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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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1,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 99
Gots: 113 | 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:
Available September to March.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006)
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Photo of hoppymeal


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a murky orangish brown with basically no head, even a fierce swirling produces only a few loose bubbles. Aroma is burnt paper, peaty and smoky, a little rubbery with some fruity malts behind it. Sweet and slightly syrupy on the tongue, the sweet berry and sugary maltiness is at first dominant in the taste but then is taken over in the finish by a bit of the smokiness and a nice small prickly tingle on the tongue. A medium dry finish. Overall a nice easy drinker, rich but not too rich, I enjoy the lack of carbonation and the nice bit of smokiness.

02-06-2007 03:48:18 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Oddly, this beer starts out looking like its flat as a board....but then a medium tan head pops up out of no where. But as fast as it came, it went leaving just a slick across the top. Body is very cloudy, dark mahogoney color with sediment lurking at the bottom of the glass.

S: Rootbeer, chocolate, caramel, mushrooms and a minor waft of smoke.

T: Starts with fruity esters hitting the tongue; primarily raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. Surprisingly bitter for the style, more than one usually finds in a wee heavy. Small amounts of chocolate with hints of butterfinger can be found after the fruit flavors subside a bit. I'd imagine these will become more pronounced once the beer warms. Some peat like flavors dance around the center of the tongue and are some of the last flavors remaining after the swallow. Finishes slightly cloying, little bit malty with moments of maple syrup.

M: Medium body, smooth and soft.

D: I don't know why I had in my head I was going to be head over heals in love with this beer. It was good but nothing like some of the top notch wee heavy's out there.

02-04-2007 07:33:24 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of nortmand


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours reddish brown and a bit hazy with a tan white head.

Sweet honey and flowers in the nose. Molasses and caramel.

Strong malt up front. Balances on the back of the tongue by a resiny hoppiness. Pretty nice.

Huge, chewy body, high alcohol and really big, but very drinkable.

01-27-2007 21:04:29 | More by nortmand
Photo of scruffwhor


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a dark, rusty, caramelized plum skin. No real head to speak of. Has some coppery highlights with no bubbles. The aroma is awesomely malty and full of dark, toasted, fruits. The taste is a little more complex, bringing some caramel and moe specific fruits like , plums, prunes, and black cherries to round out the fruity malt. The alcohol mixes well with this malty obslaught. Could be better of a plain malt was detected than a just fruity malts. The palate is smooth and a little hot from the alcohol.

01-13-2007 04:16:30 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of brewcrew76


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby and amber highlights when held up to the light. A very thin tan head floats on top and disappears quickly.

S - Toffee, raisins, dark fruits, a slight hint of chocolate and sweet brown sugar.

T - Sweet caramel, raisins, dark fruits, sweet brown sugar and just the slightest hint of smoke. Sweet but not cloying.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Warming alcohol presence that is not noticed in the taste.

D - I have had this one several times on tap and haven't been a big fan. It was very tasty from the bottle.

01-07-2007 02:45:43 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of geexploitation


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours exceedingly thick, just short of black, with dark mahogany edges and a deep, deep brown center. Huge head of yellow cream that fades to a collar and a dusting across the top of the body. The nose is very solid for a scotch ale, with raisin fruits, nice spiciness, lots of sweet smells (sweet cream, brown sugar, caramel), some Maris Otter and just a touch of raw alcohol. In the mouth, though, this beer is heaven. Rich and thick and silky, the malts slide over the tongue while just enough carbonation backs it up and wakes up the palate. Sweet cream, caramel, pears flambee and fruitcake, with a long, sweet, nutty finish at the end. There's a slight burn of alcohol here, but for a beer this big and this good, who cares? This beer grabs you and holds on, tickling your tongue for a good 60 seconds between sips (I counted). This beer could take the chill off a Scottish winter. Hell, it could take the chill off a Antarctic winter.

01-05-2007 00:29:42 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: a ruddy mahogany hue, nearly clear under a smallish cream head.

Nose: simple caramel malts, hint of smoke, nut and vanilla

Taste: sweet caramel malts, toasted grain, vanilla smoke

Feel: light from the booze, slick and dry

Drinkability/Overall: Drinkability is quite high for nearly 10% abv. A solid all-around wee heavy, no Lake Louie, but impressively tight.

01-01-2007 19:17:55 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Winter


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a dark brown in color with copper hightlights. Very little head, but I guess that's somewhat expected with the 9.75% abv. Alluring aroma of brown sugar, caramel, sweet malt and just a hint of raisins. The moutfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Taste starts off with sweet caramelly malt. Brown sugar follows. I begin to pick up flavors of dark fruit (raisiny) toward the middle and a real light smokiness follows. Sweet malt flavors return in the finish with a very low hop bitterness.

This was a very enjoyable. The alcohol is barely detectable and makes for a smooth, flavorful drinking Scotch Ale.

12-28-2006 16:12:44 | More by Winter
Photo of jj21


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a very hazy murky brown color with some carbonation leading to a good, creamy tan head. Muted aromas of Caramel and sweet malts with hints of yeast. Disappointed at the subtlty of the aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with dark fruits and an extremely well balanced citrus hoppiness and roasted malts in the finish. Not an overly sweet Scottish with the hops balancing very well. This beer is so smooth to drink. The unexpected hoppiness leaves you wanting more.

12-16-2006 16:13:00 | More by jj21
Photo of benito


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Picked up a bottle at Cloverleaf's earlier this week, and I'm excited to give this a shot.

A copper colored and headless Scotch ale with a sweet, tea-like aroma that really shines when it crosses the palate: this beer is the perfect accompaniment to flank steak, and over the course of a pint, it reveals a myriad of flavors, including cinnamon, ginger, sausage, and cotton candy. I loved the various flavor combinations, all of which seemed to mix well with this medium-bodied brew.

A worthy food pairer from Dark Horse. Recommended.

11-23-2006 01:16:36 | More by benito
Photo of aforbes10


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

another beer tried at the Great Lakes Brewfest. I was excited to try a dark horse beer that i hadn't had before. poured cloudy hazlenut brown color. smells peaty and smokey. taste is a big old smack of alcohol, wet peat, and scottish smokiness. Reminds me a lot of some good old single malt scotch. top notch...and they said to expect this year's line of bottles soon.

09-25-2006 20:47:42 | More by aforbes10
Photo of alexgash


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Dark, slightly hazy amber brown body with a thick, long-lasting, khaki head. Rich, malty brown sugar mingles with rummy fruit, charred campfire logs, and spicy hops. Sweetish, toffee-heavy malt flavor is yummy. Roasted, toasted alcohol rolls into a bitter, biscuity, syrupy finish. Full-bodied with a warming glow. Very good.

09-20-2006 23:16:15 | More by alexgash
Photo of blackie


4.15/5  rDev +3%

appearance: The pour gives a low, tan colored head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass and a small island of carbonation. The beer is a reddish chestnut brown in color.

smell: Upfront are notes of sweet, peaty malts ferried to the nostrils on big waves of boozy ethanol. Raw sugars and the fruits full of them, like date and plum, are found in abundance. I also find hints of milk chocolate and vanilla as well as a woody, bourbony aroma. Just a little hop aroma is noticeable.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the far low side of the medium range, and smooth. The body is slick and full.

taste: Big, highly sweet flavors of peaty and some lightly toasted malts bring to the table notes of dark, sugary fruits including plum and maybe some date. The hop flavor is nondescript and light, with a subtle bitterness lasting into the finish with some sugary flavors. Nice ethanol presence...enough to make itself well known, but not distracting.

drinkability: Based mainly on the aroma but also the flavor, I'd almost call this a Scottish barleywine...very rich and boozy with heavy dark sugars. A pleasure to drink.

12 oz. bottle shipped to me from dirtylou in WI and cellared for a few months

09-13-2006 01:08:13 | More by blackie
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance – This is a dingy brown in color with a nice brown-white head that somehow formed in this pool of darkish booze.

Smell – The rich sweets and light alcohol dominate the nose. The sweets are dark, like plums, prunes, and apricot pits. The peat is faint and reminds me of beer aged in whiskey barrels. There’s some noticeable malt in the nose as well.

Taste – The sugars explode at the taste, so prepare yourself for that first sip. The smoky character comes out a bit more at the taste as well, but it’s still not what I would consider strong.

Mouthfeel – This is a medium-bodied ale with a light, raunchy alcohol presence but not stinging.

Drinkability – This is a mouth-watering Scottish explosion that will surprise even those familiar with the style.

08-14-2006 02:42:48 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Mitchster


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours out to a cloudy dark amber, forming a creamy soft yello-khaki head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is rich and pleasing with an assortment of rotting apples, dates, sticky amber malts, raisins, a touch of distant smoke and biscuits. As it warms, alcohol becomes quite noticeable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a big, dense, syrupy body. The taste begins with a smattering of herbal hops, followed by big amber malts, dark rum, rotten strawberries and black cherries, and dark fruits in the middle. The aftertaste is of prunes, leather and tobacco with mild bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and distinct, but not overly offensive. The finish has distant grain husk and faint overtones of soap.

A big beer as is tradition for Dark Horse. This is closer to a "Double Scotch" as it's so over the top for the style. The alcohol is a touch too aggressive and limits it's drinkability. Despite this, this is a very good brew but I'm not compelled to buy it again.

07-07-2006 19:17:09 | More by Mitchster
Photo of lou91


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Thanks to CRJMellor for this sample. This beer poured dark rich and thick and smelled and tasted like it looked. Big malt flavors with hints of chocolate covered fruit and a great alcohol burn. It took me an hour + to drink this and as it warmed it tasted like an old ale. I wouldn’t call this a scotch ale but a nice hybrid of wee heavy, old ale and a bit of Belgian dark ale.

06-14-2006 05:48:15 | More by lou91
Photo of nflmvp


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to CRJMellor for this sample.

Poured a dark cola brown with a nice 3 finger head that disappated very slowly.

Smell was sweet and fruity. Perhaps a little caramel too.

Taste was malty, sweet and caramel.

Mouthfeel was moderate to thick. The alcohol was VERY well hidden.

Overall drinkability was good.

Wish I'd have gotten more than one of these in trade.

05-18-2006 00:44:15 | More by nflmvp
Photo of meathookjones


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Body is a very dark brown color with a nice size light tan head. Nice rings of lace clumped around the glass as it was consumed. Plenty of ripe dark fruit sweetness with some alcohol hinting at the strength of it in the aroma. Light earthiness peaks through as well. More ripe fruits upfront in the flavor with a nice backing of earthy smoke. Light alcohol and caramel. Sweet fruit and smokiness on end. Pretty hefty body that’s quite smooth. Goes down quite easy for a big brew. Very nice overall beer.

05-16-2006 19:25:42 | More by meathookjones
Photo of xgrigorix


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Tawny dark brown. Thin tan coloured head leaves no lace.

Nose is heavy on malt & dark stone fruit.

Tasty malt. Plenty sweet / big caramel flavours. Light fruitiness (touch of plums). Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Off dry finish.

05-16-2006 02:08:27 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of dirtylou


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz single, received via trade from nisjer05

appearance: bottle label features some great artwork. pours a very dark cola-mahogany into a snifter, slightly ruby tinted, sandy beige cap and lacing around the rim...decent retention

smell: big scotch ale aromas...heavy raisin, slightly strong alcohol...sugary sweet malt, big caramel, hints of grain, alcohol soaked plum and apple, dates, fig

taste: taste follows through in a big way from the aromas...this is a full blown scotch ale...alcohol is up front and forceful. a burst of raisin, alcohol infused plums, sweet apples, dry grain, fig, dates, sugary, sweet toasted malt, smooth caramel, toffee, slightly nutt, hot' alcohol presence, warming

mouthfeel: big and gummy, strong alcohol warming presence, medium-full body

drinkability: hindered by the over the top abv

04-16-2006 23:19:30 | More by dirtylou
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Label is part of the "Guest Artist Label Series, #1 James Mestamaker, Austin, TX."

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the murky red brew. Head quickly fades down to uneven swirly sections of small bubbles, with small amounts of bubbly lace here and there. Aroma is rich hearty sweet dark malt sweetness, heavy on the dark fruit, and prominent alcohol, yet not blow-torch booze levels. Taste is starts with light medium dark grain, hits with the dark fruits, cruises on to the plentiful warming alcohol, and then the aftertaste is the grain coming back and really opening up. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth over the tongue, and drinkability is nice in how this brew handles its abv in a responsible manner. Have to admit the appearance had me wondering, but this one is the winner I had hoped for.

04-12-2006 01:35:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours with a bit of haze, which adds an orange hue to the ruby-amber color when held up to the light. The head, which is a sort of dark tan color, is pretty small and fades to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. The aroma is certainly malt focused; I get notes of sweet toffee, some caramel, a malty raisin note as well as some crusty baked sweet bread type notes. The aroma smells like this is a thick malt focused brew, lets see if the flavors tell the same story.

The taste certainly lives up to the aroma, it is thick and concentrated with sweet, though complex, malt notes all throughout. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol that is only slightly hot, with a touch of astringency. This has a rich, pleasant, almost meaty malt quality to it that is typical of thick malty brews. It makes this almost a meal in a glass. This is a pretty nice beer, the only thing that mars it in the end is that it is a bit too hot and astringent in the finish.

04-01-2006 01:11:47 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a hazy chestnut brown with a small white head. Small spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and smoked peat.
Taste is of the same aromas with the peat standing out.
Mouthfeel is sugary with a light alcohol bite and oak running along the tongue. Very well balanced brew. No sign of that 9.75% abv.

03-31-2006 23:03:19 | More by weeare138
Photo of walleye


4/5  rDev -0.7%

from the bottle. poured a nice garnet with a small off white head. aroma, fruity alcohol, brown sugar, caramel, if the bottle didn’t say scotch ale I would of sworen it was a barleywine. flavor raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits, a nice kick of alcohol, malts at the finish with a hint of boitter sweet chocolate. good beer.

03-30-2006 04:25:28 | More by walleye
Photo of DrJay


3.95/5  rDev -2%

Clear, deep ruby, almost purple colour. Short cap of tan foam that fell quickly, leaving behind a bit of lace. Light alcohol in the nose, along with a bit of apple and pear fruit, mild malt and toffee. Caramel apple up front, mild bitterness, with alcohol apparent in the finish. Plenty of toffee too. Full body, medium/low well-integrated carbonation, creamy texture. Quaffable, given the abv. Tasty and an interesting take on the style.

03-29-2006 01:13:52 | More by DrJay
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