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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 35
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-02-2008

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Ratings: 261 | Reviews: 98
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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep cola pour with a hint of red and two fingers of khaki foam on top. Aromas of clean roasted malts with caramel and raisin. Fruit accents and toasted bread. Big and malty upfront with mild hop backbone.

First sip brings creamy crisp malt over the palate with some roast and a mix of caramel, fruit and raisins. A bit of chocolate in the mix along with a toasted bread hint. Malt sweetness is there but not overwhelming. Flows down with a touch of earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Overall a nice malty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a strong malty body. Goes down quite easily with mellow bubbles. Overall, a nice robust scotch ale for the cooler months and a great addition for Tyranena if I do say so myself. Hope this will be around next year!

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty complexioned, and colored somewhere amongst tangerine, amber, and brown. The head is short, more or less merely a collar of beige.
Scented of dried peaches and strawberries, bran, honey, sweet breads, earth, pipe tobacco, hard water, and dried leaves. It's a beautiful aroma, and spot-on, just a hair on the timid side.
Enters with a honey-graham maltiness that segues fruitier right away, while maintaining underlying bread and toasted grain notions throughout. Flashes of apricots, melons, pineapple, and maraschino cherries, then the floor falls out as it drops into an rivers- edge earthiness and fragrant tobacco. It conclude with a heathery hop note, a low-level tea-like bitterness, and a minor reprise of fruit.
Lowly carbonated, but what is there is persistent. It's not a muddy, smoky peat monster. It's earthy tones are evident, but there is a balancing brightness here too, and that helps make this tremendously quaffable.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber brown, with a thin head and no lace.

Malty sweet aroma -- sugar, spice, earthy.

Taste is chewy like caramel. Definitely a savory brew, with a thick, whiskeylike character. Do I detect an alcohol sting late in the tasting?

Not bad, but almost too overmalty for my palate.

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

12oz into snifter: from notes.
A: Pours a syrupy thickness from the bottle. The body is a deep, murky shade of amber. The off white head did not foam up and only holds into a thin layer around the rim of the glass. Very minimal lacing.
S: A very nice and malty sweetness, I feel it is on the lower end of the intensity spectrum, but a nice subtle character.
T/M: The first impression of the front of this brew is a malty sweetness and a nice Scottish flavor. A nice mouthfeel that is thick and creamy while still being smooth. The final bit of viscosity is short and does not promote a prolonged lingering effect. The sweet raisin character is a pleasant flavor, with many other sweet notes.
D: This is a nice and easy drinking beer. Not too heavy, while missing a bit of the intensity of other in the style, this is a nice brew that I would come back to and have a couple.

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, single from Riley's

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, relatively clear amber body - on the lighter end, pretty lifeless beige cap

smell: nice roasty aromas, very roasty, caramel, chocolatey, toasted oats

taste: quite tasty scotch - strong roasted flavor, chocolate and caramel, woody and earthy, light notes of alcohol, butterscotch, oats. very full flavored - check it out

mouthfeel: full-flavor, full body

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  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.

Photo of plfahey
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with reddish highlights and brilliant clarity. Moderate beige head with moderately good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Wide range of malt character-Bread crusts, dark bread, toast, caramel, and some light roasted malt and chocolate. Hint of smokiness. No hops.

Flavor-Caramel, bread crusts, and just a hint of roasty chocolate up front. The finish shows a long, drawn out complex maltiness, with toasted bread leading the charge. Flavor finishes semi-sweet, with nothing really coming in to cut the malt sweetness. Light alcohol in the finish, but more in the way of warmth than flavor.

Mouthfeel-Meduim full to full, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich. Low alcohol warmth in the finish.

I would personally like to see a further developed caramel flavor, and a hair less roast/toast, but Sheep Shagger is quite good, and drinks pretty easily for a beer of this heft.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mnjeff !

pour is deep copper with a light creamy head

light scotch and bourbon scents mixed with sweet caramelized malts. kinda light all around

scotch is very mild, not overpowering like so many scotch ales. nice sweetness holds the balance. light malty finish.

fuller than i had expected, has a good body on it.

this is quite easy to drink and not overpowering in any way. very well rounded!

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin firmness that skims the top, staying richer on the edges, and leaving back a light smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, light smoky roast, and earthy citrus, which all combine to give this a sweet toasted tanginess in the nostrils.

The taste is rich with caramel, brown sugar, roasted chocolate malts, and plenty of citric hops but with lower bitterness levels. Sticky fruit and malt hang in the backend of the profile, as a touch of smoke and dry earth linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creaminess that spreads out into the mouth. There's a little bit of a chewier feel underneath from that almost 8% ABV but I'm shocked out how smooth this is going down for the overall size.

This one took me a bit by surprise, with rich, full, flavors and a great drinkibility for a larger beer. This is one of the better American Craft versions of the style that I've had and was quite enjoyable. This is a good one from Tyranena.

Photo of beveritt
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz stubby brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Picked this up while traveling home from Chicago. Label is dark, muted colors with a picture of a shepherd and some sheep. Ink on neck say bottled 28OCT10.

Pours with just over 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles very slowly, eventually dropping to a still complete coating of thick foam and leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is a beautifully bright and clear copper. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Toasted and smoky caramel malt with hint of toffee and an earthy backbone. Sweet and fruity finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt against a backdrop of smoke and maple syrup. Slight tannin hop bitterness in the finish that balances out a lingering sugar sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level with an amazing body.

Drinkability: I had forgotten how well Tyranena does so many styles. This is an excellent easy drinking beer with an exceptional flavor. Well done.

Photo of trappistlover
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours deep cooper with thin tan head. Aroma has nice sweet malts, some peat?, caramel and alcohol. Taste is similar. Medium bodied with a slick texture and smooth finish. The bourbon is not overstated-its provides some nice warmth as it goes down. To me, the star is the caramelley goodness of the beer. Mmmmm. I would love more of this

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Before You Go, the bottle date is 03NOV10 on the neck.

Head rapidly fades, sudsy foam, thin ring and barely a skim on top. High clarity reddish copper, speckles of lace. A couple bubbles are visible trailing upwards.

Sweet aroma, husky, toasty malt with multigrain bread character.

Mellow feel, malty sweetness, husky grains. Not getting any smoke or toffee notes typical of the style. Sort of basic, a very malt forward Scotch Ale, not a ton of complexity here. The abv is definitely hidden though. Can't really find much more to say about it unfortunately... not the best i've had from Tyranena, but a decent Scotch Ale.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottled on 04Nov09.

A - Sheep Shagger pours a lightly cloudy bronzy amber with a two-finger cream-colored head. Ok retention and an arch of lace on one side of the glass.

S - Unmistakeably a Scotch ale by aroma. Classic earthy notes with a little blanket. Mild hops add a tiny grassy hint. Caramel and amber malts give a good base with a lingering sweetness.

T - Bold caramel and amber malts with a hefty sweetness give me a small startle. Very flavorful! Lots of earthy hops too. A pinch of grass and a little kiss of blanket.

M - Rich and smooth as velvet, it goes down like a dream. Moderate but distracting carbonation finish. Medium-bodied but full of flavor. I can't get over how smooth it is!

D - I wanted a six pack on the first sip. Very good. A fantastic example of the style and a delicious beer. The mouthfeel's smooth, soft texture aids in drinkability.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to maximum12 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 11/4/09 into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Reddish-brown with a spotty head that disappears into next to nothing.

S: Not much going on here. Maybe the beer's too cold?

T: This one mellowed out a lot - a lot has been lost in the flavor profile due to age. I get some caramel, smoke, and a spicy and bitter finish.

M: The carbonation held up really well - there's almost too much of it. Drinks really dry too.

D: The best feature of this beer. For 7.7% you could slug pints of this at the bar all night and not even notice it (or be full for that matter).

Overall, I'm more of a fan of the Brewer's Gone Wild series from Tyranena.

Photo of scaliasux
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark red-brown. Clear. Fairly large tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin film.

Smell - Deep caramel malts. Rich and syrupy. A little smoke?

Taste - Very rich sweet roasted malt. Starts out mostly nut and caramel. Raisin emerges a little later with a little unexpected spiciness. A little alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full bodied. Nice.

Drinkability - There's nothing better to cut through the winter chill than a nice slow sippin scotch ale. Thank the lord they make such a fine one nearby.

Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin white head that recedes to some wispy haze and a slight ring.
S - Big chocolate aromas here, followed by caramel, malt, a touch of smoke, and a bit of burnt orange peel hops.
T - Obviously a malt-heavy brew, with lots of caramel, toffee, and chocolate flavors accented by more smoke and citrus hops. Not exactly bursting with flavors, I'm finding this to a be a bit lacking in "oomph". Kinda bland, if I'm being honest.
M - Pretty smooth, perhaps a bit sticky, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. ABV is mostly undetectable, not bad for an almost 8% brew.
O - A decent Scotch Ale, but this is no Dirty Bastard. Sorry.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of numptie
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Photo of beeronesse
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the best Scotch ales I've ever had. Nice appearance; copper/brown. Nice head that dissipated quickly. The nose promises caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and bourbon. The mouth delivered with all of the above plus a little sweetness and a ton of malt. Highly drinkable, the mouth feel is perfect, to me at least. Medium to heavy bodied, I could drink a lot of this!

Photo of thebierbrewery
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle.

A-Amber color, no head retention, not perfectly clear

S- Big time biscuit and victory malts with some hop aroma, some caramel aroma, slight roast aroma, slight smoke aroma

T- Big malty and balanced with nice hops. Maybe slight melanoidin maltiness. Slight smokiness. Very good and balanced

M- Creamy, low carbonation, body is medium to medium high.

D- Fairly drinkable for being 7.3%

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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.