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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a reliable bottle shop 11/2011 and well stored at 45 degrees since.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter.

Pours a huge two finger head, frothy, this reduces very slowly to a ¼ “ head, then to a very nice opaque cap, which is excellent progression for a bottled beer, picture perfect.
Very deep reddish amber with fine bubble carbonation. Excellent thick lace which clings to the side of the glass. Beautiful Ale look.

Malt and yeast dominated aroma when first poured, followed by candish sweet malt and a sense of richness, sorry this is the best I can do because I sense there is more here than I can detect.

Big, crisp, frothily carbonated and malty entry on the palate followed by rich, faintly chocolate, candied, yeasty ale flavors. Rather refined and elegant flavors. Full mouth feel, with the acidity and carbonation just balancing everything out. There us no sense of this ale being 9.7 % ABV. Delicious!

Good smooth finish of candied malt.

For whatever reason, visually, tonight’s pour was a classic. Bravo!
While maybe not overly complex it has what it takes to be a Scotch Ale.
With no bottle date info and the fact that I had stored it for a while, this ale may be past its prime, I really don’t know.
That being said, take the chance, it was delicious and a very enjoyable ale, and one that I will be drinking again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very cloudy, milk chocolate brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Gratuitous malty sweetness fills the nose and lingers beyond anything else while hints of Belgian yeastiness and dark, heavy fruits meander their way through as well.

T/M: Tastes sweet with plum, dates, even some chocolate. Really very nice and one of the sweeter scotch ales. Faint traces of alcohol become apparent at the end, but it's not terribly potent and it tends to balance the sweetness for a cleaner finish.

An interesting and unique scotch ale, but a great one at that.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was kung-fu fighting with a nonic pint glass. A big thank you to Geneseohawk for this one.

Appearance- The ecru-colored foam gets to about a finger in width. The frothy stuff dies pretty quickly, and no lace is present on the side of my pint glass.

The body is a smidge better, sporting a dark hazelnut hue that has a vibrant wash of ruby colored highlights.

Smell- The distinct caramel, peaty quality of a Scotch Ale is present. Also some woodiness, grassy hops, and a dark fruit tang. I guess it is more like dark cherries after a couple more sniffs.

Taste- More sweetness on the palate than the woody and smokey peat. Vanilla and a dash of caramel. I still get some dark cherries rolling up onto the palate.

Mid-drink there is a little smokiness and a touch of peat. The finish actually devolves into a char-like quality chocolate, caramel note. This drink is pretty rich, and has just a little edge.

Mouth feel- I was surprised this aspect of the beer was not better. It is a little thin for the luscious flavors that this beer contains. A decent enough medium body, I feel that this could be a bit bigger as well.

It rolls over the tongue nicely enough, and is in no way hard to drink. It would be nice if there was a little more coating to get this good finish to last longer.

Overall- This beer is very solid, and will certainly be one I will have again. The flavors are a nice mix of sweet and smokey, although the vanilla should hang on a little longer and not get muddled behind the smokiness.

The feel is by far the biggest "problem" with Scotty Karate. Just not full enough, and it lacks the coating that could let you really savor the beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Brewing
Scotty Karate

Appearance: Brown appearance, with some yeast particles suspended. Little head forms and dies a quick death.

Smell: Peaty, roasted malts and alcohol.

Taste: A strong scotch ale, abounding with suggestions of peat smoked malt, brown sugar, nutty flavors, and muted citrus hop notes. There is an omnipresent alcohol presence but it works well here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft feel and chewey. Carbonation is medium-low.

Overall: A big tasty scotch ale. Good character, hides the strength well enough, and I can dig it.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep coppery brown body with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is deep malty tones with burnt caramel, molasses and hints of booze. Taste is more caramel, dark toffee, roasty malt tones and hints of walnut. Smooth mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Pretty nice. Maybe lacking a bit in complexity but overall a decent scotch ale from Dark Horse.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of beagle75
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with a surface residue of parchment-tinted bubbles that try to climb wall of the glass. Heavy but inconsistent lacing remains on the glass.

S: Boozy toffee and fermented dark fruit are decadent but straight-forward.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic crystal malt that is husky as well as caramel. Acidity is carbonic and slightly unruly into the middle, seeming to trod over juvenile dark vinous fruit in the process. Charcoal toward the finish transitions to a period of vacant cleanliness, mildly bitter. The palate is evacuated with near totality before a whiff of intense, peaty umami manifests and lingers. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed wee heavy has the feel of a beer that wants very badly to be taken seriously. It tries hard, and occasionally delivers, but is simultaneously constrained by some typical strong-ale problems. The smell is excellent and enticing, providing a bookend that is complemented by the far finish of pungent and dry umami. Along the way acidity plays too large a role and flavors take too long of a break in the third quarter. In the final tally it is worth drinking for the volatile dried mushroom aftertaste alone.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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