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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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1,409 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 107
Gots: 148 | 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 Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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


bbeane, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

ToasterChef, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

titosupertramp, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bbrochu
5/5  rDev +24.1%

bbrochu, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of bozodogbreath
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bozodogbreath, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of beesy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

beesy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of schomber
4/5  rDev -0.7%

schomber, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev -0.7%

CypherEnigma, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Lukafer
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Lukafer, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischers, IN for $1.99. Poured from the Purple/Green Tie Died Label bottle w/ a gremlin playing both the banjo and the drums into my 16oz iTap Passport Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a huge caramel aroma from the beginning with deep malts and light alcohol behind it. Can't tell about hops or anything else, but not too worried about this.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has quickly disappears. Has a dark brown, chai latte colored boy with tons of ingredient floating around. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a very rich and fantastic caramel flavor from the beginning. A bit of a smoky character comes in towards the finish. A nutty note hits the palate also at the finish. No real bitterness or hops ever.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Highly Carbonation (shouldn't be this much), thick, smooth, and chewy until a nice alcohol warming concludes this beer.

Overall Impression- Very rich, malty, and great for the style! The ABV's weren't very noticeable except for some alcohol warmth at the finish. This brew is keeping my interest in Scotch Ales very high! Would recommend you trying this brew, and not just b/c of the awesome Gremlin on the front of the label ;)

DCon, Dec 11, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- Pours a deep, hazy brown with some ruby highlights. Finger's worth of tan head recedes to a cap and clings to the glass. Alcohol legs present as well.

S- Really rich and sweet. Malty, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits (raisins), a wee bit of smoke, and strangely...apples? Really nice though.

T- Big time malty sweetness with flavors from the nose. Mainly raisins and caramel. A bit of vanilla with a nice bite of alcohol on the finish.

M- A bit thinner than I anticipated from the pour, but nothing shocking. Carbonation is adequate. The alcohol on the finish really helps clean your palate off and leaves a nice warming on the way down.

O- This is easily my favorite Scotch ale I've tried. I'm usually not too big of a fan due to the overt smokiness I've encountered before, but this is just a damn fine beer period.

stxSS07, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

amrozga, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark thin coffee colored brown that pours with a thin light tan head that is fairly creamy and laces the glass nicely

S: A mellow malty and barrel smell that are very nice and mellow. A slight alcohol aroma is present.

T: Has a fairly decent maltly and slight roasted character with a lot of hot alcohol taste and a slight bit of fruit character and bitter character at the end.

M: Fairly thin up front, but has a little bit of a malt character towards the back end to finish off with a medium bodied. It provides a nice dichotomy of finish and flavor.

O: Not an overly done scotch ale. It has a good malty character with a nice mellow scotch quality. Mouthfeel is perfect.

codsmith, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

pwoody11, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Holland, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of bootsdomino
5/5  rDev +24.1%

bootsdomino, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Gtg642, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zgunder
2/5  rDev -50.4%

zgunder, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Scotty Karate from Dark Horse Brewing Company.

Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in an over-sized wine goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper reddish brown. Opaque with blood-red highlights at the bottom. Slightly-below average lacing. Pours one finger of head, which settles into a foggy layer on top of the beer -- not unlike a Scottish marsh! 4/5

Smell: Caramel maltiness upfront. Red grape sweetness. Strong and delightful vanilla extract aromas -- almost dessert-like, though I cannot put my finger on the specific dessert (maybe cookies?). Some figs and raisins. Dark fruit. A little banana bread and smokiness. Definitely smelling some tiramisu too. 4.5/5

Taste: Vanilla extract and caramel sweetness. Brown sugar. Very malty, and creamy. Dark fruits, figs and raisin sweetness on the mid-palate. A little spicy grain. No hoppy bitterness, and absolutely no alcohol presence -- which is surprising given the 9.75% ABV! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Very smooth, a little creamy. Dry, slightly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: One of the better Scotch Ales I have had the pleasure to drink; this one is totally on par with Founders Dirty Bastard. The high ABV is completely hidden, which makes this a dangerously drinkable beer!

Recommendation: This is a great, complexly flavored beer that seasoned beer lovers will enjoy. A great starting point for casual beer drinkers looking to try craft beers.

Pairings: Freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Cost: $7.99 for a four pack.

jegross2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +24.1%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of cmsimeur
5/5  rDev +24.1%

cmsimeur, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice thick and evenly creamy like head, falls slowly, very light tan in appearance. Head seems to manage lots of staying power. Some very noticeable side cola size bubbles on the edge of the glassware,

Real nice light and airy very faint smoke. Soft malts with a nice chocolate accent. Kind of a ripped grain sense, almost husky but not jarring. Quite nice.

Taste at first brings some solid flavor of malt and smoke on the nose, but unfortunately also brings some phenol and medicinal novocaine quality. Light bodied in texture, pleasing, and quite enjoyable in feel. Dry. A bit of mild wood.

Overall this is pretty good, but I wish this wasn't so medicinal tasting. If that sensation wasn't there I probably would have enjoyed this even more.

smakawhat, Dec 03, 2011
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.