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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (260) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2015
Pours dark copper with small head, disappearing fast. Aroma: a malt bomb in the beginning, followed by some heavy white fruit aroma (grape juice/sirup), some hopps, raisins, a little earthy aroma. Taste: heavy malty sweetness, caramel, nice hoppy touch in the palate (together with some earthy taste). Nice interpretation of wee heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9256) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown with a thin head. Aromas are weetabix and toffee with earthy oatmeal. Raisins with brown sugar and mellow lemon. Flavours are sweet toffee with earthy coffee and bonfire. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blade86 (1075) - Wrocław, POLAND - JUN 19, 2015
dark brown, clear, small rather short-lasting beige foam; toasty aroma with caramel, nuts, some dried fruits and little bit of alcohol; medium+ bitterness, medium sweetness; full body, thick sticky feel, rather soft carbonation, long bittersweet finish with alcohol warmness; Overall: decent sipper, well-hidden alcohol, no flaws

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JDBaker11058 (1695) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Appearance: on opening, produces a dark clear reddish brown pour, topped by an overly aggressive (especially for the abv) foamy pillow of yellow head; something’s wrong. Aroma: apple cider vinegar, toasted oak, sour cherry, molasses, and caramel. Taste: sour balsamic vinegar, acetone, wet newspaper, oatmeal raisin cookie. Finish: caramel, toffee, molasses, hint of rum, lasting sharp sourness. Notes: Based on the near explosion when opening an erstwhile 9.75% beer, this must have been infected. Flavors seemed to bear that out. Disappointed, was looking forward to this. Will try again and re-rate a (hopefully) fresher bottle. This is also why I wish more brewers would make a born on date (or best by date) standard practice. 12oz bottle from Total Wine & More in Fairfax, Virginia (Pickett Center).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3385) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla and raisin. Taste of raisin, ripe fruit, malt, caramel and vanilla. Almost a barley wine. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (557) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Piana drobno i średnio oczkowa, nieduża i szybko opadająca do obrączki, lekko opalizująca ciemno bursztynowa barwa. Zapach świetny - słodkie nuty akacji, syropu klonowego, miodu spadziowego, gruszki, rodzynek i daktyli a nad całością unosi się delikatna wędzonka leśnego ogniska i likierowy przyjemny alkohol. W smaku każda ta subtelność doskonale wyczuwalna, jest mniej słodko niż wskazywałby aromat, dochodzą lekkie dębowe posmaki, nieco whisky, karmelu... Goryczka niska, ziołowa, przyjemna. W afterteasie odrobina tytoniu, szkockiej i suszonych owoców. Nisko nagazowane, pełne i lepkie choć nie gęste w odczuciu, perfekcyjnie ukryty alkohol. Piwo jest mocne, wyklejające, półsłodkie i wybitnie deserowe. Przypomina dobre angielskie Barley Wine z dodatkiem torfowego słodu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (1285) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
On tap at beertemple, amsterdam. Body is hazy brown, head is medium, creamy, beige, average lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is slightly roasty liqueurish, flavor is chocolate, dried fruits, roasted malt, vanilla, rotten wood, light spices. Medium sweet, medium to bitter. Finish is medium lasting chocolate roasty medium bittersweet, alcohol is well hidden. Full body, oily sticky texture, soft carbonation. Great dessert beer, quite easy, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - MAY 17, 2015
Dunkelbraun, beiger Schaum. In der Nase Holz, Malznoten, Karamell, Toffee, Dörrobst, Eiche, sehr komplex. Am Gaumen Karamellsüße, leicht alkoholisch, Dörrobst, Hefenoten, Nuss, Eiche. Top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (156) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Nose reminds me of Apple cider. Malty, sweet, a bit of butterscotch. Some slightly toasty caramel. Not much hop aroma. Touches of bread, earth and leaves. Color is a dark reddish brown. Very slight off-white head. Taste is fairly sweet; very mild bitterness. Medium body; texture is somewhat oily and slick; carbonation is just very slightly on the lively side. The finish is medium length, a bit sweet, bready with some butterscotch. Overall a reasonable scotch ale. I like the variety of aromas and the cider like notes. But really lacking a hop presence; perhaps just not my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (402) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2015
From a 4-pack of bottles, rich dark brown look with almost no collar. This is one of the best scotch ales I’ve tried. It has a smooth flavor with malt, but not sweet. It is strong (9.75%) but it’s only noticeable in the buzz not the taste. I like the name and the story, but I think the reason for the name is that after several of these it could lead one to believe they know karate, until they either pulled a groin muscle or get their ass kicked. Cheers, and be careful!

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