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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown color with a one-finger off-white head which dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Fruity - much more fruity up front than a typical scotch ale. There's some dark fruits as well as fruity yeast esters. Caramel, leather, and a light smokiness round out the aroma. Pretty complex.

Taste: A little lighter in flavor than the aroma would suggest. Fruitiness is also more subdued. The caramel, leather, and smoke come out more here. There's also a bit of iodine flavor on the finish that I'm not particularly fond of.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body. I definitely prefer more body in my scotch ales. The carbonation level is also a bit higher than I would like.

Overall: This is a very solid example of a scotch ale, but ultimately a bit rough right now. I feel like this would benefit from some age.

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3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date but I believe this to be at least 2 years old.

A: Pours a murky brown with a big fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly but with great retention. Decent tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Toffee and caramel. Some dark fruits and some dark bready malt.

T: Again, lots of toffee up front and throughout the beer for that matter. Decent amount of caramel sweetens it. Touches of dark fruits. Dark bread malt in the finish. Finish and aftertaste is a dry, almost bitter toffee with a little bit of peat in fact.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

O: Decent scotch ale. Toffee heavy, if that is your thing. I'm not a huge fan so I couldn't give it big points. Still one of the better ones out there if I'm honest. On the sweet, caramelly side as well.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Midway through my pour I get aggressive, to no avail. I fail at pouring this one, and release less than a 1/2 finger of light borwn head. The body is a rich reddish brown color, with heavy carbonation going on. The beer gets no lace.

It smells awesome. Very malty with big caramel notes. I get a little alcohol on the back end, but its complimentary.

Again, this is very malty. Caramel and toffee play around, with a hint of dark fruit to flesh it out. The alcohol is very well masked. Earthy on the back end.

This is medium bodied, likely due to the heavy carbonation keeping it moving. It seems like it wants to leave a residue but doesn't quite get it in one go. It takes several sips to build this up on the back of the tongue.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up from single bottle selection at Stein's in Rhinelander. Fridge for a bit then into Spiegelau tulip.

S: Big malt, toffee/dark caramel, booze, maybe some diacetyl.

A: Deep cherry tinged brown. Not much head, no residual foam, no lace. Crystal clear.

T: Hearty malt, loads of caramel and toffee. Wonder if they boil down first runnings, very complex caramel. Kinda over the top fruity but that blows off. Again maybe some appropriate diacetyl.

M: Moderately full but not heavy. Low carb. Some of the darker sugars and booze help to dry the end out.

O: Glad I grabbed it. Need to keep trying Dark Horse. May grab another to age.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with one finger head and some lace patches on top of an aroma of mostly bready and sweet dark malts, little bit of java, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel possibly, some woodiness. Taste/mouthfeel is more of the same as fuller bodied and smooth thanks to some bready oakiness and there is a good of sweetness thanks to caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a little bit of dryness from bready malts and booze added into the finish as well as some crisp hoppiness. A very enjoyable and hearty sipper.

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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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