Shaggin' In The Highlands
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #128
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,627
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 15.08%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
20
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Tyranena Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, dark toffee color with a small white head that quickly becomes a ring.
S - The aroma is peaty. All peat.
T - Dominant flavor is peat, but also get some toffee. A little boozy.
M - Low carbonation, soft mouth feel.
O - Overall a very nice beer, really like the peat.

Aug 13, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, as Scotch ales go - real nice. Brings a lot of the peat aspect to the beer, just like a whisky from Islay... ruby amber body, slim head that quickly fades, clean glass behind... If you know Scotch whisky, you'll recognize aromas of iodine, seaweed, salt ("peat") as well as fruity toffee and vanilla and booze. Flavors are fill of the same - sweet boozy fruit, little bit of tack, little bit of resin; feel is soft and smooth, light-bodied as it were - very fine - a superior Scotch ale - don't confuse it with a barleywine or Scottish ale. This is spot-on for the style, barrel-aging seals the deal. Don't pass on it.

Apr 22, 2017
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bloatednemesis from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks thick, brown. Been a while since I've had Sheep Shaffer, but seems similar in appearance from what I remember. The aroma is the absolute show stopping star attraction here. The most barrel forward aroma I've encountered. Smells just like scotch. And a decent scotch at that. I seriously just inhaled for a good couple of minutes while others actually tasted it. I couldn't get over this, it's great.

The flavor is actually pretty similar to the aroma. Big scotch flavor. Pronounced wood and smoke. Caramel, a bit of dried fruit. Loved that flavor. The mouthfeel was thicker than I anticipated from this abv. Pretty thick, but the flavor is so strong it's almost distracting from the feel.

Overall, this is a wild beer, very good for scotch fans. Would definitely say don't try if you don't like a straight scotch every now and then.

Feb 10, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Tyranena logo pressure cap.
poured into Tyranena snifter.

Appearance: Amber hued light brown bodied beer. Thick cap of off white head that drops down to thin uneven cap.

Smell: Smoke and sweet aroma without even putting my nose near the glass. Huge earthy, meaty, and peaty smoke that actually obliterates the sweetness of sheep shaggers malts. Damn thats alot of smoke! This is pretty extreme.

Taste: All smoke just like the nose and a little bit of sweetness. This is intense smoke flavor. Good is small quantities for sure. No way am I getting through more than 3oz of this beer by myself. Liquid smoke comes to mind with each sip

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This needs alot of time to settle down the smokiness. This has stronger smoke presence than the most intense rauchbier I have ever tasted. This is shagging in the woods with "roid rage". Easily the most extreme beer that has ever come out of BGW series from Tyranena and I have tried almost everyone from the series. Rob really "gone wild" with this beer. I think this would actually be a great meat marinade or a good beer to cook with if you want a lot of smoke flavor in your meat.

Feb 09, 2017
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bound4er from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber appearance with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of peat, smoke and slight caramel malt. Reminds me of how Connemara Irish Whiskey smells. Flavor freakishly mirrors the nose with that signature Connemara taste of peat, smoke, caramel, toffee and slight creosote. Feel is light to medium bodied. If you aren't a fan of peated whiskey then this beer is something you may want to stay away from. I enjoyed it but not enough to buy again.

Feb 09, 2017
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Tyranena beers are never that heavy on barrel" me before drinking this beer. Can't say the same anymore; this one includes an absolutely insane amount of peat and the base beer is basically completely lost. If you like Scotch barrel aged beers this is probably great. Although I enjoy Scotch straight I still haven't a beer aged in Scotch barrels that I actually love, and that still holds true after this one.

Feb 08, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark amber cola brown body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing, thin collar. Smells super peaty; to the point of it being fairly medicinal; I wonder if the base beer really accentuates the peat and barrel to the point where it's difficult to take down. Still, I gave it a chance and let it warm up, and well, if you have had peated scotch before, this actually isn't that far off. Ton of peat and smoke. Complex, and definitely intriguing. Flavour is even more peaty and smoky; smoke lingers on the finish. Not as much of the base beer shows up on the flavour, unfortunately. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, heavy peat and smoke on the finish. An interesting barrel aged flavour, and I don't mind peated scotch too much but I think the base beer brings out even more of the peat here, which can be overwhelming to some.

Feb 05, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A dark copper and ruby liquid fills my snifter with a 1.5 finger light tan head that dissipates quickly, but is present around the edge. Very minimal lacing. Like scotch??? The aroma is loaded with it. Very peaty, smoky oak, with caramel malts peaking through some tobacco. Flavor starts off with heavy peat, tobacco, with a smoky meatiness along with the oak and caramel malts. It is in your face. Feel is a bit light, but on par for a scotch ale, and it has decent carbonation. I'm not a huge scotch fan, but this beer came together nicely.

Feb 04, 2017
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scotch ale aged in Islay scotch barrels? By a brewer who's been barrel aging beers for a decade and a half longer than most breweries have existed? Yes please!!

Rob did not hold back on this one, if you don't like smokey, peaty scotch this beer is not for you. The nose is tons of delicious islay character, with some sweet malts from the base beer. Taste is also heavy on the barrel character, which is a welcome departure from Tyranena's normally more restrained barrel aging. The Sheep Shagger still comes through, but the scotch is the star here. This is my favorite Brewers Gone Wild beer in a long time, scotch lovers should not sleep on this one.

Jan 17, 2017
Shaggin' In The Highlands from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 20 ratings