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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: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Heather.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-18-2009)
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 08:05:06 | More by Mistofminn
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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.

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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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11-22-2010 23:24:22 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a dark redwood color topped by a generous finger of thick whipped foam that is off-white in color. The smell mainly consists of smoked malts and a bit of cocoa and roast. There is a slight peppery smell to the beer as well. The taste is still the good deal of smoke that was in the aroma along with the cocoa notes. In addition to that is a grassy/earthy taste that I assume to be the hint of heather that this is said to be brewed with. The mouthfeel is a little flat for my liking, but this overall is still a good beer.

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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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09-14-2010 21:46:23 | More by Arenbeer
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark reddish brown. Light only shows through neat the thinner bottom part of my tulip glass. Pours with a 1/4" of fizzy, light tan head that reduces to barely a surface coating.

S: A strong floral quality, but unlike a hop floral scent. (heather?) Woody, vanilla. Like a bar of fancy soap.

T: Malt. Peat. A light vanilla. Malty sweetness. Lavender.

M: Medium in body with lower carbonation level.

D: A pleasant drinker. What I will assume is the heather adds another dimension to this beer. Can't say I would purposefully search this one out again, but I enjoyed the one I drank.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:33:51 | More by Florida9
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 01:15:29 | More by Parrotbeak
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Fitzgerald

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep mahagony color with a tan creamy head and some nice lacing.

S- Hints of chocolate, coffee, malt , dark fruit and earthy type peatiness comes through.

T- Sweet, some chocolate,malty,caramel no real hops jumping at you and a nice dry finish.

MF- Very smooth has that oily mouthfeel that coats the tongue no real alcohol bite.

D- Another great ale from Summit Brewing with an abv 7.00% it is really smooth haven't had one since this winter almost forgot how good this ale is.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:14:05 | More by Fitzgerald
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark golden copper with not much head, surprisingly.

Smell is of rich Scottish malts, some heather in there as well. Very nice smell, smooth and sweet.

Taste is of big time Scottish malts, smooth but carbonated finish, a very pleasant beer. A slight amount of bitter hops, but primarily all malt here. Very nice finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, high carbonation.

Drinkablility is overall pretty swell, nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:57:12 | More by pmccallum86
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Ragingbull

California

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:07:44 | More by Ragingbull
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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.