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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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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2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin dark khaki colored head that leaves messy sheets of lacing down the glass.

Sweet and bready aroma with caramel along with some smoke and meat character, interestingly enough.

This doesn't taste particularly good, with lots meat (pork?) and alcohol character, along with sweet malts and a moderate bitterness. Bready as well, but dominated by a strange campfire/meat flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I don't really care for this one too much.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scotch Ales are typically not my favorite style of beer, and I used to shy away from them, but Scotty Karate changed that for me. This is by far my favorite Scotch Ale and my 2nd favorite Dark Horse beer, behind Plead the 5th.

A - Pours a dark, caramel color - with very little head.

S - Smells of sweet, dark fruit and a little bit of oak too.

T - At first, Scotty Karate tastes a little sweet and boozy too, but that quickly dissipates and you get some nice dark fruit flavor and lots of malt. The high ABV is masked nicely by all of the complex flavors. Truly, a tasty Scotch Ale.

M - The mouth feel is perfect. It's almost chewy and viscous as you swirl it around your mouth.

O - Like I said, this is the best Scotch Ale I have ever tried. If you are a fan of malty and complex sippers, you won't be disappointed by this.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark brown that was slightly hazy. Very thin trace of an off white head clung to the sides. Aroma was slightly sweet, kinda of like a caramel candy. A small hint of alcohol was hidden underneath the sweet. Kind of a sugary roasted date taste as well. Felt good in the mouth. Coated very well with just a touch of carbonation. Overall a very pleasant well balanced beer. The ABV hit a little fast, but wasn't noticeable in the beer.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jerc from RB, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Dirty, almost muddy, brown, with a beige head. Light film and a collar of retention. Nose holds dark fruits, sweet caramels, toffee and some marshmallow. Taste has dark bready notes, a bit earthy, sweet malt with a bit of chocolate and some fruitiness again. Quite big in terms of body/viscosity, bit there's no alcohol to be found (at all) which is magnificent for a beer of this size. Low carbonation. A really good scotch ale/wee heavy.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown, almost opaque. Tan head is short lived. Spotty, wispy lacing.

S: Strong malt backbone of crusty brown bread, blackstrap molasses, chewy caramel, tootsie roll, and bread pudding. Burnt sugar and faint smoke. Very sweet on the nose. Juicy scents of fig, raspberry, cherry, and grape. Vanilla extract. Spicy alcohol.

T: Juicy tastes of cherry and raspberry up front. Firm malt backbone takes over from there. Crusty, toasted brown bread, caramel-chocolate chews, slight cola and molasses. Slight vanilla impression. A bit of a spicy alcohol taste creeps through, but it's subtle and fleeting. No hop tastes to be found here, they play a balancing role only. This beer is entrenched firmly in the sweet and malty side of the spectrum, as one would expect. Light kiss of smoke in the finish with fading flavors of bread crust and bread pudding.

M: Moderately thick body. Full and rich in the mouth with a chewy and slightly viscous feel. Carbonation is very restrained and slightly prickly. Very nice mouthfeel, very well-rounded.

O: This beer has some serious clout. Big, rich, warming. Great for when you're really jonesing for something malty. A relaxing sipper.

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this brew mainly because of the label art and name but it turned out be be a nice choice.

This Beer is one of the best scotch ales I have had hands down. It has a ton of flavor, lots of caramel flavors, tons of roasted malts and a subtle but nice dark fruit quality. It has a full feel and body but drinks surprisingly easy. It goes down smooth and leaves you with a nice dark fruit and roasty dry mouth feel. A fantastic scotch ale that I wish I could get more readily.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany tone with a finger's worth of a beige/tan head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass; spotty lacing evident.

nose is fronted by caramel maltiness and accompanied by earthy, peaty notes. caramel malt pulls through in the flavor, as does the earthy character, but i get some subtle fruitiness i didn't pick up in the aroma... nice twang of smoky peatiness, as well as a hint of pepper... distinct bitterness to the finish. 9.75% ABV present but not overpowering. all in all, a decent if unspectacular scotch ale.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. wouldn't object to a revisit, but i'm set with a bottle per sitting.

originally reviewed: 10-26-2010

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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 1,814 ratings
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