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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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1,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 108
Gots: 188 | 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.
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of auroracrisis
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip

Pours deep, murky brown with burgundy highlights and a khaki head that dissipates into nothing rather fast.

Subtle fig and raisin with a touch of booze similar to rum. Chocolate and coffee in the background.

Opens with the same dark, pitted fruit flavor with those same sweet candy flavors. Chocolate, caramel and coffee. A touch of rum as well; and a tiny, tiny bit of sherry. Hints at smoke and peat. Much more flavor than smell on this one.

Medium-heavy on the tongue with low carbonation. Sticky sweet and a tad viscous.

Solid dark fruit and chocolate flavors with some complimenting sherry and rum highlights. A good example of a scotch ale.

Photo of brewtechnik
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired as an extra from a recent trade.
I Let this one warm a bit before pouring into a small tasting snifter...

The appearance is like apple cider, in that it's the same color & just as murky...nearly zero head retention...not very inviting, but I've had some great barleywines which looked very similar.

The smell is actually pretty great. Lots of dark fruits and candy...tad bit of oak maybe? The booze is there but not overpowering..plays nice.

This tastes a lot better than I thought it would from the reviews below. Like the smell, I taste lots of dark fruits..plum & fig mostly. Also, some chocolate there too. The booze is well hidden, and plays nicely with the malt flavors...not much hop, but didn't expect any. There's also this underlying complexity I'm getting...kind of like this oaky/estery thing going on...most likely from the yeast used, but l like it a lot! Very Tasty!

Medium to low in carbonation...spot on! If this beer had any more it would be ruined. The mouth feel however is a tad thin for this beer. I'd prefer it to be a bit more viscous.

I've seen this beer on the shelves before, but don't know why i never though to buy one. It's too bad, cuz it really is a decent beer I would definitely buy. I'm curious how this beer would age in the cellar for a year or so. I'm thinking rather well and will try.

Photo of beer2day
2.66/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown and orange pour with 1-finger of darkish cream head. No retention and no lace. Very grainy and thick.

Smell is light caramel malt, a touch of raisin, and a hint of alcohol. All are very light, though. For a 90 shilling, just too light.

Taste is light as well. Get the caramel malt, light peat, and sweet bread malts. But just not enough flavor. Underwhelming.

Feel is better, though. Nice grainy quality that stands up well.

Overall, disappointing. Especially for the price. I like many of their other beers, but this one doesn't make the cut.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a murky brown that is impossible to see through. Has a creamy tan head with small to medium to big bubbles. Almost no head which died off relatively fast. Alcohol legs on this one. Careful or you will get a lot of yeast from the pour!

S - Can you say malt bomb. I get raisin, dark fruit, caramel, bread, and some nuttiness with a little alcohol in the back. Smells almost like an old ale to me.

T - I pick up brown bread, raisin, fig, vanilla, some earth and a faint alcohol / astringency in the back end. Follows the nose and again reminds me of an old ale.

M - This one is really easy on the mouth almost slick with a light carbonation. Light bodied however, which does not live up to a beer this big.

O- This beer drinks really easy for a beer of almost 10% abv. However it does lack in the mouth, and the taste does not impress like an excellent scotch ale should. It reminds me of an old ale by the smell and taste so it does not follow the style in my eyes. A disappointment for sure in my opinion. Better luck next time, cheers!

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Dark, dank-looking hazy pour. Deep dark reddish-brown with 2 fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Nose is very faint. A bit of a sweet, toffeeish malty smell.

Full body and nice, creamy feel. Loads of rich, sweet, caramel flavors up front. At mid-palate, a slight nutty flavor joins in as well as just a hint of hoppy, spicy bitterness. The finish is oaky and faintly boozy, suggesting dark fruit with whisky-like notes.

Overall, a solid Scotch Ale. One of the better domestic ones I've had. A bourbon barrel-aged version of this would be divine.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.