Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by OldSchoolGamer:
4.1/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have to admit, this past year I have transitioned from a hophead to a malt lover. Hoppy beers just seem to lack the complexity a nice, malty beer offers. Case in point, Scotty Karate from Dark Horse.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown. Very opaque. Almost looks like a brown stout. Head is somewhat creamy, but dissipates to a nice layer of film.
S/T: Every time I inhale this beer, I get something different. It is that complex. First off, there is a definite smoke character in there. Probably the most dominant aroma. I also smell sweet caramel, dark cherries, coffee, chocolate, and some alcohol. Taste is both intense and very balanced. This is a beer that gets better as it warms, no doubt. Again, the smoke is the most dominant character in the beer. Tons of sweet malt with a decent amount of coffee. Other flavors come in and out in waves. The chocolate, caramel and cherries are all there. Besides Backwoods Bastard, this is the best Scotch Ale I have tried to date.
M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Not Stout thick, but pretty close. Finish is a little cleaner and more dry than I expected. This is a 9.75%ABV brew, so this is definetly not something to slam down. One is enough, but you will have to sip on this one anyway to enjoy all the complex and robust flavors here.
I was taken by surprise by this one. I tend to hate Scotch Ales, but this beer might have caused me to rethink my overall opinion of the style. Its that good. Might be the best Dark Horse beer I have had yet.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2010 19:32:21 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy, lingering khaki head.
Notes of treacle and toffee erupt from the glass, with dates and prunes adding complexity. Rum soaked raisins come to mind, along with a slightly savory, not quite soy character.
Flavor reveals brown sugar and caramel malt serving as the backbone, becoming nutty and toffee like in the slightly sweet finish. Underlying notes of muted prunes, raisins, and dates are welcome distractions from what could be slightly cloying malt sweetness. Cola characteristics emerge late.
Body is on the full side, with modest carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.
Nice malt character, with a decent amount of estery complexity. Some may think this to be too sweet, but I enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:24:30 | More by barczar
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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