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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Heather.

Added by bsp77 on 11-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 60
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed the first beer in this series. I hope the second continues a trend of quality.

A Scottish ale here, a bit of a Wee Heavy. The beer displays a rich dark brown color with a few centimeters of sticky foam that left plenty of lacing down the glass. A handsome brew.

The aroma is composed of dark notes, but balanced by the freshness of heather. Dark malt, peat, oak and just a hint of fruit all contribute.

The beer flows with a full body. Rich roasted malt leads into a center filled with those Scotch flavors of smoky peat and oak. It finishes quickly with a touch of heater. As the glass is emptied, an accumulative warm of the chest signals a beer appropriate for the winter months.

For the potential heaviness of this brew, it is really drinkable. I greatly appreciate that the beer is not overtly sweet, like many beers of this style. It embraces traditional flavors and balances them well.

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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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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just getting around to trying one of these, better late then never.

Poured from a brown stubby twist off into a pub glass. A rigerous pour produces a smallish less then half inch off white head. Extremely fast to recede, leaving a few misc bubble islands and a tiny collar of retention. Lace is spotty and mostly non existent.
Color is brown with auburn highlights.

Some failry big grain aroma here, quite fresh in that respect, with a just mashed aroma. Mild wiffs of chocolate grains also present. Caramel malt sings here with some mild fuggle like leaf hop aroma and a touch of grassyness. Faint smoky aroma too.

Taste is actually quite good, plenty more cereal grain flavors, non husky though. Loads of malt, caramel, a touch of dried fruit, caramel flavors sweetening into the swallow. A mild bittering of burnt toffee, this is good. No warming in flavor, but a mild esophageal warmth with each swallow.
Hops linger into the finish with an earthy note.
All the mention of caramel, but not overly sweet. Good balance in sweetness and semi smokey roasted grain flavors flavors, with a mild hop bittering, leave this one well balanced.
A mild specie flavor lingers into the finish in a bread laced rye pumpernickel flavor.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Not overly heavy, but a fuller feel to it, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability in flavor is high, its not tastebud pounding, but quite delicious and easy to take a few down. Although I have just this one bottle, I will soon be grabbing more of this. Very good beer Summit, nice job.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenJet from trade

Pours a relatively clear chocolate brown which appears relatively still and little to no head. Smells surprisingly fruity, caramel , toffee, nice scotch ale yeast aroma adds to the fruitiness.
Taste very similar to aroma, more caramel / toffee flavor than it smells of. Some heather mixing with the scotch ale yeast flavors create a great combining flavor. This is a very tasty brew, would stock up on it if it were sold locally. Drinkability is very high, might be one of its strongest points. Great brew!

Medium to light carbonation which seems to be the norm for the style.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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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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 WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a crimson tinge. Head is cream colored and thick at first, but dissipates quickly to a fine film on the surface.

S: Some chocolate, roasty malt notes, along with some caramel. There is a slightly floral note ligering in the backround.

T: Very roasted character, almost earthy. Caramel and molasses are most prominent. Finish is dry, with floral notes that I can't tell whether they are from the hops or the Heather. Hops do add a slight fruitiness to the finish as well.

M: Full mouthfeel with great viscosity. Dry finish makes this beer very balanced.

D: Excellent American take in this style. I find it very easy to drink, and with every sip it grows on me even more. This could be my favorite release put out by the fine folks at Summit.

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Photo of slyke
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit 90/- pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that falls to a thin cap and laces a bit.

The smell has an aroma of alcohol, some fruit and bit of grassiness.

The taste has a great malt backbone with notes of wild grasses and a touch of hop.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little aftertaste.

This beer is pretty drinkable While too strong to session, I'd have a couple without hesitation. Nice to get a beer of this style made close to home, if only for a short time. Recommended.

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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 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 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 demcorhip
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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Photo of Mistofminn
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.

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

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!

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Photo of pmccallum86
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
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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Photo of kruse
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lovely deep brown with a nice off-white head.
S - Very hoppy with pine and citrus notes. Also catty undertones.
T - Assertively hoppy, the malt is more subdued than I would expect in this style beer.
M - Good, but a bit thin.
D - Very drinkable. Would have liked a bit more malt to balance the hops.

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Photo of Atron67
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale brewed with heather, ok so its a scottish style ale brewed with a lil bit of heather, which while Scotland pioneered heather, isnt so much common for the style.

A dark brown with a light tan tiny head, not much more head than a film though, looks a beautiful amber through. kind of coppery red through the light

malty start, with a little bit of smokiness, peatish maybe, a little bit of heather at the finish, which blends nicely with the carmel malt flavors

pretty nice drinker, not super heavy, but with a good amount of heft

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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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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