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RATINGS: 885   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Another great beer from Dark Horse the forgotten brewery in Michigan.The pour was a cloudy brown with a reddisih hue the head had to be coaxed with a vigorous pour and was small and tan. aromas of strong caramel malts,bread ,yeast and alcohol taste was of heavy amounts of caramel malts and alcohol. just a great brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2009
dark mahogany pour with no head....Unbelieveable aroma of seet fruits!!......Apples, cherry, caramel and more apples. Very thick mouth feel. Sligtly sweet and easy going down.....very smooth. Can definately taste the caramel and freash cookies. Chocolate and sweet fruits on the end....the malts really start to come out as well. Can Darkhorse do no wrong?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel/toffee, and some raisins. Flavor is lots of raisins, a bit of alcohol, and just a hint of smokiness. Just too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet candy, fruity. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar, some alcohol, and a hint of hops. All around an interesting and unique scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a thick mahogany color with 1/2" receding tan head. No lacing. Nose is sweet caramel and brown sugar. Mouth feel is substantial although not heavy. Carbonation is almost nonexistent. Caramel is dominant flavor with brown sugar and molasses. Didn’t really pick up any smoke flavor. Nice sweet sipping brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Suprisingly dark brown pour, not a lot of light gets through this. No head to speak of. Sweet brown sugar, malt and booze aromas. Booze aroma increases as it warms. Tastes raisin, sweet malt, toffee, molasses. Maybe just a hint of smoke. Did not get any chocolate out of this. Alcohol is not as present as in the nose. Could be fuller bodied, but it is not supposed to be a heavy, though the alcohol content makes me think were thinking about it. Does have nice stickiness, which increases as it warms. Good overall, but not great and not as good as the other dark offerings from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2009
bottle. Smells of old coffee and hand soap with a touch of peat.Taste is that of smoke, peat, caramel, and soap. alcohol is hidden pretty well, palate is ultra sweet and quite sticky. Somewhat cloying. a hair better than meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Darker brown with a big & sweet aroma that features lots of caramel, candy, and molasses in the nose. Flavor is excessively sweet with lots of ripe raisin, molasses, dark & sugary bread. Nice to try, but a bit out of whack - lots of sweetness that goes nowhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2008
12oz bottle from Parti-Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a dark brown to black color with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head that settles quickly. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of candy sugar, molasses, sweet chocolate, maple syrup. Flavor is also rich and malty with candy sugar, molasses, maple syrup and dark chocolate overtones. Medium to full body with a pleasing sweet and syrupy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2008
12 oz bottle, pours a dark brown, with red hues when held up to the light. Tan head that mostly dissipates. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, brown sugar, and smoke. Tastes malty, smokey, with a hint of chocolate and brown sugar. No real hop bite to speak of. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Overall, very good scotch ale.

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