1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,573 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 113
Gots: 219 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006

Available September to March.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,573 | Reviews: 569
Photo of Mambajahamba
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RateDoc
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

At 9.75% avb this beer is all bang for the buck. Not a strong taste for the amount of alcohol which I really enjoy. Thirst quenching, impeccable!

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Small finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and chocolate. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Also some hints of leather, tobacco, and sweet molasses. Fruit hints of apple, fig, and prune. Also some spice hints of cinnamon. Subtle earthy hop scent. A pretty good malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and roasty malt forward taste with good notes of caramel, biscuit, and chocolate. Upfront bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Also some notes of cinnamon, tobacco, leather, and peat. Fruit undertones of apple, fig, and prune. Light hop presence. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Scotch Ale. Good toasty and smokey malt flavors with some nice subtle fruit tones.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, almost opaque, ruby-brown coloring with a halo of off-white head. Aromas of caramel sweetness, molasses, chocolate, earthy notes, a subtle booze character, sweet cream, and some vanilla. Smells big and rich! Flavors are sugary sweet and heavily roasted forward, with tangy caramel and sweet cream blending together over a boozy undertone. Highlights of chocolate and molasses dart in and out. There are also some notes of earth and floral highlights there to layer this beer a bit more. Roasted notes throughout, and the increased ABV is hidden very well in this beer. Full and robust in mouth, it remains smooth through to the finish. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with all of the caramel, nut, and cream notes lingering on subtly. Very tasty beer.

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agostini10
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aloz027
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, strong without a very bitter taste

Photo of Budinetz
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slack
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bronze in color with about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by malty sweetness. Am picking up a bit of red wine and earthy notes. Taste is malt, fruit, and peat with very subtle alcohol. Finish is residual sweetness. Mouthful is medium with a nice amount of carbonation and cream. Overall an excellent scotch ale which was very enjoyable and deserving of procuring more.

Photo of Brihon
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSmaug
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent bronze color with a modest head of khaki froth that soon dissipates into a veil of frogspawn. Mondo carbonation is just about everywhere. Aroma features tons of caramel, along with toasted bread and some cherry cough syrup.

The taste is bold, coming on sweet and alcoholic at once. The delightfully complex malt profile features caramel, raisins, grape must, candied plums, and brown sugar. Alcohol burn peaks toward the middle before yielding to a sweeter finish, yet still with traces of cough syrup. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips. A little too much warming and the sweetness becomes almost cloying. Medium body and vigorous carbonation yield a brisk, semi-creamy mouthfeel that’s basically a necessity to cut through the intense sweetness.

Overall, this a supremely flavorful and aggressive scotch ale. Its fruitiness reminds me of Skullsplitter, but more balanced and bolder. Scotty Karate is a testament to what a nuanced and complex style this can be when properly executed.

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice malty scotch ale.

Photo of Larsonfromdublin
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shadwow13
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gutbuster
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of myteam24
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rschimmell
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Altrurian
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thin, evanescent head. Deep ruby hue. Aroma of dark dried fruit. Taste is an exemplar of the style, with a sweet fruitiness almost matched by darker malty elements. Creamy feel.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.