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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Atron67 on 02-02-2008

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 288
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL and made it part of my mix any six beers for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67.

The beer poured a clear caramel color and produced a ½-finger of white head that didn't last very long and left very little lacing.

Big caramel smell with toffee, roasted malts, and a bit of earthy peat smell.

Mostly malty and sweet like a Scotch ale should be, but this one also has some fruitiness to it and quite a bit of bitterness.

A bit on the thick side, almost syrupy with moderate to medium carbonation.

Not a typical scotch ale but still good.

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Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and malty. Mild roasted character. Smooth and rich throughout. Well carbonated. Finishes woody and nutty. Subtle earthy hop. Well balanced for the style

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body, light tan fizzy head that fades to a ring. Caramel nose, both sweet and with an earthy bitterness to it as well. Sticky toffee, nut, caramelized sugar sweetness, toasted malt, and black tea bitterness make up the balanced flavor. Sweetness is more dominant, but moderate. Mild booziness on the finish; reminds me of bourbon with mild raw wood pulp. Medium-heavy body, slick, with too-high but not-quite-stinging carbonation.
Very tasty, deep, balanced brew right here. It's kind of a shame they went with the childlike joke to market it, this is a well crafted thing that deserves respect.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours clear amber with a large off-white head. Smells of caramel and sweet bready malt. The taste follows with caramel, malt, and some smoked peat; weaker intensity. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Average body and average carbonation. Overall, it fits the style okay, but could use a little more complexity.

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Photo of stingray
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter. No bottling date but it's fresh, just a week or two after it showed up in stores.

L: Copper brown. Not much head, large bubbles that don't leave much lacing.

S: A bit smoky, a bit of caramel sweetness. Not much on the nose, though.

T: Nice and drinkable, not a heavy flavor. The sweetness is there, not too much. Has a pleasant maltiness but ends up tasting more like a scotch lager, if there were such a thing.

F: Too much carbonation for a scotch ale, but you can get some nice thick foam in your mouth. Again, not a thick and heavy beer.

O: I was looking forward to this one but I'm disappointed. I tried it chilled and at cellar temp but it tastes more like a lager than an ale. I don't dislike it but not what I want from a scotch ale. Other than my quibbles as a representation of the style it's very drinkable and not pricey.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant garnet tinted chestnut with a sudsy 1” cream colored foam cap producing cathedral window lacing. S: Rich treacle aromas with a little smoke. T: lightly smoked malty treacle. Sweet. F: Clean and smooth medium body to medium high body, medium carbonation. O: A very drinkable wee heavy.

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Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth with big caramel and vanilla flavors and hides the 7.5% abv extremely well. Highly drinkable. Disappointed I only picked up one while I was in Wisconsin!

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Photo of MrGraybeard
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely dark amber with a persistent golden head. Nice blend of malts in this brew -- and you can really taste the smoke. A faithful take on Scottish-style ale.

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Photo of Beric
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 26 December 2014

Appearance: Pours a rich copper color with a sizable head that quickly diminishes. Crystal clear. Looks magnificent.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, just as one hops for in a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Rich caramels at first give way to a surprising burnt roastiness. I really liked how this one tasted on the front of the tongue, but on the back it was more porter or stout-like than a Scotch Ale. I could have used less of this and more well developed caramel/honey flavors or undertones of rich vanillas. This beer could obtain more of these flavors through aging.

Feel: Smooth as silk with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, but not what I'd consider a traditional Scotch Ale due to the assertive roasted notes. Nonetheless, a good beer from a brewing company I'm anxious to try more from.

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Photo of numptie
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tasted my way around Scotland several times and this is the closest to good Scottish ale that I have found in the U.S. so far. I love the sweet full taste. I purchased it locally but when I went back for more it was no longer there. I need to see more of it. Hopefully that will be soon.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany amber brown with a thin layer of frothy off-white foam.

Caramel, scotch malt, slight smokiness, and earthy hops.

Earthy hop bitterness, scotch, caramel, toffee, peat.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, slightly smoky, earthy, smooth.

Overall, a great surprise to find another solid scotch ale. As a fan of the style, it's a very difficult style to do well and Tyranena nailed it with this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice-looking, deep caramel-colored with very little head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel/toffee, scotch, with a woody, peat-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee with vanilla and peat. Raisin-like fruitiness blends in well. Hints of chocolate develop as it progresses. It has a balancing woody finish.

It is full-bodied. Thick-ish but not sticky.

Malty, but with a complex balance. Very tasty. A very nice brew!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new winter seasonal to me from Tyranena Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are about average, but I'm going in unbiased. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a caramel amber colored body with about a half finger conjuration of off-white head that falls within seconds. Body is a dark ruby in the glass, with some okay clarity. Conjures some nice foam when swirled in the glass.

S - Smell is pretty tame, but hits it's mark, I suppose. Some buttery diacetyls, grainy corn, roasted hazelnuts & earthy peanuts, and butterscotch / toffee. Smells good, but the adjunct-smelling corn is throwing me off just a bit.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy buttery diacetyls, caramel malt, grainy corn husk, earthy woodiness, subtle chocolate / cocoa nuances, and salty roasted hazelnuts / peanuts.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some good roasted nuttiness lingering on the palate. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. Not too thick or bloating.

Overall, a nice take on the style by Tyranena, but nothing extraordinary. A fairly simplistic offering, slightly above average at best. A tame and approachable take on the style, I suppose, but good enough for what it is. Alcohol is nicely masked, and makes no appearance at all. Glad to have tried it, but I couldn't see myself wanting this more than once in a year.

Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room temp pint glass.

A- Poured a muddy looking reddish brown color with a 1-finger khaki-tan colored head that quickly faded to thin film. The head had a brief appearance of heavy creaminess. There was some visible carbonation through the murkiness. Some lacing.

S- Scotch roasted malts, molasses, toffee sweetness.

T- Sweet roasted mats, caramel, chocolate, molasses.

M- Thick and chewy. Light carbonation. Some alcohol on the finish.

O- This beer overcame its sweetness and poor looks with big flavors. It's a good one.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby caramel color with a healthy mound of lemon-tinted froth with excellent retention. Aroma smells of brown sugar, caramel, and a robust nutty aroma with a hint of milk chocolate--terrific complexity. Flavor tastes of maple syrup and toasted nuts with a healthy dose of hops to balance. The hops tend toward Cascade, with appreciable grapefruit manifesting as the beer warms. Malt and bitterness vacillate in the middle, each attempting to muscle out the other before eventually reaching a respectable detente. Roasted notes and dark chocolate come through in the finish, and a stickiness lingers on the lips after imbibing. Lively carbonation lends a creamy texture that helps mollify the bold flavor profile.

This is a complex and flavorful brew that extends itself well beyond your archetypal scotch ale. The synergy could be slightly better, but I must give it a nod for the slightly chocolately, nutty finish, which I found to be especially pleasing.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured out of a bottle and into a pint glass. It had a dark amber colour to it; almost caramel. Ale had a sweet malt nose with hints of oak and scotch. It also had a slight scotch taste to it, along with malts and a very slight roasted taste, but not by much. No significant lingering flavours or after tastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-orange with thin, sustained, off-white head.

Smell: Peat, toffee and dark fruit. Simple but nice.

Taste: Along with the light peat, there are fruity and spicy notes that are almost Belgian-like. Lots of toffee, some nuttiness, and a finish that includes some floral hops, but remains mostly sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. Finish is not as dry as I would prefer.

Overall: A very tasty, and fairly big, everyday Scotch Ale. If the finish dried up a little more and played against the core sweetness, this would be sublime.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting tasting scotch ale; a little different than what I expected. My initial sip wasn't as malty and sweet as I come to expect with this style but was actually quite nutty. It was good, don't get me wrong but was just a variation on what I am used to with this style. Since it is a pretty affordable beer with a solid abv, I would probably buy it again but it wouldn't be the first thing I reach for when looking for a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- A leather brown color with a finger of off white head that completly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Gobs of carmel, bread malt and brown sugar.

Taste- Carmel with some nuttiness and smoke balance and then a quick flash finish of bitter hops for balance.

Mouthfeel- Best mouthfeel that Ive ever gotten from a Scotch Ale. Thick like oatmeal, yet a nice amount of carbonation for balance.

Overall- I was highly impressed with many aspects of this beer including the smell and mouthfeel. This is definitly a top notch scotch ale and I wish that I had bought a few more.

*As the beer warms coffee makes a big presence in both the smell and taste to add another tasty element to this already complex beer.

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Photo of AmitC
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by my beer store guy. Poured into snifter.

One finger thick tan colored head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer and then a ring. Good lacing that is very sticky. Color is brown with strong ruby hues. Reddish amber appearance in the light. A good amount of bubbles. About clear, with quite less haze. Translucent.

Extremely malty aroma that is full of caramel and toasted malts. Some alcohol comes through along with some sweetness. A good aroma overall.

Taste is much, much better. Caramel and toasted malts dominate with some minor hops on the tail end. Semi-dry finish due some lingering sweetness. Some dry fruits or raisin. Alcohol is not felt though it still is warm. Bitterness almost non existent.

Mouth feel is medium full with some bready chewy quality. Moderate carbonation. Smooth to drink, though not as easy.

This one is malt and caramel forward ale with slight warmth and a nice balance. Definitely a must try. Fits the style to the tee.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.0

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Brownish-amber, a short-lived off-white head but better-than average quantities of lacing are present. I can smell and taste some smoke-laced rich chocolate malt, toffee malt, and toasted malt. Some minor plum essence pops up in the nose but not very much in the flavor, and a garnish of herbal tea and earthen must is also present when the glass warms up for a while. Body is on the thicker side of medium heft, carbonation levels are strong but not overwhelming.

Smells amazing, tastes great. This is one of the Tyranena brews worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown, good head.

Smell: Peat, root beer?

Taste: Sweet, malty, smoky peaty finish. Nice flavor without being too harsh.

Mouthfeel: Light feel for an almost 8% beer.

I didn't know this was a winter seasonal, so this bottle is probably 7-8 months old. I liked it anyway, nice scotch flavors with plenty of malt and some smoky peat. Good stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on a whim as part of a mixed sixer. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and some splotches of lace. Moderately hazed amber-brow body with a plethora of visible bubbles.

S - Butter toffees, maple-drizzled cake, toasted grains, hint of burnt sugar. Quite rich, but closer to an English barleywine in some ways. No obvious alcohol, which is always appreciated.

T - Taste is a tad understated compared to the aroma, with more toasted multi-grain bread - think almost burnt toast. There's a bit of toffee and burnt sugars in the finish. Again, well-hidden alcohol.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, dry finish with a lingering mildly sticky residual texture. Slightly watery medium body, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - Started off promising, albeit a tad off-style, but the flavor was a touch bland for me to get really excited about this. Pretty easy to drink, and with not much alcohol at all. I prefer the added depth of the barrel-aged version, but this isn't a bad beer, especially at its price point.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from pochman courtesy of Secret Santa ‘09, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with very sweet flavors of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by some background smokiness and bourbon flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Scotch Ale to drink for a long time.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown with a significant cloudy look to it. For some odd reason this beer looks "Thick"

Smell - Caramel, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Scotch, Toffee and Maple Syrup.

Taste - Maple Syrup, Vanilla and Caramel backed up with some strong malty flavors and slight floral hops. Not simple, but not what I would call complex. Regardless, it comes together very well.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty thick bodied but the carbonation is subdued so it's easy to drink and it feels creamy as well!

Overall - It's got a good flavor to and its very easy to drink. It's good to have when you're thristy and is perfect for any occasion. Definitely will be buying this again in the future!

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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.