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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,202 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1202
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%


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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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:35:15 | More by BradtheGreat7
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A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and nutty malt, with some copper hops.
T: It tasted like pumpernickel bread and roasted barley and nutty malt, with some copper hops. It had a clean earthy aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice beer with decent scent and fitting taste. The body was great, and the alcohol was well hidden. It had a smooth finish too, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging, and nothing unique or memorable fresh. But not bad either.

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A: cloudy amber-brown with good edging head and some lacing
S: couldn't get much, but what I hit was sort of like raisin bread. The smell made me think this beer would be one dimensional.
T/M: at nearly 10% I expected an alcohol taste, but it didn't hit me except subtly near the middle-end. The up front taste is similar to nose, muted raisin and nuts, more bitter than expected. I actually think it's strangely too AIPAish in feel. I almost want some more alcohol bite that bitterness.
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Dark Horse Scotty Karate

Chop

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.

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.