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RATINGS: 922   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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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.

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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 wouldn’t 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
fidelis83 (2508) - 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
milewide (2315) - 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
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
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.

3.4
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy alost jello looking orange amber with floaties suspended in it. Aroma was severely lacking here. Not really getting anything. Taste was explosive however. Mesquite, smoke & major peat right off the bat. Intensely flavored Scotch especially considering the last one was a mild version courtesy of Flying Bison. Full mouthfeel. Heavy, peaty, mesquite flavor. Sipper

4.3
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
’06 bottle shared with TheBeerSommelier - thanks Matt... Pours a deep caramel color... Little head... medium body, sweet and aged malt aromas as well as some dark fruit... a touch of smoke... feels nice through the mouth... a bit of alcohol in the back... as well as some bitterness on the finish which is surprising for a 2-3 yr old bottle ... really enjoyed this one. very well balanced.

3.1
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Pour is a deep plum purple with a head consisting of thin white wisps and a ring of off-white cream. The aroma is nicely smoky with some caramel notes. The flavor is smoky and sticky sweet. The smoke keeps the sweetness from being too strong. There is some dark fruit, like black cherries as well. A pleasant, interesting scotch

3.5
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours bark amber/red with a fizzy light-brown head. Aroma is heavily malt driven, of grain and toasted malts, lightly yeasty, dough, grapes, pear and cherries. Flavor is balanced twords sweet, toasty, malty, carmel/tofee. Medium bodied, watery, and almost flat.

3.7
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Deep red-brown colour, very little head or noticable carb. Carmalized sugar, chocolate, bread and nuts in the aroma. Rich rounded caramel, smoke, dark fruit and chocolate in flavour. Good sticky mouthfeel and not nearly as warming as abv would suggest. Dangerously delicious.


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