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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 263
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 34
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 263
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (470 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark, dark reddish brown with a light khaki head. It smells of woody hazelnut and dark malts. Definitely interesting and welcome aromas. It drinks pretty nutty and has a good rich hazelnut flavor to it. I was very surprised. It drinks medium bodied with light carbonation. You'd never know it was 7.7%. I would've guessed around 6%. This one is very drinkable. I don't like scotch ales in particular but this is a good one. It's definitely worth a try. (469 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.. (394 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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'...??!?!!... (1,033 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see the Tyranena is mixing it up even outside the BGW! series these days, I have a Down 'n' Dirty waiting in the fridge too. For now, a Sheep Shagger. Sheep Shagger. The fourteen year old boy in me thinks that's funny.

Pours a lovely clear crimson, with a deltas worth of sediment perfectly suspended in the brew. Nice to put over the lip too, a mix of caramel, sweet malt, & faint tang of scotch.

Sheep Shagger didn't thrill my Scotch Ale fan wife, but I could get behind this. Massive caramel malts conquer the taste buds & overwhelm any subtleties that might be present. Sweet as puddin' with a french kiss of scotch-ee flavor, too, that moves in nicely towards the end. The hop bite is present, but barely, I don't even see any teeth marks. Really all it does is prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Pretty flat for a mid-7% brew, but that's what makes it dangerous. I could suck this down through a crazy straw. Sweet, touch of the homeland, makes me want to gulp. Oh hell, restraint is overrated anyhow.

Very good beer. Glad to know the crew in Lake Mills is cranking out new stuff & even better to find out that it's as good or better than the old stuff. Keep it coming! (1,201 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky pale brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and vanishes within seconds into a mere ring of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is of peat, caramel, nuts, and chocolate. The beer smells like a candy bar smoke with peat. I really like the uniqueness of this aroma. The taste has more caramel than the aroma. There is still a lot of peat, and a solid nuttiness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a very silky texture, and fine carbonation. Overall, this is a really, really good scotch ale. I can see this becoming my go to beer for the style. (586 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a thin tan head that does leave some nice lacing.

Sweet malt with some peat notes and a hint of smoke.

Pretty sweet malt with toffee notes. Light roasty Malta with a light peaty scotch presence. A little spice presence.

Chewy feel with creamy carbonation. Medium bodied.

A really nice example of the style. Drinks well and is highly recommended. (368 characters)

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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.