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RATINGS: 808   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Toffee and caramel aroma. Nice and malty. A little bit woody. Finish starts with a bitter kick and continues for quite awhile as a soft and malty, uh, thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2/19/2008: Scotty Karate Scotch Ale has a rich, chewy malty aroma that is loaded with caramel, fruits including cooked apple sauce and dates, and a hint of smoke! The appearance is like melted carmels. This beer looks thick and sticky and has a small but dense ivory head and tiny carbonation bubbles. The flavor is quite malty with lots of caramel malt, a nice level of smokiness, and a good bitterness that provides the balance. The body of this beer is medium-full and it is quite smooth. I really like the maltiness of this one as it is deep without being overly sweet. I also like the smoke that can be both subtle and elusive and is cleary from caramelizing the malt (traditional method) rather than adding peated malt. The alcohol is well-hidden and provides a nice warming sensation. Overall this is a really good Scotch Ale.

12 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 9.75%) through trade with buckybeer in December 2006. Thanks Mark! Rating #188 for this beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (2334) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
overall a pretty damn good pow beer. Except for the initial quick flash of a weird flavor itsa superb scotch ale. Nice small head with good lace. Hazy dark brown almost opaque color. Peatish characteristics. Hints of booze. No hop. Estery malty finish. Rich body. Had this on tap at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6466) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, AllenDodd! Pours deep mahogany with caramel highlights and a thin, grayish rim of film. Has some sharp, almost buggy tart notes mixed in with a little bit of roast. Medium, fairly lifeless body. Roast, ash, caramel, and a huge burning alcohol bite on the mid-palate, with a long rubbing alcohol finish. I’m guessing this is not what the brewer intended, but we have another bottle to rate in the near future for comparison’s sake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Already traded one of my four-pack away, so I’d better stop hoardin’ and start enjoyin’. Pours a thick dark brown into my glass. No foam action at first, then a light stout-type layer develops. Smell is sweet at first, fully malty, and then a bit yeasty (bottle conditioned, I see) and builds a big note of smoke. First taste brings home the touch of Bamberg smoke. Well-laden with darker malts, thick but not too sweet. Complex and slightly amped hop load keep everything in check. I’d think storing this too long might let it get phenolic; better enjoy it this year rather than stash it away until your wife gets it in your divorce settlement (quoting Jack Black in "The Simpsons"). Bought at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/wisconsin/kenosha/w in Kenosha, WI.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Dark Horse does a great job with getting me to buy their products. As usual, they make even a style I don’t care for interesting. Scotty Karate is a nice turn on the scottish ale style. Pours amberish, with a thick head and good lacing. Aroma is thick with flowers, almost like a potourii. Hints of carmel and candy. Texture is very thick. The flavor, while good, is slightly bland when compared to how evident the alcohol is, and it leaves behind a sticky sweet aftertaste. Very candyish. This is one that I enjoyed, was glad I tried, but probably wouldn’t get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2770) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Word to eithcubes for sending this one. Pours a murky brown color that is not very appetizing. Luckily the taste of this bad boy is a little more entertaining. Big malt flavors with a full body and slight chalky sort of texture. Aroma of strawberry and other red fruit. Almost a whiskey sort of oak aging aspect to this one. Getting some vanilla, nut, and wood. Pretty complex and one of the more entertaining scotch/scottish ales I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2008
I absolutely love this scotch ale. Darkhorse knows how to make dark beers that are not porters or stouts. Lots of alcohol infused power driven by caramel and more caramel maltiness. Solid beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
In bottle at Jerry’s. Mahogany with good, creamy beige head / Sweet, caramel and dark fruit nose / Full, thick, winey body with some chewy hops, long finish and big alcohol kick / Flavors of raisins, port, nuts, smoke, cloves, and orange peel / Close to a monster - smokey barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a very hazy murky brown color with some carbonation leading to a good, creamy tan head. Muted aromas of Caramel and sweet malts with hints of yeast. Disappointed at the subtlty of the aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with dark fruits and an extremely well balanced citrus hoppiness and roasted malts in the finish. Not an overly sweet Scottish with the hops balancing very well. This beer is so smooth to drink. The unexpected hoppiness leaves you wanting more. Serving type: on-tap

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