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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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For those of you who donít 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 aroma is caramel and peat. Color is a nice caramel brown. Taste is caramel, vinous notes, with just enough balancing hops. Nice for the style. Re-rate: Man this is just a really solid beer. Almost has some belgian characteristics to it. Very drinkable and hides the almost 10% extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Hazy, dark red brown with fizzy beige head. Smoke and I suppose some peat is all I get out of the aroma, which is sure badass. Semi-sweet smoky caramel with toffee and a sort of juniper like spice. Creamy medium body. A lot more drinkable than the sprecher scotch ale, which is the last one of the style that I can remember.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Dark amber pour. One finger head. Aroma is not BIG. Malt and caramel is about it. Barely one finger head that didnít last long. Taste is more upfront. Malty, semi sweet ,smoke ,peat , and a hint of spice. For the ABV the mouth feel could have been thicker like a good Wee Heavy. So Iím not getting why so many people gave the palate a 4. A 3.5 possibly.Overall a solid beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
dark reddish-brown, no head, but a bit of tan foam around edges. i caught nothing but air in the aroma. i catch something cramyintheflaovr, but nothing specific i can point to. there was a slight tea flavor in the finish. i might have caght a bad batch because none of these reviews matches my experience with this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Thanks xnoxhatex. Pours murky dark reddish brown with a quick fading beige head. Smells of leather, smoke and mold. Big taste, smoke, leather, vegetables, burned caramel , some sweet apples and dry bitterness. Very woody finsih. Hides the alcohol way too well. Heavy with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - FEB 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours heavy and thick. Dark mahogony with creamy head which laces nicely. Aroma is huge and dark caramelly with a hint of spice. Starts with arush of toffe, peat and ssmoke which turns toasty and malty, finishing slightly astringent and spiced. big beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours dark amber with a small off white head. Very malty aroma. Taste is sweet malty. spicy smoky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle: Dark amber color pours to a minimal cream head. Honey and brown sugar aroma with some caramel malt and a slight herbal tone. Medium bodied. Light malts and some subtle fruit notes make up the taste on this along with some caramel. Nice hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 sampled at MBGWF...rating from memory as i didn;t have my book on me at the time.....poured a golden caramel brown....aroma of sweet caramel malt and some lighter bitter hop notes..... a sweet and sugary flavor profile with some essence of honey and smokey peat......3.6 is all i had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2008
good scotch ale. nice and malty with an undertone of hoppiness that barely comes through. notes of caramel, peat, and limestone? intersting beer with a silky, chalky mouthfeel. on tap @ the maproom

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