Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
It is hard to believe it has been 10 years, since we first released Scotty Karate Scotch Ale!!! What better way to celebrate the decade than to release a Bourbon Barrel Aged edition of this mighty fine Scotch Ale!!!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2356) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2017
finally draft that poured a medium brown transluscent no head. the aroma oak, bourbon, dark fruit, malt. the flavor was so smooth and you get that original scotty karate flavor of the malts and that extra special smooth bourbon flavor. loved it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gephross100 (675) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle thanks to Joe. Pours dark amber color with no head. Raisins, oak, caramel. Strong carbonation, thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (2517) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Over summer. 15 vintage. Didnt age well. Lost bourbon kick. Some vanilla and caramel, slick and watery. Okay but disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Keg at Buckeye Beer Engine. Clear dark amber, thin fizzy tan head, poor retention. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Taste is toffee, caramel, oak, raisin, whiskey. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild heat. Barrel aging complements and does not overwhelm. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1945) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2017
12 ounce bottle, label says 2015 vintage. I didnt think Ive had this for that long, so I assume it was from late 2015. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a hazy dark reddish/brown color with not quite an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isnt much lacing at all. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark bread and some brown sugar. It tastes like toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and some bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its syrupy and a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. Its also smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good malty brew, but maybe I should have drank this one sooner. The bourbon barrel character in this wasnt too strong at all, maybe it would have had more of a bourbon kick if it was fresher. But with that being said, I thought it was good and would like to try it again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MNAle (147) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2016
2015 Vintage. Dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head, receding quickly to a thin cap and collar. Disconnected lacing is sparse. Aroma of sweet bourbon, chocolate, slightly roasted malts. Thin mouth feel. Not much in the taste, and by "not much" I dont mean complexity, I mean pretty much nothing at all. Maybe a bit of caramel, a touch of bourbon, perhaps a tinge of the barrel, but otherwise, nothing besides some alcohol warmth in the finish. I hate to say it, but the taste reminded me of an Imperial Newcastle. Completely disappointing given the nice aroma. I dont know what this one was like fresh, but if it was worthwhile then, it clearly did not age well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (9478) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Pour on tap, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, booze with some slight oak. Taste was a mix of booze, earth, some weird veggie note into a bit of caramel, toffee, finishing boozy. Something off here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13197) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle thanks to George. Pours a clear copper with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3419) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with reddish mahogany notes and light head. Aromas of candi sugar, sweet malts, sweat, and bread crusts. Flavors of sugar, woody oak, and dusty medicinal alcohol. Somewhat thin But good for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beastiefan2k (3748) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Wow, its worse then the original one but somehow less hot. Flattish even off draft. Tea and caramel malt, no barrel alcohol. Sweet malts not balanced by anything but they r a bit earthy but that is all.

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