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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Glass: Duvel Tulip

Appearance: Half a finger of head which dissipated within about a minute, produced from a fairly aggressive pour. A slight rim of foam remains around the edges of the glass, maybe from the Duvel tulip's nucleation point. Color is brown bordering on dark red. Sediment is easily visible in the bottom of the glass. Fairly hazy.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruits, malty. Smells great!

Taste: Dark fruits mostly, not getting too much of that malty caramel sweetness that smelled so great. Bit of alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: A pretty thin body, with low carbonation. Not a whole lot going on here. Alcohol warms as it goes down the throat, which can be nice but is not a great thing in this case.

Overall: A great smelling beer that is very much let down by the taste and mouthfeel. The taste is not actually bad, it's just that there isn't too much there. If the alcohol % was lower, maybe that would be okay, but combined with the alcohol warming, not to mention alcohol taste, there just isn't enough flavor there for me. Overall, a decent beer that isn't terrible by any means, but I won't be purchasing it again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby with a small cream colored head. Aroma of malt and some spice, caramel, and dark fruits. Low carbonation and slick mouthfeel, on the heavy side. Burnt toffee flavor, some scotch, oats, hint of spice. Bitterness and some chocolate. Overall a bit bland on my tastebuds but not bad.

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Served in a snifter.

A - Murky milk-chocolate hue with a fair ivory head. Fair retention and lacing.

S - Rich caramel sweetness here, more than I have personally encountered. Bit of bread and dried fruit.

T - Thick caramel sweetness, booze is covered and finished with large bready notes.

M - Viscous body with low carbonation.

O - A unique brew that is quite different from what I have experienced in the style. Almost tastes as if they mixed a thick caramel syrup with a low ABV scotch ale... That said, it is certainly a tasty experience.

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S: Light aromas of dark fruits and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn't as sweet and has complex flavors of dark fruits, raisins, tea and toffee. Although no bitterness is detectable, there's enough hops to prevent this from being sticky and sweet.
M: It feels nearly medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
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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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