Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,802 Ratings
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 +6.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep but clear ruby, one finger tan head.

S-Lots of malt, dark fruits, cherries, vanilla, roasted notes, tad bit of alcohol.

T- Starts with some malt and dirt notes. Then a tad bit of vanilla. Good bit of bitterness. Beef jerky like notes, peat.

M-Lighter not much carbonation, but mainly just too light.

O-Maybe this was bottled in the beginning of the year. But the beer lacked the strong malty notes I expect from the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a certain charm to the cloudy dullness, yet glowing brilliance of this dark cherry red color. The head simply did not hold out as the foam was built on an eruption of fizz that ebbed away quickly.

The scent is layered with tons of divergent aromas. I get a pronounced chocolate, only to get hints of Graham cracker graininess. I then get dried fruits such as prune date and raisin. I also get some maple and molasses or sorghum.

The flavor is less diverse but very clean. The flavor has maple syrup and molasses with a little fig and crab apple.

The feel is almost absent of carbonation with a smooth, clean touch. It has an almost water like smoothness and at nearly 10 pct ABV, there's not a hint of alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz draft pour into Pint Glass at The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna. (Feb. 20, 2012)
12oz draft pour into Flute at Hawthorne's Beer Cafe in Philadelphia, Penna. [readjusted] (Oct. 18, 2013)
12oz bottle pour into wine glass from 2013 release. [re-reviewed] (Nov. 12, 2013)

A: Mahogany with plenty of yeast sediment and a khaki colored head that quickly turns into a thin, spotty cap.

S: Big sweetness notes of dried cranberries, black cherries, and toffee. The similarities to a world-class quadruple are imminent. A dry alcohol booziness tingles the senses after about twenty minutes of warming and forward toasted notes linger, but are still overtaken by those dried, fruitful aromas of sweetness.

T: Huge notes of dried cranberries, again, but with a slightly chocolate, raspberry nuance towards the finish. Sweet, but pleasant and tastefully done.

M: Heavily malted, but fermented perfectly to leave a slight chalkiness but very smooth body thinned out by alcohol.

OVERALL: I've had great kegs and poor kegs on clean lines and great bottles and poor bottles out of proper glassware, so I have a feeling that poor quality examples are out there, but when Scotty Karate is on point it's damn good! I also believe that this beauty would age fantastically, but be cautious as some bottles and kegs may have more yeast buildup than others and really effect flavors.

NOTE: Live review @ The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna. on February 20th, 2012 readjusted after October 18th, 2013 when draft at Hawthorne's Beer Cafe in Phila., Penna. was ordered, and re-reviewed on November 12th, 2013 with a 2013 bottle.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into a snifter.

A - Deep amber-brown. A little bit of light tannish head that fades quickly.

S - Major malt and carmel notes. Quite sweet. Getting some distinct darker fruit aroma has it warms up a bit.

T - Big initial taste of caramel, toffee, and bread. Very well balanced scotch ale with it finishing with a nice bitter note. Not boozy, but slight alcohol coming through. Like others have stated, alcohol very well masked being almost 10% abv

M - Medium body and smooottthhh

O - Definitely one of my favorite scotch ales. Big smooth drink. Will definitely be partaking a few of these over the next couple of cold winter months.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, reddish brown. Some sediment visible bubbling up and down. Small amount of foam lingers.

Smell: Caramel, malt, bready. A little booziness.

Taste: Boozy. Definitely boozy. But... not in a bad way. Definitely softens up once it warms up a little more. Not as soft as a Skull Splitter, but still... pretty soft.

Mouthfeel: For something just about 10%, it's pretty darn smooth in the mouth. Perhaps too smooth? Oh, heck - no such thing!

Overall: Yes, please. Provided I remember to let it warm up a little more next time!

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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So I'm pretty stoked to review this. I've had a few different Dark Horse brews, but never written a review. This is however my first time having Scotty Karate.

12 oz brown bottle. Lovely bottle shape and the label is well.. Interesting. Some maniac who appears to think he's living during the Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock era.. Which isn't a bad thing! By any means. This is a colorful and catchy name, bottle, and label. And I have no doubt the quality is top notch. Funny how the best breweries get the label art right almost every time. This was poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Belgian style tulip.

A - pours a dark murky chestnut color. Brownish amber with sediment floating within. Head is pretty small and thin and the color of a light brown. Head basically vanishes to a tiny ring of lace leaving minimal stick.

S - dark fruit and a whiff of caramel malt up front. Tiny hints of milk chocolate with more dark fruit creeping up. A really nice dark fruity aroma with the alcohol doing its part.

T - more character than the nose. Dark fruit and caramel malt get things rolling with a sweet sugary note splashing the palate. Wow! Very nice. Peat and a touch of smoke highlight the flavor. Really surprised by the notes of peat this ale has. Alcohol isn't overpowering but definitely adds more to the dark fruit notes and a touch of Scotch spice. The smallest note of cocoa hits just before the malty finish.

M - nice texture and almost too easy to drink. Hardly believe its the abv it lists. Smooth and creamy feel with easy going down. Flavorful and enjoyable experience that even light weights can sip. But remember to read the label. It is nearly 10% abv.

O - not my first Dark Horse brew, but a very good one regardless. Well deserving of the first review from this Brewery. I'm actually more stoked I can get Dark Horse stuff in Ohio. One of those good moments discovering Dark Horse. Scotty Karate is a very good Scotch style ale. It has all the right juice to become someone's go to big beer. Very enjoyable and very well crafted. Scotty Karate is a must try and one to go back to every Autumn.

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