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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

1,548 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 109
Gots: 213 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a very noticeable red hue.

Vanilla, caramel, earthy, and dark fruits.

Bready, slightly roasted notes, caramel, vanilla, and fruity esters.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, smooth.

Overall, this one is up there in my favorites for this style.

Photo of delgotit99
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable for sure, but lacks the wow factor. I enjoyed it with a boar burger on a COLD January day.

Photo of blarson
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Schimms
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours with beautiful red-brown; thin, creamy head. Very nice lacing.

S: Minimal malt. Maybe it's my nose, but I'm not picking much up in comparison to the taste.

T: Slight fruity, excellent malt. Hides the alcohol well.

F: Perfect creamy mouthfeel, finish, and carbonation balance.

O: Great beer - took the whole four pack to appreciate it's depth.

Photo of Lucoli
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chappy-88
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingslender22
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12packpoet
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerguy1969
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The scotch flavoring is not one of my favors

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devildogbrewing
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the first scotch ales I ever had. Will be purchasing this again soon!

Photo of Gardmark59
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ilthik
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ela
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nick_B
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours chestnut brown, reddish hues, smoky and hazy. Half finger thick, slight off white head, sopay bubbly. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich caramel and toffee malts, stone fruits, mild but sweet. Slight peaty smokiness, nice earthy quality. Bready, yeasty, rich and full.
Taste- Smoky and toasty malts, nice caramel sugary sweetness. Stone fruits really come through and add a nice sweetness. Bready and rich, full of flavor.
Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, only a slight creaminess. Lower carbonation which is fine for the style.
Overall- Very enjoyable offering for the style. The fruitiness really sticks out the most and adds an undeniable sweetness to the beer. Has a wonderful classic smoky malt base, with nice toasted bread notes and caramel sweetness. Alcohol fairly well hidden, not very pungnant. Nice enjoyable sipper.

Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chestnut brown/red color with a 1 finger creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left minimal lacing and a little layer on top. A lot of sediment floating in the brew, with decent sized chunks swirling around.

Initial aroma is of caramel and toffee, followed by dark fruits, smoked grains, peat moss, dark rum and floral herbs or leafs; the sweetness and caramel malt smell is the strongest, but complex and nice to inhale with some syrup and wheat bread trailing. The high ABV was very mild and well controlled, with a slight citrus zest mixed in.

Taste is very similar to the nose but with more earthy flavors, like the beer was poured through dry sticks and then over burnt wood pulled from a campfire. The sweetness mixes well with the charred grains allowing the caramel, maple syrup, toffee, dark fruits and rum to come through with a slight bitterness and then some roasted grains, peat moss, baked leafy floral hops and spruce tips. Nice combination of sweet malts that have enough earthiness to make me want to don a kilt and throw this back.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, a thin watery feel across the tongue, and a slightly bitter grainy finish that is sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Overall this was a very goof Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy that hid the 9.75% ABV masterfully. I would definitely have this again and recommend trying it.

Photo of BaronRVH
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply complex... Dried fruits, breads, malts, completely hidden ABV, caramel sweetness. Such a clean finish. This is what I imagine a great wee heavy tastes in Scotland when fresh from a brewery... Hopefully because the ones I've had on this side of the pond aren't this good.

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.