Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
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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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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 8/6/2011. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a good 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, apple, toasted biscuit, peat, leather, raisin, toffee, light chocolate, and spices. Very nice and complex aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, smoke, toasted biscuit, toffee, apple, raisin, wood, light chocolate, earth, and spices. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, smoke, molasses, and wood on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with a good amount of robustness; and absolutely no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, lush, and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is insanely well hidden for being almost 10%, with only a small warming well after the finish. Extremely smooth to sip on for such a big beer; drinks much smoother than some lower gravity beers. Overall this is a fantastic scotch ale! Great balance of flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth.

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Photo of Phade42
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle at my first trip to Julios Liquors in Westboro MA today. The placard there said it tastes like chocolate chip cookies. And it wasn't lying.

A- Poured into a Sam Adams glass, pours just a few shades shy of molasses in color. Almost no head at all.

S- as it poured, i could almost immediately smell cookies. upon closer inspection, I get toasted cocoa nibs, some sweetness, and just the faintest hint of that 9.75% ABV booziness.

T- Well, this is something. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Malty, like a milkshake. All the "dessert"-y flavors make their presence. Just like a really good cookie would.

M- Very low carbonation. Smooth & sweet, just a little syrupy. Bit of harshness on the back of the throat, but dissipates quickly.

O- I really like this. I'm not too familiar with Scotch Ales, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of these and alse delve into some other offerings in this style.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BB1313
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very hazy ruby brown, lots of sediment and floaties; not much head and lacing at all. There's a great nuttiness in the aromas. Tons of maple, tons of chocolate. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's also a touch of vanilla and hazelnut. The nuttiness translates in the flavors, very nice. Wood and oak are present in the nose and flavors, although it's isn't aged on either. More chocolate in the flavors. Dark fruits and fig is there. Mouthfeel is nice and on the lighter side of full-bodied. Moderate carbonation, smooth and easy drinking. The alcohol isn't really noticeable at all. This is a treat!

I forgot how great this beer is. This is a great example of the style.. very, very enjoyable. Wow!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of righthereisay
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh.

Very nice pour. Dark brown with some minor white head, and some lacing, not too much.

Doesn't smell like alcohol, which is impressive. Maybe some carmel and fruits.

Taste...I came in with low expectations as I am not a huge fan of Scotch Ales. This was great. I was very impressed. Caramel, malts, minor fruits,...not too heavy on anything.

This was very full bodied. It went down smooth, not too much carbonation...nice finish. Very impressed.

This is my favorite scotch ales. Considering Too Cream Stout is one of my favorite stouts, it looks like I need to try more Dark Horse beers.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, deep red color with a tinge of orange on the edges. Pretty color. Pours with a minimal head that is maintained as a ring of bubbles at the glass, but leaves no lacing.

Caramel and cherry nose, with a bit of leather. Malty caramel flavor. Sweet and creamy but not overly so. Stong impression of figs with a medium spicy finish.

Medium body with a lively carbonation that helps cleanse the palate and inspires another sip.

A tasty night cap. I served it at cellar temperature, but found that it good more complex and interesting as it approached room temperature.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque ruby-hued amber here. with a medium head of off-white bubbles. No lace at all.

Nose is caramel malty sweetness. Seems well in line with a traditional Scottish ale.

Taste is spicy and sweet at front, with traces of peat, dates, figs, and candied berries entering later. Quite complex and palate-pleasing, and the alcohol is subdued. Additionally, the warmer this one gets, the smoother it is. Enjoyable.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed from the basement for a review this evening.

Poured a clear brownish amber. With little to no head.

Smell is toffee, sweet candy malt, caramel.

Taste is what every scotch ale should me molded after. Starts dry then the caramel, toffee, sweet malt and a slight bourbon like? flavor hit you.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full, very nice and not something I would expect for the style. Carbonation is very low, also nice.

Well by now you know this is my favorite scotch ale. Scotch ales have always been one of my favorite style and this is better then every other one I have tried.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,839 ratings