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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
90
outstanding

1,573 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 114
Gots: 219 | 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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Ratings: 1,573 | Reviews: 569
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischers, IN for $1.99. Poured from the Purple/Green Tie Died Label bottle w/ a gremlin playing both the banjo and the drums into my 16oz iTap Passport Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a huge caramel aroma from the beginning with deep malts and light alcohol behind it. Can't tell about hops or anything else, but not too worried about this.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has quickly disappears. Has a dark brown, chai latte colored boy with tons of ingredient floating around. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a very rich and fantastic caramel flavor from the beginning. A bit of a smoky character comes in towards the finish. A nutty note hits the palate also at the finish. No real bitterness or hops ever.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Highly Carbonation (shouldn't be this much), thick, smooth, and chewy until a nice alcohol warming concludes this beer.

Overall Impression- Very rich, malty, and great for the style! The ABV's weren't very noticeable except for some alcohol warmth at the finish. This brew is keeping my interest in Scotch Ales very high! Would recommend you trying this brew, and not just b/c of the awesome Gremlin on the front of the label ;)

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- Pours a deep, hazy brown with some ruby highlights. Finger's worth of tan head recedes to a cap and clings to the glass. Alcohol legs present as well.

S- Really rich and sweet. Malty, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits (raisins), a wee bit of smoke, and strangely...apples? Really nice though.

T- Big time malty sweetness with flavors from the nose. Mainly raisins and caramel. A bit of vanilla with a nice bite of alcohol on the finish.

M- A bit thinner than I anticipated from the pour, but nothing shocking. Carbonation is adequate. The alcohol on the finish really helps clean your palate off and leaves a nice warming on the way down.

O- This is easily my favorite Scotch ale I've tried. I'm usually not too big of a fan due to the overt smokiness I've encountered before, but this is just a damn fine beer period.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of codsmith
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark thin coffee colored brown that pours with a thin light tan head that is fairly creamy and laces the glass nicely

S: A mellow malty and barrel smell that are very nice and mellow. A slight alcohol aroma is present.

T: Has a fairly decent maltly and slight roasted character with a lot of hot alcohol taste and a slight bit of fruit character and bitter character at the end.

M: Fairly thin up front, but has a little bit of a malt character towards the back end to finish off with a medium bodied. It provides a nice dichotomy of finish and flavor.

O: Not an overly done scotch ale. It has a good malty character with a nice mellow scotch quality. Mouthfeel is perfect.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of jegross2
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Scotty Karate from Dark Horse Brewing Company.

Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in an over-sized wine goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper reddish brown. Opaque with blood-red highlights at the bottom. Slightly-below average lacing. Pours one finger of head, which settles into a foggy layer on top of the beer -- not unlike a Scottish marsh! 4/5

Smell: Caramel maltiness upfront. Red grape sweetness. Strong and delightful vanilla extract aromas -- almost dessert-like, though I cannot put my finger on the specific dessert (maybe cookies?). Some figs and raisins. Dark fruit. A little banana bread and smokiness. Definitely smelling some tiramisu too. 4.5/5

Taste: Vanilla extract and caramel sweetness. Brown sugar. Very malty, and creamy. Dark fruits, figs and raisin sweetness on the mid-palate. A little spicy grain. No hoppy bitterness, and absolutely no alcohol presence -- which is surprising given the 9.75% ABV! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Very smooth, a little creamy. Dry, slightly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: One of the better Scotch Ales I have had the pleasure to drink; this one is totally on par with Founders Dirty Bastard. The high ABV is completely hidden, which makes this a dangerously drinkable beer!

Recommendation: This is a great, complexly flavored beer that seasoned beer lovers will enjoy. A great starting point for casual beer drinkers looking to try craft beers.

Pairings: Freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Cost: $7.99 for a four pack.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice thick and evenly creamy like head, falls slowly, very light tan in appearance. Head seems to manage lots of staying power. Some very noticeable side cola size bubbles on the edge of the glassware,

Real nice light and airy very faint smoke. Soft malts with a nice chocolate accent. Kind of a ripped grain sense, almost husky but not jarring. Quite nice.

Taste at first brings some solid flavor of malt and smoke on the nose, but unfortunately also brings some phenol and medicinal novocaine quality. Light bodied in texture, pleasing, and quite enjoyable in feel. Dry. A bit of mild wood.

Overall this is pretty good, but I wish this wasn't so medicinal tasting. If that sensation wasn't there I probably would have enjoyed this even more.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed this pint from a growler procured by tb69 at Al's

The color is deep copper/bronze with reddish hues and a full cream cap which recedes leaving a slight lace pattern. The color is very apropos and has a nice amount of clarity for the style. The smell is a malt driven ale, very full with caramel and light toasty scents with creamy essence and slight odor of woody scented hops. The feel is sweet with a slight dry toastiness and smooth bitterness with moderate carbonation and mild alcohol impact with subtle bitterness in the finish whether it is malt or hops is unclear as it is very mild.

The flavor has a good amount of malt depth with slight toasted grain up front and subtle caramel w/ mild woody hop accents and light toasted toffee essence that carries a hint of earthy elements with thte mild grass/pine and slight alcohol in the taste and dried fruit from the yeast. This ale is overall pretty high in drinkability with fairly easy to drink for the heft of alcohol it packs, the scottish ale is not mild in flavor, yet still is able to hide some of the brawn. I went back for several tastes from this growler.

Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours a slightly hazy dark brown, some clarity around the edges, minimal head, some lacing

S: smoked peat malts come up front, followed by waves of caramel and vanilla, sweet on the finish

T: taste is opposite of nose, sweetness comes first, primarily caramel, toffee, and vanilla, this is followed by significant smokiness. Nice balance, ABV well hidden.

MF: thin body, medium carbonation

O: this is a great value from Dark Horse, great flavor and nice balance. Great representation of the style.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- A deep mahogany body with a foamy tan head that fades to a thin ring around the glass and leaves a lacing that remains on the glass for minutes after each sip.

S- Apples, whiskey, toffee, cinnamon

T- Like a really smooth scotch. The boozieness hits at the finish. There is a sweet, apple-like presence throughout with a caramel sweetness.

M- Light to medium-bodied with a light carbonation presence.

O- Wonderful. If not for the lack of body. The way this tastes coupled with the aroma leads me to anticipate a thick, whiskey-like body. All that aside, this is still a great beer.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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