Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by kasper:
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle compliments of pepsican, likely over a year old but aged in refrigeration.
A: Pours a semi transparent mahogany with ruby accents. A burnt copper head appears oh so briefly though never more than a millimeter or so before fading to a ring and leaving a sticky leg or two on the class.
S: Huge aromas of butterscotch, carmel, banana date nut bread, and some red ripe fruit that I can't put my finger on. One of the most enticing aromas I've picked up from a brew lately -- never had a scotch ale before, actually.
T: Wow, where's the almost 10% ABV? This puppy is smooth as *$)# -- big carmel flavors up front, bitter of bitterness like butterscotch snapps on the end. Not overly complex here, but delicious.
M: Smooth and somewhat slippery. Really low levels of carbonation. Not sure if this was the age on the brew or the intended result, but it doesn't work against the brew like would be common in other cases or styles.
D: Really tasty sipper that goes down twice as smooth as one would think after reading this brews credentials. This beer has opened my eyes to the scotch ale wee heavy style. Looking forward to trying some others.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2009 03:43:40 | More by kasper
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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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