Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
Tyranena Brewing Company

Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #41
Ranked #8,908
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out looking like a strong sweet tea, with a fast-fading off white head.

On the nose, getting mostly sweet caramel or toffee that covers up the maltiness to an extent.

Similar in the taste. Finding this quite sweet, but warming for a 7.5% beer where I can easily pick out the alcohol. hefty bitterness keeps this beer in check, in my opinion. The assertive bitterness offsets the sweetness.

The feel is thick, bordering on syrupy. A little highly carbonated, possibly, for the style.

Overall, it is a decent brew that manages to tick the style reasonably well. A comfortable warmer, but not a gotta have beer.

Jan 22, 2017
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown pour, with a fading head and light lacing. The beer has a nice aroma of roasted malts, smokiness and just ahint of the hop. Tastes like it should - warming with the moderate ABV and light carbonation, just enough to keep the "wee" in wee-heavy. Good balance and a touch past the brown ale style. We don't do a lot from Tyrenna, but this is enjoyable on a cold Januarty night.

Jan 04, 2017
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ibrubeer from Nebraska

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Quite malty aroma. Color is brown like strong tea with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Nice malty flavor. Full bodied. Overall, a fine example of a Scotch Ale!

Jul 06, 2016
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matjack85 from Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL and made it part of my mix any six beers for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67.

The beer poured a clear caramel color and produced a ½-finger of white head that didn't last very long and left very little lacing.

Big caramel smell with toffee, roasted malts, and a bit of earthy peat smell.

Mostly malty and sweet like a Scotch ale should be, but this one also has some fruitiness to it and quite a bit of bitterness.

A bit on the thick side, almost syrupy with moderate to medium carbonation.

Not a typical scotch ale but still good.

May 24, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and malty. Mild roasted character. Smooth and rich throughout. Well carbonated. Finishes woody and nutty. Subtle earthy hop. Well balanced for the style

Mar 08, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body, light tan fizzy head that fades to a ring. Caramel nose, both sweet and with an earthy bitterness to it as well. Sticky toffee, nut, caramelized sugar sweetness, toasted malt, and black tea bitterness make up the balanced flavor. Sweetness is more dominant, but moderate. Mild booziness on the finish; reminds me of bourbon with mild raw wood pulp. Medium-heavy body, slick, with too-high but not-quite-stinging carbonation.
Very tasty, deep, balanced brew right here. It's kind of a shame they went with the childlike joke to market it, this is a well crafted thing that deserves respect.

Mar 03, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours clear amber with a large off-white head. Smells of caramel and sweet bready malt. The taste follows with caramel, malt, and some smoked peat; weaker intensity. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Average body and average carbonation. Overall, it fits the style okay, but could use a little more complexity.

Jan 31, 2016
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stingray from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter. No bottling date but it's fresh, just a week or two after it showed up in stores.

L: Copper brown. Not much head, large bubbles that don't leave much lacing.

S: A bit smoky, a bit of caramel sweetness. Not much on the nose, though.

T: Nice and drinkable, not a heavy flavor. The sweetness is there, not too much. Has a pleasant maltiness but ends up tasting more like a scotch lager, if there were such a thing.

F: Too much carbonation for a scotch ale, but you can get some nice thick foam in your mouth. Again, not a thick and heavy beer.

O: I was looking forward to this one but I'm disappointed. I tried it chilled and at cellar temp but it tastes more like a lager than an ale. I don't dislike it but not what I want from a scotch ale. Other than my quibbles as a representation of the style it's very drinkable and not pricey.

Dec 04, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant garnet tinted chestnut with a sudsy 1” cream colored foam cap producing cathedral window lacing. S: Rich treacle aromas with a little smoke. T: lightly smoked malty treacle. Sweet. F: Clean and smooth medium body to medium high body, medium carbonation. O: A very drinkable wee heavy.

Aug 17, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth with big caramel and vanilla flavors and hides the 7.5% abv extremely well. Highly drinkable. Disappointed I only picked up one while I was in Wisconsin!

Apr 23, 2015
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MrGraybeard from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely dark amber with a persistent golden head. Nice blend of malts in this brew -- and you can really taste the smoke. A faithful take on Scottish-style ale.

Jan 03, 2015
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 26 December 2014

Appearance: Pours a rich copper color with a sizable head that quickly diminishes. Crystal clear. Looks magnificent.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, just as one hops for in a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Rich caramels at first give way to a surprising burnt roastiness. I really liked how this one tasted on the front of the tongue, but on the back it was more porter or stout-like than a Scotch Ale. I could have used less of this and more well developed caramel/honey flavors or undertones of rich vanillas. This beer could obtain more of these flavors through aging.

Feel: Smooth as silk with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, but not what I'd consider a traditional Scotch Ale due to the assertive roasted notes. Nonetheless, a good beer from a brewing company I'm anxious to try more from.

Dec 27, 2014
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numptie from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tasted my way around Scotland several times and this is the closest to good Scottish ale that I have found in the U.S. so far. I love the sweet full taste. I purchased it locally but when I went back for more it was no longer there. I need to see more of it. Hopefully that will be soon.

May 24, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany amber brown with a thin layer of frothy off-white foam.

Caramel, scotch malt, slight smokiness, and earthy hops.

Earthy hop bitterness, scotch, caramel, toffee, peat.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, slightly smoky, earthy, smooth.

Overall, a great surprise to find another solid scotch ale. As a fan of the style, it's a very difficult style to do well and Tyranena nailed it with this one.

Mar 02, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice-looking, deep caramel-colored with very little head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel/toffee, scotch, with a woody, peat-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee with vanilla and peat. Raisin-like fruitiness blends in well. Hints of chocolate develop as it progresses. It has a balancing woody finish.

It is full-bodied. Thick-ish but not sticky.

Malty, but with a complex balance. Very tasty. A very nice brew!

Jan 19, 2014
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new winter seasonal to me from Tyranena Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are about average, but I'm going in unbiased. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a caramel amber colored body with about a half finger conjuration of off-white head that falls within seconds. Body is a dark ruby in the glass, with some okay clarity. Conjures some nice foam when swirled in the glass.

S - Smell is pretty tame, but hits it's mark, I suppose. Some buttery diacetyls, grainy corn, roasted hazelnuts & earthy peanuts, and butterscotch / toffee. Smells good, but the adjunct-smelling corn is throwing me off just a bit.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy buttery diacetyls, caramel malt, grainy corn husk, earthy woodiness, subtle chocolate / cocoa nuances, and salty roasted hazelnuts / peanuts.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some good roasted nuttiness lingering on the palate. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. Not too thick or bloating.

Overall, a nice take on the style by Tyranena, but nothing extraordinary. A fairly simplistic offering, slightly above average at best. A tame and approachable take on the style, I suppose, but good enough for what it is. Alcohol is nicely masked, and makes no appearance at all. Glad to have tried it, but I couldn't see myself wanting this more than once in a year.

Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale ---4/5.

Dec 02, 2013
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room temp pint glass.

A- Poured a muddy looking reddish brown color with a 1-finger khaki-tan colored head that quickly faded to thin film. The head had a brief appearance of heavy creaminess. There was some visible carbonation through the murkiness. Some lacing.

S- Scotch roasted malts, molasses, toffee sweetness.

T- Sweet roasted mats, caramel, chocolate, molasses.

M- Thick and chewy. Light carbonation. Some alcohol on the finish.

O- This beer overcame its sweetness and poor looks with big flavors. It's a good one.

Jul 25, 2013
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby caramel color with a healthy mound of lemon-tinted froth with excellent retention. Aroma smells of brown sugar, caramel, and a robust nutty aroma with a hint of milk chocolate--terrific complexity. Flavor tastes of maple syrup and toasted nuts with a healthy dose of hops to balance. The hops tend toward Cascade, with appreciable grapefruit manifesting as the beer warms. Malt and bitterness vacillate in the middle, each attempting to muscle out the other before eventually reaching a respectable detente. Roasted notes and dark chocolate come through in the finish, and a stickiness lingers on the lips after imbibing. Lively carbonation lends a creamy texture that helps mollify the bold flavor profile.

This is a complex and flavorful brew that extends itself well beyond your archetypal scotch ale. The synergy could be slightly better, but I must give it a nod for the slightly chocolately, nutty finish, which I found to be especially pleasing.

May 14, 2013
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured out of a bottle and into a pint glass. It had a dark amber colour to it; almost caramel. Ale had a sweet malt nose with hints of oak and scotch. It also had a slight scotch taste to it, along with malts and a very slight roasted taste, but not by much. No significant lingering flavours or after tastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Feb 07, 2013
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-orange with thin, sustained, off-white head.

Smell: Peat, toffee and dark fruit. Simple but nice.

Taste: Along with the light peat, there are fruity and spicy notes that are almost Belgian-like. Lots of toffee, some nuttiness, and a finish that includes some floral hops, but remains mostly sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. Finish is not as dry as I would prefer.

Overall: A very tasty, and fairly big, everyday Scotch Ale. If the finish dried up a little more and played against the core sweetness, this would be sublime.

Feb 06, 2013
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting tasting scotch ale; a little different than what I expected. My initial sip wasn't as malty and sweet as I come to expect with this style but was actually quite nutty. It was good, don't get me wrong but was just a variation on what I am used to with this style. Since it is a pretty affordable beer with a solid abv, I would probably buy it again but it wouldn't be the first thing I reach for when looking for a Scotch Ale.

Jan 06, 2013
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BrownAleMale from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- A leather brown color with a finger of off white head that completly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Gobs of carmel, bread malt and brown sugar.

Taste- Carmel with some nuttiness and smoke balance and then a quick flash finish of bitter hops for balance.

Mouthfeel- Best mouthfeel that Ive ever gotten from a Scotch Ale. Thick like oatmeal, yet a nice amount of carbonation for balance.

Overall- I was highly impressed with many aspects of this beer including the smell and mouthfeel. This is definitly a top notch scotch ale and I wish that I had bought a few more.

*As the beer warms coffee makes a big presence in both the smell and taste to add another tasty element to this already complex beer.

Jan 03, 2013
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AmitC from New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by my beer store guy. Poured into snifter.

One finger thick tan colored head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer and then a ring. Good lacing that is very sticky. Color is brown with strong ruby hues. Reddish amber appearance in the light. A good amount of bubbles. About clear, with quite less haze. Translucent.

Extremely malty aroma that is full of caramel and toasted malts. Some alcohol comes through along with some sweetness. A good aroma overall.

Taste is much, much better. Caramel and toasted malts dominate with some minor hops on the tail end. Semi-dry finish due some lingering sweetness. Some dry fruits or raisin. Alcohol is not felt though it still is warm. Bitterness almost non existent.

Mouth feel is medium full with some bready chewy quality. Moderate carbonation. Smooth to drink, though not as easy.

This one is malt and caramel forward ale with slight warmth and a nice balance. Definitely a must try. Fits the style to the tee.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.0

Dec 11, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Brownish-amber, a short-lived off-white head but better-than average quantities of lacing are present. I can smell and taste some smoke-laced rich chocolate malt, toffee malt, and toasted malt. Some minor plum essence pops up in the nose but not very much in the flavor, and a garnish of herbal tea and earthen must is also present when the glass warms up for a while. Body is on the thicker side of medium heft, carbonation levels are strong but not overwhelming.

Smells amazing, tastes great. This is one of the Tyranena brews worth seeking out.

Aug 29, 2012
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown, good head.

Smell: Peat, root beer?

Taste: Sweet, malty, smoky peaty finish. Nice flavor without being too harsh.

Mouthfeel: Light feel for an almost 8% beer.

I didn't know this was a winter seasonal, so this bottle is probably 7-8 months old. I liked it anyway, nice scotch flavors with plenty of malt and some smoky peat. Good stuff.

May 12, 2012
Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 309 ratings