Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
1,810 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: 1,810 |  Reviews: 602
Photo of AmitC
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of andrewjraab
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of shamrock071521
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jondeelee
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of thomscottson
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hoplover82
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours an unfiltered dark brown color with some copper notes with a small off white, fleeting head that leaves only spotty lacing.
S-Just by the first sniff, I can tell this beer is very aromatic and flavorful. Huge malty, sweet caramel with dark fruits. Very fruity indeed, with figs and dates and candied sugar. This beer needs no time to warm up, the aroma is pungent out the gate. The aroma reminds me of a good double bock. There is fresh pulled toffee candy notes hidden there as well. No "hot" alcohol detected.
T-The flavor is much of the same. Very sweet with dark fruits and caramel with a little bitterness to JUST keep it from being cloying. Plums and prunes and sweet summer stawberries. There also seems to be very faint notes of earthy hops in the flavor and the nose.
M-This has a huge, slick, and silky body with a balanced finish and mild carbonation.
O-I really like this beer and HIGHLY recommend this beer (especially to malty beer lovers) SO glad I got to try this, thanks to my friend in Minnasota! You are awesome Sarah-Jane!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a quickly fading head.
Sweet-smelling aroma with some soft earthy peat, caramel, burnt figs and a little booze.
Flavours include rich peat and dark fruit but there'es also a misplaced tangy acidic note.
Very low carbonation. Needs lots more.

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Photo of Raime
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an impenetrable ruby-brown with a one finger slightly off-white head. Left no lacing.

S - A profound amount of nuttiness up front, followed by some toasted and roasted malts.

T - Sweet caramel as soon as it hits your tongue, quickly followed by some roasted almonds and toffee candy. Toasted malt also somewhat becomes present along with sweet candy in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Nutty all around.

O - Overall, Probably the best Scotch Ale I have had to date. The flavors open up and meld together perfectly. Forget Loch Down, Forget Dirty Bastard, Forget Skull Splitter, this is as fucking wonderful Scotch ale, far beyond the others I have mentioned.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mnphish
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An intimidating reddish brown with a nice head that leaves almost no lacing. Smells like loads of sweet caramel, dry fruit, booze. Taste is similar - bittersweet, very rich caramel, dry and dark fruit, bready malts, spices, very candy esque - mmm! Medium & rich mouthfeel, boozy butter. I love it, this beer is a sleeper pick of mine. Dark Horse doesn't disappoint. They should age this stuff in wine or bourbon barrels.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,810 ratings
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