Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available September to March.

Added by ypsifly on 01-28-2006

BEER STATS
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#3,442
Reviews:
609
Ratings:
1,837
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, reddish medium brown, producing slightly more than a finger of tan, shortlived, frothy head which leaves only a few splotches & wisps of lace. The look of the beer suffers somewhat due to the murky appearance & tremendous amount of particulates swirling in the brew. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, brown sugar, burnt caramel, dried figs, booze, faint coffee & smoke. Taste is heavily roasted dark malt, molasses/caramel/toffee, dried figs & prunes, smoke with thin semi-sweet dark chocolate & coffee with a buttery, smokey & boozy finish. Afrertaste is sweetish roast, a burnt hint & sulfury molasses. Mouthfeel is medium to the light end of heavy bodied, low-moderate carbonation, silky with a little peppery prickle.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at 50° in a Gordon Scotch Ale glass. The best glass for this style.

Look: dark chocolate brown, 1F head.

Aroma: full plum and fig, some malt. Lingers throughout the tasting.

Taste: plum, fig, malt.

MF: very creamy, smooth. Unlike a light bodied approach in some other Scotch ales.

Finish: lightly bitter.

Overall: excellent approach to one of my favorite styles. Full flavor, creamy body, light bitterness, Not overdone. Great brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Wexford Ale House in Wexford, PA. It poured a clear amber with no head and no lace. The scent had sweet barleywine presence. The taste was also sweeter in nature. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok....there are better scotch ales out there.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of khargro2
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenTowne
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this beer on a recommendation. It pours a dark amber. Nice head but it dissipates quickly. Flavor is nicely complex. The scotch, raisins, molasses, but only light. Very drinkable. No notice of alcohol at all. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of slaminsammyF
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep Brown caramel with mild head
Smell: Figs, Vanilla - a wonderful rush of sweet aromas .
Taste: Molasses with more of that dark fruit fig/prune sweetness. Super tasty, and a ton of flavor
Feel: Pretty mellow but certainly with body. Surprised by 9.75 alc... very drinkable!

Overall: I loved this beer. I was expecting to be impressed by malts and alcohol, but I had no trouble finishing a bottle rather quickly. It is plenty sweeter than other Scotch Ales, but I enjoyed that aspect of it. Not overwhelmed by a particular scotch quality (which was nice), but it has a tiny after taste of peat. Will certainly buy again!

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

Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chipotle
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim67
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/2018 UPDATE: This beer is very good. Increasing scores to all fours.

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12 oz bottle, bought this summer; "8.29.27 KAR 215" on neck of bottle.

Appearance: nice clear, amber hue, with lots of off-white head.

Aroma: distinctive: alcohol, dark fruits (raisin or plum), and something else good I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: malty, carmal-ly sweetness. Great Flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium and creamy.

I drank this in a side-by-side with Backwoods Bastard and Schlafly's Ibex Scotch Ale. I used it as a base line. A solid Scotch ale.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tox202
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tnelson1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of scotorum
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

DARK HORSE SCOTTY KARATE SCOTCH ALE 11/19/17

I have wanted to try this high-rated Scotch ale for years but seldom saw it available until now. Still have not had the BBA version, which costs twice as much.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samual Smith English tulip.

a; Clear dark ruby/copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded slowly to even surface foam and very dense lacing. Spectacular.

s; Mainly caramel malt, a little dark fruit.

t; Follows the nose with some alcohol bite (9.75 ABV). Sweet finish with bitter notes from the alcohol.

m; Lighter side of medium, good body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o; Comparisons naturally occur to more common Scotch ales such as Founders' Dirty Bastard, as well as more difficult to locate ones such as Belhaven's. This has richer flavor and more alcohol presence than Founders (which has 1.25% less alcohol). I would rate it in between Founders and Belhaven. At about the same pricepoint as Belhaven it's close to a tossup which is better but I would go with Belhaven. However, Founders beats them both on price at under $2 a can, especially when purchased in a twelvepack.

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,837 ratings