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Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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For those of you who don’t know who "Scotty Karate" is... He is a local one man band who plays an amazing slurry of honky tonk influenced, punk country songs. His voice is amazing as well as his high energy shows. (Check him out @ www.scottykaratetime.com) So, we decided to make a beer and name it in his honor. This beer is a big, full bodied Scottish ale. It is 9.75% alc. but it is very smooth and balanced. Since Scotty is also very passionate about beer I asked him to write a description for you, so from the man himself... Aroma: Smells like A fresh caramel apple with a hint of cinnamon inside of cranberry shortbread. Or maybe fresh home made hard candy (from home economics class-7th grade). Flavor: Tastes like a smokey chocolate chip cookie, wild roadside cherry-asparagus, woody, crispy leaf on a fall day.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mindwarp (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Poured a nice amberish color. Not a big head and is disappearing as I type. My nose is about a foot away from the glass and I could really smell the aroma of a scotch ale, mmmm. from close up it has a sweet scotch ale smell, still some head left and staying around now. A sweet tasting ale with a little bitter after taste which is okay. No real taste of alcohol which is strange considering its 9.75%. I’m sure after a couple more tonight it will show itself for what it is. Not real thick but its a good scotch ale that I will enjoy the rest of the night.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (291) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours reddish dark brown and visibly carbonated. Pfat and foamy off-white head that slowly bubbles out leaving lacing. Aroma is raisins, dirt and malt. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel with lower carbonation than expected. Taste is roasted chocolate malts, darkfruits, toffee, oak. Taste is very front-loaded with the backend all rich chocolate malts. Amazingly, almost no hint of alcohol. Scary drinkable for a beer this potent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (531) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 26, 2014
Caña en cimmeria 26-03-2014. color marrón oscuro con espuma beige poco persistente. Sabores a maltas y dulces de frutos pasos, pasas higos.... Cuerpo medio intenso de 9.7 vol. Toques de madera. Buena y para repetir.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melnis (95) - LATVIA - MAR 21, 2014
Aroma: Not intense, bit like old socks, dried figs, raisins. Amber-> Black. Taste: Sweet, the same as aroma, also not very intense.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (2416) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
On tap @ Setka Pub, Poznań. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby and brown with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of malt and fruit, with notes of hops. Sweet, fruity flavour, with notes of malt, lozenges and alcohol. Bitter, metallic aftertaste. Rather disturbing but drinkable. My rating #2400.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
warhawk91 (240) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a deep dark crimson, a bit hazy, thin off-white head which diminishes quickly. Smell is sweet fruit, toffee, caramel, butterscotch. Taste has a good caramel sweetness, some cherry and plum flavor, and a surprising hop bitterness. Definitely has some alcohol kick on the way down. Decent wee heavy, I think the taste may catch up to the nose as it ages.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlpeeler (77) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2014
Growler to pint glass pours rich dark brown with medium head. Taste is malt, caramel and more malt. Smooth and rich with just a hint of hop at the end and goes down entirely too easily. Well worth having.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (116) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - APR 5, 2014
355 ml bottle from Cervezalandia, Spain. Poured a dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and some earthy hops. Taste was the same, with maybe some liquorice and some dark fruits. Aftertaste was pretty long and very sweet. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bunker (7) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
an absolute must have if you like scotch ales, I stock up in February to make sure I dont run out by may

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (1734) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 22, 2014
On tap @Cimmeria, Oviedo.23-03-2014.
In short: a buttery ale.
Pours hazy copper, with nice creamy off white head. Some head retention, good lacing. Malty, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and toffee aromas. Medium body, silky texture, soft carbonation. Taste is sweet, liquorice, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, ripe fruit, butter. Very smooth and balanced, alcohol well integrated. Nice one.


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