1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch AleDark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,314 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 104
Gots: 121 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,314 | Reviews: 524 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ssarkozi1
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ssarkozi1, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

paulish, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of rojapa
4/5  rDev -1%

rojapa, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of steve2tb
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

steve2tb, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of IDPharmProf
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

IDPharmProf, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of keithmurray
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance - dark mahogany color with slight tan head

Smell - raisins, prunes, plums, toffee

Taste - much like the aroma - raisins, prunes, toffee, plums

Mouthfeel - Medium plus body, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, slight bitterness/astringency on the finish, booze is masked well for the most part

Overall - this is a great scotch ale that I'm glad is available in my market. It will be a staple in my fridge for when I have a craving for the style.

Price Point - $7.99/4pk 12 oz. bottles

keithmurray, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of hopgasm327
5/5  rDev +23.8%

hopgasm327, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -1%

zachattack555, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of a_beckman25
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

a_beckman25, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of WiggyKGB
4/5  rDev -1%

WiggyKGB, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -1%

koopa, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Robdiesel21
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Robdiesel21, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Randent
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Randent, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of MaxPowers
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of brewskis4drewski
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

brewskis4drewski, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev -1%

FrankHammer, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of BuzzFee
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

BuzzFee, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

comfortablynirm, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of nidill
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

nidill, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of illeagle05
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

illeagle05, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of did3376
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

did3376, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy, lingering khaki head.

Notes of treacle and toffee erupt from the glass, with dates and prunes adding complexity. Rum soaked raisins come to mind, along with a slightly savory, not quite soy character.

Flavor reveals brown sugar and caramel malt serving as the backbone, becoming nutty and toffee like in the slightly sweet finish. Underlying notes of muted prunes, raisins, and dates are welcome distractions from what could be slightly cloying malt sweetness. Cola characteristics emerge late.

Body is on the full side, with modest carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Nice malt character, with a decent amount of estery complexity. Some may think this to be too sweet, but I enjoy it.

barczar, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

tdmccarthy, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1%

DrBier, Jul 19, 2014
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.