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RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bunker (10) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
an absolute must have if you like scotch ales, I stock up in February to make sure I dont run out by may

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBuss (11) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Outstanding! Love most scotch ales, and I think this may be my new favorite. Not overly malty, good hop balance, and a great smokey peat finish. Delightful!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Rich scotch ale, with tropical notes. Aromas of caramel, toffee, pineapple, and hint of spice. Taste is sweet, with light sourness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with no head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1965) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holtguy (167) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Fantastic beer. I’m a fan of Scotch Ales, and this sure is a treat. I rate this #1 of the Scotch’s I’ve tried, better than Dirty Bastard or Belhaven Wee Heavy. Well done, Dark Horse. And I much appreciated the price, $6.67 for a 4-pack. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrUnknown (2) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2011 does not count
Smooth, full and very satisfyingly complex. Could go well with meat dishes, but really deserves to be appreciated by itself.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 On tap at The Beer is Good at Fiddlers. My only regret is that this was the first beer of the evening, and I probably should’ve warmed myself up with something else first. Definitely a big malty smack in the face. Lots of caramel and fruitiness. A big hefty brew for sure. This is absolutely a mellow sipper. Fun to try, but almost a little too much. <<Update>> This has grown on me, or should I say I have come to better understand it. Pours a deep brown, ruby/purple to the light, with a smaller toffee/khaki head. A vigorous swirl produces a finger or so of head that dissipates slowly and leaves some soapy lacing behind. Dense complex nose of tropical fruit, heavy caramel, molasses, some chocolate chip cookies, granny smith apples, dark fruit notes (plum, raisin, date), some nice peat smoke, maybe a little hay, a little leather. Fairly sweet flavor but really quite bitter, so really well balanced as a big beer. Full bodied, big presence, not too heavy, softer side of active carb, with a sweet yet smoky and bitter finish. This beer is awesome. It’s a bit of a mind-f**k because there’s so much going on, but man is it worth it to go down that rabbit hole. $8 for a 4 pack is awesome, too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bstroh707 (13) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
A nice easy-drinkin’ Scotch Ale with a nice punch. The aroma is roasty and not overly-sweet by any means. Based on smell, I thought the beer wouldn’t have any sweetness. The taste, however, brings a mellow caramel roast with hints of doughy malt. I really like this beer. It compares a lot to Oskar Blues Old Chubb in smoothness, but is less sweet than Chubb, which is a good thing. The ABV of this beer makes it a great find. AAA+++

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Dark Horse Scotty Karate has a smell that will draw you in immediately. Butterscotch, a hint of cinnamon raisin toast, and oak. The lightly toasted malt makes a big appearance with smoked peat, butterscotch, dark fruits, and booze following it up. There is just a touch of hops, but not enough to get in the way or overpower anything. Smooth, complex, tasty, and you’d never guess it’s pushing 10% ABV. Great example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This Beer is one of the best scotch ales I have had hands down. It has a ton of flavor, lots of caramel flavors, tons of roasted malts and a subtle but nice dark fruit quality. It has a full feel and body but drinks surprisingly easy. It goes down smooth and leaves you with a nice dark fruit and roasty dry mouth feel. A fantastic scotch ale that I wish I could get more readily.

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