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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Sheep Eater Scotch AleSheep Eater Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ales are some of the world's most flavorful beers. Scotland's cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats, but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly.

The yeast must work at cooler temperatures than is customary for ales, resulting in maltier, cleaner, less fruity or estery, beers. The color often comes from black roasted malt, which imparts some dryness, but because of the lower attenuation and hopping rates, Scottish ales are almost always slightly sweet and incredibly drinkable.

Ours was brewed with black roasted barley, biscuit and peat-smoked malt. It was gently hopped, fermented cool and aged cold for weeks for smoothness. It is copper-brown in color, with some sweet maltiness and plenty of body.

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 01-13-2010)
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I do like the taste of Lamb. Pours a crystal clear brown color with a reddish hue throughout. A soft white head with limited retention that hides to the side of the glass. Not much lacing overall.

The nose has a nice malty backing. Some caramel notes with a soft melanodian aroma. Some notice peat and smoke notes. There is a light yeast character that brings out a more noticeable plumy aroma. Some minor butyric and a hint of fusel notes as well.

The taste is similar but different. The malt backs off a bit as the smoky and peaty notes come through. Would have like more balance of malt and smoke. This mixes weirdly with the more noticeable butyric note. More of a dirty drains flavor. The yeast backs off compared to the nose but a light sugar plum backing balances well. The alcohol notes also back off. Some minerally almost blood like in the finish but not light.

The body is moderate. Would have liked to see more body for style. The carbonation is low but that is ok for style as well. Overall I think this is more of a smoked beer than a wee heavy. Just missing that malt complexity that Im looking for.

Oxymoron, Jan 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One liter flip-top bottled 12-17-09

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't last long but the sheer color of it is spot-on for the style.

The aroma is heavy with damp earth, light smoke, licorice, and an alcohol note.

The flavors are very dark, almost mysterious. The wet peat-smoked malt comes through in a serious way, dark fruit(fig), a tiny bit of dark chocolate, and the light smoke lingers into the finish. It wants to be sweet, but its dark, smokiness finds it somewhere in between.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and the texture rich.

Though this isn't my favorite style, the timing of the release(mid-winter)is perfect. Another winner in the Cellar Reserve series.

brownbeer, Jan 13, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Part of their "Big Beers in a Big Bottle" series, hence the big bottle. A bit of a sloshy pour and light carbonation still gives a decent-looking head on this dark brew. Big malt nose, taffy and dried plums as well. Extremely smooth. Very malty, with a twang from the alcohol and a bite from the smoke. Hops are modest but help a little. Each sip pulls back another complex layer of malt and a long malt finish it is. This is an epic Scotch Ale.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

SD-Alefan, Sep 07, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Jason, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottled Dec. 17, 2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and peat-smoked malt. There is a lot more smoke than I was expecting, but it smells nice. The flavor is smoke, caramel and toffee malt, chocolate malt and earthy hops. As the beer warms I get a lot more tobacco and leather components in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 13, 2010
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1/5  rDev -75.5%

MyTBeerDrinker, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

elliot23, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name & the label art!

Opens with a semi-solid pop, pours an effervescent, ruby-tinged brown with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention & great viscous look to this as well

S: Caramel, plums & a touch of peat & leather

T: Caramel, smokeyness, plums & raisins & carob up front. Dryness, faint herbal hops mingle with raisins, peat & caramel & a whisper of molasses & oaky dryness & some boozey warmth & toffee. Finishes dry, fruitty & peaty, just a bit too fruitty for me

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, sticky, seems way beefier than 7.5% abv

Drinks easy, but doesn't quite pull together up front, but rallies, a bit too fruitty for the style for me. I'd like to see this recipe tweaked towards malty & this is another one to put in four packs IMO

russpowell, Mar 27, 2010
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3.24/5  rDev -20.6%

thelargeone, Today at 12:50 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Marshall_ofmcap, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and dark burgundy in color. It poured into a snifter glass with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and bready. It has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel, plums and smoke.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some alcohol warming as well as a slight amount of dryness.
D: Despite all of the malty flavors, the beer is quite easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 L bottle into shaker pint glass. 2009 vintage. The paper tag on the beer is dated Jan 27 2010 (best after?).
A: Pours a very dark brownish-red with the faintest of fizzy tan heads that quickly recedes. The red becomes more apparent with backlighting.
S: Caramel malts, smoke, and a whiff of non-citrus fruit.
T: Cascades of sweet caramel malt overlapped with mild gentle smoke (perfect balance here). Very thick and rich. Chocolate, grains, sweet honeydew, raisins, and hint of leather.
M: Smooth, silky, sweet, and oily. Faint burn from the alcohol (and smoke?). Medium to full body. Thick and creamy. Hint of dryness in the finish. Very nice.
D: Extremely drinkable. And even at 7.5%, I would say quite sessionable. A very enjoyable brew! Very fresh tasting even after being cellared this long. Looking forward to aging my other one a bit more.

mwilbur, Feb 14, 2011
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

Canada_Dan, Monday at 01:13 AM
Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Imminent Liquidation. Poured into my tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of off white head and very good retention.

Smell: This one is sweet with caramel malt and some dark fruit.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The malt really dominates, but I wouldn't call the taste overly sweet at all. The ages has smoothed this one out. Definitely enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side, but it seems to fit. The carbonation is smooth and the finish is dry.

Overall: I haven't had this beer fresh, but the age seems to have done this beer well. I'm a big fan and would definitely enjoy more.

oline73, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark brown with an off-white one finger head that retains decently. Cloud sticks around pretty well. Coat of fine lace and some red hues around the edgues.

S- Dark fruit with some nutty notes. Definitely some roasty and toasted malt in here. Raisins. Decent strength.

T- Nice cocoa and roast malt hit up front. Some scotch sweetness. Even a bit smoky. Raisins and dark fruit. The nutty hints add to a balance of some nice flavors.

MF- Moderate body with a good creaminess to it. Low carbonation suits the flavors.

DB- Price is big but so is the bottle. I like the flavors used here and it is definitely a good scotch ale. Will try more GT ales and hope they are all good like this. Wouldn't even call this a sipper, drinkable for sure.

cbutova, Jun 21, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried to get this one a couple times to no avail. then jlindros sends me this out of thin air. what a great guy. can't think of a better beer to open on my Birthday. thanks man!

a - dark ruby brown. quite a bit darker than most scotch ales. low carbonation.

s - some sweet dark fruits, but a good amount of smoked malts.

t - wow, there is a lot going on in this. subtle sweetness flows through nicely. peat smoked malts. some alcohol flavor, but very nice, not a burning. like a smooth scotch. fruit. very balanced and full flavor.

m - soft mouthfeel. like velvet in your mouth. medium body. lower carbonation, which is how i like scotch ales.

d - great drinkability, which is good because the bottle is HUGE.

glad the bottle has a swing top. I'll drink some now and come back to it at the end of the night.

levifunk, Jun 30, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Swing-top, with foil tape noting 2009. Hangtag notes specific date of Jan 28, 2010.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 3/4" tan head above the almost opaque cloudy burgundy brew. Head fades ever-so slowly, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, with underlying tannins.

Taste follows the nose profile almost exactly, with cherry in the middle, and leathery tannins blooming largely at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Would enjoy a bit more creaminess overall, but this is a nice brew.

ppoitras, Sep 28, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage in a 1 Liter Swing Top Bottle...

Pours an attractrive dark brown with some red highlights, nice creamy khaki colored head, good retention and lacing. Scent is malt forward... big malt whiffs but controlled sweetness, toffee, smoke, peet, earthy, roasted nuts, touches of chocolate and oak. Taste is a superb and complex showcase for malt... again big malt presence but only moderate sweetness, notes of smoke, earth, toffee, molasses, chocolate, roasted nuts, rasin, prune, bread and a touch of warm alcohol on the end. Amazngly smooth, cask like from the bottle conditioning and blending, no limgering sweetness. Excellent suprise, best taste and body in style I have had the pleasure of trying, at no points do the aggressive malts become cloying, deep and complex taste.

rfgetz, Feb 04, 2011
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4.76/5  rDev +16.7%

phillanomatry92, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jan 14, 2010

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium brown in color with garnet highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate peat smoke notes over the sweet caramel and toffee malts.

T: Very similar to the smell with bready and sweet toffee malts. There is a light presence of the peat smoke as well as some dark fruit (plum).

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate alcohol warming and some dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable example of a style that is not necessarily one of my favorites - I would even consider having this one again. I really enjoy the lingering smoke smells and tastes but this is one to sip.

dbrauneis, Jul 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled late December '09, poured out of a 1 quart swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass mid-February '11.

A - Caramel brown with reddish hues upon being held up to a source of light. Creamy tan head thanks to bottle conditioning.

S - Biscuity, bunt-sugar aromas, very pleasing, foreshadowing the abundant malt about to hit your palate.

T - Very sweet and malty as is characteristic of the Scotch Ale and the Wee Heavy, turns into a flavour reminiscent of orange liquor, and finishes like a can of one of those malt drinks

M - Enigmatic. It is both light and creamy. You'd expect something that tastes this sweet to feel like syrup on your tongue but the body is light. However, the bottle conditioning and that creamy head lends Sheep Eater and velvety, mouth-coating sort of feel.

D - The incredible sweetness of this ale, combined with the creaminess of it, combined with the 7.5% abv, combined with the fact that this is sold in 1 quart portions means that you'll get two proper pints per bottle. In retrospect, would've rather shared it with a friend than enjoyed alone.

alexpkoehler, Feb 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RBorsato, May 30, 2014
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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.