Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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
12-10-2011 04:09:19 | More by KDawg
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
08-05-2011 00:13:39 | More by mikesgroove
3.38/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
06-09-2011 02:20:30 | More by jsanford
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
05-05-2011 02:23:04 | More by secondtooth
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
04-12-2011 09:21:38 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-29-2011 17:05:58 | More by Kegatron
4.22/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-27-2011 03:29:17 | More by DoctorDog
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
(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
03-26-2011 04:40:52 | More by trappistlover
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-23-2011 04:40:22 | More by plfahey
3.38/5 rDev -15.9%
Got one of these when the wife went down and got me a pick six. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A- Pours dark copper in color. Off white head with good retention. Sticky lace left on the glass.
S- Sweet carmale malts dominate the nose. Roasted aroma hidden below. Smells like a Wee Heavy.
T- Sweet flavors up front on this one. Caramel flavors throughout. Maybe some toffee/coffee flavors blended in at the end of the drink. Very smooth drink.
M- Medium body, light carbonation.
D- Good, easy to drink beer. Could have a couple of these, but would probably get a little bored with it. Still good beer, just not my favorite here.
03-18-2011 02:10:19 | More by HosP
4.3/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-15-2011 01:09:58 | More by champ103
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Twelve ounce bottle into a tulip.
Pours and impressively deep mahogany with a nice fluffy if thin head. Sticky legs and lace cling to the glass.
Aroma is of peaty malt, mildly smoky with a dextrose brown sugar rider.
Taste is earthy malt, sweet and roasty. Middle brings peaty, smoky flavor followed by sweetness on the finish. Big malt flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick bodied, but not overly so. Carbonation lends a prickliness to the tongue that cuts the sweetness. Luxuriously smooth on the tongue gives a nice creaminess.
Overall a very tasty SA with an ABV that is hardly discernible.
02-22-2011 23:34:56 | More by wheatyweiss
4.55/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured into a tulip. Wonderful dark amber with very little head. Dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Nice malty smell. I get a little biscuit too. Taste is mostly malt with a little caramel and a clean finish. Well carbonated. Very easy to drink. It would be no problem to sit and work through a few of these.
01-31-2011 02:52:37 | More by Kbogac
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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%
01-21-2011 01:18:37 | More by thebierbrewery
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Medium brown with a fairly small head that subsides into a quick, thin lace. Filtered and adequately carbonated.
Smell is a little smoky, toasty, roasty, a little bit of unsweetened chocolate and maybe a small herbal hoppiness in the waaay back. Also some rye bread crust.
This one is all about the finish for me. Up front a little thin for me with a thick coat of barley malt coating my mouth, but this flavor mellows into a rich, creamy caramel. The caramel in this brew is dissimilar to most caramel in that it is supported by a lot of extra maltose and comes off closer to its candy counterpart. A surprising hop tang makes an appearance in the finish with some chocolatey notes as well.
Silky smooth. A little dry in the finish. Yum. I love maltose.
A fine beer, kinda light, but with veritably no traces of alcohol in the taste.
01-14-2011 04:56:28 | More by tapman
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
01-05-2011 02:13:56 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
01-03-2011 19:43:59 | More by scruffwhor
Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.