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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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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 108
Gots: 188 | 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 DavoleBomb
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.0 A: Dark brown color. Less than one finger of tan head that falls super quickly and leaves no lacing. Some crap collected at the bottom.

3.5 S: The nose on this is pretty subtle, which I find quite surprising. Anyway, caramel, toastiness, and brown sugar. Light booziness. Not bad, but too subdued to get anything else.

2.5 T: The taste is nearly as soft as the nose. Mild booziness, caramel, toastiness, plum, and brown sugar. Light earthiness. This would be good if it were more intense.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. There's some creaminess in this, but I want some more. Smooth enough.

2.5 D: I expect a lot more from Dark Horse. Somehow they managed to make an almost 10% beer with almost no intensity.

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dnh2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of larsenju
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque deep brown with glints of ruby highlights passing through to the eye. A dense fairly tall head was produced leaving some spotty lacing as it fades. Aroma is quite malty with nuiances of toffee and candied sugar and a big wiff of booze. Hints of roasted malts too.
Taste is pretty complex with candied malts, roasted malts, candied sugar, crusty bread and sutle hints of smoked peet. A medium bodied beer that is pretty smooth. Finishes dry.
I was pleasently surprised with this one. A very good beer.

Photo of eclipse54
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thank you very much for this "Want!" Poured into a Deschutes tulip...

Pours a murky brown, toffee color that is hazy to the point of opaque. About two centimeters of fluffy, bubbly, cream-colored head develops and lingers briefly. Minimal lacing is left on the glass as scattered patches of bubbles. The nose is a bit subdued, but scotch, a bit of grain, some lighter (English?) malt, and earthen notes are present. The aroma is pleasant, just hard to detect. It tastes of earthen grass, faint malt, peaty scotch, some odd, citrusy fruits, and a rush of smoky grain at the end. Alcohol is completely hidden. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, but not in a bad way. It is crisp on the tongue and finishes clean, adding to the drinkability greatly. Overall, a highly drinkable scotch ale that I could happily return to.

Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just like any good scotch ale this beer starts and finishes with an exceptional carmerlized carmelly taste with slight smoke and roast. At 9.75% it hides it's alcohol very very well. Always looking forward to this one come fall in hopes of drinking these at dark horse while watching scotty perform too.

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

Pour is a murky brown color, a finger of head that lasts a decent amount of time.
The aroma, first off has a prominent smoked malt note, in with the smoked malts are a bunch of sweeter malts that give off a rich caramel and dark fruits.
The flavors come across so smooth, rich, and creamy and integrated. I swear the last 2 bottles of this i drank were not this integrated or smooth, this one is prime. Once again Smoked malts, caramel malts, peaty earthy notes, reminds me of moss covered rocks, the dark fruits are lesser here then the earthy notes but show s glimpse, and the smokey notes really add a deep complexity here compared to other in the genre.

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

Pours a very cloudy brown color that shows ruby red highlights when lifted to the sun. Light tan head sits at an inch and holds decent retention. Spotty and web-like lacing clings.

The nose is sweet with toffee, caramel malt, and a bit of leather.

The taste is full flavored and robust with rich caramel, roasty malts, toffee, a touch cocoa, and leather. Very tasty and drinkable given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and full-bodied, creamy, smooth, and comfortable.

Overall, one of the best non barrel-aged scotch ales I have had. Very nice flavors and texture.

Photo of haywire77
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

Brew poured a murky translucent orange/brown with small yeast floaties, and about 1/2" of off white head that disappeared to a thick ring and patchy cap.

Smell is dark fruits such as raisins and prunes. Maybe burnt cherries and smoke. Bready malts and a little alcohol. Every time i bring this to my nose, I pick out something different.

Tastes like oaked molasses and scotch mixed in with a big ol' heap of bready malt and dried fruit. About as good of a scotch ale as I think I've had. Alcohol heat rolls in at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner that I would like, but still solid. A few lingering qualities like the booze heat and maybe a little hop oil on the tongue. Mostly a dry finish, however.

Overall this is probably my favorite of the style so far. Great offering from Dark Horse that I will definitely purchase again. I will, however, be wary of the 9.75.

Photo of MakeshiftBrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber caramel, slight orange-red tint in light. It appears somewhat hazy with small amounts of yeast particulate (which I kind of like). Little head, roughly one half to a finger height which dissolves into a dusting of tightly packed bubbles and minimal lacing.

Nose: A bit banana nut like with a caramel toasted aroma. I pick up on some alcohol but it mixes well with the other aromas.

Taste/aroma: Very similar to nose but with less banana. Caramel, nut and toasted flavors come through primarily, accented by a faint smoky taste. Initially somewhat tangy or fruity which recedes into a sweet, rich toasted nut flavor. Low hop profile, smooth and a bit earthy with almost no bite. Hops linger delicately spicy and grassy while the beer gently coats the mouth with a gentle chewy sweetness. The alcohol content of this beer is hidden very well, with what comes through only enhancing the flavors well.

One of my favorite beers.

Photo of heysuz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intro: Split a 12oz with a friend in snifter glasses.

Appearance: Thin but bubbly head that is tannish brown. A ring remains around the glass throughout the tasting with high carbonation on the glass. Deep rich mahogany color, almost a root beer. It looks thick and grainy.

Smell: Strong aroma of scotch with caramel notes and some malty fruity smells, reminds me of either Cellar Reserve or a weak quad.

Taste: Sharp taste that again reminds of Cellar Reserve and quads. A little thinner in the flavor range, but the rich deep liquor, in this case scotch flavor hits you first along with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Next to no aftertaste except some alcohol residue. Overall pretty clean in the mouth no coating or oliness but not dry either.

Overall: The flavor has a richness to it that is refreshing a satisfying. Not as complex or resonant as most quads and this is not a quad, but it has many aspects that remind of that style which is a favorite of mine.

Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold to a sun king shaped pint a cloudy and opaque cinnamon brown with a 1/2 finger, super creamy, long lasting butterscotch head leaving slowly receding spotty lace to the rim after each sip

big sweet bourbon aroma, lots of sugars and dark malts.

buttery brown sugars, bourbon, toasted malt, yum.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, sweet, high carbonation.

overall - a great week heavy. admittedly, i'm a huge wee heavy fan, but this one is right up there.

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours with a caramel haze color, thin crop of beige head fades into a filmy cloud, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Strong caramel and fruit tones in the nose with cherry and dates. Toffee and dark chocolate with peat and faint smoke. Soft alcohol warmth combines with the sweetness.

Bite of sweetness up front with candied dark fruit. Touches of raisin, date, and cherry. Peat and smoke wrapped in chocolate and cocoa. Somewhat sweet, but still boozy and smoky. Finishes a bit sweet and warm.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. A pretty solid wee heavy, but not quite one of my favorites.

Photo of gigaknight
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a standard pint glass just below room temperature (so that no flavor may hide behind the deceptive shield of the cold), presenting a decent finger of off-white head. Held up to the light, the brew is a beautiful deep red with just enough effervescence to look like beer.

S- Lots of sweet malty toffee aroma up front, joined by a light whiff of coffee grounds and followed by a hint of scotch (a little too earthy and briny to be bourbon). A shade of alcohol, some smokiness, and oak notes round out the aroma and make this a really pleasant-smelling scotch ale.

T- Wow, I was expecting something much stickier and sweeter, but am pleasantly surprised. That sweet toffee/coffee duo greet the palate, followed by a wide sweep of lush caramel and smoke. Alcohol is present, but blends very nicely into the array of flavors present and makes itself scarce. The aftertaste lingers with some more of those ol' scotch notes (leaning towards an Islay single-malt on account of the brine and just a touch of iodine), and some smooth coffee to mull over til the next sip.

M- The mouthfeel is sublime, the brewers struck a wonderful balance with a rich, silky body that presents almost no saccharin stickiness. Not that sticky is a bad thing, but I found it quite refreshing to have a big beer such as this stay somewhat on the dry side. Similarly, the carbonation is perfectly subtle and carries the flavors flawlessly.

O- Next to Backwoods Bastard and Shaggin' in the Wood (which is almost doesn't count as a scotch ale due to the inclusion of stout characteristics), this is one of my new top 3 scotch ales. Not as sweet and powerful as something like Skull Splitter, Scotty Karate errs on the side of session ale (though at 9.75%, it ought to be a short session) in it's ability to hide it's alcohol and leave the palate unburdened by thickness or sugar.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper, nearly brown. Pours with a rather weak head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam which sticks around for a while.

S - Sweet malts attack the nose and end on a slightly smoky cocoa note.

T - Seriously malty. The flavor of sweet malts, figs, and cocoa throughout. Some booze, but no where near 9.75%'s worth.

M - Lighter than expected, but medium bodied. This one likes to linger a bit.

O - Pretty good stuff; not something I'm going to seek out a ton of, but I would buy again.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and smoky powerful ale. Dark amber with a beige head. Nose is not so substantial but there is a little spice and a hint of Scotch whiskey. Sharp and even acidic in the mouth. Sweetness wears off as the dark, sourish burnt malt comes on. Quite hoppy but bitterness is certainly within bounds. Dark caramel and brown sugar. Fruity tang of dried figs.

This seems more complex as you sip. A very good example that shows restraint with sugar and smoke, but then goes wild with the alcohol. A great sipping beer.

Photo of clint1019
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown in color with an extremly large large, very bubbly, caramel colored head that dissapates to a thin covering in about 5 minutes.

S - Rich caramel malt aroma with butterscotch and fruity notes. Also has a hint of smokeyness.

T - Has a really fruity malt flavor and a light caramel flavor. Finishes with a light bitterness. The flavors in this beer are not a pronounced as the smell.

M - light - medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O - A very good scotch ale. I'm kind of dissapointed that the flavors of the beer are not more noticable, but stil overall this is a great beer.

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This is a bottle that was in the cellar from last year.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with some red around the edges. There is a half a finger of tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Quite sweet with notes of brown sugar, dark fruit, and vanilla.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Not quite as sweet, but there are still some brown sugar notes. Also some ripe dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. There is a mild bitterness and a hint of warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: Nice and complex. I liked the dark fruit and vanilla notes. Would have again.

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.