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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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4.03/5
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1,814 Ratings
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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:
#3,100
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
1,814
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
323
Trade:
12
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,814 |  Reviews: 603
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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Photo of AGB
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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Photo of MacMalt
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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Photo of mmilyko
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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Photo of DaveCash
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for around $3. A little thin and light tasting considering the ABV.

99 characters

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

Photo of Donkster46
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raylpendleton
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of King_Charles
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sisterofba
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Erik-P
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of broadway848
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,814 ratings
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