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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

1,475 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 104
Gots: 172 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this brew mainly because of the label art and name but it turned out be be a nice choice.

This Beer is one of the best scotch ales I have had hands down. It has a ton of flavor, lots of caramel flavors, tons of roasted malts and a subtle but nice dark fruit quality. It has a full feel and body but drinks surprisingly easy. It goes down smooth and leaves you with a nice dark fruit and roasty dry mouth feel. A fantastic scotch ale that I wish I could get more readily.

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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany tone with a finger's worth of a beige/tan head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass; spotty lacing evident.

nose is fronted by caramel maltiness and accompanied by earthy, peaty notes. caramel malt pulls through in the flavor, as does the earthy character, but i get some subtle fruitiness i didn't pick up in the aroma... nice twang of smoky peatiness, as well as a hint of pepper... distinct bitterness to the finish. 9.75% ABV present but not overpowering. all in all, a decent if unspectacular scotch ale.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. wouldn't object to a revisit, but i'm set with a bottle per sitting.

originally reviewed: 10-26-2010

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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%

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 8/6/2011. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a good 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, apple, toasted biscuit, peat, leather, raisin, toffee, light chocolate, and spices. Very nice and complex aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, smoke, toasted biscuit, toffee, apple, raisin, wood, light chocolate, earth, and spices. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, smoke, molasses, and wood on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with a good amount of robustness; and absolutely no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, lush, and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is insanely well hidden for being almost 10%, with only a small warming well after the finish. Extremely smooth to sip on for such a big beer; drinks much smoother than some lower gravity beers. Overall this is a fantastic scotch ale! Great balance of flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth.

Photo of Phade42
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle at my first trip to Julios Liquors in Westboro MA today. The placard there said it tastes like chocolate chip cookies. And it wasn't lying.

A- Poured into a Sam Adams glass, pours just a few shades shy of molasses in color. Almost no head at all.

S- as it poured, i could almost immediately smell cookies. upon closer inspection, I get toasted cocoa nibs, some sweetness, and just the faintest hint of that 9.75% ABV booziness.

T- Well, this is something. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Malty, like a milkshake. All the "dessert"-y flavors make their presence. Just like a really good cookie would.

M- Very low carbonation. Smooth & sweet, just a little syrupy. Bit of harshness on the back of the throat, but dissipates quickly.

O- I really like this. I'm not too familiar with Scotch Ales, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of these and alse delve into some other offerings in this style.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of BB1313
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very hazy ruby brown, lots of sediment and floaties; not much head and lacing at all. There's a great nuttiness in the aromas. Tons of maple, tons of chocolate. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's also a touch of vanilla and hazelnut. The nuttiness translates in the flavors, very nice. Wood and oak are present in the nose and flavors, although it's isn't aged on either. More chocolate in the flavors. Dark fruits and fig is there. Mouthfeel is nice and on the lighter side of full-bodied. Moderate carbonation, smooth and easy drinking. The alcohol isn't really noticeable at all. This is a treat!

I forgot how great this beer is. This is a great example of the style.. very, very enjoyable. Wow!

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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.