Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ridgeback:
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours out a nice dark reddish brown with a very nice tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly. Overall this looks very pleasing to the eye
S - Slighlty bready with a faint smell of bananas. This tipped me off that something might not be right here for this particular sampling. For a scotch ale this wasn't what I expected. The aroma is nice however and very inviting.
T - Waaay over the top. This isn't bad but what I was expecting for taste wasn't there. I can pick up a hint of that signature scotch ale flavor but it is overpowered by a toffee flavor and a malty sweetness. I suspect that this particuylar batch didn't quite get finished...maybe due to the higher ABV.
M - Not unpleasant but you do get sense that there is a lot of alcohol in this beer. It almost warms you up after you swallow. For as big a beer as it is, it seemed a thin possibly due to the alcohol content.
O - This isn't a bad beer but not what I expected when I picked it up. I think the high alcohol content is interfering with the scotch ale beer style. I suspect that tis particular batch was quite done...like the yeast died out before completely finishing the job.
On a positive note...I like where Dark Horse Brewing is going, a big version of a hearty beer style. I don't think they quite have it with this batch but it won't deter me from trying any of there other offerings. I this case it seems the yeast they are using wasn't able to tolerate the amount of malt that was used.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 03:34:40 | More by Ridgeback
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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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