Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 298
Photo of numptie
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of knepper
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Copper with red highlights; crystal clear with a creamy head.

Smell: Big malt aromatics. You can tell they use UK malts in this one. Very reminiscent of cream soda and slow toasted sugars. There is another aroma I can't nail down; maybe a barrel-aged (its not though), earthy character possibly from the small amount of peat malt or the UK hops?

Taste: Awesome; instantly one of my favorite beers. This is a scotch that isn't too sweet but is severely malty; balanced with a decent body, but not thick and is hopped to a decent crispness. I love the toffee, woody, vanilla, maple-esque tones. A definite showcase of how using different maltsters (and top-notch brewers) can effect a beer. Love it.

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Photo of beveritt
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusky looking mahogany. Thin tight cap of dirty white froth. Lacing is quite sufficient. Aroma is malty and meaty and rich. Just the way I like my Wee Heavy. On the buds, take all that is on the nose...the richness, the maltiness, the beefiness and add some nice does of chocolate to the equation. The result is very good. Luxurious feel to it. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. One would never guess we're approaching 8% with this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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 tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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 scaliasux
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Kbogac
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid amber color with a thin off white head.

S- Mostly caramel malt sweetness with a chocolatey roasted note and a faint hint of smoke.

T- Bold sweet caramel malt dominates the beer throughout. The only thing that varies is what adds a counter point to keep things from being cloying. An alcohol warming note hits first before a deep rich chocolate toffee note takes over with an insanely slight roasted smokey note tucked in. The finish is very clean and balanced.

M- A little thin for the style, but still very enjoyable.

D- I'll be sure to keep this in mind.

Unless you despise malt bombs, this should be on your list.

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Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of cooch69
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, single from Riley's

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, relatively clear amber body - on the lighter end, pretty lifeless beige cap

smell: nice roasty aromas, very roasty, caramel, chocolatey, toasted oats

taste: quite tasty scotch - strong roasted flavor, chocolate and caramel, woody and earthy, light notes of alcohol, butterscotch, oats. very full flavored - check it out

mouthfeel: full-flavor, full body

drinkability: good

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Photo of AmitC
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 thebierbrewery
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 SykDoc
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a pint glass. It pours a very nice amber color with readily visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch gray head forms and leaves a full coverage lacing.

The aroma is good with primarily notes of caramel sweetness. Some hoppy bitterness and a wood component are noted.

The taste is sweet and sugary malts mixed with an earthy note, as well as some hoppy bitterness that balances and finishes the beverage quite nicely.

Overall, the mouthfeel is fairly good. The carbonation seemed a bit under done. This is medium bodied and goes down somewhat sticky with a nominally dry finish.

Overall, this is an easily drinkable beer. There are spots where it could be improved upon, but overall worth the opportunity. This is balanced and tasty, without ruining the palate.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich Amber color with a small off white head.

Scent of earthy, bitter malts, caramel, sugars, and oats, with a very faint hop character. This has a very nice malt character, but is not too strong or unbalanced.

Taste of earthy malts, caramel, sugars, oats, and the same faint hop presence that the nose let on. This is some tasty stuff, one of the better Scotch Ales available.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, though the bite of carbonation seems to be a bit strong for the style.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep cola pour with a hint of red and two fingers of khaki foam on top. Aromas of clean roasted malts with caramel and raisin. Fruit accents and toasted bread. Big and malty upfront with mild hop backbone.

First sip brings creamy crisp malt over the palate with some roast and a mix of caramel, fruit and raisins. A bit of chocolate in the mix along with a toasted bread hint. Malt sweetness is there but not overwhelming. Flows down with a touch of earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Overall a nice malty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a strong malty body. Goes down quite easily with mellow bubbles. Overall, a nice robust scotch ale for the cooler months and a great addition for Tyranena if I do say so myself. Hope this will be around next year!

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty complexioned, and colored somewhere amongst tangerine, amber, and brown. The head is short, more or less merely a collar of beige.
Scented of dried peaches and strawberries, bran, honey, sweet breads, earth, pipe tobacco, hard water, and dried leaves. It's a beautiful aroma, and spot-on, just a hair on the timid side.
Enters with a honey-graham maltiness that segues fruitier right away, while maintaining underlying bread and toasted grain notions throughout. Flashes of apricots, melons, pineapple, and maraschino cherries, then the floor falls out as it drops into an rivers- edge earthiness and fragrant tobacco. It conclude with a heathery hop note, a low-level tea-like bitterness, and a minor reprise of fruit.
Lowly carbonated, but what is there is persistent. It's not a muddy, smoky peat monster. It's earthy tones are evident, but there is a balancing brightness here too, and that helps make this tremendously quaffable.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the best Scotch ales I've ever had. Nice appearance; copper/brown. Nice head that dissipated quickly. The nose promises caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and bourbon. The mouth delivered with all of the above plus a little sweetness and a ton of malt. Highly drinkable, the mouth feel is perfect, to me at least. Medium to heavy bodied, I could drink a lot of this!

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Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carmelly brown pour with short lived head, no lacing. Smell is rich werther's-like toffee malts. Taste is toffee and brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malt, perhaps even some chocolate notes. Earthy hop appears at the end to refresh palate. Medium-smooth and velvety mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation to tickle. Quite delicious.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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