johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown appearance with sediment floating around. Not a good first impression. Sweetness dominates but nothing else to get a grip on. Not one of their best.
Valgreen (407) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Fairbar. Dark Brown, almost no head or lacing. Served in a small glass. Aroma, malty, fruity, dark fruits, . Taste, malty, fruity (skovjordbær), dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Oily mouth feel. Fruity malt aftertaste.
Temptation (203) - - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma to milky chocolate, raisins, cake, toffee. Mouthfeel to toffee, some spices, biscuit, dark mature fruit. Well balanced, quite carbonated, smooth, velvety texture, medium development with a nice bittersweet finish. Pretty good stuff.
Adamrandels (15) - - JAN 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany pour with a creamy head. Smells of toffee and spice. Heavy body.
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BrownALEx (227) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Oakwood Lounge in Pewamo,MI. Pours a dark maroon with a thin head. No lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet bread. Tastes of dark fruits and malt are most prominent. Palate is a little light but I need it to hurry up and warm. Patience is a virtue and I lost my virtue long. You know I’d like to hurt you but my conscience always tells me no. Overall it is a great beer, I think the alcohol and malt will come out more once it warms. Patience is a virtue and.....oh nevermind.
Yorker (957) - Herning, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a tiny amount of sediment and an off-white head that leave quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are dried fruits, caramel, a little roast, and nuts - with a slightly dry finish.
Mittenator (1035) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep garnet with a tan head. Plum, tannins and caramel aromas. Slightly tart with a candi finish.
sitzds (235) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into nonic. Brown liquid with a two-finger tan head that settles to a collar. Aroma is bread, oak, malt, peat, and earth. Taste is sweet malts then leafy hop bitterness. Medium body, chewy texture, light side of medium carbonation, woody leafy drying finish.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The problem that I typically have with scotch ales is that they suffer from low drinkability, so I tend to shy away from them when I’m picking out beers, favoring styles with higher drinkability like IPAs for the most part. I was told that Scotty Karate bucks this trend, so I was interested. I poured a 12oz of indeterminate freshness (the bottling date was half smudged) into a tulip glass.
Pours a deep bronze color with about a half a finger of loose, soap bubble head that is gone rather quickly.
The nose is definitely full of big, sweet malt notes, brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. There are hints of dark fruits and robust nut aromas lingering in there. Very nice.
I have to say I’m really impressed with the flavor that Scotty is bringing to the table. There are huge notes of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, and molasses that are mingling with dates, raisins, brown bread, and a touch of smoke or roasted oak. There’s a touch of heat, but nowhere near that I would expect from a beer this big.
For what it is, this is a very drinkable beer. At 9.75% ABV, I expect more alcohol presence, and this only shows its size for a moment in the finish. While I usually struggle with wee heavies and scotch ales, this beer is going down really smoothly.
This is the second beer I’ve had by Dark Horse, and I’m really impressed by the quality of the brews that they’re making. Both this and their Crooked Tree IPA are excellent and highly drinkable examples of their styles. Very nice beer overall.
joshwoodward (456) - - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight at Ashley’s. Big, but not boozy. Good bite to balance the malt. Nice winter sipper.