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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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For those of you who dont 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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle courtesy of flossmoorbrewalum. Aroma is peat, caramel malts, smoke. Flavor is peat, smoke, caramel, faded hops. Finish is lingering with something almost bbq pringles like. Decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5349) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Thanks goryskewych for this one. Pours translucent brown- typical Scotch Ale color with a small dark tan head. Nose is toasted malt, some smoke, brown sugar, molasses, and an almost creme brulee sweetness. Flavor is smoke (almost band-aid) that retreats to reveal whiskey, toasted malt, and a syrupy sweetness with a hop bitterness that encircles the camp. Smoke flavor returns for the finish of this beer. Light to medium body and mild alcohol burn characterize this Scotch Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2725) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Pours a deep mahogany color with a small light canvas colored lacy head. Nose is teriyaki, little bit of coconut, caramelized brown sugar. Taste is vinous, chocolate liquor, hazelnuts, and tennis ball fuzz. Finish is long and kind of boozy sweet. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and silky. Nice and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pros: Aroma has some malt depth, showcasing notes of peat, maple, caramel and coffee. Nice looking beer, with ample foam. Mouth feel has a nice density. Well extracted malt notes, with lots of vibrancy.

Cons: Way too sweet, nearly ruining the overall feeling of the beer. Overbearing sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle acquired via trade with sigma23...THANKS TIM!!! Rusty penny pour. Cloudy, with only a eggshell film acting as a head. Aroma is faint caramel, toffee, and honey. Flavor is all malt...brown sugar, smoke, and alcohol. Thick, but without any carbonation to bite through the syrup. Not a huge fan. First time I can say that about a Dark Horse beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer3irty (4) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2009 does not count
Great amber color, with a bread like nose - almost gram cracker like. Lower carbonation that I would prefer and no head retention. Very cloudy from yeast build up in the bottle, as there was a distinct layer in the bottom of the bottle from falling out. Great mouth feel and very smooth aftertaste. Bold malty flavors with a hint of caramel. I wouldnt call it a session beer but great to have one or two with a meal or just by themselves. Prost! Beer:30 http://bit.ly/beer30

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pours murky copper tinted dark brown with a 2 finger chunky tan head that has great retention. Aroma is lots of caramel, toasted white bread, toasted grain, a little roast, some pine, fresh cut wood, green raisins, grilled peaches and a nice helping of earthy notes. Flavor is caramel, smoke, earth notes, roast, toasted pine, red apple, toasted bread, cereal grain and cocoa. Tart berries and mild bitter hops to finish riding the earth, smoke and caramel out. Palate is medium thickness, syrupy and slightly oily to finish. Really I would never guess that this stuff was almost 10%abv it is extremely well hidden, even as it warms. Good stuff, I really liked the subtle tart notes a lot at first, though they did become kind of overpowering to the malts toward the end but it just added some interesting complexity to this brew. This stuff really makes me want a nice, fat top sirloin or something, nothing too fatty though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (2151) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Wonderful sweet carmel aroma and taste. Solid body and head. Dark reddish brown. I miss more hop bitterness is the aftertaste however.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2009
Bottle. A muddy dark reddish/brown color with a medium sized slowly fading off-white head, spotty lacing,medium carbonation. Aroma is big and malty,toasty caramel,sweet,smokey dark fruits. Flavor is complex and balanced, earthy,rich malty ,some dark fruit like rasins,dates,a slight spicy hop note,caramel apple,cookies,creamy,smooth mouthfeel,slight warming effect,with the alcohol taste well hidden, VERY balnced, I would call this sessionable but look out Scotty will kick your furkin arss ! Every other drink I was thinking or saying out loud "Damn this is good ! " Dark Horse rocks, Scotty Karate rocks !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
nose of booze and pit fruits. very juicy. some burnt caramel. flavor is just as juicy, with similar notes. mouthfeel is excellent, very silky, conforms to the palate well. great example of the style and does well with its strong ABV. this is like fresh squeezed wood juice; and that is yet another example of an attempt at analogy that sounds disgusting but its very much well meaning. great, great beer.


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