Sheep Eater Scotch Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Sheep Eater Scotch AleSheep Eater Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scotch Ales are some of the world's most flavorful beers. Scotland's cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats, but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly.

The yeast must work at cooler temperatures than is customary for ales, resulting in maltier, cleaner, less fruity or estery, beers. The color often comes from black roasted malt, which imparts some dryness, but because of the lower attenuation and hopping rates, Scottish ales are almost always slightly sweet and incredibly drinkable.

Ours was brewed with black roasted barley, biscuit and peat-smoked malt. It was gently hopped, fermented cool and aged cold for weeks for smoothness. It is copper-brown in color, with some sweet maltiness and plenty of body.

Added by brownbeer on 01-13-2010

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Reviews by beagle75:
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4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-liter bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass. A significant amount of sediment is left at the bottom of the glass.

S: Darkly malty and complex, full of toffee and burnt caramel. Slightly briny and alcoholic, volatile fumes fill the sinuses with the memory of barbecue sauce and elevate expectations; this is the smell of a huge dark ale.

T: Begins sweet, with raisins, peat smoke, and booziness reaching the palate early. Dark, umami-laced grain emerges into the middle as flavors dry out somewhat and alcohol dissipates. Notes of whiskey are conjured as malt and ethanol vapors reach a perfect balance. The earthy finish features lingering molasses and cocoa.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This wonderful scotch ale suggests to the drinker that such "wee heavies" of quality deserve equal footing in the pantheon of strong dark ale styles. The conspicuous presence of alcohol in this beer's sensory qualities suggest a more potent brew than the modest 7.5% abv on the label, yet it brings out each layer more fully--enhancing the overall experience. Of the few bottled scotch ales, this compares most closely to that produced by Alesmith, yet is more drinkable; most other bottled scotch ales can't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Grand Teton's Sheep Eater.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One liter flip-top bottled 12-17-09

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't last long but the sheer color of it is spot-on for the style.

The aroma is heavy with damp earth, light smoke, licorice, and an alcohol note.

The flavors are very dark, almost mysterious. The wet peat-smoked malt comes through in a serious way, dark fruit(fig), a tiny bit of dark chocolate, and the light smoke lingers into the finish. It wants to be sweet, but its dark, smokiness finds it somewhere in between.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and the texture rich.

Though this isn't my favorite style, the timing of the release(mid-winter)is perfect. Another winner in the Cellar Reserve series.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Part of their "Big Beers in a Big Bottle" series, hence the big bottle. A bit of a sloshy pour and light carbonation still gives a decent-looking head on this dark brew. Big malt nose, taffy and dried plums as well. Extremely smooth. Very malty, with a twang from the alcohol and a bite from the smoke. Hops are modest but help a little. Each sip pulls back another complex layer of malt and a long malt finish it is. This is an epic Scotch Ale.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottled Dec. 17, 2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and peat-smoked malt. There is a lot more smoke than I was expecting, but it smells nice. The flavor is smoke, caramel and toffee malt, chocolate malt and earthy hops. As the beer warms I get a lot more tobacco and leather components in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big scotch malt nose, a hint of sour, spice, anise, cardamom.
Pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” finely bubbled foam cap with a light tan tint. Excellent lace.
Palate: Rich malts, caramel to toffee, sweet spicy English malt flavors, cardamom with a hint of Dr. Pepper, not a lot of hops.
Chewy, very creamy and smooth. Medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of moundbz
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost sour malt taste, overall good, strong taste and smell, whole-mouth taste

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of dertyd
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name & the label art!

Opens with a semi-solid pop, pours an effervescent, ruby-tinged brown with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention & great viscous look to this as well

S: Caramel, plums & a touch of peat & leather

T: Caramel, smokeyness, plums & raisins & carob up front. Dryness, faint herbal hops mingle with raisins, peat & caramel & a whisper of molasses & oaky dryness & some boozey warmth & toffee. Finishes dry, fruitty & peaty, just a bit too fruitty for me

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, sticky, seems way beefier than 7.5% abv

Drinks easy, but doesn't quite pull together up front, but rallies, a bit too fruitty for the style for me. I'd like to see this recipe tweaked towards malty & this is another one to put in four packs IMO

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.24/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and dark burgundy in color. It poured into a snifter glass with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and bready. It has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel, plums and smoke.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some alcohol warming as well as a slight amount of dryness.
D: Despite all of the malty flavors, the beer is quite easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 L bottle into shaker pint glass. 2009 vintage. The paper tag on the beer is dated Jan 27 2010 (best after?).
A: Pours a very dark brownish-red with the faintest of fizzy tan heads that quickly recedes. The red becomes more apparent with backlighting.
S: Caramel malts, smoke, and a whiff of non-citrus fruit.
T: Cascades of sweet caramel malt overlapped with mild gentle smoke (perfect balance here). Very thick and rich. Chocolate, grains, sweet honeydew, raisins, and hint of leather.
M: Smooth, silky, sweet, and oily. Faint burn from the alcohol (and smoke?). Medium to full body. Thick and creamy. Hint of dryness in the finish. Very nice.
D: Extremely drinkable. And even at 7.5%, I would say quite sessionable. A very enjoyable brew! Very fresh tasting even after being cellared this long. Looking forward to aging my other one a bit more.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 103 ratings