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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 104
Gots: 120 | 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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Reviews by Shoo65:
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Shoo65, Jan 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of zimm421
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown color, with a thin tan head. A thin film was left after the head dissipated, with a ring around the edge. Some lacing is left behind as you drink.

The nose is deeply malty, with tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits coming through. It's not overwhelming, but smells wonderful immediately after pouring. The taste follows suit, as expected, with loads of brown sugar and ripe dark fruits coming through. There's also a touch of smoke coming through, and it adds another wonderful level of complexity.

The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied, and sticky, with good levels of carbonation. This beer is very well made, and wonderfully deep. Very enjoyable to drink, and keeps you coming back for more. Even at nearly 10%, the alcohol is hidden, and it's very drinkable.

zimm421, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass a ruddy brown with an orange haze to it a thinner off white head atop.Earth and smoke show thru most in the nose along with some buttery caramel,a good mix of earthiness and peat and sweet caramel and fruit pretty nicely rounded.A good stab at a wee heavy decent complexities but it wont blow you mind.

oberon, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of don1481
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, reddish brown. Some sediment visible bubbling up and down. Small amount of foam lingers.

Smell: Caramel, malt, bready. A little booziness.

Taste: Boozy. Definitely boozy. But... not in a bad way. Definitely softens up once it warms up a little more. Not as soft as a Skull Splitter, but still... pretty soft.

Mouthfeel: For something just about 10%, it's pretty darn smooth in the mouth. Perhaps too smooth? Oh, heck - no such thing!

Overall: Yes, please. Provided I remember to let it warm up a little more next time!

don1481, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dingy brown in color with a nice brown-white head that somehow formed in this pool of darkish booze.

Smell – The rich sweets and light alcohol dominate the nose. The sweets are dark, like plums, prunes, and apricot pits. The peat is faint and reminds me of beer aged in whiskey barrels. There’s some noticeable malt in the nose as well.

Taste – The sugars explode at the taste, so prepare yourself for that first sip. The smoky character comes out a bit more at the taste as well, but it’s still not what I would consider strong.

Mouthfeel – This is a medium-bodied ale with a light, raunchy alcohol presence but not stinging.

Drinkability – This is a mouth-watering Scottish explosion that will surprise even those familiar with the style.

RoyalT, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DanGeo, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of 71ADub
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

[since I found a bottle that was a year old, it may have affected the score.]

A-nice dark copper hue, light tan head dissipates fairly quick, but some residual head clings to glass. Some sediment in pint glass, so I am assuming it was bottle conditioned, which lead to some really nice tiny co2 bubbles.

S-warm, with some hints of roasted malt.

T-good alcoholic warmth up front, finishes with some malty bitterness, then some malt, finally the alcoholic warmth. All nicely balanced.

M-Velvety smooth - nailed it. med. low carbonation

O-I like the fact that the alcohol doesn't try to rape you when you sip this. As I am drinking this with a cold, I would like to re-evaluate this once my cold is gone. But I am super-impressed with it even with my shnozz on the fritz :)

71ADub, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

tectactoe, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a deep cloudy brown with a 1 finger head that lingers throughout most of the drink.

The nose is huge smoked malt and a sweet caramel smell to it. This one is just a malt bomb in the nose.

The taste starts off with a nice malt sweetness, caramel, some bready biscuit character. It then transforms into a ton of smoky flavor at the end; maybe peat smoked malt. It's really nice and smoky and reminds me much more of a nice scotch than anything else I've had. I really enjoyed the smokiness and the hint of alcohol at the end which brought everything together.

The body was medium full and was on the lower side of carbonation. The huge amount of smokiness at the end hampered drinkability and the 10oz. snifter was a perfect size as I think it would start to be a bit much if I it was served as a full pint.

weatherdog, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a black cap. Pours into my glass a hazy, opaque brown with ruby highlights. A small light tan head appears and then quickly falls to a ring around the top. Aromas start with caramel malt accented by some figs and raisins. Some brown sugar and a bit of red grape skin. Earthy peat in the back.

First sip brings big caramel and bready malt upfront. It's followed by raisins and a somewhat distinct red grape flavor. Figs, brown sugar and a faint touch of hops. Earthy peat is there in good form. Flows down with a good malt sweetness that doesn't get overpowering. Finishes with a hint of alcohol and somewhat dry astringency.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a subtle carbonation. Big maltiness that goes down smooth at the same time. Pretty easy to drink for a bigger beer. Overall, this just doesn't really wow me like I thought it might, but it's a solid brew overall.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SD-Alefan, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep amber/copper with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention, eventually fading to a collar. Some lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt and earthy brown bread, some spice,and a faint raisin aroma. Didn't really get any alcohol aroma from this.

T - Starts with a big rush of sweet caramel and quickly turns quite dry. Very bready, with a nice dense brown bread taste. Some subtle dark fruits and a faint tea-like flavor on the finish.

M - Starts a bit sticky sweet and very creamy. Finishes earthy and dry.

O - One of my favorite Scotch Ales. Very drinkable. Nice combination of initial sweetness eventually yielding to an earthy dryness.

warnerry, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -1%

DWolf, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of WuAnquo1
5/5  rDev +23.8%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Callmecoon, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of dgfool
4/5  rDev -1%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev -1%

orm56, May 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours off with a slightly syrupy look to it, thin but dense tiny bubble lace puts up a fight to stay alive. Be careful of the chunks of sediment at the bottom. Clear dark chestnut color. Smells of a freshly opened can of brown bread, bread crust and a faint animal feed maltiness. Hint of alcohol way back in the nose. Very creamy with a full body and light smoothness, just enough carbonation to get by and pick the beer up. Happy happy, joy joy ... what a malt bomb this is. Creamy bready malt flavor throughout, not overly sweet with a hint of caramel and bread crust. The is a minute vague fruitiness, all in all its hard to pinpoint which leads to a very clean alcohol and clean palate. Finishes malty sweet. And to think this coming in at 9.75% abv.

Very impressive, the cleanest Scotch Ale I have ever run into and dangerously drinkable.

Jason, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label art on the bottle, as pictured. Pours a hazed, dark caramel body with absolutely no head and just a wisp of lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Hints of smoke and floral hops. Medium body with low carbonation. Taste is sweetish malts balanced by a slight floral hops bitterness. Some dark fruits add more sweetness. The alcohol is slightly warming. Has some characteristics of a Belgian dark ale but still an interesting and enjoyable take on the style.

merlin48, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours dark brown, medium khaki head, leaves low nicely developed lacing.

Nose is loaded with maple, caramel, toffee malts and a hint of smoke.

Full flavor scotch ale, with smooth waves of caramel, maple and again toffee. Simply delicious malty goodness. Full of flavor, but not overly sweet. Nicely done. Glad to get to try this one on draft

Billolick, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, cloudy, reddish-brown in color, sediment is noticable

Smell: earth, hay, cherry, and toffee

Taste: toasted malt, earth, caramel, cherry, and toffee

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, very sweet with a bitter backbone, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow what a great beer from Dark Horse. A nice and complex, semi-fruity, rich, and malty masterpiece. This hits all the high points of Scotch ales. I wish I picked up a four pack of this.

tigg924, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of tripelz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.