Maker: Dark Horse Brewing Co., Marshall, Michigan
Style: Brown Ale
Appearance: Big pillowy head that takes a while to calm down. The body is chocolate brown.
Nose: Sweet and a little fruity and yeasty.
On the palate: Full-bodied. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Like chocolate chip cookies chased with a shot of espresso. Closer to a porter than to a typical brown ale.
Finish: Roasty bitterness mitigated by some background sweetness.
Parting Words: Dark Horse is a brewery known for its ugly labels, and this one is one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen. It looks like it was drawn by a 6 year-old child with serious psychological problems. What’s inside more than makes up for it, though. This is a well-executed brown ale that goes well with beefy spicy food or on its own. Recommended.
Maker: Dark Horse, Marshall, Michigan
Style: Scotch Ale
Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a moderate
Nose: Sweet and a little tangy, with a hint of City Roast coffee but not quite Full City.
On the palate: Medium bodied, Surprisingly sweet and fruity. This is a more complex beer than Dirty Bastard, but lacks a bit in subtlety. The tang and bitterness both seem to be turned up to 11 instead of harmonizing.
Finish: The bitterness takes the lead in the finish. The sweetness perseveres in the form of a slight stickyness on the lips.
Parting words: Like I mentioned above Scotty Karate lacks in subtlety, but makes up for it in complexity and just overall interest. This is a very well-done beer, works well with or without food and is highly recommended.