Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,804 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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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$7.69 4-pack
Village Dell and Wine Shop, Rice Lake

Dark Horse Brewing's Scotty Karate pours a burnt caramel with tiny particles of sediment suspending throughout. A two finger creamy ecru head formed on the pour and faded rather quickly to a solid cap. Leaves some patchy lacing after each sip. When held to the light the carbonation looks almost non-existent.

Great aroma, something I expect from a good Wee Heavy. Deeply caramilized malts kick off the big aroma of this beer. A peat like smokiness soon follows along with a slight lactic quality. There's a hint of pine needles in there as well but it just kind of flashes in and out. Smells extremely enticing.

Flavor is not as deeply caramilized as the nose would suggest but is in an excellent place. Peat smokiness comes through mid palate along with a touch of the milkiness that was present in the smell. Toffe and a big hint of brown sugar, some caramel coming toward the backend with a very welcomed and balancing pine hop bitterness. Absolutely zero alcohol detected except the warming in the gullet after each sip.

Body is on the heavy side of medium and absolutely velvety smooth. So creamy and rich it's a pleasure to taste.

Unbelievably easy drinking for such big abv. If this bottle didn't state the alcohol I would have never believed it.

Scotty Karate, up until this point in my journey into beerdom, is the best Wee Heavy I've come across. It's absolutely delicious with every aspect being spot on. Another superb beer from the guys at Dark Horse. Find a distributor in Chicagoland guys!

Reviewed: 9/23/07

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (undated) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with red highlights. A bit cloudy.

Aroma: Sweet, malty, and roasty with some fruit. Overall, a nice aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Virtually no hoppy bitterness. The sweetness becomes more pronounced in the middle and lingers at the end. As the beer warms, fruitiness (cherries?) comes through along with an oaky sweetness that reminds me of a bourbon barrel-aged beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfect level of carbonation. The body is a little light.

Overall: This beer is another great entry from Dark Horse. The bourbon barrel-aged flavor was a bit of a surprise, but since I like that style variant, it was a good surprise. I'll look forward to having Scotty again and will definitely want to have one when I drive over to the brewery in Marshall, Michigan.

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,804 ratings.
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