Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 1,808 |  Reviews: 601
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks syrupy yet thin in the pour; I was afraid it might be watery. It’s a beautiful translucent warm chocolate-brown color. Looks like a flat Coke, but thinned out with more of an amber hue.

S – Sweet candied sugar and wheat. A very pleasant smell, indeed. Slight fruit smell, which my just be the sweetness.

T – Big on malt, caramel comes in nicely. The slight fruitiness is back, but it is very light. Malty sweetness in the end. No lingering taste, which is nice for the palate.

M – Very lightly carbonated. It has a nice creamy mouth feel. Not nearly as syrupy as I thought it might be.

O – Dark Horse knows how to hide their alcohol. Double Crooked Tree does it best in IPA, and Scotty does it best in Scotch Ales… Very drinkable; it’s no Backwoods Bastard, but that’s okay because this brew is nice on its own. Too bad this is a once a year brew.

I might hold on to one to see what happens in 6 months.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Pours a deep oak with red highlights and a tan head.

S: Very nice and rich aroma. Caramel and leather mixed with cocoa, malted milk balls, lemon and vanilla.

T: The regular wood and toffee flavours cover the palate and the tangy citrus notes finish it out. Unusual and delicious.

D: Very, very well balanced and the alcohol is completely hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy and this beer is simply dangerous.

Overall: One of my favorite Wee Heavy ales. This doesn't suffer from the one-note character of many in this style. It has those classic malty notes with some modern citruscy hop notes. Remarkable and unique experience.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from schwaeh, Scotty Karate from Dark Horse. 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pub nonic.

A: Pours a hazy pond water brown...not quite opaque, with splotches of transparent gold around the edges of the glass. Small off-white head recedes quickly.

S: Whoa, lots of sweeter malt. Toffee is apparent, as well as the rich, sticky dark fruit character of a date or fig. Sugary bready notes as well.

T: Malt, front to back on the palette. Pretty sweet and a bit syrupy. Miles and miles of toffee and caramel, as well as some buttery diacetyls. Very low bitterness.

MF: Pretty robust medium body, creamy and a touch syrupy. Lower carbonation.

O: Quite a beer, a lot like an Old Ale but with more body. Alcohol is hidden pretty well in my opinion. Still a sipper.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of McNealc31
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Scotty Karate has a smell that will draw you in immediately. Butterscotch, a hint of cinnamon raisin toast, and oak. The lightly toasted malt makes a big appearance with smoked peat, butterscotch, dark fruits, and booze following it up. There is just a touch of hops, but not enough to get in the way or overpower anything.

Smooth, complex, tasty, and you'd never guess it's pushing 10% ABV.

Great example of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

Scotch ales have been something I had been ignoring until recently. I didn't like the dark malty flavor. Recently, though, I had one that changed my mind, and since then I have been enjoying them. This one is not too dark tasting (or in color) but it is pretty boozy.

I like it. It's cloudy and interesting looking. There is a malty aroma, overpowering the hops (appropriately for the style). The aftertaste is very boozy. It is going very nicely with an excessively spicy gumbo - they are going toe to toe. I would buy this again when I wanted a strong scotch ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 1,808 ratings
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