Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Michigan. This is Beer 2 from Trade 2 with Marathon Marie. First of all, what a fantastic name, which I am fairly certain comes from this dude. The label is also pretty cool, done by James Mestamaker from Austin, Texas, as the first in their Guest Artist Label Series. My interpretation, before digging for more information on Scotty Karate, was that the it shows a horned Gremlin with big RUN-DMC glasses getting all loopy on LSD while playing every instrument in the band simultaneously. Hmmm.
Fabulous caramel aroma over top of powdered cocoa powder. Rich caramel and brown sugar flavors dominate the start. There are then some roasted malts with hint of smoke in the background. Next, a flood of vanilla comes along to wash those all away. A sweet start for sure, but some hops along with the 9.75% alcohol really do an excellent job thinning that away and providing a mild, and welcome burn. Nice and spirits-tual! Smooth texture, of course with that alcohol bite. Good medium body, medium carbonation. This is a really nice beer and I wish I had more right now. Go check it out if you can!
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