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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
594
Ratings:
1,758
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.55%
 
 
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Photo of alarmclock314
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent amber with a medium sized off-white head; some lacing. Smells of caramel, bready malts, peat, spice, and earthy hops. The taste follows exactly with bready malts, caramel, peat, hops, and spice; very pleasant and straightforward. Some sweetness and lingering dryness; quite earthy. The alcohol is well hidden. Above average body and average carbonation. Overall, this is straightforward and well done; a great example of a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Johnny_456
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark brown with a little red coloring in the light. Off white head, little lacing.
S- caramel, dried dark fruit, sweet malt, fresh bread with hints of alcohol considering.
T- just like the smell, with a almost burnt sugar taste it's a good thing.
O- love this beer. It's rich, smooth, sweet and the right amount of bitter with a little smoke. It's a big ABV but the booze is hidden very well.
I drink this anytime I can, so go find it you will enjoy it.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, auburn-brown color. Not a lot of head retention, but pretty good considering the style. Huge caramel malt aroma with notes of plums, cane syrup, and raisin bread in the background.

It's flavor is rich, sweet, and full of caramel malts. Reminds me of toasted raisin bread. Just a pinch of bitterness somewhere in the middle. Very smooth overall, and it's 9.7 abv is very well hidden. It's not warm at all.

In my opinion, this is one hell of a beer. Cheers and Enjoy!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 29, 2016.

The pour is reddish-amber with a short lived head. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out a Graham Cracker, vanilla, and sweet malt character. Booze is buried considering it is over 9%. Low to no hop profile. I kind of hoped for more of a peat moss character.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to lean on the sweet malt side with a bread character too. The sweetness might be connected to the vanilla flavor that I also get. Again, no alcohol. Light lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of MNAle
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost opaque color. 1/2 inch tan head recedes quickly leaving little/no lacing. Dark fruit aroma, smoaky, some chocolate or caramel perhaps. Thick mouth feel. Smooth and creamy. Dark fruit and sweet malts in the initial taste, with some very mild bitterness in the middle and aftertaste with an earthy finish. Overall, fruity, smoakey, mild and malty. Just the barest hint of booze.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours with a mahogany colored body and a very good tan head. Gunky sediment in the bottle with a bit in the glass too.

Nice caramel malt aroma and flavor. Well hidden alcohol: I was surprised to see 9.75% ABV listed.

Full body with a light touch of alcohol.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a thistle
No bottle date

A- pours a deep brown color with a 2-finger frothy off-white head that retains long after the pour, globs of protein floating around

S- smells of processed grains, caramel, toffee, brown bread crust, raisin & mash

T- roasted grains up front with a sweetness of caramel /toffee, along with hints of raisin and fig. Toasted bread crust mid-palate, crea,y sweet finish with more caramel on the linger

M- medium-Thick body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a chewy, velvety finish. Abv hidden very well

O- very drinkable, given the abv, but not as complex as some of the other scotch ales out there

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bonus spoils of a trade, thanks noyoudidnt! Pours deep brownish red. No head. Not a ton of scotch on the nose. Malty, oaky. Tastes a bit like a scotch ale, pretty sweet, sticky lips. Full disclosure, my only other wee heavy is founders dirty bastard and sun king wee Mac. Feeling is not too boozy for a nearly 10% abv. Overall glad I got to try it, may try again if I could get a couple singles.

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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: The aroma was caramel, toffee, malt, and a grassy quality (not my favorite). A mixed bag.

T: Tasted of malt, a slight smokiness, toffee, a lot of caramel, a nice amount of hops presence, but a certain grassy quality that's inescapable (maybe I just imagined this). Usually in a scotch ale, the caramel is more at the forefront, but with this beer it's just not as powerful. Very uneven.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has it's good qualities, but is very much uneven. Could have been better.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, two finger offwhite head, nice retention, bunch of lacing. Smells of leather, toffee, caramel, tapioca. Fairly malty. A bit of ground pepperiness to it as well, touch of earthiness. Flavour is similar, with a sweet toffee and tapioca flavour up front tempered by a bit of leathery bitterness, transitioning to more earth and bitterness on the backend. A very solid scotch ale profile, full of flavor and depth. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, appropriate for the style. Mild earthy bitterness lingers on the finish until the next sip brings a new wave of malt. Solid scotch ale for sure.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown, small beige head, no lacing. Aroma is big time smokey malt. This is not as sweet as most Scottish Ales, probably because it has a higher ABV. That being said, this goes down easily..

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Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that turns a hazy garnet under intense light. Below normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Very good nose of bready notes over caramel. Intensity is a bit light and fails to deliver the complexity needed for an outstanding aroma for this style. At room temperature, very light notes of dark fruit are present.

Light medium body that is smooth. Superb carbonation level that is matched very well for the body providing a palate tickling effervescent middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good, but like the nose, it lacks complexity. Bready flavor with a bit of char permeates. The middle brings a light subtle bitterness that is very well balanced with a slightly burned sweet caramel note. Alcohol is completely covered, no small task for 9.75% ABV. The finish is a slow, slightly sweet, fade of bready (pumpernickel comes to mind) malts and a charred note.

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Photo of stingray
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp.

L: Brownish red body, two fingers of tan head disappears after a few minutes. No lacing to speak of. Lots of sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel and malt. A bit of spice.

T: Rich malty caramel with a bite. A bit of smokiness. Just what I want from the style. Some scotch ales too bland or one dimensional but this has a delightful complexity. Not cloyingly sweet which you might expect at nearly 10% ABV. Great with strong and smoky, tangy, spicy food.

F: A little thin but still creamy, with a surprising amount of carbonation.

O: Right there with AleSmith's Wee Heavy as my favorite (non bourbon barrel) scotch ales and a bargain at $8 for a 4-pack. Sneaks up on you at 9.75% ABV, I wish it were a bit lower so I could drink more of it. Would love to get my hands on a bourbon barrel version.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Deep plum color with thin tan head that lasts a good bit, some lacing.

Smell - I get a little sweet smell some caramel and toffee kind of faint I was hoping for a little more.

Taste - Very nice makes up for the weak smell with dark fruit, slight peat taste some toffee as well.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated and very smooth

Overall - A very nice scotch ale.

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Photo of c014572
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my. Wonderful smell of warm bread and grains on opening. Pored a wonderful dark amber. Flavor was wonderful. Huge malt body with just enough hops to almost balance it out. Just what I love in this style. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful dark amber/copper colored beer with a light tan head. No lacing left behind.
S: Toffee, malty, sweet with an earthy aroma.
T: Smoky peat and chocolate up front followed by a pleasant toffee sweetness. Finishes with a nice faint piney hop bitterness.
F: Not quite medium bodied with a nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
O: Real nice beer that has an interesting play between the chocolate and smoky peat flavors.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, this one is very surprising. Good looking beer, decent aroma, and outstanding taste, surprised me. Plus, it is very easy to drink and I was extremely surprised at the ABV. Overall this is an outstanding and extremely underrated Wee Heavy. I have no experience with Dark Horse but will explore then further.

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L; deep Amber with an tan head
S: malty, little sweetness
T: Carmely sweet, layered flavors, a little booze
F: medium body, decent mouthfeel
O: great scotch ale

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap at Ye Olde Saloon in Royal Oak. I think it was five bucks for a 13oz-ish tulip. Getting this, I wasn't aware that it was nearly 10%... I thought it was about 7%. Looking back, I can see why I was hit so hard earlier. Phew.

Wish I had some notes, even though I just drank this a few hours ago. Basically, I find it a very nice beer, though overrated. The 96 rating from "The Bros" is ridiculous to me, but it's all subjective. I found this to be a letdown for a few reasons. First of all, it doesn't drink at all like a 10% which I guess has its pro's and con's ... in my opinion, more cons than pro's. It's not very "heavy" in the mouth, there's really not a lot of warmth, and there's not a lot of rich flavors coming out. I just have grown to expect a big, rich, sweet, boozy flavor from scotch ales, and this doesn't have it. This just has a very pleasant sweet malt and dark fruit flavor, but I didn't find it particularly memorable.

I'll try it again at some point, but I definitely wasn't blown away by it tonight.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

smells of rum with a little woodiness and booze, not much to the aroma really
taste and feel are a different story
rum and chocolaty goodness, very smooth, chalky and chewy/sticky
abv is only slightly detected
great beer overall

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my craft beer expo notebook in 2014.

Look : 2 finger head, 90% opacity, brown walnut color.

Smell : Weak to medium strength bouquet; some faint acorn, barley...but overall pretty weak aroma.

Taste : This is better. A malty profile with yeast, scotch, peppercorn, and an alcohol burn on the finish.

Feel : Dry and wet simultaneously, bordering on medium bodied. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : A nice nutty, woody scotch ale. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a rich dark brown with a miniscule head. The aromas of smoke, vanilla, dark chocolate, raisin, honey, and oak predominate. The flavor leads with a hershey's milk chocolate tone, followed by smoke, and a tiny bit of raisin and prune. The mouthfeel is medium rich, but a bit thin on the swallow. Overall this is a disappointing beer - something about the flavors just does not harmonize - there is too much of an odd smokey flavor, like burned white meat rather than wood smoke, and the kind of not-quite-real chocolate you get with a hershey's bar.

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Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best scotch ale on the market in my opinion... Medium body, smooth and medium/low carbonation. The alcohol is really well masked in this beer. A great Scotch Ale, and I love the label design to boot. Great dark fruit taste though with that toasted bread as well. Medium lite body but some what syrupy. Light carbonation. Full bodied, velvety, lip smacking sticky, and coats the mouth with scotch toffee with a lingering bitterness buried underneath. Another great job by Dark Horse... Thumbs up!!!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip. Brown and sweet, with an aggressive pour, yields a few inches creamy, thick brownish head that doesn't last. No lacing, leaves the glass clean. Brown ale that's caramel sweet and a bit roasted bitter. Dry tea leaves on the tongue and a touch of booze. Creamy and sticky. Worth a pickup if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from Dark Horse, and it's not bad. It pours dark, slightly hazy, brown with a bubbly, tan head, about a finger and a half tall that quickly dissipates to a thin cap leaving no lacing behind. The aroma is lightly bready with a touch of caramel and some light roastiness. The flavor is a little more roasted and stronger caramel notes and little spicy hop bitterness. The almost ten percent alcohol is well hidden and the carbonation is lightly tingly on the tongue. Medium-full body. Overall, a good, but not great, American version of a wee heavy.

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