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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

1,274 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 93
Gots: 108 | 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:
Available September to March.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 01-28-2006)
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-31-2011 02:26:32 | More by Mrpickles
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daves1186

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-30-2011 06:45:03 | More by daves1186
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-29-2011 09:54:20 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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LornaLee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-29-2011 05:35:18 | More by LornaLee
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GentlemanJoel

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-29-2011 03:03:38 | More by GentlemanJoel
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stonequarrywest (thanks!), into a snifter.

A - Initial pour is a translucent brown, with clear auburn edges. Subsequent pours are cloudy, with a not-trivial amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Very little head to speak of, and not much in the way of retention.

S - Plenty of caramel and brown sugar, and sweet with no bitterness at all. Some vanilla and toasted hazelnut. Roast.

T - Much like the aroma, plenty of caramelized sugar, toffee, vanilla. Not as nutty as the nose, and it has a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

M - I thought it was too thin in the beginning, but that turned out (apparently) to be the temperature. As it warms, it becomes thick and full. Finish is slightly drying.

O - This is an above-average scotch ale, maybe falling just short of a few of my favorites in the style (CCB & Alesmith). I'd love to see what a barrel would do to this -- it's definitely got some aspects that would be complimented.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:33:04 | More by djmichaelk
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-28-2011 03:14:26 | More by enelson
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Aiptasia

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I got one of my "Want" beers from Iadler in the midwest! Woohoo, enjoying from a pint glass after a flash chill in my freezer for fifteen minutes.

A: Pours a nice rich cup of brownie brown with a frothy tan micro foam head. Lacing isn't copious but it is tenacious. What there is, wants to last.

S: Smells of burnt sugar rum, toffee, apricot and deep roasted malts.

T: Wow. Slick wet caramel flavors with a hint of smokey phelonic on the tongue. It dances well with a roasty malt backbone and only the barest hint that a hop might've touched it briefly. The alcohol dries out the aftertaste into a rum raisin flavor.

M: Delicious and very well balanced. Wet up front with a dryness from the alcohol on the back end. The alcohol gets all over on your booboo fast on this one. Savor it slowly.

O: Excellent. This could easily be the base for DFH's WWS before all of the supplemental sugar feedings.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:09:28 | More by Aiptasia
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suncrust

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, malted milk-ball, cloudy brown. Unfiltered, with some chunky sediment floating around the glass that escaped from my slow pour. Swirling, thin, off white head. Kind of mud-like and murky. Definitely has character.

Smell: Sweet, sticky sugars to the nose. A little booze, breads, dark fruit and small vanilla. Creamy and soft aromas.

Taste: Dark malty characters with a little chocolate. Big caramel flavor with some detectable hops in the finish. Mild smoke, light earth, toast, and more breads. Maybe even a little bit of a spicy character. Definitely a malt bomb!

A dark rich texture makes up the mouthfeel, paired with a big body and syrupy feel. What is detectable of the hop profile creates a slight tingle in the back of the mouth. It finishes almost like a lightly hopped spiced caramel. Very little carbonation.

I think a me from the future traveled back in time to start Dark Horse- I thoroughly enjoy every beer I've had from them. It's as if they were brewed specifically for my palate. An excellent scotch with awesome heft and character.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:45:51 | More by suncrust
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Hoopman

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-22-2011 11:57:31 | More by Hoopman
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-21-2011 07:12:49 | More by NvMyBeer
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ElizabethCraig

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a bottle with my husband on 12/19/2011

Appearance: Lovely medium red-brown with a tan head. Slightly hazy, mostly clear, beautiful!

Aroma: I admit, I'm BAD at evaluating aroma! Toasted molasses bread is probably my best descriptor.

Taste: A-mazing. When I pick up anything called 'scotch ale' I never really know what to expect. Will it kill me with an alcohol aftertaste? Will it be pleasant? Will we get along?

No, Yes, yes! =)

Creamy chocolatey malts sustain this beer, and leads to more of the same. Less like a quirky independent film with twists and turns, that leaves you scratching your head. More like epic Lord of the Rings style journey where you know probably how it's going to play out and just enjoy the ride.

Beautiful creamy mouth feel and body, very little carbonation.

I love Dark Horse, and this has me positively twitchy to get back to visit them!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 21:24:58 | More by ElizabethCraig
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xipho

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-18-2011 19:19:26 | More by xipho
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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2011 06:23:44 | More by leprakhan
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2011 05:22:19 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-16-2011 14:52:13 | More by Goldfoot
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a finger thick light brown that disappears relatively quickly. Some spotted lacing lingers before also sliding down and disappearing into the ruby/copper colored beer

S- Aroma is a combination of sweet maltyness and bread doughy yeast

T- Pretty nice. Starts with a tinge if bitterness before turning sweet and doughy. Alcohol is well masked

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- I haven't had a huge amount of scotch ales, but I think I enjoyed this one more than most others

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:54:15 | More by bbeane
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A feller temperature bottle is poured into a tulip glass. The beer has an opaque, ruby colored body. A concentrated stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. The head is about a finger thick and is made up a slightly pink foam. Decent lacing is left behind.

The beer has a big malty aroma. Good levels of candi sugar, plum, date and toffee are apparent.

This beer has a good, boozy malt flavor. The sweetness of dark fruits mixes with some light hops and warming alcohol to provide a tasty mouthful of beer.

This is a full-bodied, well carbonated beer. It leaves behind a thin, flavorful coat and makes my lips slightly sticky.

I am enjoying this scotch ale. It is slightly boozy, but the warmth it provides works well in these colder months. I would certainly drink this one again, and recommend fans of the style seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:37:08 | More by ToasterChef
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice looking hahagony with a finger or so of off white head..lots of large bubbles. Leaves behind a small amount of lacing and film around edge of glass.

S: Lots of caramel and toffee with just a hint of alcohol burn. There's also a tart, fruit smell that I can't quite place.

T: Caramel, toffee, bread, apple, peat smokiness which I like a lot..every Scotch ale should have this. There's a bit of alcohol present as well.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin, but I like the dry, tartness. Certainly has some warming.

O: This is a big beer that you'll need to take your time with...has to be the most extreme take on the style I've had. I'd drink it again for certain.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:35:42 | More by titosupertramp
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bbrochu

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-14-2011 03:30:45 | More by bbrochu
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-13-2011 20:03:13 | More by DeutschesBier
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bozodogbreath

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-13-2011 03:04:37 | More by bozodogbreath
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beesy

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours a dark amber with a finger and a half of light tan head. Very fizzy carbonation. Head has good retention and provides for a bit of lacing

S - caramel and toffee take a front seat with some sweet, slighty chocolately notes riding along on the back end.

T - lots of caramel and toffee flavors, but not overlt sweet. Some hints of some phenols in the late palate.

M - it has a lower end of moderate mouthfeel, slightly thinner than i was expecting. I was expecting this to be a tad sweeter and thicker than it is -it works pretty nice the way it is.

D - somewhat low. The sweetness and higher abv keep this from being a pounder

Overall, not my favorite style, but this is one of the better examples i can remember having. Another quality brew from dark horse.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:24:32 | More by beesy
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schomber

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-12-2011 01:59:24 | More by schomber
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a good sized head, bubbles are large but seem to fade at a slow rate

Smell has a huge caramel malt aroma, picking up a bit of toffee in there, roasty toasty notes, light vanilla aspect.

Taste is heavy in caramel malt, sharp carbonation explodes and fills the mouth, maybe a bit too much carbonation, strength is definitely evident but the huge malt character keeps it from being overbearing, slightly nutty aftertaste.

Pretty good scotch ale but the high carbonation kind of hurts this from being better.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:57:11 | More by deltatauhobbit
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.