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RATINGS: 888   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On tap at Lunar Brewing Company. Pours dark amber with white foam. Very strong caramel on the nose, flavor of sweet malts, and a hint of scotch. Warms well on a cold day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Pour is a muddy brown with an off-white head that fades quickly into a ring. Aroma is big time malts with strong caramel. Taste is sweet malts with an alcohol finish and a nice aftertaste. Lacing is slight. Good brew for a cold evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Hazy dark copper with next to no head, perhaps Scotty Karate chopped it off. Aroma of a standard scotch ale with toffee, malt, raisons, molasses and alcohol at the top of the list. Tastes of scotch, fruit, molasses malt but the alcohol kind of overpowers everything else and detracts a little. Not hidden as well as in their stouts. Drinkable, but not at the top of my scotch list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown with a all but gone cola-fizz head. Aroma is vinous and sweet with a touch of peat. It’s kind of a weird mix in the nose and has me a little worried, but it seems like it might go well together. Flavor is more of the same... kind of a mix of brown sugar, peat and red wine/plum fruitiness. As you work through a glass, different temperatures seem to highlight different aspects of the flavor... which is kind of interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours deep ruby reddish brown with tan head. Aroma is boozy with sweet malt, brown sugar and toffee. Flavor is malty with brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits and light hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Flavor is not boozy like aroma. Good balance but lacks some complexity. Good beer none the less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
Pours a murky plum color from the bottle with a trim tan head of foam. Smells of vanilla and worn socks. Tastes of caramel and brown sugar with faint cream. More black tea than pete, which is a bit wierd, but the final product is tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Beer Tasting at Heritage Liquor(Maplewood, MN) -Pours brown with small tan head. The nose has hints of honey, liqueur, caramel, stone fruit and I also get hints of maple syrup. Comes across the palate a bit high on the alcohol, but is very sweet and complex. I get syrupy notes, caramel, dried dark fruit and there is just a hint of bitterness to balance. Slow sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown color and has an almost smoky aroma and flavor. As a person who doesn’t care for "smoked" beers a whole lot, I have to admit this was actually a pretty good beer and an easy drinker despite the almost 10% ABV. Would definitely drink again and recommend pairing this with BBQ’d ribs or a roast on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1479) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy, slightly red brown. Aroma is strong dark fruit with some sweet caramel. Flavor is earthy, caramel and dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and some definite alcohol bite. There’s also an interesting candy grape note in the aftertaste. Pretty good, but not terribly special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (1036) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2008
This ale pours a dark brown colour with a fast living head. Scents include raisins, molassass, malt, brown sugar and wine. First taste was quite strong flavoured with flavours of hopps, sweet malts and molassass. Palate is thick and dense with a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavours of hopps, raisins and a slight bitterness finish off the palate.

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