Scotty Karate Scotch Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,799 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark very cloudy brownish amber. Almost khaki colored rim of creamy head. Some visible carbonation and what looks like a great deal of sediment suspended within

Aroma: Caramel and toffee. Some smoky earthiness as well

Taste: Big sweet malts throughout. Mostly caramel with some toffee undertones. A bit of coffee. Tastes a little like a malted milk ball. Some herbal/floral bitterness about halfway through. Faint citrus hops as well. Well balanced but leaning towards the sweet side. No trace of the 9.75% ABV in the taste but has a warming sensation

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. A tad syrupy. Lingering aftertaste but pleasant

Overall: A nice malt forward brew. Sweet and earthy. A nice sipping beer

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: One thing is for sure and I find quite intriguing is how heavy the bubbles are on the body of the brew.The body itself is brown with a caramel color, almost opaque and hazy with sediments floating throughout. Head is off-white rising to maybe 1/4".

Smell: Light malts, smells good giving you a sweet scent.

Taste: Has a sweet caramel feel with a hit of toffee. Absolutely love the malts, migvht overwhelm first time scotch ale drinkers but I find it just right.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, carbonation...bitter finish at the end might remind you something making you reminisce of barleywine.

Overall: Very good brew but still not at the level of my favorite scotch ale. It definitely is stronger but stronger doesn't always mean better. Flavor is everything and a little tweaking couldn't hurt. Salud!

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of tasting this next to innis & Gunn as well as founders dirty bastard. My friend prefered this one over the 3. Mainly for the reasons I liked it over the founders one which was more mouth to it and a little more bite. To me the founders was a little sweeter which i liked. I prefer innis and gunn over all of them but thats me... this is probably the 5th or 6th wee heavy I tried and it's easily number 2... I wouldn't skip over this one if you like the style...

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another bottled beer courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. Cool stuff!

From the bottle: "Guest Artist Series #1 James Mestamaker Austin Texas".

I have no idea how the label relates to the idea of a Scotch Ale, but I totally dig the wigged-out one-man band that it depicts. Perhaps that is how they anticipate one will feel after a bottle of this beer. We shall see. Holy hot, Batman! I got a good whiff of booze in pouring this one into my glass. I got a brief appearance of (maybe) a finger of deep-tan head that quickly fell to swirling wisps. Color was a slightly hazy cola-brown. Nose smelled of dried, dark fruit(s), leather, lemon zest and al-kee-haul. Whee! Mouthfeel was medium with an initial alcohol heat followed by notes of toffee, leather, dried fruit, and brown sugar. Finish was semi-dry with the alcohol heat accounting for this in the face of all of the sugary flavors involved. This really packed a wallop, even for me. I would recommend that you at least try it once and if you are a fan of the style (which I am not), you will be head over heels for it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: deep brown body under a finger of tan foam in an over-sized snifter; filmy cap persisted for the most part; sparse brief lace motes

S: deep, rich, thick, dark malty smells, fruit-like; caramel toffee sweetness aromas

T: crisper than the nosee; intimations of peat smoke and boozy fruit. Made me think of rye spiciness at times. Sweetened with warming, softening edges.

M: a little shaper than I'd expected early on, but still in line with the taste; slight filmy coating; slight astringence while cooler; bittering, then smoothing finish

O: a rugged take on the wee heavy, not as syrupy as some, with more bite than others.

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,799 ratings.
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