Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -24.9%
Great to see the local big-boys branching out. They made a very good Kolsch for Unchained #1, & this is one of my wife's favorite styles, so here we go.
Pours a very dark, frothy copper-red. Smells...well, let's be honest, it smells like unwiped ass. Pritheee. Yikes. Seriously. It's so awful I can't keep my nose in long enough to ID anything else. Perhaps the worst-smelling beer, ever.
Bracing myself for a sip. Bizarrely, it doesn't taste bad; not sure where the smell has gone to. There's a distinctly odd herbal taste to it, like a spice rack fell into the boil, that's actually quite pleasant. Maybe vanilla? I'm sure that's the heather, which I've never munched or drank before, & I like it. The scotchy, peaty malts come out of the shadows more as the brew warms, & the beer becomes even more palatable.
Decent enough beer. This would definitely be in the realm of "good" if not for that unholy smell. Perhaps I should give this beer more points - because if one puts a clothespin on one's nose, it's actually pretty good. Neat trick.
12-06-2009 03:22:37 | More by maximum12
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
11-22-2010 23:24:22 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
01-27-2010 00:11:50 | More by KarlHungus
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-28-2009 21:38:33 | More by morimech
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Last bottle of a 6 pack. I'm not a huge fan of scottish ales, but they arent' bad in the cold winter months.
A: Dark mahogahny and brown. Ruby red hues. The head dies quickly into nothingness. Medium carbonation.
S: Sweet, toffee, malty and herbal. Maybe a hint of scotch like aromas. Not a ton of aroma however.
T: Lots of toffee and rich maltiness. A hint of roast. The hop and bitterness profile is very herbal and slightly earthy. Finishes with a touch of medicinal flavor. The malts definitely predominate, but the hops and heather balance it out nicely.
M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp, clean and flavorful. Carbonation may be a bit high for the style but ok.
D: A pretty easy to drink scotch ale. Lots of flavor without a ton of body makes it pretty easy to drink. Definitely not my favorite style in the world, but this is a worthy example.
02-27-2010 02:12:59 | More by brewdoc75
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-14-2009 17:44:54 | More by jwinship83
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
From notes...Originally had at a 3/6 DC tasting thanks to Tom (CaptainCougar on RB).
a - An amber color with very little head and little carbonation evident.
s - Smells of chocolate, some roasted malts, and toffee. Almost a sticky sweet smell.
t - Taste is again of of chocolate and toffee. More hints of malts.
m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.
d - Overall not a bad scotch ale. I enjoyed the chocolatey smell and taste, as well as the smooth feel of the beer.
03-07-2010 16:52:49 | More by mdfb79
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-03-2011 15:43:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoyed prior to departure for a ski trip in Lutsen, MN.
A-Deep, dark brown beer, very, very dark. Dark tan head rises off the pour, but dissipates slightly quickly.
S-Toasty, slightly roasted malt, sweet and caramel, slightly toasty booziness.
T-Choco-toasty maltiness, toffee and burnt sugar, making for a very hearty and full flavor. Bitterness is present, but allows the malts to control the ride. Finishes with a sweet, toast-roast. Delightful.
S-Moderately fuller body, but not too thick or viscous. Carbonation is nice and easy, feeling just right.
D-Very drinkable, and will surely get you a bit tipsy as a result (due to medium-high ABV).
02-04-2010 22:21:06 | More by CHSLBrew
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured into a Thistle.
A: The beer's glaring weak spot. Deep chestnut brown with nice clarity. However, a small and fizzy cream head struggles to form, retreats to a ring quickly and leaves no lace.
S: Lots of baking chocolate in the nose, plus some charred wood. There's a slightly minty herbal note way in the back.
T: Starts out with heavily caramelized sugars and dark chocolate. Bitterness is very low and quite floral. The beer gets better and more herbal as it warms. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.
M: The medium body is dry and had about the right amount of fizz.
D: I was hoping that the heather would come through more, but it's pretty tame. A nice beer overall. A stronger look would have helped a lot.
02-16-2010 01:30:56 | More by Rayek
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance: Brown, good head.
Smell: Deep caramel sweetness, earthy, hint of smoke?
Taste: Sweetness, raisins and caramel, slight earthiness.
Drinkability: Somewhat light for being a little strong, the alcohol is hidden well though.
The unchained #2 beer is a decent scotch ale. Not a lot of smoky/peaty flavors-more sweetness than I expected. The alcohol is well hidden though. I think I prefer the 1st unchained beer a little better.
12-13-2009 19:55:32 | More by Mdog
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-07-2009 21:31:43 | More by mdawson
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
A= pours a deep deep amber color when it's not held up to the light it looks straight brown color. The head is a small one finger head that falls fast into a super thin skin and leaves super spotty lacing almost nothing.
S= pungent. After my pour I could smell it from a few feet away. smells like a nice malty scottish. There is some medicinal odor to it which I assume is from the heather tips... this is my first heather beer so I wouldn't know for sure. A nice caramel toffee smell as well as some light smoke to it. pretty good.
T= Up front you get a lot of nice caramel malt and toffee to this one. There is a light bitterness that isn't a hop bitterness so I assume that's what heather is... The finish is quite smokey actually. Sweet and malty deliciousness.
M= a little bit of a let down here. Very very little carbonation. Too coating for the lighter flavor I think.
D= pretty good. Not a bad beer by any means for the second unchained summit beer. I'm really happy they made something a little bit out of the ordinary. I actually like this more than the Kolsch however I do not think it is on par with the style as much as the Kolsch was. It reminds me more of a really nice brown ale. I'll be buying a lot of this in the coming weeks and it's sooo good on a dark drizzly fall day like today. I can't wait to see how this baby is gonna drink with thanksgiving dinner. Solid brew and another great job by summit.
11-20-2009 02:51:52 | More by jjanega08
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-06-2010 01:15:29 | More by Parrotbeak
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-14-2010 21:46:23 | More by Arenbeer
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
02-08-2010 23:28:16 | More by Metalmonk
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-23-2010 03:07:44 | More by Ragingbull
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Another quality effort in the unchained series....not as outstanding as the Kolsch(which was exceptional) but still a fine beer.
Deep burnt orange color with decent clarity...
Aroma is sweet but subtle...caramel...bready....some earthy notes...
The taste is candyish sweet but the earthy notes keep it from becoming cloying. Lighter caramel and molasses
Body does not feel like a wee heavy....not that I'm complaining because it is highly drinkable...but this is not a sipper in my opinion....more of a drinker...
An enjoyable beer...another one that would make a great addition to their regular lineup although I still would love to see that Kolsch replace the Scandia... The Kolsch was the better of the two so far.
12-15-2009 05:23:59 | More by ZAP
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a slightly syrupy deep garnet brown. Thin light tan head on top. No lacing.
Roasty, caramel, smoky, peat, herbal, and scotchy smelling.
Light on the scotch taste, but heavy on the sweet roasted malt. Lightly bitter with some toffee in the aftertaste.
Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Smooth with some prickly carbonation.
Perfect beer for a chilly evening. This really doesn't remind me of a scottish ale which is just fine with me. It's more roasted malt than the overly sweet peat that some scottish ales have. This is just a really nice malt heavy beer that I would have again.
01-01-2010 00:02:45 | More by jera1350
Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.