Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style AleSummit 90/- Scottish Style Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 2 finger head. Color is dark cola brown. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S. Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, heavy malt smell.

T. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee. Tastes good. Something that is hard to pin down or describe, maybe this is Heather? Graininess to the taste. Almost spicy. This is unique.

M. Medium bodied. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkability is high. This is a pretty tasty, unique beer. Should be a regular offering.

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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 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'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 CHSLBrew
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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).

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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