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RATINGS: 922   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/3/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with a soft-looking creaminess to it. Retention is decent given the strength, and theres a bit of lacing left behind, too. S: Big caramel here unsurprisingly. Theres also an impressive dark fruit note here that I find enticing. Other notes of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee abound. T: Strong tones of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar open the flavor profile up, with light smokiness and plum-like sweetness building up on the finish. The big problem isnt whats here...its what isnt here. While most certainly well made, it lacks in interesting qualities that could have made it great; nor is it particularly complex. The alcohol is hidden superbly, though. M: Relatively thick, rich, and sweet on the palate, appropriately for the style. Carbonation is only prevalent when allowed to focus on the tongue. O: Its pretty good, yeah, but its missing something - such as the vague stout-like qualities of Old Chub or the drinkable complexity of Dirty Bastard. As such, its hard to recommend over those two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper8 (139) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2017 Pleasantly rich aroma, with a nice deep red color. Oaky taste with a nice coating mouthfeel. Finish is a bit dry and lacks the complexity of the rest of the beer, but still nice. Would drink on occasions, is cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (1842) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2017
Dark amber/brown beer has a chocolate/caramel aroma. Flavor is bigger to include figs and dried red fruit. Finish is a little spicier in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (9327) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2017
10/IV/17 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: I/3/14 (2017-439)

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Clear dark amber to purple brown beer, creamy yellowish beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, lots of dried fruits, caramel, butter scotch, soft roast, bit of banana. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: soft roast, sweet, caramel, lots of dried fruits, bit sugary. Aftertaste: slightly bitter, hoppy touch, some caramel, banana, bit malty, sweet, some alcoohol but mainly its pretty well hidden for a 10% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1949) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2017
A very nice scotch ale, unique flavors. Pours a deep Amber-brown with a thin tan head. Smells of lemon squares, plums, caramel. Taste has lots of lemon, caramel, sea salt and plums. Light finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (2026) - Besanon, FRANCE - MAR 30, 2017
Bue la pressino. Couleur brun fonc. Grosse mousse paisse. Nez caramel, grill, alcool lger. Palais agrable, armes complexes de caramel, de grain, malt grill, fruits noirs. Ensemble trs agrable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonGregorio (315) - POLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Shared bottle. Light brown colour, small tan head. Aroma of caramel, bread, some cocoa. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, light bitter, caramel, toffee, bread. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to average. Very good, with strong malty character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (1193) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Decent Scotch ale, pretty massive for the style, a heavy-ass wee heavy. Aroma slaps you with a hearty dose of caramel and slight red apple fruitiness. The pour is no great shakes, thick and red but with little head and no lacing. Taste starts sweet, grows boozy, and finishes sweet. Doughy chocolate mixes with caramel and a dash of raisins and banana, then picks up a modest bitterness to help dissipate all the sugariness. Doesnt help much, however; the finish is caramel bun with a woody undertone, and the fade picks up a mild bready yeast note. Hides the massive ABV well, thats for sure, yet it still comes across a little slack with the mouthfeel. Wonder how the bourbon barrel edition stacks up?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusil (1391) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 4, 2017
0.33l bottle. Dark orange body with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, toast, figs and dried dates. Taste of caramel, dates, nutmeg, honey, raisins, some chocolate and toast. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3695) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Light brown color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, toffee, malts, caramel, nuts, a bit of leather and wood. Bittersweet finish with citrus, toffee, nuts, caramel, leather, wood and a bit of chocolate. Very nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavaron (10) - Gdynia, POLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Aroma: strong mix of caramel, bread and a little bit woody. Appearance: Dark brown colour with minimal head which reduces itself to a beige ring. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, mostly caramel and dried fruits with a little woody aftertaste Palate: medium body, oily-sticky feeling, quite high carbonation, a little bit alcohol finish. Overall: Not a must have but a really good representation of "Scotch Ale" style.

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