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RATINGS: 872   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trdnuggets (11) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours reddish Dark with very little head that dissapears quickly, taste is a fruity sweet malt, the label mentions butterscotch but I cannot seem to taste it. Very good Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Deep cloudy amber color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Mild roasted aroma with an extremely smooth, rich and malty taste. Has a nice sweet and slightly fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours dark brown with virtually no head. Initial aroma is that of unpasteurized fresh cider then some tiny hints of campfire smokyness, reminds me of a crisp autumn night (edit. That was before even reading the Com. Desc.!). Flavor is quite earthy, malty yet dry. I prefer a bit more sweetness in my Scotch ales. Flavor kind of falls flat after the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2008
I don’t think this is a BAD beer but I didn’t care much for it. I liked the initial flavor but something (scotch) was killing this for me. I think I will stick to the FFF if I find I need a fix of Scotch/Scottish Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights Little to no head on the pour. Smell is caramelized malts and a bit boozy. Taste is more of the malts, a good amount of mustiness and a bit of alcohol/band aid showing up as well. Medium and nice mouthfeel. Another good offering from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Brown pour into my gordon highland glass. Small tan head. Aroma is very nice. Some hints of honey, liqueur, caramel, stone fruit and I also get hints of maple syrup. Flavor is a bit high on the alcohol, but is wonderfully 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a caramel brown color. Thin, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel, very smooth. Flavor is full of dark fruits, caramel malt, maple syrup. Finish is a bit warming alcohol and some bitter notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle from mibirder! Thank you Sean! Pours a ruddy chocolate brown with almost no head. Not much to look at. Complex aroma with caramel, earthy and fruity notes. Taste is caramel, toffee, and an earthy woodiness. Some subtle fruity notes, mostly berry and raisin, with a very subtle hop bitterness in the very end of the finish. Medium bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Musky smoked dark fruit and honey aroma. Interesting. Taste is a wild congiliation of full-bodied sweet malt with a bitter bite towards the end. Creepy. Alcohol is well-hidden and can sneak up on you. Luckily, it is difficult to stomach more than a few of these babies. Very enjoyable and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown pour with foamy off-white head. Nice lace. Big caramel malt aromas, toffee, and spice. Dark fruit, sweet malt, butterscotch, and a hint of chocolate in the flavor. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering. Full bodied and chewy. Finish is smooth and sweet with slight bitterness. Very good!

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