Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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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
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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!
12-21-2009 22:04:26 | More by zeff80
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured into Bud American Ale glass.
Pours almost a finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer and then it has good retention. Leaves slight splattered lace. Color is a dark copper brown.
Aroma: Lots of roasted/burnt malts. Some caramel and light toffee notes. Some grassy hops, but mainly tons of malts.
Taste: Again, lots of malts, more roasted than burnt here. Some caramel malts as well. I have no idea what heather tastes like, so I can't comment on that. Grassy hops with slight toffee in the background. I get almonds in the aftertaste.
Moutheel: Roasted and slightly smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.
Overall, not a bad offering from Summit, but it is too roasted for me. I have had others in the style and the malts weren't so roasted, but it still isn't that bad. Definitely worth a shot.
01-10-2010 03:50:25 | More by mothman
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Clear dark chestnut body. Thin beige head. Lacing is sporadic. Love the aroma of this beer. Real earthy. A little smoky. Maybe a little peat. And also wafts of fudge like maltiness. Real earthy feel to the flavor as well. This has got some character. Fudge like malt base with some light roasty bitterness. A little bit of an herbal touch to it as well. Nice little lingering flavor of sweet malt. Body is medium-full and the carbonation level is quite moderate. This is quite a nice beer. Just like #1 in this series, the Kolsch, this beer is flavorful and has a lot of character.
11-21-2009 03:54:21 | More by Bighuge
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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
05-04-2010 03:01:25 | More by dirtylou
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
11-19-2009 00:38:44 | More by tavernjef
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-28-2009 08:10:42 | More by cokes
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
4/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz. bottle.
Clear dark ruby body with a small, wispy, light beige head. Some lacing. Nose of sweetish caramel, toffee, and plums. A little woody, earthy, and flinty. Pleasant perfume-y, herbal component (heather?) as well.
Mildly toasty malt up front followed by chewy caramel, and sweetish plums. Earthy tobacco and licorice mix in nicely. Slight peaty quality. Bread pudding and slightly bitter herbal hop/heather flavor in the finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Nice!
12-23-2009 02:28:08 | More by alexgash
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
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-22-2010 00:33:51 | More by Florida9
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%
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
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
12-06-2009 03:41:07 | More by garymuchow
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%
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
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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
11-21-2009 04:41:23 | More by gatornation
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-18-2009 02:48:50 | More by bsp77
Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.