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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3.89/5
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60 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
60
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +1%
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 +0.8%
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 siradmiralnelson
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Ragingbull
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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!

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Photo of ZAP
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of jjanega08
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

SkÅL!

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Photo of mdawson
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Mdog
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of deanis30
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Rayek
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 60 ratings