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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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1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 104
Gots: 124 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

weaselchew, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- A deep mahogany body with a foamy tan head that fades to a thin ring around the glass and leaves a lacing that remains on the glass for minutes after each sip.

S- Apples, whiskey, toffee, cinnamon

T- Like a really smooth scotch. The boozieness hits at the finish. There is a sweet, apple-like presence throughout with a caramel sweetness.

M- Light to medium-bodied with a light carbonation presence.

O- Wonderful. If not for the lack of body. The way this tastes coupled with the aroma leads me to anticipate a thick, whiskey-like body. All that aside, this is still a great beer.

Ungertaker, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

MeisterSmudge, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

kirkse, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

J0E, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

b2611, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Pellinore1, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

wibrewer, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown with no head at all despite a fairly stiff pour. The aroma is caramelly sweet and malty with a definite alcohol punch.

The flavor is similar to the aroma but much more complex. Sweet malts, caramel, some minerality and quite a lot of alcohol. Some hop bitterness that's exacerbated by the alcohol burn. The feel is moderately smooth but the carbonation is a bit too prickly. Some creaminess and a bit more viscosity would have been appreciated.

Overall, not bad but there are better out there.

mariposafan, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

touchmeimsac, Nov 22, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep hickory brown with a very cloudy and hazy consistency to it. Not bad overall, I could see some carbonation, barely making it out through the haze. Very nice looking indeed.

deep malty backbone was starting to push through. Lots of sweet notes taking over on this one, with hints of caramel, vanilla and nice earthy grains starting to come to the front. Definitely, some wood somewhere in its history as the aroma of oak was huge on this one. Lots of caramel and vanilla starting to take shape here, really lightning it up and make it that much sweeter. Next up in the lineup was a full on assault of the oak and wood flavors that were coming through earlier. Strong hints of oak and bourbon dominating it here, really giving it a deep flavor and pronounced presence. ever so slightly dry hop finish. Really quite complex and very nice indeed.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Screper, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Beefytits4, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

sgoro, Nov 21, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a magnificent sienna brown color with a dense, cream colored head.

Smell: wet grain and bready malt.. there's a faint smokiness in the aroma.

Taste: caramel malt, brown sugar, and a tinge of citric hops. There's a nice roasted or even burnt quality to the finish; definitely picking up some charcoal flavors.

Mouthfeel: incredibly smooth.. not overly carbonated.

Overall: I'm quite pleased with Scotty Karate.. and Dark Horse for that matter; I've only had three of their offerings but they've all been solid.

BlastBeats, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

mcorwin, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

cgrz, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

captainbearcat, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Another6Pack, Nov 20, 2011
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.