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Scotty Karate Scottish Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
9.75 % ABV

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Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
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

Price: $7.69 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2008
Deepy cherrywood crossing into mahogany color with a murky glow. Slim, creamy, thick capping of sandy light brown sits and hardly moves from its place. Light, glazing lace in a slight crust of icing spottyness.

Aroma is of toasted malt with a sweet breadyness touch and tameness. Some slight toffee and cinnamon spice are noted. Some sweet warming heat begins to show as it sits a while and then takes over from there.

Taste is of paled, yet sweet sided toasted malt, breads, fluffy cookies, dark fruit notes of date and raisin, scantly peppered with blackberry, cherry, and currant. Lightly dryish into the finish as it goes with a very light fluff of cinnamon bread cake and maple drizzlings.

The feel is just below medium but carries a decent fluffy build of malty sweet character that slips in the effects of dark fruity skins cooked in cake. Semi warming and filling. Pushes the belly out with a late fulfilling warmth and toastyness.

Drinkably smooth, delicately rich in flavor and body, and subtle with a nice warming ascent. Pretty solid.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 12/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to Scoobydank for this extra.

Pours a muddy, dank brown with about half inch of foam. Not much retention.

Nutty malts, caramel, brown sugar, cola, vanilla, fruity, and a slight peaty aroma in the background. Slight smoky with overtones of oak. A bit of raisins and plums.

Loads of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, cherry, and raisins. Nutty and cola flavors in mid-palate. Toasted finish. Fruity alcohol finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
A - Pours a murky brown colored body that is partially opaque. Head starts small and light tan, but quickly reduces to only a ring around the glass.

S - Big sweet malts. Toffee and caramel with a touch of molasses. Slight woodiness. Raisins, plums, honey.

T - Deep and malty. Toffee and caramel combine with loads of dark fruit. Raisins, figs, prunes, etc all present here. Some clover honey. Slowly the lightly smoked malts come into play. Then they leave as they came. Little to no aftertaste.

M - Medium full bodied. Very smooth.

D - This is a nice Scotch Ale. One of my favorites thus far.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 3 8 0
I think Beagle gave me this one.....

Color is somewhat dark, red-orange. Smell is semi-sweet. Almost smells like dates and bread. Molasses too (as noted in another review).

Taste is malts, strong caramel and toffee flavor. Alcohol bite at the end is slight but noted. Medium to thin feel. Alcohol is there too.

The high ABV is noticeable for me. But the overall impact of flavors mixes well and makes it easier to drink than I might have first thought. A solid mix of butterscotch, malt, caramel/toffee, and dried dark fruits.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 0
Pours a murky medium dark amber. Smell is pretty good, a malty, sweet nose. Taste is much of the same. The 9.75% ABV hides very well in this brews. Sweet fruits in this that I cant separate. Very good brew, thanks beagle.

Served In: Pint Glass

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