Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,802 Ratings
Scotty Karate Scotch AleScotty Karate Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,802
Reviews:
600
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
320
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,802 |  Reviews: 600
Photo of let8it8grow
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 29, 2016.

The pour is reddish-amber with a short lived head. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out a Graham Cracker, vanilla, and sweet malt character. Booze is buried considering it is over 9%. Low to no hop profile. I kind of hoped for more of a peat moss character.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to lean on the sweet malt side with a bread character too. The sweetness might be connected to the vanilla flavor that I also get. Again, no alcohol. Light lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of MNAle
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost opaque color. 1/2 inch tan head recedes quickly leaving little/no lacing. Dark fruit aroma, smoaky, some chocolate or caramel perhaps. Thick mouth feel. Smooth and creamy. Dark fruit and sweet malts in the initial taste, with some very mild bitterness in the middle and aftertaste with an earthy finish. Overall, fruity, smoakey, mild and malty. Just the barest hint of booze.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours with a mahogany colored body and a very good tan head. Gunky sediment in the bottle with a bit in the glass too.

Nice caramel malt aroma and flavor. Well hidden alcohol: I was surprised to see 9.75% ABV listed.

Full body with a light touch of alcohol.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a thistle
No bottle date

A- pours a deep brown color with a 2-finger frothy off-white head that retains long after the pour, globs of protein floating around

S- smells of processed grains, caramel, toffee, brown bread crust, raisin & mash

T- roasted grains up front with a sweetness of caramel /toffee, along with hints of raisin and fig. Toasted bread crust mid-palate, crea,y sweet finish with more caramel on the linger

M- medium-Thick body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a chewy, velvety finish. Abv hidden very well

O- very drinkable, given the abv, but not as complex as some of the other scotch ales out there

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bonus spoils of a trade, thanks noyoudidnt! Pours deep brownish red. No head. Not a ton of scotch on the nose. Malty, oaky. Tastes a bit like a scotch ale, pretty sweet, sticky lips. Full disclosure, my only other wee heavy is founders dirty bastard and sun king wee Mac. Feeling is not too boozy for a nearly 10% abv. Overall glad I got to try it, may try again if I could get a couple singles.

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Josh012012
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdgogiants
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRed10
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of direwolf00
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datchethilbery
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ineluctablemodality
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chicagoish
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Too carbonated.

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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: The aroma was caramel, toffee, malt, and a grassy quality (not my favorite). A mixed bag.

T: Tasted of malt, a slight smokiness, toffee, a lot of caramel, a nice amount of hops presence, but a certain grassy quality that's inescapable (maybe I just imagined this). Usually in a scotch ale, the caramel is more at the forefront, but with this beer it's just not as powerful. Very uneven.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has it's good qualities, but is very much uneven. Could have been better.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kuhndog
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,802 ratings.
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