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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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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mdawson
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

mdawson, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

garymuchow, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of maximum12
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

maximum12, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  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.

morimech, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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

gatornation, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjanega08, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

tavernjef, Nov 19, 2009
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.

bsp77, Nov 18, 2009
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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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