Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,804 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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Photo of Hopmarc
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Woodonor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scotty is a must try for those of you who frequent Scotch Ales and for connoisseurs alike. This has been on the hit list for awhile so it's appropriate that I make Scotty my first BA review.

Serving vessel is a tulip sifter, allowing the beer to warm up for a few minutes at room temperature.

A: Deep brown chocolate color with rich amber tones in the light. Not tar in the jar, but a dense brown haze awaits you, the head is narrowly present under a finger.

S: Roasted malt on the nose is first complimented with sweetness and subtle yeast and undertones of the 9.75% alcohol.

T: Rich malt and forward molasses are enhanced by the subtle chocolate with lingering notes of brown sugar with the alcohol sticking around on the finish. This is a sipper, it's rich, deep and complex with apparent alcohol throughout.

M: Like with many Scotches it's heavy without being syrup but this feels more carbonated upfront with the sugary notes lingering on the back of the palette. It begs the question if more hop was used in the brewing. The alcohol is felt going down the throat, don't pound this buddy!

Overall: For the Scotch Ale enthusiasts it's a must try, the highly carbonated mouthfeel brings out the the rich malt and molasses, it's a meaty Ale that doesn't hide the alcohol but embraces it, so be ready for a head-thumper.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper hue with a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the smell is burnt caramel,toffee,nutcake,booze,dried fruit and molasses,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of toffee,fruitcake,burnt caramel,candi sugar,butterscotch and finished with a boozy dryness and overall its a nice scotch ale and would buy again cheers.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin, eggshell-colored head that doesn't stick around long. Lacing is minimal. Perhaps too cold upon pouring?

S: Rich caramel with dark fruits, spice, and just a hint of alcohol in the background.

T: Much like the smell. Caramel and toasted grains up front, with dried dark fruits, some vanilla, and a slight toasted nut character. Finish dries out with a slight hop bitterness, and lingers for some time.

Big, full-bodied, and complex, yet without any harshness whatsoever. One would not expect this beer to be as strong as it is. Incredibly smooth, and quite easy to drink. Definitely a solid beer for cold winter nights. I'm really digging it!

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Oakenator
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with a hint of amber color. Slight off white head - healthy at pour with minimal lacing. Finer carbonation that excites easily with a swirl. Smell is caramel scented and sweet. Flavor is also sweet but detect caramel, chocolate, and maybe some plum or other similar fruit. It masks its high ABV well - not noticeable. Could be compared to a barley wine but without the alcohol presence. Really enjoyable brew.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of JWU
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- a murky dark brown with a thin light tan head that doesn't stick around. Little lacing.

S- some heavy, bready malts, with some light dark caramel and dark fruit notes. Alcohol is detectable.

T- Not over the top sweet, and that's a great thing. Pumpernickel break, dark caramel, dark fruit, and an incredibly clean alcohol note closes things out.

M- medium bodied, just enough carbonation to move things along, and drier than I expect from a scotch ale on the finish.

O- Quite good, but I'll likely stick with Old Chub. I will say, for 9.75% it drinks like a much lower ABV brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,804 ratings.
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