Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #36
Ranked #9,850
4.02 | pDev: 11.19%
Apr 25, 2022
Jan 28, 2006
Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
Notes: For those of you who don’t know who “Scotty Karate” is… He is a local one man band who plays an amazing slurry of honky-tonk influenced, punk-country songs. (Check him out at A big bold musician deserves a big bold beer, that's why Scotty and our Scotch Ale are a perfect tribute to one another. Scotty Karate is brewed with cherry wood smoked malt instead of the traditional peat smoked malt offering up warming notes of coffee, caramel and sweet caramelized brown sugar. Scotty finishes earthy giving this beer a character all it's own, just like the man himself.
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Rated: 4.1 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Doubledown240 from Ohio

Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by GMoneyMagic from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
I want to start by saying "I do not care for scotch ales"!
I would also like to say " I don't like scotch". I am more of an Irish Whiskey man.
There now that we have that out of the way.

Dar Horse is an UNDERRATED brewer here in Michigan and not many outside of of the Mid-west have probably heard of or ever had a Dark Horse beer. This is a World-Class brewer, brewing World-Class beer!

I personally did not like this one (for the reasons quoted above), but I can appreciate what they are doing here and what connoisseur's are trying to convey in their reviews.

If you like scotch ales, by all means, you should be trying to get your hands on one of these. If you don't like scotch ales stay away because you ain't gonna like this one either.
If you are that weird guy, who thinks, what the hell, I drink a lot of light beer and I really want to be more sophisticated and I'm not sure I want to buy a whole bottle of Dewar's just yet, but if I show up to my cousins trailer on Thanksgiving with a 6'er of this, they will really think I am a sophisticated dandy. Please do yourself a favor and and pass!
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by AshBlackstone from Florida

Dec 18, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Old bottle, smells oxidized and sweet, nutty, chocolatey, like a candy bar with some caramel and nougat notes, dark dried fruit, prunes, raisin, cherry, plum, apricot, and floral earthy hops. Tastes like prunes, plum, dark cherry, figs, raisin, apricot, dried fruit, chocolate, caramel, dark toffee, molasses, nougaty candy bar, wood smoke, with floral earthy hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice wee heavy scotch ale.
Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 3.44 by SWChi from Illinois

Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 3.2 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Great Tasting Scotch Ale!
Look is a caramel brown color
Smell is a smoky pear
Taste of fruits and dark sugar
Feel is full and rich
Overall One of my new favorites. I picked up a 4 pack to enjoy over the holidays with friends
Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by desint from Belgium

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Drank 10/31/15 on draft @ the Bangers and Lace Wicker Park.

Semi-opaque purple/brown appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Candle wax, plum & raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream & plum flavors up front; faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Pleasant but kinda boring; I won't avoid it but I won't seek it out.
Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Iceman112387 from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very dark amber color. Subtle smell of raisin. Moderate scotch bite that reminds me of when you're nearing the end of a glass of scotch after the ice has melted. Good hearty beer for fall or winter.
May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Tastes so smooth and yummy that you can forget that it’s 9%. A scotch ale that isn’t bitter or overwhelming. The alcohol can sneak up on you though.
May 11, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

1.66/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
A sweet manufactured kind of taste, and a little boozy.
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
355ml bottle from (£2.80):
A caramel brown coloured beer with a thin, bubbly head that's got more of a build up in the centre of the surface but is finer around the sides. It's definitely a sweet nose with caramel & toffee notes initially followed by a few burnt malts & sugars. There is some darker fruits, raisins & prunes a little further on as well as touches of boozy alcohol right at the end. The taste is similar with lots of caramel, toffee & slightly darker malts coming through with a sugar sweetness & some alcohol sneaking in towards the end & giving a pleasantly warming feel to proceedings. Its a heavy & fairly smooth beer that's very well balanced with some darker fruits, prunes & raisins right at the end but it goes down really well for such a strong beer. 
Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a skinny finger of light beige creamy froth with short retention and minimal lacing. Murky translucent copper penny color (almost new).
Baked sugar greats the nose with baked apple and fig, Faint roasted malt and alcohol.
The taste is a sweet and lightly bitter, malty rich and even throughout. Very light peat flavor and smoke. Bakers chocolate and coffee add some bitterness during the long finish, the aftertaste is similar with faint alcohol and a roasted malt astringency.
Medium-full bodied, plenty of carbonation in reserve. Sweet, smooth and balanced, roasted malt bitterness replaces hop bitterness. Alcohol is cleverly hidden by the sweetness.
Mar 16, 2019
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep autumn brown, thick foamy head. Aroma has some amber & scotch malt but some sweet undernotes of caramel & butterscotch. Could pop a little more. Taste is pretty smooth and isn’t as chewy as some wee heavys. It has that traditional malt profile but has mild elements of charred oak, coffee & caramel. None of those notes are too dominant and really provide some depth to the style. Finishes a tad smokey with a medium malt density
Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 3 by Jdra from Michigan

Feb 17, 2019
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Rated by Ceddd99 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not too sweet or bitter, can barely taste the high abv.
Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottled 10/29/18 (I think?, please get a better system Dark Horse) poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 9.75% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown with amber & chestnut highlights. The head is khaki colored and recedes to a thin film. The aroma is malty and earthy. The taste is slightly smokey toasted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee on the finish. Overall bitterness is low, but I would never say I get sweetness either. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. No trace of the ABV. Overall, excellent. Really a must try if you are a fan of the style.
Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Kiral from Michigan

Jan 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Official_space_cadet from Wyoming

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer, for me, always reminds me of home (midwest). My absolute favorite scotch ale around . 100/100 . The high ABV is hidden really well, the finish is smooth and leaves a delicious taste in your mouth, and the color is beautiful.
Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smooth, dark, just plain good drinking. A bit of caramel in there? Nice! I was pleased with this and looking forward to trying another. From a taster. 2018/11/25
Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky

Nov 13, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by RaulMondesi from California

Oct 29, 2018
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Extremely malty, not as clean tasting as some of the other scotch ales I have tasted. This one is still full of flavor and definitely a good one to seek out.
Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by Mikexw from New York

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle or on label. Some sludge left at the bottom of the bottle.
Murky, amber brown colored body. Light tan head dissipates to thicker ring. Leaves behind a spotty sheen on the glass. Lots of tan sediment particles in the beer, some of which rise with the bubbles.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, a little tea, dried fruit (figs), burnt brown sugar.
Taste is sweet from brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Has the dried prunes and figs. Some coffee and chocolate in the background. Lots of roasted malts. A little peaty smoke at the end.
Medium thick to syrupy mouth feel. Lots of rising bubbles but felt carbonation hits on the tongue and is short in duration.
Quite the appearance with all the tan particles floating and moving in the beer. Pleasantly sweet with the dried fruit and dark roasted malts.
Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi

Jul 06, 2018
Rated: 3.34 by YinzBrew from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2018
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a rich brown color with a voluminous tan head - and floaties. A TON of floaties. I’ve never had a scotch ale with floaties, so I’m curious to see what is going on here.

Everything is copacetic - nose is big toffee and caramel notes, and that carries over to the taste, and the mouthfeel is on point. But those floaties - they’re freakin’ me out, man.
Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4 by lovindahops from New York

May 20, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by SFNC from North Carolina

May 16, 2018
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