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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

57 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 sraimondi:
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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a detailed review, as I lost my tasting notes. However, I wanted to post something on this exceptional brew.

Had this one at Moe's in Lee, MA last week. The most noteworthy thing about this beer is that the smokiness is prevalent and understated, at the same time. Most of the US versions of smoked beer are either wanting from any real smoke (or smell of "fake" smoke) or too over the top, where the smoke completely overwhelms the flavor of the beer. This one is very balanced, clearly a well made beer with a rich, earthy smoke character, which will satisfy the most discriminating Rauch beer enthusiast. Great job Grand Teton, and Josh for scoring this one at your Berkshire Brew Oasis. Unfortunately, Josh's keg kicked with my draft. Oh well, at least I got a tease of this one. I'll be looking for this one, for sure.

Steve

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 00:16:55 | More by sraimondi
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Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with modest head that still leaves some splashes of lacing behind

Smell: Treacle and peat with just a hint of smoke

Taste: Balanced between the treacle and peat from start to finish; undertones of fig, dusted chocolate and smoke throughout

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and slightly chewy; low carbonation

Overall: Been looking for this one for a while and glad to finally get a chance to try it when I had just about given up hope; remarkable how well this is drinking 3 1/2 years after it was released

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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.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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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.

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Taste: A similar grainy start to the taste, some caramel brushed toast slices, and that papery, oxidized element jumping right in. Lightly fruity. Some alcohol hints, seemingly more than one would expect given the listed ABV percentage. Faint spiciness, some curious woodsy tones, and a smidgen of peat. All these things are butting their heads, disjointedly vying for your attention in finish. It culminates into just an odd taste.

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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.