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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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1,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 104
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of Moose34
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Moose34, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Looks syrupy yet thin in the pour; I was afraid it might be watery. It’s a beautiful translucent warm chocolate-brown color. Looks like a flat Coke, but thinned out with more of an amber hue.

S – Sweet candied sugar and wheat. A very pleasant smell, indeed. Slight fruit smell, which my just be the sweetness.

T – Big on malt, caramel comes in nicely. The slight fruitiness is back, but it is very light. Malty sweetness in the end. No lingering taste, which is nice for the palate.

M – Very lightly carbonated. It has a nice creamy mouth feel. Not nearly as syrupy as I thought it might be.

O – Dark Horse knows how to hide their alcohol. Double Crooked Tree does it best in IPA, and Scotty does it best in Scotch Ales… Very drinkable; it’s no Backwoods Bastard, but that’s okay because this brew is nice on its own. Too bad this is a once a year brew.

I might hold on to one to see what happens in 6 months.

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jhb138, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Ohiovania, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bconsidine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Pours a deep oak with red highlights and a tan head.

S: Very nice and rich aroma. Caramel and leather mixed with cocoa, malted milk balls, lemon and vanilla.

T: The regular wood and toffee flavours cover the palate and the tangy citrus notes finish it out. Unusual and delicious.

D: Very, very well balanced and the alcohol is completely hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy and this beer is simply dangerous.

Overall: One of my favorite Wee Heavy ales. This doesn't suffer from the one-note character of many in this style. It has those classic malty notes with some modern citruscy hop notes. Remarkable and unique experience.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

scott2269, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

RWNewhouse, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Another bottle from schwaeh, Scotty Karate from Dark Horse. 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pub nonic.

A: Pours a hazy pond water brown...not quite opaque, with splotches of transparent gold around the edges of the glass. Small off-white head recedes quickly.

S: Whoa, lots of sweeter malt. Toffee is apparent, as well as the rich, sticky dark fruit character of a date or fig. Sugary bready notes as well.

T: Malt, front to back on the palette. Pretty sweet and a bit syrupy. Miles and miles of toffee and caramel, as well as some buttery diacetyls. Very low bitterness.

MF: Pretty robust medium body, creamy and a touch syrupy. Lower carbonation.

O: Quite a beer, a lot like an Old Ale but with more body. Alcohol is hidden pretty well in my opinion. Still a sipper.

Scotchboy, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Marti403, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Antnyd82, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Dark Horse Scotty Karate has a smell that will draw you in immediately. Butterscotch, a hint of cinnamon raisin toast, and oak. The lightly toasted malt makes a big appearance with smoked peat, butterscotch, dark fruits, and booze following it up. There is just a touch of hops, but not enough to get in the way or overpower anything.

Smooth, complex, tasty, and you'd never guess it's pushing 10% ABV.

Great example of the style.

McNealc31, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

freewill35, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

46333, Jan 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

kevgod, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Scotch ales have been something I had been ignoring until recently. I didn't like the dark malty flavor. Recently, though, I had one that changed my mind, and since then I have been enjoying them. This one is not too dark tasting (or in color) but it is pretty boozy.

I like it. It's cloudy and interesting looking. There is a malty aroma, overpowering the hops (appropriately for the style). The aftertaste is very boozy. It is going very nicely with an excessively spicy gumbo - they are going toe to toe. I would buy this again when I wanted a strong scotch ale.

schoolboy, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sublime313, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

IdrinkGas, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jignrig, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of gbbass16
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks again to TheArkhamMonk for this bottle!!!

First off I have to say that Backwoods Bastard is my favorite beer of this style that I have been able to try. That being said, I have been waiting to try this for a while. Poured into a Boulevard tulip. Color is a reddish brown with a 1/4 inch head that stayed throughout. Smell was boozy, with the typical bourbon nose of this type. Taste was not overly hot with great hints of caramel, and oak. The finish lingered although not as long as BB. Mouthfeel was on the thinker side, which is what I want from Scotch Ale. Overall this is very nice, balanced beer and a great example of the style. Its very clean and does not have the twinge that you get from BB at the end. A pretty good substitute for Backwoods Bastard, which is not easy to achieve but is lacking in the overall mix of flavors that Founders provides. I will definitely be looking for this again!!!! Great Beer Dark Horse!!!

gbbass16, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of vitrael
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Deep rusty red pour with a small light colored head.

S: Melanoidin, big time. Caramel and fruit.

T: Intense maltiness. A second wallop of caramel and toffee. A somewhat drying, grainy finish despite the largeness of the beer. Breath out and you will smell glorious roasty chocolate malt on your breath. Just enough bittering hops to put off any cloying aspect; their flavors are fruity but understated.

M: Fat and chunky just like it should be.

Wonder a wonderful beer. I gotta be careful or the wife is going to drink it all.

vitrael, Jan 07, 2012
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.