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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Photo of don1481
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is light brown, transparent, clearer around the edges.

Smell is wonderful blend of malt flavors: caramel, toast, raisins, plums, hints of booziness emanate behind it.

Taste is just as nice as the scent, malt flavors through a range toffee, caramel, raisins, plums, light toast and roastiness; bitterness is strong but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is not as pleasant in it is lingering presence, biting on the tongue for a time after the flavors subside. Possibly the type of bittering hops but maybe its just an off flavor from the strength of this brew.

Overall, a very delicious, wonderful smelling brew. Mouthfeel seems off to me, would expect more lingering sweetness, but the strength could be working against the brew in this regard.

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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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