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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2935) - 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 (1735) - 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 (1946) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
12 oz bottle from tytoanderso, nose is caramel, dark fruitiness, smokiness, and light vanilla; cloudy brown with a small beige head; flavor has crabapples, a cherry note, and caramel malt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Poured deep amber with a tan head into an English pint. Aroma - Sweet dark fruit and bourbon. Taste was smokey, malt and caramel with a touch of sour cherry and bourbon. Fairly boozey. Great for a cold January night in Minnesota.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1534) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Pours a dark ruby, near black with a thin off white head. Caramel and fruit in the nose. Flavor is smoke, apple, caramel, spices, chocolate, peat, coffee...hmmm. Finishes sweet tasty. Little carbonation. Very interesting and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Real good scottish ale. High alcohol but fairly well hidden. Tastes of butter, carmel, malt, and alcohol. One of the better Scottish ales I have had. Would perhaps buy again. Definitely not bad and not too expensive either. ($7.99 for a 4-pack) Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2008
From the bottle. Strong malty aroma had some peat in it too. I feel this may have rated even higher if I drank it from the tap. Strong alcohol and toffee and peat flavors meld in a very strong, yet drinkable Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
A lot of woody, caramelized, old-aleish burnt, peaty, smoky malts in this one. Texture is a bit watery and cask-like (from the bottle), with some peaty but sweet tobacco and some woody old fruit tasted. Heavy presence of peaty malts and something resembling wood tannins rounds this one out.

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