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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-02-2008)
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Photo of tykees88
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of knepper
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of CallMeCoolEthan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wibrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cocinero
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bertram
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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 secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 TMoney2591
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.

Photo of Kegatron
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.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. "BOTTLED ON 28OCT10" stamped onto the neck of the bottle. Thanks to beveritt for sending this and umpteen-hundred other new-to-me beers my way.

A- Pours a deep copper. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which gradually fades into a thin cap.

S- Quite smoky and roasty, with a load of caramel and scotch-sweet maltiness. Light earthy-hop aroma.

T- Full on caramel and toffee malty sweetness, countered nicely by the roasty, smoky notes. Bitterness is fairly low. Very nice.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium-full feel. A light touch of alcohol warming.

O- Very good. Pleasing aroma and flavor. An excellent brew.

Future outlook: My limited exposures to Tyranena have been quite positive, so it's too bad I can't buy them here. Can feel my appreciation for Wee Heavies/Strong Scotch ales really increasing recently.

Photo of trappistlover
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 plfahey
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.