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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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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 113
Gots: 217 | 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:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006

Available September to March.
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Dark Horse Brewing
Scotty Karate

Appearance: Brown appearance, with some yeast particles suspended. Little head forms and dies a quick death.

Smell: Peaty, roasted malts and alcohol.

Taste: A strong scotch ale, abounding with suggestions of peat smoked malt, brown sugar, nutty flavors, and muted citrus hop notes. There is an omnipresent alcohol presence but it works well here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft feel and chewey. Carbonation is medium-low.

Overall: A big tasty scotch ale. Good character, hides the strength well enough, and I can dig it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep coppery brown body with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is deep malty tones with burnt caramel, molasses and hints of booze. Taste is more caramel, dark toffee, roasty malt tones and hints of walnut. Smooth mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Pretty nice. Maybe lacking a bit in complexity but overall a decent scotch ale from Dark Horse.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with a surface residue of parchment-tinted bubbles that try to climb wall of the glass. Heavy but inconsistent lacing remains on the glass.

S: Boozy toffee and fermented dark fruit are decadent but straight-forward.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic crystal malt that is husky as well as caramel. Acidity is carbonic and slightly unruly into the middle, seeming to trod over juvenile dark vinous fruit in the process. Charcoal toward the finish transitions to a period of vacant cleanliness, mildly bitter. The palate is evacuated with near totality before a whiff of intense, peaty umami manifests and lingers. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed wee heavy has the feel of a beer that wants very badly to be taken seriously. It tries hard, and occasionally delivers, but is simultaneously constrained by some typical strong-ale problems. The smell is excellent and enticing, providing a bookend that is complemented by the far finish of pungent and dry umami. Along the way acidity plays too large a role and flavors take too long of a break in the third quarter. In the final tally it is worth drinking for the volatile dried mushroom aftertaste alone.

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Awesome. Just a little sweetness and a full body. Great Scotch ale!

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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-This is a nice scotch brown color. Two finger head that's rocky, but it does fade away, and their is not a lot of lacing.

S-Smells amazing. It has a depth of malt smells that are just sheer enjoyment. A caramel smell, a butterscotch smell, a toffee smell.

T-Taste is much of the same as what it smelled like. The hop bite is there just enough to balance out that malt overload going on.

M-The mouthfeel is just about on. Medium bodied. This is that high in alcohol? You don't notice it at all.

O-Really great beer. I look forward to having this again another day. I really look forward to making the 1.5 hr. trip to darkhorse and hopefully soon.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks syrupy yet thin in the pour; I was afraid it might be watery. It’s a beautiful translucent warm chocolate-brown color. Looks like a flat Coke, but thinned out with more of an amber hue.

S – Sweet candied sugar and wheat. A very pleasant smell, indeed. Slight fruit smell, which my just be the sweetness.

T – Big on malt, caramel comes in nicely. The slight fruitiness is back, but it is very light. Malty sweetness in the end. No lingering taste, which is nice for the palate.

M – Very lightly carbonated. It has a nice creamy mouth feel. Not nearly as syrupy as I thought it might be.

O – Dark Horse knows how to hide their alcohol. Double Crooked Tree does it best in IPA, and Scotty does it best in Scotch Ales… Very drinkable; it’s no Backwoods Bastard, but that’s okay because this brew is nice on its own. Too bad this is a once a year brew.

I might hold on to one to see what happens in 6 months.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Pours a deep oak with red highlights and a tan head.

S: Very nice and rich aroma. Caramel and leather mixed with cocoa, malted milk balls, lemon and vanilla.

T: The regular wood and toffee flavours cover the palate and the tangy citrus notes finish it out. Unusual and delicious.

D: Very, very well balanced and the alcohol is completely hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy and this beer is simply dangerous.

Overall: One of my favorite Wee Heavy ales. This doesn't suffer from the one-note character of many in this style. It has those classic malty notes with some modern citruscy hop notes. Remarkable and unique experience.

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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