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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:
Available September to March.

Added by ypsifly on 01-28-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,120
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
1,818
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotty Karate pours a dark deep brown color, with a very small, lacing head. Nice sharp malty aroma, with hints of sweet alcohol. Taste is smooth, hints of peat and a sweet malty and boozy aftertaste. Goody body and feel. Overall, an easy drinking, smooth yet full scotch ale.

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Photo of TylerCinema
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Grackos
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, off white head that fades fast.

Smells caramel malt, light roast malts and dark fruit.

Tastes dark fruit, light chocolate, roasted malt hints, caramel malts and light earthiness. Finish is semi dry with an earthy linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional Scotch Ale here. Smells of cherries. Looks like dark red cherry juice. Tastes like candied dark cherries and dark chocolate, smoke, malty. Feel is full bodied and heavy. Hid that 9.75% remarkably well. Should've bought more!

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Minimal carbonation and lacing, malty caramel on the nose, and similar with the flavor profile, balanced by bitterness. Easy drinking for an elevated ABV. Great representation of the style

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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark cola brown from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is a carmalized malty/ raisin. Head is very slight, just a ring around the edge.

Taste is thin-bodied creamy caramel. Chocolate, drenched raisins. Hint of cinnamon. An alcohol sweet comes in but it's not really boozy, more like cheap bourbon. Maybe it's the hint of cinnamon that's giving me that. Bit of wood. Slight bitter on the back end, very much reminds me of a winter warmer with the fruity and slightly Belgian aspects.

9.75% is not really there at all. A little more candied than I might like but generally rich. The overall feel is a little thin but as a Scotch ale, quite good.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours a dark cola color with a finger of eggshell-colored head and lacing. The smell is a nice blend of roasted malt, caramel, dark cherry or plum, and bourbon. The taste is similar to other high-end BA Scotch Ales such as Backwoods Bastard and Wulver but I think it's a little less sweet and a bit more bitter at the finish. You can taste the bourbon but it's by means hot. It has a creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation. The 9.75% ABV gives it a nice kick without being overpowering. Overall, it's well-crafted and enjoyable. I think it suffers a little by comparison to the aforementioned Backwoods Bastard and Wulver, but it's a very pleasant drinking Wee Heavy.

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

Photo of Stooven
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decidedly mixed on this. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint. Faint lacing. Raisins and fig in smell, weaker in taste due to vodka-esque all burn.

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