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RATINGS: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle in trade from ketcherpillar. Thanks man! Pours dark red and clear with as short lived offwhite head. Smell is faint peat along with nutty and fruity with caramel malt. Does have a caramel apple like aroma to it, as the description states. Taste is chocolate and malt with a touch of peat character. Medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Alcohol does show somewhat in the taste, but still a pretty decent beer considering Im not crazy for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Nice to have tried, dont need to but again. Nice balance of toffee and nuts, malt and fruit, surrounded in warmth which suits the burnt toast notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Got a 4 pk of this, so Im hoping for the best. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a typical head of Dark Horse (aka, no head to speak of, and whatever there was, it died quickly). Smells of lots of caramel malt, some fruit (apple Im pretty sure), and a hint of cinnamon. Tastes of some chocolate, a bit of smoke typical with a scotch ale, and caramel malt. Goes down fairly smooth. Honestly, the commercial description that ratebeer has for this is the most accurate one Ive read. Overall a decent beer, though if you like scotch ales, I would suggest Founders Backwoods Bastard.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
bottle. thanks Joe. deep mahogony our with almost no head. very fragrant caramel, toffee, nutty malts. full malty body. toffee, choco, rounded out with some dark fruits. nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Dark red pour with little head. Nose of chocolate, peat, brown sugar and bread. Flavor is peat and caramel with some smoke and toasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14748) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle from Acknud - thanks! Dark reddish color with very little head. Smells like bread and chocolate! Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Taste is very chocolate. Its a bit suggestive of a chocolate covered cherry cordial. Theres a bit of heat. Some mild smoke comes with time. Pretty darn complex. Really good. Everybody should try this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7112) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle from some time back from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a glowing brownish red, dark copper, well hazed, with moderate tannish head that dies to a decent amount and laces. Aromas are nice: light peaty malt, some brown sugar, prominent fruity notes, caramel, and an overall sweetness. Initial is medium in body, a little warm, with light peat, caramel, a touch of chocolatey goodness, faint smoke and toast on the back end. Finishes with that sweetness on the palate and aftertaste. A little less enjoyable than expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (7387) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Normally, Id say: I dont like Scotch Ale. But this beer is sweet and malty and has lots of flavors mixed in. Very nice overall. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Lots of smoke in the nose mixes well with the caramel malts and brown sugar. Flavor is more of the same. Sweet malts with a nice backbone of smoke. More smoke than I would have expected. Im enjoying this one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours murky brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is of caramel, malt, sugar, yeast, and chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the nose. Taste is of caramel, sugar, yeast, malt, smoke, and dark fruit. Far less chocolate in the taste than in the nose. Sharp alcohol bite takes a few sips to get warmed up to. Body is surprisingly light, bordering almost on watery. Lack of carbonation makes this one a little off. Very dry, boozy finish. Light body and sugary taste knock it down a notch.


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