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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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very good

45 Reviews

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 60
Reviews by demcorhip:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Sinatra716
1.75/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of deanis30
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ragingbull
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of dizztracted
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Arenbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.