Dark Horse Rye Kwon Do | Dark Horse Brewing Company

8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tectactoe on 04-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Ashley's Westland, brewed specially for their 30th anniversary by Dark Horse. Apparently this is their original scotch ale, Scotty Karate, brewed with heaps of rye. It pours a pretty ugly, woody brown color with an opaque center and mostly opaque edges, too. A small, almost-tan head is quick to fade without leaving much lacing on the glass.

The aroma is shockingly underwhelming. I thought perhaps the beer was served a bit too cold, but even after taking some time to warm up, it never comes to life like I was expecting. I do get a bit of sweet caramel, light fruit, maybe apple skins or grapes, a small amount of wood, and a touch of brash dryness from the rye. Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the aroma to blow up and it never really did.

The flavor profile is a little louder than the aroma, although I don't know if it particularly excels. There's no guessing that this was made with a hefty dose of rye - tons of rye right up front with lots of dryness and a little bit of earthy spiciness. Initially, I pick up some lightly tart and sweet cherries that transitions into a heavier wood flavor. All the while, the rye is still going to town, working the palate hard. The wood and rye are the heaviest components of the finish, also making it very dry. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Not bad, but not too great either. I would expect a little more for Ashley's 30th Anniversary, but you can wish in one hand, I guess. I don't know why the aroma seemed so lackluster here - perhaps the huge addition of rye helped to mute everything else? All in all, not bad, but I'd rather spend my 9.75% ABV elsewhere.

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Dark Horse Rye Kwon Do from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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