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RATINGS: 759   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle from sliffy via Mystery Swap 2.0. Wow, I didnít realize this one was 9.75% ABV. Turbid dark brown pour with 1-finger tan head and a lot of floaties, which quickly sunk. The aroma is rich caramel/scotch malt, corn flakes, brown sugar, some figgy and pruney fruit. Tastes caramel malty, with a rich, complex palate, and flavor notes of figs and brown sugar. Gets a bit barleywiney as it warms in both mouthfeel and flavor perspectives

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 5, 2007
12 Oz Bottle. A very barleywine-esque aroma with intense, deep malt character in apple wine, special B, light pipe tobacco, raisins, cream, walnuts and some port-like fusels. Bright, alive and rich. Pours a ruddied pale brown, with a rim of creamy off-white. Flavor finds warmer ground in a field of sweet alcohols, figs, middle malts, including a bit of roast in a smoky wisp of coffee dredge and cocoa powder, adding some unique depth to the beer. Not thin bodied, nor heavy. A pretty nice body, actually, well balanced by the soothing roast edges and a lemon-pepper hop smack. Great caramelization and nice construction. A bit of yeast climbs in the backseat as we fade down a dusty road. Thanks Shaun! A quite fun Scotch Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a cloudy, reddish color; off-white head with light retention. Pleasant maltiness and milk chocolate in the aroma. Medium, wet malt and milk chocolate mouthfeel: plenty of bitter chocolate and alcohol; citrus character. Medium, citrus and wet malt finish. Underwhelming for the amount of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 31, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a extremely small sized almost non-existant head of medium sized clear colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque dark brown colored body with some haziness and floating particulate. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of sweet brown malt and alcohol. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Murky chestnut maple pour. Malty aroma with caramel and peat. Caramel with smokey peat and heavy malt with fruit. Semi-creamy body. Wet, with a light bitter finish. Nothing special to my taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours hazy dark copper color with nice tan head. Toffee, coffee, caramel and dark fruit aroma. Great flavor, only a slight hint of the 9.75% on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Bottle, 12oz, thanks to BigErn, spasiba. Poured into a Chimay goblet, why?... because I havent used it in a while and I dont own a thistle. Pours thinnish looking with absolutely no head and just the tinniest halo lacing. Color is very dark, close to reddish, amber nearing the brown area of the spectrum. Aroma is surprisingly mellow, lots of sweet candied apple and brown sugar sweetness. Really weird in a way, it just seems to lack the hefty aroma I like in my Scotch but its still nice overall. No alcohol presence. Carbonation is slightly subdued, medium body - again I prefer a thicker Scotch. Taste is overall light with faint roastiness speckled throughout a watery malty (caramel) sweetness. Not offputting in any way but nothing really going on in there either. Again, the upside is I still feel no alcohol at all, maybe I could shoot for 6 if I had to guess. Now that I add the second half of the bottle, I get a nice yeasty sweetness as well as more of a sweet caramel kick. Still leaves my tongue wanting a bit more substance in the flavor.

5 years later and my original rating is still pretty accurate. I like that my taste has not changed for this style and I guess I congratulate Dark Horse for consistency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Thanks to Silphium for the bottle. Hazy copper with almost no head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Full body, wow. Tastes of everything dark and sweet; toffee, caramel, brown sugar, a little molasses. Slightly smoked. The alcohol is well hidden except for the warmth. Sticky texture. I enjoyed it except for the flat carbonation. Iíll have to get another bottle to see if itís the same way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle from Wackyís. Poured hazy brown color with an moderate rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Good caramel spicy aroma. Medium body with sticky texture. Medium sweet flavor with a spicy sweet finish of average duration. Very enjoyable brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Iíve had several Dark Horse beers lately, and have been fairly impressed by their offerings, and the smokey flavor of this beer makes it no exception. Appearance is a hazy red-brown with abundant white head. Aroma is a sour oakiness. Flavor to me is like a smoked butterscotch with a bit of sourness at the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky...the flavor of the beer lingers on the tongue quite awhile. Rather drinkable for this style.

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