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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 263
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 36
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 yeahnatenelson
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- pours a ruddy cupric hue with a slim creamy beige head.

Smell -- Husky grain, whole wheat toast, earthy hops. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste -- Toasted bread, cracker, plum-like esters, burnt sugar, molasses, floral and spicy hops. Lingering flavors of golden toast and plum.

Mouthfeel -- On the heavier side of medium with moderate fluffy carbonation. Pretty good, actually.

Drinkability -- A good beer, but not one of my favorites, either for the style or for Tyranena. Came off more as a robust amber ale as it was lacking some rich caramelized malt flavor.

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Photo of cooch69
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep amber with some brown highlights. Only a very small head, mostly lacing.

Nose is full of deep caramel malts, caramelized figs and raisins and molasses. Smell is good but taste is even better.

A burst of sugar coated dark fruits followed by a lush, creamy caramel maltiness with some brown sugar and molasses. I get some liquor as well, but it is'nt anything malty. No I get more of a brandy character in this brew with a wee bit of earthy smokiness at the end. Only a tad bit though.

This beer has an awesomely good mouthfeel. Silky smooth and slightly chewy. It is only low to moderate carbonation. Overall an awesome beer that I wish I could readily get.

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Photo of beveritt
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, clear, copper color. There is a one finger white head that has average retention. There is some very slight lacing with a few carbonation bubbles heading to the top.

S - A lot of smokey peat here. I'm also getting some roasted malts with a touch of caramel. No the most typical smell for a Wee Heavy but it doesn't smell bad.

T - Upfront there is some roasted malts with some very deep caramel and toffee undertones. After this there is a slight bitter coffee taste quickly followed by hops that even everything out. The after taste lingers on and is that of bitter coco and coffee. Great complexity.

M - Very smooth with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Consistent with how this style should be and brings a great balance to the beer.

D - Out of all the Wee Heavies that I have had, this is one of the more easy ones to drink for sure. A great session beer for this style, perhaps the best. Very light on the palette.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body is a dark caramel coloration. The head was short lasting biege coloration. Specks of foam mark this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: A very mellow malty nose, vanilla, caramel, sweet and husky a bit of smokey peat and the suggestion of a hint of whiskey.

Taste: Good delivery on the aroma. Huge very mellow and sweet vanilla, caramel with a bit of whiskey in the flavor nice drying out at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Creamy and smooth medium bodied beer. The alcohol is not felt in the flavor or the mouthfeel. This is a very smooth and wiked beer nearing 8%. Kind of makes me grin sheepishly!

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish-brown with huge fluffy head that disappears with a few minutes.

S: sweet toffee, nuts, and subtle smoke.

T: bourbon barrel, toffee, nutty, but smooth.

M: Needs a little more carbonation to hold solid head.

D: Nice beer, above average the alcohol is subtle so one could down quite a few before it catches up with you.
Solid session beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with one finger of head that fades to very persistent lacing. The body is a bright, dark amber and very clear. A little more head on the pour would have looked better.

The smell is sweet, malty and rich. Some dark fruit smells round it out.

The taste is very nice. Malty, slightly sweet with some floral notes from hops but nothing untoward. Moderately rich with some toffee and vanilla flavors. None of the smokiness that some American Wee Heavies seem to lean toward.

Super creamy mouthfeel with nice, smooth carbonation. Once again, the word that comes to mind is rich, but not too rich.

Drinkability is very good, though the richness militates against the idea of having too many at one sitting.

One of the nicer Scotch Ales I've tried and likely to become a staple in my beer pantry.

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy mahogany with a very thin off white head. No lacing.

S: Very malty! Dark toffee malt with a hint of vanilla. A little earthy too. Nice aroma.

T: Lots of toffee malt followed by earthiness. A little bit of wood flavor. Finishes with some earthy, bitter hops and toasted malt. Aftertaste is kind of odd and off putting. Weird sourness/drying effect.

M/D: Medium body. Average carbonation that is a little too prickly on the tongue. ABV is not hidden to well, you can tell its almost 8%. Drinkability is average. Its pretty damn malty and something about the finish is off.

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Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Opaque and thick, but not hazy. Little to no head formation. Just a light white film.

S - Massively malty - lots of caramel and toffee malts. Some peaty malt notes comes through as well.

T - Starts off with caramel malts, mega malty sweetness. Mid-stream the peaty earthy and smoky malts come in. Finishes with more sweetness, and just a hair of the grainy notes. Light amount of phenolic burn in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied beer, thick, creamy, clinging, and cloying. Sugars stick to the tongue. Carbonation is almost not present to the tongue.

D - Easy drinking for a scotch ale. Flavors are well integrated, albeit the sweetness perhaps can get to be too much. Not filling - ABV is pretty zingy as well.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber with an off-white head.

Sweet caramel malt scent up front with a smoked wood and vanilla after thought.

Tastes much like it smelled. Sweet malt and chocolate toffee with an earthy presence as well. Some alcohol warmth as well. Very nicely balanced though.

Smooth, full bodied brew that finishes clean and balanced.

I believe I'll finish this six pack before I stand up.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass beer is muddy apple cider amber brown. About one finger of tan head results from an aggressive pour. Just a wisp of soapy lace.

The aroma is a robust mix of fresh baked bread, chocolate, spices and caramel. It smells like a winner.

The flavor is made up of some interesting characters. Smooth coffee, white toast and dark fruit. This is followed by roast nuts, cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of hops in the finish rounds out the menagerie of flavors. There's so much going on here. The depth of this beer is insane. Layer after layer of flavors.

Medium creamy body. Moderate to light carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer. Super drinkable with huge flavors. Not surprising coming from Tyranena.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A rigorous pour delivers a copper, reddish body that is somewhat translucent when held up to the light. A white one finger head rises and fades to a lace after a couple of minutes. Faint amounts of carbonation are visibly rising to the top of the glass.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts and some bread notes are also present. Rich caramel and toffee notes are present. A nice overall sweetness and a good balance but nothing that really jumps out and grabs you. Very enticing though.

T - Lots of malts standout up front with some bready notes as well. Caramel, toffee, and some other sweet notes are present along with a slightly boozy aspect as well. I would like to see more malts, toffee and caramel, but for the most part the beer is solid and continues to improve as it warms.

M - Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Malts are the dominating aspect of this beer as it enters the mouth. A nice balance of toffee and caramel notes is followed by some carbonation. Finish is slightly boozy but becomes less noticeable as the beer warms.

D - This is not the best scotch ale I've had to date but it's a solid offering from Tyranena. I would like to see the malts, toffee, and caramel notes turned up and a little less booziness but considering there is almost 8% abv, it's rather impressive.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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'...??!?!!...

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Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a globe shaped stemmed glass.

A= This ale poured a clear reddish color with brown highlights and a creamy 1/2" off-white head. No lacing to speak of...

S= Lots of malt in the aroma. Equal parts caramelly sweet, nutty, toasty. Surprisingly zero alcohol on the nose.

T= Started off with caramel sweetness, but this was soon invaded by a huge toasty/nutty flavor that while pleasant enough, was really not to style. This sort of reminded me of a cross between a good German Oktoberfest and Fat Tire ale from New Belgium. The middle showed a bit of earthy and leafy hops, which again were pleasant enough but not in keeping with the style. Finished moderately drier than the beginning but still malt forward.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and smooth feel.

D= This beer was pleasant enough to want several and the ABV was well hidden. The main issue is that its not a wee heavy in my opinion. Sort of like a Scottish amber. It defies categorization really, but its very tasty.

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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.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle int Tulip

A: nice but quickly dissipating head, rich reddish brown color, suggesting a kingly drink, a bit turbid from a bit of yeast that was still suspended

S: tootsie roll sweetness (often i use this as a bad thing but in this case, it is perfect), a bit of sharpness from hops but clearly the malt is the star in this thing

T: sweet, slight twang of cherry, then a heavy caramel sort of flavor..gets more robust on the caramel flavors as it warms

M: smooth, not cloying, near perfect carbonation to keep it fresh

D: This is a sipper that gets better as it warms...great post dinner beer on a cold night

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Photo of BTPete
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Bottle recieved as extra in a trade with a generous midwestern BA.

A: Dark brown/amber color. Vigorous pour produces nice but small head.

S: Sweet, caramel, boozy. Malt driven and bready.

T: Very smooth, caramel flovor with a lingering yeasty earthy flavor at end.

M: smooth and balanced. Fully bodied, nicely carbed for style I think.

D: Highly drinkable, nice 7.7% brew. Could have a few but inevitably the sweetness and ABV would catch up with me.

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