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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
91
outstanding

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 104
Gots: 169 | FT: 11
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arum93
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DCHritz
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leag0002
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Travitten
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thirstyturtle
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gillagorilla
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a MD snifter

A: Muddled dark brown with a little bit of head, no lacing and no collar.
S: Extremely light, with nothing really standing out. Just a tad of sweet malt.
T: Light on the scotch and flavor. It seems age does not agree with this one. Just a one note type of beer here.
M: Just the faintest tickling of carbonation.
O: I don't really get anything out of this beer. That being said, I did let it warm up for an hour after I opened it. But I did it in the bottle with a wine stopper, however, I did have to pour the beer back into the bottle.

Photo of vess
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours dark mahogany with a thin off-white head that slowly turns into a frothy lace and a few floating specks.
Caramel and toffee splashed with alcohol, somewhat close to bourbon. Plum jelly, some raisin, sweet nut, buttered toast, faint chocolate. All right.
Caramel, toffee and single malt spirit up front, like a mix of scotch and bourbon. A smokey note, faintly peaty. Raisin, fig, some date, plum and faint blueberry, with a mild jam sweetness. Toasted malt, some butterscotch, brown sugar rock candy, faint toasted chestnut. Finishes with that "spicy, grainy" scotch dry feel and a minimum of bittering hop.
Nice body, a bit sticky and palate-coating, smooth carbonation. Aftertaste has a lot of caramel, a bit of toast, even less dark fruit, but a bit of slightly mouth-numbing alcohol.
A big scotch ale that's a bit linear, i guess almost boring for some, but it was tasty enough for me. Still, not a direct contender with the traditional heavies.

Photo of Keelin
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of elroacho
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Freshness date is smeared: ?/10/14

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very unique heavy toasted malt aroma that actually reminds me of boiling wort, so it's a bit sweet. Slight alcohol tinge plus some dark bread and caramel.

T- Has that charry, smoky Scotch ale flavor but it's much more approachable than others I've had. Moderate bitterness and a little sweetness too. Alcohol is extremely well masked.

M- Slightly slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Props to Dark Horse. I don't normally like this style when it's done traditionally but this one is made as such and I really like it.

Photo of cheesy26
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Dogfishnoggen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

hides the EtOH quite well, but no dominant flavor profile, that is, nothing sticks out as far as an amazing flavor. Perhaps a bit sweet but certainly not syrupy. overall, good, but not great.

Photo of Czarbles
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded deep ruddy brown. There is a thin tan head that dissipates almost immediately. A slight hint of lacing. The aroma is lighter, with some deep roasted malt tones and caramel. The taste really takes the malt and runs with it. There is a great big malt hit, followed by some smoked notes and a little bit of fruit. The body has a nice thickness and a little carbonation.

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.