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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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1,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 107
Gots: 137 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bigsquirrel, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sparty55, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of smalenberg
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip

A - Chocolate brown with slight amber highlights in strong light. Nearly half inch of tan foam.

S - Big caramel malty sweetness with some fruity esters (strawberry/raspberry).

T - Rich mix of caramel malt with dark fruit and a slight bitterness for balance that is more likely from the malt than the hops since it is very mildly (and not unpleasantly) tannic in nature.

M - Medium bodied, significant carbonation that hides the alcohol. No heat or warmth to suggest that the ABV is nearly double digit.

O - Great example of the style.

smalenberg, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

BKBassist, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with a soft-looking creaminess to it. Retention is decent given the strength, and there's a bit of lacing left behind, too.

S: Big caramel here unsurprisingly. There's also an impressive dark fruit note here that I find enticing. Other notes of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee abound.

T: Strong tones of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar open the flavor profile up, with light smokiness and plum-like sweetness building up on the finish. The big problem isn't what's here...it's what isn't here. While most certainly well made, it lacks in interesting qualities that could have made it great; nor is it particularly complex. The alcohol is hidden superbly, though.

M: Relatively thick, rich, and sweet on the palate, appropriately for the style. Carbonation is only prevalent when allowed to focus on the tongue.

O: It's pretty good, yeah, but it's missing something - such as the vague stout-like qualities of Old Chub or the drinkable complexity of Dirty Bastard. As such, it's hard to recommend over those two.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 03, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet. Bottled on July 21, 2012.

A - Pours a murky dirt brown color. Very little head, apart from the off-white collar circling the rim. Some cocoa powder sediment rests at the bottom of the glass. Speckled lacing paints the glass after the fact.

S - Toffee, molasses, and earthy malts on the forefront. A little bit of charred peat and grape-like sweetness. Fruity with a slightly boozey character.

T - Saltwater taffee hits the tongue first followed by a barrage of bitter blackstrap molasses and dark fruits. Caramel and charred wood on the finish. Slightly piney linger.

M - Quite dry for a beer with this much malt. The booze isn't overwhelming but it is recognizable.

O - Not my favorite take on the style. I will admit that it probably loses points because I don't particularly like Scoth Ales. Strong earthy peat notes along with caramel and molasses give this beer a rich flavor. It comes a bit unglued on the finish, but some may enjoy that sweet and smoky combination. Not bad, but not one I will seek out.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

aslamm75, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of sjones5045
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper brown that you'd expect to see from a scotch ale, with minimal with head that fades quickly.

The smell hits you with a dried fruit with almost a sweet malty nose.

The feel is decent. Not too heavy like many scotch ales but maybe a slight bit thin but enjoyable.

The taste is really what matters on this and it's terrific. Hits with some fruit up front but continues to introduce a sweet malt taste late. Phenominal aftertaste and pretty smooth. A little thin but not bad as I mentioned before.

Overall, very nice scotch ale. Definitely drinkable and to be fair scotch ales aren't high on my list of favorites so this may rate even higher for those that truly enjoy this class of beer.

sjones5045, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky crimson brown with slow moving bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, tobacco, fruity, bready, earl grey tea, and some chocolate.

Taste: Same above with a little booze and tingling bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and boozy.

Overall: A good scotch ale. You can't even notice the booze that much.

Flounder57, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.