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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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1,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 109
Gots: 212 | 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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Photo of bigbeard
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well-done and highly bitter strong Scotch Ale with good alcohol content and warmth and a great balance and sweet dry finish. I really enjoy this beer and would call it one of my favorite Scotch Ales on the planet. Also in contention are Old Chub and Dirty Bastard. Scotty has a bit more balls than the others.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MichiganBrews
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

Copper -brown appearance with thin lacey head, slight sediment at the end of the pour

For a 9.75 percent beer, it is pretty creamy and smooth will still packing a punch. The alcohol is evident from the smell and finish of the tasting, but it is a delicious Scotch ale and has become a regular purchase for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter

Appearance- Mahogony in color with a half finger of off white head that dissipates almost completely away pretty quickly. Tons of carbonation bubbles streming from the bottom.

Smell- A nuttiness with hints of carmel and some sweet alcohol scent.

Taste- Nutty up front followed by smoke and a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel- A very strong medium body that is highly carbonated and drinks somewhat like a soda.

Overall- To me this drinks a lot like a nut brown with some smoke and an alcohol finish. Not bad, just not a super Scotch Ale in my opinion.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a rich, deep brown topped by a fluffy, two finger light beige head. Little to no lacing. Huge caramel malt, fresh moist bran muffins, some grain, and just a whiff of clean alcohol on the nose. An absolute malt bomb. Bread crust, freshly baked lightly sweet dark bread, hints of caramel and toffee. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy, full body and shows up here and there; a bit of syrupy accents on the edges. Heavy, but creamy and ridiculously smooth. This is just a fantastic brew and one of my favorite Scotch Ales. You'd be hard-pressed to find one that tops it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

The Scotty is a must try for those of you who frequent Scotch Ales and for connoisseurs alike. This has been on the hit list for awhile so it's appropriate that I make Scotty my first BA review.

Serving vessel is a tulip sifter, allowing the beer to warm up for a few minutes at room temperature.

A: Deep brown chocolate color with rich amber tones in the light. Not tar in the jar, but a dense brown haze awaits you, the head is narrowly present under a finger.

S: Roasted malt on the nose is first complimented with sweetness and subtle yeast and undertones of the 9.75% alcohol.

T: Rich malt and forward molasses are enhanced by the subtle chocolate with lingering notes of brown sugar with the alcohol sticking around on the finish. This is a sipper, it's rich, deep and complex with apparent alcohol throughout.

M: Like with many Scotches it's heavy without being syrup but this feels more carbonated upfront with the sugary notes lingering on the back of the palette. It begs the question if more hop was used in the brewing. The alcohol is felt going down the throat, don't pound this buddy!

Overall: For the Scotch Ale enthusiasts it's a must try, the highly carbonated mouthfeel brings out the the rich malt and molasses, it's a meaty Ale that doesn't hide the alcohol but embraces it, so be ready for a head-thumper.

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

Pours a burnt copper hue with a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the smell is burnt caramel,toffee,nutcake,booze,dried fruit and molasses,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of toffee,fruitcake,burnt caramel,candi sugar,butterscotch and finished with a boozy dryness and overall its a nice scotch ale and would buy again cheers.

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.