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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6%
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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-11-2013 04:29:16 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-23-2012 21:33:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another situation where I enjoyed the BGW barrel-aged version of this and just had to try the regular version. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, baked toffee, orange peel, and some light cocoa. The taste does not deviate much at all from this plan of attack, save for a slight increase in the orange character. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a pretty nice scotch ale, one that does not disappoint, even if it doesn't necessarily impress, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 09:21:38 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 01:29:48 | More by emerge077
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tyranena Sheep Shagger

Clear, auburn-hued, fierce carbonation,... very small head, but brisk, and bristling.

Nose is all malt, all Scotch malt?... sweet and dusky, some vanilla, and caramel, toffee, ...a little bit of whiskey notes, too. Not a bit of hops.

Drinking it... more of the same, vanilla and toffee, big time whiskey flavor. Smooth and malty. Stays sweet for a while, then lays low, mellows out, gets dry in the finish.
Tasty stuff, with a sharp spark up front, followed by mellow malt, sweet and lovely stuff, indeed. Tas-tee.Deep, rich and delicious.

Despite protestations on the label copy about the meaning of "sheep shagger", Colonel Carmichael is looking awfully familiar with his lamb.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:24:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 17:05:58 | More by Kegatron
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mdfb79

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...Originally had at a 3/6 DC tasting thanks to Tom (CaptainCougar on RB).

a - Pours a murky dark copper/amber color with little head and carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, as well as chocolate and some malts.

t - Taste is very similiar to the smell, dominated by malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Also a little bit of booziness to it.

m - Medium body with high carbonation, actually pretty easy to drink.

d - Overall another decent Scotch ale. Some nice malt and dark fruits taste to it. I would have liked it a little better if it wasn't as boozy, but it wasn't overpowering. I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 17:14:39 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-13-2013 05:15:08 | More by XmnwildX12
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz stubby bottle. Clear, brownish, small head recedes to the edges. Some lace.

S. Aroma is primarily malty, brown sugar, caramel. Inviting enough but not overpowering.

T. Nice scottish style malting, robust and roasted. Some peat, roasted malt, very understated alcohol presence. Par for the course on style, nice and rich.

M. Medium bodied, smooth, prickly carbonation.

D. Easily consumed. A nicely rounded scotch ale brewed in the heart of America. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:13:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusky looking mahogany. Thin tight cap of dirty white froth. Lacing is quite sufficient. Aroma is malty and meaty and rich. Just the way I like my Wee Heavy. On the buds, take all that is on the nose...the richness, the maltiness, the beefiness and add some nice does of chocolate to the equation. The result is very good. Luxurious feel to it. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. One would never guess we're approaching 8% with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:21:24 | More by Bighuge
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dirtylou

Washington

4.35/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:42:26 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light ruby and darkish amber color mix with a thick film of head that and good bubbling that lasts all twelve ounces.

The aroma has a some strong caramel syrup sweetness with toasted breads and a little alcoholic warmth. Make that some decent alcoholic warmth.

The taste starts super malty sweet with a caramel like syrupy texture. The middle lets some of the sweetness go for a little alcoholic warmth. The finish is some warm caramel and toasted, faintly nutty malts. This a ood representation of a wee heavy. One worth enjoying slowly.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:43:59 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:10:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dirty crimson tinted darker copper color with a small but thickly set foam of light sandy brown hue. Keeps lots of simming action and big patchy lacing.

Nice aroma of rich dark toffee laced with cinnamon, vanilla dust, herbal heather notes and grassy hops.

Taste doesn't disappoint as it really seeps in quickly with a wonderful array of flavored textures beginning with softly brush of bready all-grain malts puffed about with toffee and twisted in with lots of interesting herbal grassy hoppyness and starchy tones. Touches some vanilla and cinnamon and has very subtle black tea and black licorice emerging late.

Body is a pretty solid medium. Semi soft with just enough girth behind each gulp to lift some malty chewyness while maintaining an interesting texture of crushed grains and hops feathered with herbal dry whisps of tea and husks.

This stuff drinks down with amazing ease and drinkability. Way too smooth for nearly 8%. So watch yourself with this one or you may just find yourself really sheep shaggin'...??!?!!...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:49:51 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brunt orange color

S-Love it..earthy...rich toffee..

T-lacks the peaty notes in some versions but it has a wonderful earthy feel with a load of sweet candy toffee malt....very tasty..

M-Not as big as some but not lacking in body...highly drinkable yet substantial.

D-This is an enjoyable beer. Definitely would reach for these if they were more available by me in the winter...well done..

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 03:06:39 | More by ZAP
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3%
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
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-30-2013 09:53:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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champ103

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Onslow for sharing a bottle. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. Reddish/brown tints around the edges. A beige head rises to a finger, and quickly settles to a ring. Not much lace, but the color is very nice.
S: A big malt bomb, the way the style should be. Light butter up front, but it never gets to be over barring diacetyl like so many other American version can be. Maple syrup and bread/biscuit malts. A toffee sweetness lingering.
T: Follows the nose, with a little less of a buttery note. Lots of sweetness. Toffee and chocolate even. Maple syrup again. Bread/biscuit. Again, finishes sweet. Really well done.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. As syrupy as the flavor is, this is not overly sticky or thick at all. Creamy and smooth. So easy to drink. I can do more than sip on this.

Very nice. Everything is there that should be. I enjoyed this a lot. Something I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:09:58 | More by champ103
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-04-2011 22:39:47 | More by barnzy78
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 22:40:51 | More by cokes
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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.