Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by techfed87:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just off of the bottle art, I like this beer. And with a stated 9.75 ABV, it looks like quite a kicker. I'm drinking from a 12-oz. bottle, which came as part of a 4-pack at a local specialty store.
Pours a darkened head, dissipating in about 30 seconds to a light film over a barely opaque dark DARK red color. Through the thinner parts of the glass some light can pass through; however the thicker parts of the glass are completely opaque.
Smells distinctly of pears. I once had a very fine scotch that had the same nose to it. It's very distinct, in a way that makes you question just how distinct it is.
Taste beings with a very peaty quality to it. It's earthy and soddy and very organic to it. The pear taste is there, but not as distinct as before.
The alcohol is very well hidden in this. It doesn't taste like it were nearly 10% ABV, which in this case is a good thing. It doesn't distract from the overall notes of the beer.
Having tried other scotch beers, this gets my mark as one of the better ones in the genre. Try it sometime, you'll like it.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2009 02:20:31 | More by techfed87
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4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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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