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RATINGS: 791   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7204) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear fiery garnet with a short cap of beige head and some rising carbonation. Aroma was quite enjoyable with toasty caramel, light peaty notes, and rum-laden darker fruits.. seductive, with the warmth and power peeking through if you take your time. The flavor struck me as overly assertive and skewed toward some overt alcohol notes and sour fruits... looking past that I found a lovely beer.. toasted caramel, chocolate, molasses, and some plummy fruits with some gingerbread sweetness accented by some herbal bitterness and mild smoked peat. Medium-bodied or a tad heavier on the palate.. smooth and creamy middle opens up to the sharper and not-as-well-balanced alcohol and sour notes at the back-end. This wasnít far from being really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
12oz bottle wife bought for me from Wi. trip. Caramel candy aroma with some chocolate also. Murky orange body with beige creamy head that disipated to form a cover lid over the beer in the glass. Good lacing also present. Flavor was a good blend of chocolate and caramel malt and creamy flavor also from the lasting head. Smooth on the palate with an spicey cinnamon hot of alcohol on finish. Good Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color. Head was thin and tan. Overall, the aromas were relatively subdued. I detected hints of molasses, dried fruits, and brown sugar. Dry and medium bodied. The 9.75% alcohol was evident throughout. It warmed my palate and created a slow burn in my stomach. Tasted of spicy and chocolatey malt with a hint of smoke and prune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Sampled at 7/17/07 STL beer gathering. Pours clear mahogany / garnet with a small quickly diminishing head. The aroma has lots of sweet caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, anise and cream. Medium / light body that is lush with sharp carbonation and finishes very thing - almost watery. The flavor starts with molasses, caramel, toasted toffee and tobacco. the finish adds sour fruitiness and some papery traits. The good points of the beer are very good, but the bad point detract this from being a great example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Wasnít that impressed. Perhaps I donít like scotch ales. Tasted very sweet, a raisiny sort of sticky sugar sweetness. Alcohol is there, but the sweetness just bothers me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Resisted rating this fresh, was extremely "hot", so 18 months later, here goes. dark mahogany brown with 1 finger semi-dense beige head. Doesnít grow legs, but coats the glass for awhile. Aroma and flavor have both mellowed quite a bit. Up front nutty roast, with a nice woody character, faint smokiness, but not really peat-like (iíve been thatís a scotch ale misconception anyway). Background is candied plum and raisin. Flavor quite nice, but doesnít pack quite the punch the aroma does. All over the place for sure though. Roasted nuts, smoke, wood. Plenty of fruity esters, just hard to pinpoint individual flavors. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation has mellowed, from what I remember. Very nice overall. Wonder what this would score had everyone given it some time?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3343) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pour is a dark borwn with a white soapy head. Aroma is a strong helping of malts and dark fruit. Flavor is boozy and hot with some licorice and caramel. A nice take on this style but this is one where the alcohol could be a little lower to make it more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Tasted 7/17/07. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a ruby hue. No head. Syrupy woody nose. Smooth and medium bodied with a big burn. Dark fruits with a sticky palate. Mild effervescence. An almost woody flavor. Smooth and easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtchyg (10) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Wow... with a 9.75% I expected this to have a bite to it but its so smooth its probably dangerous! A slight bitter chocolate taste is evident.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours a dark murky brown color with a medium creamy beige head. Almost date-like in appearance. Malty aroma with hints of cotton candy, pears, raisins, caramel and some spices. Taste is of caramel malts, candied sugar, pears, banana and light spices. Very good and the alcohol is well hidden.

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