Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,803 Ratings
Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,803 |  Reviews: 601
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Klimm
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap in a long stem red wine glasss

A - Dark brown with reddish undertones. Nice frothy head that fades quickly.

S - Malty, Smoky, bready, caramel. It reminds me of a aged smoked cheddar.

T - Caramely goodness. Mostly sweet malt with a hint of bitterness at the end. Aftertaste left in my mouth is that great smoked cheddar again.

M - Thick, good carbonation. I found myself sipping it along with burger (might have been because it was in a wine glass and tricked me).

O - Tasty scotch ale. Dangerously drinkable. It's different enough from othe scotch ales that I will definitely seek it out again!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of minterro
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a free bottle from work because of a labeling problem, then I realized I've never rated this beer before!

A&S: Dirty brown with a tint of orange. Tan fizzy foamy head that doesn't offer much even when poured vigorously. Head retention is low. Smell was almost absent at first but gained a usually bready boozyness to it after some time to warm. Other scents include butterscotch and caramel.

T&M: Very well balanced carmel and bready tones. Get velvety texture could use some more thickness. Very Drinkable with an unbelievably well hidden abv.

Overall: Solid beer overall and for the price not a bad example of a scotch ale. I wouldn't put it above the dirty bastard as far as MI scotch ales are considered.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one thanks to alelover - not sure of the bottle date on this one:

Swampy brown body with a bit of ruby clarity mixed in there. A finger thick khaki head dissipates to form a nice collar within seconds. Constant beading right beneath that, from start to finish.

Lots of earthy peat and molasses... caramel and vanilla. Some nutty bits beneath all of that.

It's rather empty on the front end but gives way to waves of dessert sugars, licorice, peat moss, booze and chalky vanilla.

I'm not typically a scotch ale guy but I can dig this one. I'd love to see it spend some time in a barrel of some kind. Thanks Joel!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of AmitC
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden brown while pouring. Dark brown in color inside the glass. Half finger thick tan colored head that fades swiftly may be due to high alcohol strength. Strong ruby hues. Decent lacing that sticks well. Almost opaque. Some suspensions might be yeast. Thing ring on the sides.

Aroma is malt forward with a lot of caramel. Smells somewhat of smoke. Hides the alcohol really well. Low to non existent hops.

Taste is full of caramel and strong malt presence. Slight presence of roasted malts and some smokiness. Finish is semi dry with some inherent sweetness. May be some dry fruits or resins.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. Moderate carbonation. Good alcohol warmth. At almsot 10% this is very well balanced and well made brew.

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

A - dark brownish amber bordering on purple; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - dark bread, some sugar, caramel, faint dark fruit, faint toffee

T - bread, caramel, peat, sugar, toffee, dark fruit and a mild bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, sticky, a bit crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent, very malty beer. I thought the malts were complex and had layers of flavor. Unfortunately, the crispness of the carbonation messed with my palate making the flavors seem fleeting. If you enjoy this style this is probably a beer that is worth checking out.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured room temp in hotel glass

A: cola-brown; luscious head, creamy; large bubbles, good carbonation
S: beautiful malty aroma; dark roast malt; bread, figs, currant
T: classic scotch ale; well balanced, with biscuit, yeast, and bread; peat and moss strong elements; complex and sweet; balanced bitterness
M: thick, mealy

Oh boy, an outstanding scotch ale; save it for a closer

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Original Review - 2/15/13

A Rich looking chestnut brown with 3 fingers of creamy caramel colored head.

S Smells of caramel, vanilla, charred oak barrels.

T Sweet caramel, alcohol, bread, but maintains a good smooth mouthfeel.

O Highly drinkable for this style and a definite must have.

EDITED REVIEW - 10/28/13 - had this again today in a growler.

This is a good brew. Tasted more smokey flavor this time around. This was solid once again - easy to drink for the ABV.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jondeelee
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scotty Karate opens to a malty nose that bears instant resemblance to yeasty rising wheat dough, with strong touches of sugar and spice added to the mix. While the bready, doughy aromas are strong, there’s also a thickly sugary base, with molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and a nice arrangement of fruit esters, including fig, black cherry, mandarin orange, berry, apricot, peach, and even touches of raisin. A peppery spice rims the edges, faint but present, set off by hints of peat and wood. Hops add a nice citrusy sweet grapefruit and rosewater layer. The sugariness of the brew is the most present aroma overall, however, oozing forth in sticky goodness, like mixed caramel and toffee poured over bread dough. As a whole, the nose is very nice, being alluring and enticing, and while the sugars are definitely front and center, there’s still enough bitterness and earthy notes to almost balance everything out. A slightly stronger bread presence would have been nice, but even without it, the aromas are very pleasant.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a simultaneously sweet and dark sugary rush, fruit esters such as cherry, orange, apricot, and berry mixing with touches of raisin and fig, and these in a larger pool of bitter molasses, pungent vanilla bean, and sweet caramel and toffee. The war here between dark and sweet sugary notes is lovely, and carried atop a mound of yeasty bread dough, toast crust, and biscuit. Shades of peat and wood add extra texture, joined by a biting peppery crust. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sugar war, with remnants of bread and wood. After a time in this aftertaste, the sugars die off, and the aftertaste takes on a distinctively woody feel, as if biting into pith after eating a toffee bar, and this latter sensation continues for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good Scotch Ale, featuring a wide variety of nicely nuanced flavors. The sugars and breads are very nice in here, though the woody notes do take over a bit too much in the end and somewhat spoil the aftertaste. Still, it’s a decent addition to the style, and worth trying.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,803 ratings.
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