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

1,614 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 114
Gots: 247 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 1,614 | Reviews: 580
Photo of Bosoxbennie
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer these guys make, and its not even close

Photo of MDandPA
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was a very good beer, for the style, but the smokey flavor was way too strong.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a very noticeable red hue.

Vanilla, caramel, earthy, and dark fruits.

Bready, slightly roasted notes, caramel, vanilla, and fruity esters.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, smooth.

Overall, this one is up there in my favorites for this style.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable for sure, but lacks the wow factor. I enjoyed it with a boar burger on a COLD January day.

Photo of Schimms
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours with beautiful red-brown; thin, creamy head. Very nice lacing.

S: Minimal malt. Maybe it's my nose, but I'm not picking much up in comparison to the taste.

T: Slight fruity, excellent malt. Hides the alcohol well.

F: Perfect creamy mouthfeel, finish, and carbonation balance.

O: Great beer - took the whole four pack to appreciate it's depth.

Photo of Beerguy1969
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The scotch flavoring is not one of my favors

Photo of devildogbrewing
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the first scotch ales I ever had. Will be purchasing this again soon!

Photo of OrangeMen
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours chestnut brown, reddish hues, smoky and hazy. Half finger thick, slight off white head, sopay bubbly. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Rich caramel and toffee malts, stone fruits, mild but sweet. Slight peaty smokiness, nice earthy quality. Bready, yeasty, rich and full.
Taste- Smoky and toasty malts, nice caramel sugary sweetness. Stone fruits really come through and add a nice sweetness. Bready and rich, full of flavor.
Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, only a slight creaminess. Lower carbonation which is fine for the style.
Overall- Very enjoyable offering for the style. The fruitiness really sticks out the most and adds an undeniable sweetness to the beer. Has a wonderful classic smoky malt base, with nice toasted bread notes and caramel sweetness. Alcohol fairly well hidden, not very pungnant. Nice enjoyable sipper.

Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chestnut brown/red color with a 1 finger creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left minimal lacing and a little layer on top. A lot of sediment floating in the brew, with decent sized chunks swirling around.

Initial aroma is of caramel and toffee, followed by dark fruits, smoked grains, peat moss, dark rum and floral herbs or leafs; the sweetness and caramel malt smell is the strongest, but complex and nice to inhale with some syrup and wheat bread trailing. The high ABV was very mild and well controlled, with a slight citrus zest mixed in.

Taste is very similar to the nose but with more earthy flavors, like the beer was poured through dry sticks and then over burnt wood pulled from a campfire. The sweetness mixes well with the charred grains allowing the caramel, maple syrup, toffee, dark fruits and rum to come through with a slight bitterness and then some roasted grains, peat moss, baked leafy floral hops and spruce tips. Nice combination of sweet malts that have enough earthiness to make me want to don a kilt and throw this back.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, a thin watery feel across the tongue, and a slightly bitter grainy finish that is sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Overall this was a very goof Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy that hid the 9.75% ABV masterfully. I would definitely have this again and recommend trying it.

Photo of BaronRVH
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply complex... Dried fruits, breads, malts, completely hidden ABV, caramel sweetness. Such a clean finish. This is what I imagine a great wee heavy tastes in Scotland when fresh from a brewery... Hopefully because the ones I've had on this side of the pond aren't this good.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basic scotch ale decent flavor for the price point a solid pick up but no where near backwoods or wulver

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Not going to get into detail, but this is by far the smoothest scotch ale I've ever had, and one of the best apart from Backwoods Bastard, but that's a completely different animal.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a MD snifter

A: Muddled dark brown with a little bit of head, no lacing and no collar.
S: Extremely light, with nothing really standing out. Just a tad of sweet malt.
T: Light on the scotch and flavor. It seems age does not agree with this one. Just a one note type of beer here.
M: Just the faintest tickling of carbonation.
O: I don't really get anything out of this beer. That being said, I did let it warm up for an hour after I opened it. But I did it in the bottle with a wine stopper, however, I did have to pour the beer back into the bottle.

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours dark mahogany with a thin off-white head that slowly turns into a frothy lace and a few floating specks.
Caramel and toffee splashed with alcohol, somewhat close to bourbon. Plum jelly, some raisin, sweet nut, buttered toast, faint chocolate. All right.
Caramel, toffee and single malt spirit up front, like a mix of scotch and bourbon. A smokey note, faintly peaty. Raisin, fig, some date, plum and faint blueberry, with a mild jam sweetness. Toasted malt, some butterscotch, brown sugar rock candy, faint toasted chestnut. Finishes with that "spicy, grainy" scotch dry feel and a minimum of bittering hop.
Nice body, a bit sticky and palate-coating, smooth carbonation. Aftertaste has a lot of caramel, a bit of toast, even less dark fruit, but a bit of slightly mouth-numbing alcohol.
A big scotch ale that's a bit linear, i guess almost boring for some, but it was tasty enough for me. Still, not a direct contender with the traditional heavies.

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Freshness date is smeared: ?/10/14

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very unique heavy toasted malt aroma that actually reminds me of boiling wort, so it's a bit sweet. Slight alcohol tinge plus some dark bread and caramel.

T- Has that charry, smoky Scotch ale flavor but it's much more approachable than others I've had. Moderate bitterness and a little sweetness too. Alcohol is extremely well masked.

M- Slightly slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Props to Dark Horse. I don't normally like this style when it's done traditionally but this one is made as such and I really like it.

Photo of Dogfishnoggen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

hides the EtOH quite well, but no dominant flavor profile, that is, nothing sticks out as far as an amazing flavor. Perhaps a bit sweet but certainly not syrupy. overall, good, but not great.

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded deep ruddy brown. There is a thin tan head that dissipates almost immediately. A slight hint of lacing. The aroma is lighter, with some deep roasted malt tones and caramel. The taste really takes the malt and runs with it. There is a great big malt hit, followed by some smoked notes and a little bit of fruit. The body has a nice thickness and a little carbonation.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Scotty Karate!!! Jugs!!!

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a one-finger off-white creamy head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of scotch, caramel malts, and dark fruits.

T - The flavor follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts and toffe upfront followed by scotch and some breadiness. The finish has some ripe dark fruits and some light booziness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very nice scotch ale and another strong beer from Dark Horse. Very smooth and drinkable especially at 9.75% ABV.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

A boozy malt-bomb.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

A - Dark brown, highlights at the edge. Barely any head fades quickly, leaves no lacing.
S - Malt, peat
T - More malt, peat, vanilla, licorice, alcohol burn afterwards
M - Medium, low carb
O - I'm not a huge fan of scotch ales in general. Others have said this is a relatively low flavor scotch ale. So it appeals to me. Glad to have tried.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12oz bottle from this years release into snifter glass

A- Dark redish-brown. thin ring of head around the enge
S- Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Butterscotch and tons-o-sugar
T - Not as sweet as the nose, but still pretty sweet. Bit of a strange after taste... probably not going to finish 12 oz
M- Medium

O- Note really impressed for a scotch ale, sorry DH

Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

I don't know exactly what to say about this beer, so I'll just focus on the important bits.

S: Caramel and dark fruit, but also raw wort (sweet and grainy).

T: Follows the nose, caramel sweetness, dark fruit, raw wort, and more bitterness than the other offerings I've had of the style.

This is an odd one, I homebrew so I'm used to tasting wort before fermentation, and this is very reminiscent. Almost as though they blended this beer with raw wort, odd.

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with one finger white head and no lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: Sweet caramel mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar. Toasted bread.

M: Medium body with a slightly sweet finish.

O: Easy drinking and enjoyable, but nothing crazy outstanding about this one.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Very flavorless scotch ale. Not bad, but where's the flavor?

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.