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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 104
Gots: 124 | 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:
Available September to March.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006)
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Photo of GOBLIN
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Scotty Karate


Poured into pint glass

A: Reddish brown not quite as dark as other Wee Heavy brew/Scottish Ales.

S: Meh' . . . not much really. Ok, but not inviting

T: Good, typical for style. Not bad at all but not mind blowing either

M: Smooth, like a light scotch ale

O: Enjoyable for sure. Not as flavorful or full bodied as I like in a scotch ale but it did the job on this cold, rainy, dreary Ohio day.

GOBLIN, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Looks like a scotch ale! Nice copper color that is pretty clear with a tan head that leaves nice lacing. Bottle is really cool.
S - 3.75 - Little bit of peatiness, some bready malts, yeast smell.
T - 4.25 - Nice caramel, peat, bourbon flavors. Brown sugar, bread, cinammon. More of a sweet scotch ale rather than a strong one.
M - 4.25 - Nice feeling beer, medium mouth feel. alc covered completely. Aftertaste sweet bready malts.
O - 4.0 - It's a good beer. Not the best scotch ale or wee heavy out there, but it's good. A good Michigan beer.

ISmith87, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So I'm pretty stoked to review this. I've had a few different Dark Horse brews, but never written a review. This is however my first time having Scotty Karate.

12 oz brown bottle. Lovely bottle shape and the label is well.. Interesting. Some maniac who appears to think he's living during the Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock era.. Which isn't a bad thing! By any means. This is a colorful and catchy name, bottle, and label. And I have no doubt the quality is top notch. Funny how the best breweries get the label art right almost every time. This was poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Belgian style tulip.

A - pours a dark murky chestnut color. Brownish amber with sediment floating within. Head is pretty small and thin and the color of a light brown. Head basically vanishes to a tiny ring of lace leaving minimal stick.

S - dark fruit and a whiff of caramel malt up front. Tiny hints of milk chocolate with more dark fruit creeping up. A really nice dark fruity aroma with the alcohol doing its part.

T - more character than the nose. Dark fruit and caramel malt get things rolling with a sweet sugary note splashing the palate. Wow! Very nice. Peat and a touch of smoke highlight the flavor. Really surprised by the notes of peat this ale has. Alcohol isn't overpowering but definitely adds more to the dark fruit notes and a touch of Scotch spice. The smallest note of cocoa hits just before the malty finish.

M - nice texture and almost too easy to drink. Hardly believe its the abv it lists. Smooth and creamy feel with easy going down. Flavorful and enjoyable experience that even light weights can sip. But remember to read the label. It is nearly 10% abv.

O - not my first Dark Horse brew, but a very good one regardless. Well deserving of the first review from this Brewery. I'm actually more stoked I can get Dark Horse stuff in Ohio. One of those good moments discovering Dark Horse. Scotty Karate is a very good Scotch style ale. It has all the right juice to become someone's go to big beer. Very enjoyable and very well crafted. Scotty Karate is a must try and one to go back to every Autumn.

BradtheGreat7, Nov 08, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

justinp, Yesterday at 03:14 AM
Photo of maxcoinage
4.16/5  rDev +3%

A Bottle to DFH signature glass, 2 finger head. dark brown beer

S caramel, bread, some peat

T starts off with malty sweetness, a bit of smoke in there, caramel, some darjpk fruit

M good carb. Medium body smooth.

O great scotch ale can't believe this is almost 10%. Dirty bastard is still my fave but this is up there

maxcoinage, Sunday at 02:07 AM
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3.16/5  rDev -21.8%

Tekis, Saturday at 07:58 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jeremiahoden, Saturday at 11:03 AM
Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Well balanced Scotch Ale. Not a ton going on in the nose, and not the thickest of heads, but the
flavors of caramel, grape/black cherry, and peat all play amongst each other with out one dominating
the profile. Nice to sip, but not overly heavy for the ABV. Goes down smoothly. Would drink again...

beerdedking, Saturday at 12:52 AM
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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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