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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark black brown, mahogany color with a full tan frothy head and good lacing. The aroma offers a somewhat sherry prune malt. Solid and barley wine-like. The flavor follows suit with a mellow prune malt and vague chocolate caramel. There's a tart herbal-grass hop that blends smoothly with the dark fruit. This is near full bodied with a satiny feel and very quiet carbonation. Very tasty stuff and fairly drinkable, though not a session brew needless to say.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of warrenout330
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler into my duvel glass

A- poured a deep dark brown, thick white head... dissovled quickly to nothing... slight lacing to the glass

S- caramel bready malt, chocolate malt, peat moss and a balance of smoke

T- sweet bready chocolate layer cake, earthy balance... smoke balance

M- medium body... chewy mouthfeel... earthy dryness in the back

O- second offering from dark horse... this is one of the better wee heavies out there.... well done

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brownish color with minimal head. smells a bit hoppy, and taste wonderful. recommend beer for a good time buzzz. well wortth trying this beer. 5 stars. hip hip hooray. also i poured this into my trusty pint glass. get it today and experience greatness.

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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%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip

Pours deep, murky brown with burgundy highlights and a khaki head that dissipates into nothing rather fast.

Subtle fig and raisin with a touch of booze similar to rum. Chocolate and coffee in the background.

Opens with the same dark, pitted fruit flavor with those same sweet candy flavors. Chocolate, caramel and coffee. A touch of rum as well; and a tiny, tiny bit of sherry. Hints at smoke and peat. Much more flavor than smell on this one.

Medium-heavy on the tongue with low carbonation. Sticky sweet and a tad viscous.

Solid dark fruit and chocolate flavors with some complimenting sherry and rum highlights. A good example of a scotch ale.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired as an extra from a recent trade.
I Let this one warm a bit before pouring into a small tasting snifter...

The appearance is like apple cider, in that it's the same color & just as murky...nearly zero head retention...not very inviting, but I've had some great barleywines which looked very similar.

The smell is actually pretty great. Lots of dark fruits and candy...tad bit of oak maybe? The booze is there but not overpowering..plays nice.

This tastes a lot better than I thought it would from the reviews below. Like the smell, I taste lots of dark fruits..plum & fig mostly. Also, some chocolate there too. The booze is well hidden, and plays nicely with the malt flavors...not much hop, but didn't expect any. There's also this underlying complexity I'm getting...kind of like this oaky/estery thing going on...most likely from the yeast used, but l like it a lot! Very Tasty!

Medium to low in on! If this beer had any more it would be ruined. The mouth feel however is a tad thin for this beer. I'd prefer it to be a bit more viscous.

I've seen this beer on the shelves before, but don't know why i never though to buy one. It's too bad, cuz it really is a decent beer I would definitely buy. I'm curious how this beer would age in the cellar for a year or so. I'm thinking rather well and will try.

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2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown and orange pour with 1-finger of darkish cream head. No retention and no lace. Very grainy and thick.

Smell is light caramel malt, a touch of raisin, and a hint of alcohol. All are very light, though. For a 90 shilling, just too light.

Taste is light as well. Get the caramel malt, light peat, and sweet bread malts. But just not enough flavor. Underwhelming.

Feel is better, though. Nice grainy quality that stands up well.

Overall, disappointing. Especially for the price. I like many of their other beers, but this one doesn't make the cut.

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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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