Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
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 www.scottykaratetime.com) 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.

Added by ypsifly on 01-28-2006

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#6,815
Reviews:
611
Ratings:
1,844
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YinzBrew
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -13.7%
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 -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of khargro2
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenTowne
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +12.2%
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 +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jim67
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,844 ratings