Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,807 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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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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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well-done and highly bitter strong Scotch Ale with good alcohol content and warmth and a great balance and sweet dry finish. I really enjoy this beer and would call it one of my favorite Scotch Ales on the planet. Also in contention are Old Chub and Dirty Bastard. Scotty has a bit more balls than the others.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

Copper -brown appearance with thin lacey head, slight sediment at the end of the pour

For a 9.75 percent beer, it is pretty creamy and smooth will still packing a punch. The alcohol is evident from the smell and finish of the tasting, but it is a delicious Scotch ale and has become a regular purchase for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter

Appearance- Mahogony in color with a half finger of off white head that dissipates almost completely away pretty quickly. Tons of carbonation bubbles streming from the bottom.

Smell- A nuttiness with hints of carmel and some sweet alcohol scent.

Taste- Nutty up front followed by smoke and a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel- A very strong medium body that is highly carbonated and drinks somewhat like a soda.

Overall- To me this drinks a lot like a nut brown with some smoke and an alcohol finish. Not bad, just not a super Scotch Ale in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a rich, deep brown topped by a fluffy, two finger light beige head. Little to no lacing. Huge caramel malt, fresh moist bran muffins, some grain, and just a whiff of clean alcohol on the nose. An absolute malt bomb. Bread crust, freshly baked lightly sweet dark bread, hints of caramel and toffee. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy, full body and shows up here and there; a bit of syrupy accents on the edges. Heavy, but creamy and ridiculously smooth. This is just a fantastic brew and one of my favorite Scotch Ales. You'd be hard-pressed to find one that tops it.

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,807 ratings.
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