Sheep Eater Scotch Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Sheep Eater Scotch AleSheep Eater Scotch Ale

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 01-13-2010

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.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-liter bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass. A significant amount of sediment is left at the bottom of the glass.

S: Darkly malty and complex, full of toffee and burnt caramel. Slightly briny and alcoholic, volatile fumes fill the sinuses with the memory of barbecue sauce and elevate expectations; this is the smell of a huge dark ale.

T: Begins sweet, with raisins, peat smoke, and booziness reaching the palate early. Dark, umami-laced grain emerges into the middle as flavors dry out somewhat and alcohol dissipates. Notes of whiskey are conjured as malt and ethanol vapors reach a perfect balance. The earthy finish features lingering molasses and cocoa.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This wonderful scotch ale suggests to the drinker that such "wee heavies" of quality deserve equal footing in the pantheon of strong dark ale styles. The conspicuous presence of alcohol in this beer's sensory qualities suggest a more potent brew than the modest 7.5% abv on the label, yet it brings out each layer more fully--enhancing the overall experience. Of the few bottled scotch ales, this compares most closely to that produced by Alesmith, yet is more drinkable; most other bottled scotch ales can't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Grand Teton's Sheep Eater.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big scotch malt nose, a hint of sour, spice, anise, cardamom.
Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” finely bubbled foam cap with a light tan tint. Excellent lace.
Palate: Rich malts, caramel to toffee, sweet spicy English malt flavors, cardamom with a hint of Dr. Pepper, not a lot of hops.
Chewy, very creamy and smooth. Medium to medium low carbonation.

Photo of moundbz
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost sour malt taste, overall good, strong taste and smell, whole-mouth taste

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of stortore
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have been looking forward to this one. Nice color, low carbonation with no head at all. Great aroma- smoky and sweet. Good taste, not as malty as many for the style. Kind of bland, to me. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but seems kind of flat. Maybe because of the low carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but less so than what I expected.

Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells malty and fruity with a bit of smoke to it. Scent of melon and banana. Caramel and some burnt sugar scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a big malt flavor and a fair taste of banana. Caramel and smoke flavors. Fairly sweet with a noticeable level of bitterness. Complex burned sugars and smoke mix together with some banana and faint bubblegum flavors. Very complex, definitely a sipper and not a chugger.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a damn nice example of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of levifunk
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of alexpkoehler
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Mako82
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Very dark brown in color. Dark tan colored head that was foamy and lasted fairly long

S - Strong barley smell, almost like hay inside of a barn. Dark malts, no sense of alcohol esters, slight hint of whiskey

T - Initial taste of caramel malts, but quickly taken over by strong barley/hay type taste. Hint of coffee, strong alcohol bitter aftertaste that stays well into the aftertaste.

M - Low carbonation, dry body

Comes in a pretty cool quart bottle

Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 1 L bottle with Stopper at cellar temp. The beer is poured into a snifter and exhibits a deep mahogany hue with light beige head of .5cm that fades to an edge layer quickly after pouring.
Aroma is brown sugar and caramel with a bit of raisin and dark fruit mixed in the nose. I dont get any real hops or booze but the malt profile is fairly complex and appealing to me.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly syrupy texture and mild carbonation.
The flavor is as the nose advertised with big malt and little hops. I get toffee and caramel with some brown sugar and maybe a little heat. I think a bit of earthy hop notes are in the background but certainly arent featured in this beer.
The beer is complex and fairly enjoyable, I was hoping for a little more from the bottle, but I dont walk away unsatisfied.

Photo of shadow1961
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale pours an opaque brew with a bare disk, then ring, of fine tan foam on top. The nose is iodine/leather, toasted malt, yeast funk, maybe a bit of alcohol bite. The flavor echos the nose- sweetish malt with notes of iodine, earth, and dark fruit balanced with little alcohol sharpness and soft, herbal hops. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, with a bit of crispness. Part of the package, of course, is the half gallon bale and gasket sealed bottles so beloved by homebrewers. You really get to know a beer when there's a half gallon of it- luckily this is a good one- like all decent scotch ales it's fine on it's own- and you can taste the scotch it could be...

Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2009 Vintage in a 1 Liter Swing Top Bottle...

Looks is a nice dark brown, very murky, creamy off white head with quick dissipation, decent lacing. A solid looking Scotch.

Scent is malty, very deep, with nose of toffee and smoke, earthy, roasted nuts, touches of chocolate.

Taste reveals the smoked peat malt, perfectly sented, and well done not overly smoky. Some sweetness comes through the finish, but it is not a sweet bomb, just a slightly sweet finish. Superb with roasted meats. Hops do not dimish the malt, with additional notes of molasses, raisons, and bread with a slight alcohol bufn on the end. Veyr smooth and creamy, almost undercarbonated, but not a problem. Nicely balanced for all that is going on. One of the best I've had. A full liter is a bit much but not really.

Thick viscosity, syrupy and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

I am a big lover of wee-heavies, and this one is very good.

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, dark citrus, earthiness, and a herbal/'tanginess'. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tang feel. Tastes of sweet malt, dark citrus, alcohol, and an earthy resin flavor. I very much enjoyed this beer.

Photo of EliColburn
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Initially smelling and immediately tasting of olives while as it rests on the palette bitterness and sourness fades, and the beer becomes sweet and refreshing.

Photo of xhuskr
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood.

Nice color and aroma. Been looking for a good on tap Scotch Ale for a bit and this was it. Alcohol flavor was present. Mild peat/malt flavor with a smooth finish. Nothing was overpowering so it went down well. If not for the ABV, would be a good session ale. Had it twice and went back for more...but they were out. Will have again for sure.

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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.