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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-02-2008)
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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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 17:25:43 | More by jwc215
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:59:42 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:29:08 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of MaximalC


3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 22:23:14 | More by MaximalC
Photo of NilocRellim


3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 20:22:12 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of bsp77


4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 12:52:18 | More by bsp77
Photo of mjpolzin


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:45:38 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of BrownAleMale


4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 08:06:50 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of AmitC


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:55:30 | More by AmitC
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 20:12:37 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Mdog


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:03:16 | More by Mdog
Photo of MasterSki


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:00:39 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:01:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:56:03 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of JackieTH


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carmelly brown pour with short lived head, no lacing. Smell is rich werther's-like toffee malts. Taste is toffee and brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malt, perhaps even some chocolate notes. Earthy hop appears at the end to refresh palate. Medium-smooth and velvety mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation to tickle. Quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:10:42 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. twist-off stubby poured into a stemless tulip. Bottling date 12.15.11.

Look- Pours a rich honey color. Three fingers of pilowy off-white head that falls slowly to a half-inch floating cap. There's a decent amount of suspended particulate, but it's fairly clear nonetheless. Not much lacing.

Smell- Caramel, dark whole grain toast, and strong maple. Woody undertones. Sweet, nutty, I'd guess that there were some oats in the mash.

Taste- Interesting. Predominantly maple and vanilla, not as sweet as I was expecting. Reminiscent of cream soda. Very mild nondescript hop bite towards the start. Distinct peat-y flavor hits halfway through the swallow, but it doesn't have an aggressive feel like some smoked malt beers. Mellow and tasty throughout, aftertaste is yet more toasted grains and a touch of hard water. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and smoo-ooth. Hint of drying afterwards. Nondescript but pleasant.

Overall- Very good, but doesn't put forth anything particularly memorable. Mild for the style, but hits the right notes. Extremely well-balanced and tasty, ABV is deceptive. I'd definitely pick it up again if I had the opportunity, but probably not as a regular thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:45:51 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of WoodBrew


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheep Shagger ale not only has a funny name but is relatively decent. The beer poors a rich amber with thin off white head that is not lacing. The smell is mostly hints of caramel malt. The taste follows suit. The mouthfeel is medium body with subtle carbonaiton. Overall it is a good scotch style ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:54:39 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of samie85


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with two and a half fingers of thick off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and Munich malt notes with some earthy hops.

Follows the nose with Munich malt, chocolate and caramel and a delicate bitterness.

Rich and full side of medium-bodied with low, prickly carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, even though it departs from all examples of the style that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:18:15 | More by samie85
Photo of nickapalooza86


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

From notes Jan 14 2012

Pours a clear dark amber almost brown.

Smell is spicy malt, toffee, and a little sweet

Taste is very smooth. It is a malt bomb all the way, sweet toffee, caramel and even a little bitter at the end but not a hop bitter.

Very decent scotch ale I am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:35:15 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of tykees88


3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very pretty dark copper brown. 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Smell is just a malt nose explosion. Smells very sweet and sticky actually.

T- Taste is just full of so many different malts. Caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate and coffee. i don't detect hops, not even on the finish.

M- Super big body on the beer. I feel like I have to chew this thing instead of drink it.

O-I didn't care a whole lot for this beer. It was alot bigger than I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:22:16 | More by tykees88
Photo of knepper


4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Copper with red highlights; crystal clear with a creamy head.

Smell: Big malt aromatics. You can tell they use UK malts in this one. Very reminiscent of cream soda and slow toasted sugars. There is another aroma I can't nail down; maybe a barrel-aged (its not though), earthy character possibly from the small amount of peat malt or the UK hops?

Taste: Awesome; instantly one of my favorite beers. This is a scotch that isn't too sweet but is severely malty; balanced with a decent body, but not thick and is hopped to a decent crispness. I love the toffee, woody, vanilla, maple-esque tones. A definite showcase of how using different maltsters (and top-notch brewers) can effect a beer. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:59:02 | More by knepper
Photo of JamesS


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

On tap at Twenty Tap in Indy. Poured a very nice deep brown with red tinges, and some nice head, though little lacing. Very deep malty scent with a very earthy and jerky hop undertone at the end. Big caramel flavors! Thick and malty, very sweet, with some nice peat underneath as well and a bit of jerky hop finishing. Goes down well, but there is some alcohol heat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 20:45:16 | More by JamesS
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bourbon aroma. An interesting taste with some sourness. Still a good drinkability at the end of a meal and tasting. Dark colour with generous lasting off-white head.Above average mouthfeel.Liked the vanilla, long whiskey finish.Decent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 23:38:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of KDawg


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark copper colored with no real head to it

Rich and pungent aromas of malts, coffee, liqueur, and some hot caramel as well

full bodied with a rich feel. Almost feels like a stout, but still a scotch ale. The feel is really good along with flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel

Does have a stout quality to it, but that's not really a negative. The feel is really good and the aromas are really good as well. This is a quality scotch ale and shows no booziness that they sometimes can do

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:09:19 | More by KDawg
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 7.5%abv is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:13:39 | More by mikesgroove
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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.