with it lightly sweet florals.
It rolls toffee across the mouth first, darkening a bit with smoky roasted notes. Blackberries and prunes resume it in a sweeter direction. Heather again pops up in the background. A mineral note arises midway, but to a lesser degree than the nose suggested. Hopping is minor and not particularly notable, just there for balance and dryness. It lingers a bit with smoked honey, figs, and carob.
Medium-ish bodied, with a trickling, steady CO2. Perhaps less rich than it needs to be, but it's slick rather than sticky. This isn't a woolen malt blanket, but something a bit more nimble. It can be a bit subtle- almost shy- at times, but the layers are there upon inspection. As such, it begs for continued investigation and additional sips/bottles.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single - picked up a sixer at jenny street on a whim

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint glass, dark mahogany body with a big creamy tan head and strong lacing

smell: fig, caramel, nutty, dry chocolate malts, earthy

taste: nice subtle chocolate, caramel, fig, dark fruits, raisin, maple, nice and chewy. malty and earthy - a nice scotch

mouthfeel: very nice - chewy and smooth

drinkability: good

Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, orangish-brown color with a thick, bubbly off-white head; that has decent retention with below average lacing for the style

S: Sweet and malty; bready with subtle caramel and raisin aromas; also a subtle burnt quality that works well with the other scents

T: A balanced sweetness of malty caramel; biscuits and a little bit of raisins also are prevalent

F: A bit thin but carbonation works well for the style

D: A nice beer from Summit's Unchained Series; not as good as their first but this is a very smooth, drinkable, and tasty brew.

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a half inch of tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer of suds. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is earthy, medicinal, and some smokey malt. The flavor likewise is very earthy like a peat bog. I feel the heather did not add much to this beer. Has a medicinal quality that I assume comes from the heather. Has the Summit flavor in the finish. Bitterness is low as expected. Has a medium body but a touch overcarbonated. Seems a little fizzy. An interesting brew to be sure but does not suit my tastes that well. Happy to see Summit doing interesting things in the Unchained series. I prefered the Kolsch to the Scotch Ale.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown to almost black in color with a "milked" coffee color of brown rim of foam and some traces of lacing on the surface that linger. Plenty of prickle rising in the glass. Mild coffee and chocolate on the nose. Much more "roasty" than most of the beers coming out of Summit. This one has a smooth malt and pleasantly hearty roasted character to it. It is still light as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but the color and smells and taste are darker than most of their brews except the stout and maybe the winter. I would call the flavors "nuanced" as there seems to be a lot of flavors to choose from as you drink. I have had a few beers with "heather" in the Twin Cities and I think I like them all. I must find out more about heather I think. Clean and understated flavor. Easy drinking. Decent mouthfeel, but nothing to boast about. Nice coffee and chocolate upon finish.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to supercolter for this one!!!

12oz stub into a snifter glass

A- Pours a real dark brown with a nice thin 1 finger white head that left no lacing on the way down.

S- Dark malts and roasted barley up front with some spice and wheat like notes in the background with some slight toffee hints.

T- Bitter hops and that wheat like flavor dominate up front with some nice scottish roasted malts and barley to bring up the rear and destroy your palate. Slight fruitiness and toffee.

M- Bitter medium body with moderate carbonation and a little bit of a dry finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep burnt orange color with about a quarter inch of head that doesn't disappear quick. there is a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass
s: caramel toffee balanced with nice piny hop bitterness. There is a kind of a biscuit malt aroma as well
t: sweet caramel and toffee malt sweetness with piny hop backbone balances
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this one a good solid brew

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark brown color with some red hues and a beige ring..i smell earth and peat in this one with some roasted malts a little toffee..lot of spices in this one from cinnamon to fig and nutmeg and vanilla ..the taste is outstanding im tasting smoky earthy tastes with all of the b4 metioned smells with roasted and toasted chewy malts with some nice hops there is alot going on in this wee heavy its very tasty i really liked it one of my favorite brews from summit

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've gotta unbury my thistle goblet sometime... This guy pours a rather dark ruby-brown topped by less than a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, rye bread, light cocoa powder, brown sugar, greens, and fusels. The taste is nearly identical, though the 'buds get some oak and walnuts in there as well. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a light syrupy feel. If only it were heavier and/or thicker, it would be much better, as the flavors can't linger for very long at all and seem dulled, muted. Overall, a bit of a disappointment, but a decent wee heavy nonetheless.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and note much else. It has a very simple aroma. The taste is like the aroma. It has nice strength, but again no complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are better Scotch/Scottish Ales out there. Still, kudos to Summit for trying something different. I can't wait for Unchained #3.

Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was happy to see this one this snowy morning. Seems like the perfect brew to enjoy in the northwoods this holiiday season. A nice, deep mahogany in hue. A tan head formed on the pour, and while not large is displaying nice retention. As such a decent collar was left behind.

Main aromas are rich toffee and floral heather. Its quite nice. Some stone fruit is also present, as well as a touch of spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and a touch of cinnamon. Quite nice.

Well done, taste is much like the nose suggests. Only the faintest hint of smoke, and its quite nice.

Medium bodied. Quite well attenuated, despite the rich malts there is very little residual sweetness. Nicely balanced, between the malts, heather, and hint of phenolics and smoke.

Quite drinkable, everything is well integrated and balanced. A very good ale for a wintery day. Summit has always been a solid brewery in my opinion, and this brew only adds to that impression. Recommended, and one that i hope to drink again, it would benice to see something like this become a seasonal.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, khaki-colored head. It left soapy/sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty and earthy. Notes of caramel and toffee were present.

T - Great blend of rich, sweet malts and bready/toasty flavors. A nice grassy/earthy hop profile round this one out.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - I really like this one from Summit. Kudos on the Unchained series!

Photo of garymuchow
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
I really like the sweet, smoky character of the aroma. I do seem to get a mineral quality as well (I wonder if that's a yeast thing).
Really good looking brown and garnet crystal clear. Tan head with good stamina and noisy. Attractive creamy lacing.
Tasty smoky malt up front with strong dryness. On the better half of complex. Heather and peat flavors begin to show latter in glass. Along with the heather there is a mild hop flavor. Very long finish with the dryness, malt and smokey character lingering exceptionally long. A subtle sweetness with a nutty quality.
Good feel. Ample carbonation that somehow isn't distracting even though at times it's filling, but it creates a softness that enhances the flavors and experience.
Such an interesting beer. Part of me wants to keep drinking this relatively quickly. Another part want to slow down and make it a sipper. It doesn't warm quite as well as I'd like, in fact I enjoy it most on the cooler side, but this is minor, picky stuff.
Congrats and thanks to Summit. You are 2 for 2 on the Batch series.

Photo of Buebie
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just getting around to trying one of these, better late then never.

Poured from a brown stubby twist off into a pub glass. A rigerous pour produces a smallish less then half inch off white head. Extremely fast to recede, leaving a few misc bubble islands and a tiny collar of retention. Lace is spotty and mostly non existent.
Color is brown with auburn highlights.

Some failry big grain aroma here, quite fresh in that respect, with a just mashed aroma. Mild wiffs of chocolate grains also present. Caramel malt sings here with some mild fuggle like leaf hop aroma and a touch of grassyness. Faint smoky aroma too.

Taste is actually quite good, plenty more cereal grain flavors, non husky though. Loads of malt, caramel, a touch of dried fruit, caramel flavors sweetening into the swallow. A mild bittering of burnt toffee, this is good. No warming in flavor, but a mild esophageal warmth with each swallow.
Hops linger into the finish with an earthy note.
All the mention of caramel, but not overly sweet. Good balance in sweetness and semi smokey roasted grain flavors flavors, with a mild hop bittering, leave this one well balanced.
A mild specie flavor lingers into the finish in a bread laced rye pumpernickel flavor.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Not overly heavy, but a fuller feel to it, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability in flavor is high, its not tastebud pounding, but quite delicious and easy to take a few down. Although I have just this one bottle, I will soon be grabbing more of this. Very good beer Summit, nice job.

Photo of mdawson
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very deep brown that shows crimson with good clarity when held to light. Off white head disappears fairly fast.

S - Malt (nutty, biscuity, caramel and fruit) with light roast-grain and earth notes. Complex and subtle.

T - Flavor brings what the nose promises: nuanced malt with a roasty edge, earthy and herbal at the back before more round malt flavors and an unexpectedly dry-ish finish.

MF - At first I found it a bit on thin side -- it'd have to be a well-attenuated beer to hit 7% abv from the stated OG of 16.5 P. As the beer warmed in the glass, it became a bit broader but still not quite the fatness you'd expect from a Scottish ale of this gravity.

D - Definitely enjoyable, with a very nice mix of interesting and complementary flavors and aromas and an abv% that sneaks up on you. A six pack is worth the price of admission during the dark months of the year.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed the first beer in this series. I hope the second continues a trend of quality.

A Scottish ale here, a bit of a Wee Heavy. The beer displays a rich dark brown color with a few centimeters of sticky foam that left plenty of lacing down the glass. A handsome brew.

The aroma is composed of dark notes, but balanced by the freshness of heather. Dark malt, peat, oak and just a hint of fruit all contribute.

The beer flows with a full body. Rich roasted malt leads into a center filled with those Scotch flavors of smoky peat and oak. It finishes quickly with a touch of heater. As the glass is emptied, an accumulative warm of the chest signals a beer appropriate for the winter months.

For the potential heaviness of this brew, it is really drinkable. I greatly appreciate that the beer is not overtly sweet, like many beers of this style. It embraces traditional flavors and balances them well.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenJet from trade

Pours a relatively clear chocolate brown which appears relatively still and little to no head. Smells surprisingly fruity, caramel , toffee, nice scotch ale yeast aroma adds to the fruitiness.
Taste very similar to aroma, more caramel / toffee flavor than it smells of. Some heather mixing with the scotch ale yeast flavors create a great combining flavor. This is a very tasty brew, would stock up on it if it were sold locally. Drinkability is very high, might be one of its strongest points. Great brew!

Medium to light carbonation which seems to be the norm for the style.

Photo of jwinship83
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this pours out a darker than usual brown colored body with a small cream colored head that vanishes before my eyes. little to no lacing left behind.

S- semisweet earthy/smoky malts. caramel and toffee as well. a faint hint of alcohol. unusually strong odor coming from this one.

T- the taste is just as strong as the nose. strong caramel, toffee, and earthy malts upfront. smoke in the middle along with something vaguely medicinal that i cant put my finger on.

M- medium to full bodied with a low level of carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- different than most of the style ive had. the price makes it appealing, but not something i will seek out again. glad to see something different coming out of summit.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a crimson tinge. Head is cream colored and thick at first, but dissipates quickly to a fine film on the surface.

S: Some chocolate, roasty malt notes, along with some caramel. There is a slightly floral note ligering in the backround.

T: Very roasted character, almost earthy. Caramel and molasses are most prominent. Finish is dry, with floral notes that I can't tell whether they are from the hops or the Heather. Hops do add a slight fruitiness to the finish as well.

M: Full mouthfeel with great viscosity. Dry finish makes this beer very balanced.

D: Excellent American take in this style. I find it very easy to drink, and with every sip it grows on me even more. This could be my favorite release put out by the fine folks at Summit.

Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with an overall dark tone of heavy syrup. A thin capping of brown rice hued foam laps up quickly and leaves just as quick. A partial ring remains present as miniscule lacing in a few tiny spots and threads hang onto the glass.

A keeper of a nose with deep saturated whole grainyness with a slim toasted edge as its bolder darker sweetness of malt rings true of dark caramel, roasty dried fig, slightly smokey bacon, raisin jam, and maple. Nice earthy herbal hints to vanilla, spearmint, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Damn nice nose!

Taster city! Nice mirror image from the nose to the mouth with deep, dark, rich settling whole grain malt sweetness that teeters into caramel and maple tones as it sinks with a long steeping chewy/cloying notion of malt that touches to the earthy stuff of vanilla, heather, smoked bacon, and cinnamon. Quite dandy!

Body is a bold medium body with a decent malty chewyness that has a bit of stick on the palate. It lathers the palate well with a smooth, way easy going clean profile and slick carbonation.

Summit did this one right and is brother to their O-fest. Very nice stuff and drinkable by plenty. Just watch out for the sneaky Scottish seven percent that'll lift you kilt before you know it.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light mohagany with a thin, white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly caramelly malts, with another sweet aroma that I'm thinking might be the heather? Faint toffee and spices as well.
Taste is heavy on malts, with again an unknown, sweet herbal taste that I'm presuming is the heather. Very mild bitterness halfway through. Decent malt backbone that carries to the finish, with some more faint, caramel tones.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, with a moderate level of carbonation. Medium-light body. Slightly dry finish.
Good drinkability. Alcohol is well-concealed.

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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