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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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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 108
Gots: 190 | 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:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006

Available September to March.
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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotch ales have been something I had been ignoring until recently. I didn't like the dark malty flavor. Recently, though, I had one that changed my mind, and since then I have been enjoying them. This one is not too dark tasting (or in color) but it is pretty boozy.

I like it. It's cloudy and interesting looking. There is a malty aroma, overpowering the hops (appropriately for the style). The aftertaste is very boozy. It is going very nicely with an excessively spicy gumbo - they are going toe to toe. I would buy this again when I wanted a strong scotch ale.

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CWhite
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of gbbass16
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to TheArkhamMonk for this bottle!!!

First off I have to say that Backwoods Bastard is my favorite beer of this style that I have been able to try. That being said, I have been waiting to try this for a while. Poured into a Boulevard tulip. Color is a reddish brown with a 1/4 inch head that stayed throughout. Smell was boozy, with the typical bourbon nose of this type. Taste was not overly hot with great hints of caramel, and oak. The finish lingered although not as long as BB. Mouthfeel was on the thinker side, which is what I want from Scotch Ale. Overall this is very nice, balanced beer and a great example of the style. Its very clean and does not have the twinge that you get from BB at the end. A pretty good substitute for Backwoods Bastard, which is not easy to achieve but is lacking in the overall mix of flavors that Founders provides. I will definitely be looking for this again!!!! Great Beer Dark Horse!!!

Photo of vitrael
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty red pour with a small light colored head.

S: Melanoidin, big time. Caramel and fruit.

T: Intense maltiness. A second wallop of caramel and toffee. A somewhat drying, grainy finish despite the largeness of the beer. Breath out and you will smell glorious roasty chocolate malt on your breath. Just enough bittering hops to put off any cloying aspect; their flavors are fruity but understated.

M: Fat and chunky just like it should be.

Wonder a wonderful beer. I gotta be careful or the wife is going to drink it all.

Photo of EK33
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a mug producing a 5mm head that quickly dissipated to a 2mm ring with lacing over the top of te beer. Good amount of carbonation with slightly dark amber cloudiness.

S-Great with Caramel/Toffee hinted with Vanilla up front and background notes of Dark Cherry/Plum and only hints of medium hops. No alcohol smell whatsoever.

T-Great with it supporting nose. Caramel and Toffee followed by OK Vanilla. Finishes with the dark fruits and the medium hop. Once again for being 9.75%, alcohol nicely hidden.

M-Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale and Barley-Wine makers take note, this is perfection. It nails the right amount of Creamy-Chewiness for the style.

O-Flavor notes not robust enough and I am seeking the Barrel Version of this brew as it could make it perfect. As with my other 2011 brews, will cellar and check back at 5 and 10 years.

Photo of WuAnquo1
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured about a finger of lite mocha head, dissipated to cap within a minute. Color of the ale is an opaque toffee brown.

Smell - Butterscotch, dark carmel, toffee, brown sugar, and some vanilla, really smells delicious!

Taste - Not quite as bold and sweet as the nose would suggest, but nice balanced flavors of semi-sweet butterscotch and toffee, touch of brown sugar at the center, at the back I get vanilla bean, some lite roasted wheat bread and just a touch of grassy hops. There is a hint of alcohol, and some nice dry pumpernickel crust long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium, nice creamy mouthfeel that is lightly cleaned with some low, lightly foamy carb that adds just a touch of tingle, but still leaves pockets of flavor in corners of the mouth.

Overall - I really enjoy this scotch ale. Nice flavors, and great balance, even a little complexity. No punches here at all, just a smooth, creamy, flavorful scotch ale. A great way to end a cool evening. I recommend this one.

Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish color. Small, 1/4" head which dissipated within 30 seconds. There is a noticeable amount of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle.

Has a pronounced alcohol smell, most likely from the scotch. Also smells a bit sweet.

Taste is lighter than anticipated. Little alcohol bite at the end of palate.

Overall it's a nice beer. For me, nothing stands out as amazing, but nothing stands out as bad. A bit above average for me, but that's it.

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Oakmont Bar in Havertown, PA almost a year ago, from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Pours dark brwon with a thin, wispy head.

The smell is of peat roast and toffee.

The taste is of coffee/toffee and chocolate. Sweet-ish with peat roast balance in the finish.

The feel is of a soft, creamy texture. It is full-bodied, but not too thick.

This is a great sweet-ish sipper with a nice roasty balance!

Photo of Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of daves1186
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of LornaLee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GentlemanJoel
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of djmichaelk
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stonequarrywest (thanks!), into a snifter.

A - Initial pour is a translucent brown, with clear auburn edges. Subsequent pours are cloudy, with a not-trivial amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Very little head to speak of, and not much in the way of retention.

S - Plenty of caramel and brown sugar, and sweet with no bitterness at all. Some vanilla and toasted hazelnut. Roast.

T - Much like the aroma, plenty of caramelized sugar, toffee, vanilla. Not as nutty as the nose, and it has a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

M - I thought it was too thin in the beginning, but that turned out (apparently) to be the temperature. As it warms, it becomes thick and full. Finish is slightly drying.

O - This is an above-average scotch ale, maybe falling just short of a few of my favorites in the style (CCB & Alesmith). I'd love to see what a barrel would do to this -- it's definitely got some aspects that would be complimented.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Aiptasia
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I got one of my "Want" beers from Iadler in the midwest! Woohoo, enjoying from a pint glass after a flash chill in my freezer for fifteen minutes.

A: Pours a nice rich cup of brownie brown with a frothy tan micro foam head. Lacing isn't copious but it is tenacious. What there is, wants to last.

S: Smells of burnt sugar rum, toffee, apricot and deep roasted malts.

T: Wow. Slick wet caramel flavors with a hint of smokey phelonic on the tongue. It dances well with a roasty malt backbone and only the barest hint that a hop might've touched it briefly. The alcohol dries out the aftertaste into a rum raisin flavor.

M: Delicious and very well balanced. Wet up front with a dryness from the alcohol on the back end. The alcohol gets all over on your booboo fast on this one. Savor it slowly.

O: Excellent. This could easily be the base for DFH's WWS before all of the supplemental sugar feedings.

Photo of suncrust
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, malted milk-ball, cloudy brown. Unfiltered, with some chunky sediment floating around the glass that escaped from my slow pour. Swirling, thin, off white head. Kind of mud-like and murky. Definitely has character.

Smell: Sweet, sticky sugars to the nose. A little booze, breads, dark fruit and small vanilla. Creamy and soft aromas.

Taste: Dark malty characters with a little chocolate. Big caramel flavor with some detectable hops in the finish. Mild smoke, light earth, toast, and more breads. Maybe even a little bit of a spicy character. Definitely a malt bomb!

A dark rich texture makes up the mouthfeel, paired with a big body and syrupy feel. What is detectable of the hop profile creates a slight tingle in the back of the mouth. It finishes almost like a lightly hopped spiced caramel. Very little carbonation.

I think a me from the future traveled back in time to start Dark Horse- I thoroughly enjoy every beer I've had from them. It's as if they were brewed specifically for my palate. An excellent scotch with awesome heft and character.

Photo of Hoopman
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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