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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Photo of NilocRellim
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of stingray
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of tykees88
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very pretty dark copper brown. 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Smell is just a malt nose explosion. Smells very sweet and sticky actually.

T- Taste is just full of so many different malts. Caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate and coffee. i don't detect hops, not even on the finish.

M- Super big body on the beer. I feel like I have to chew this thing instead of drink it.

O-I didn't care a whole lot for this beer. It was alot bigger than I would have liked.

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Photo of HosP
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these when the wife went down and got me a pick six. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours dark copper in color. Off white head with good retention. Sticky lace left on the glass.

S- Sweet carmale malts dominate the nose. Roasted aroma hidden below. Smells like a Wee Heavy.

T- Sweet flavors up front on this one. Caramel flavors throughout. Maybe some toffee/coffee flavors blended in at the end of the drink. Very smooth drink.

M- Medium body, light carbonation.

D- Good, easy to drink beer. Could have a couple of these, but would probably get a little bored with it. Still good beer, just not my favorite here.

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Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin white head that recedes to some wispy haze and a slight ring.
S - Big chocolate aromas here, followed by caramel, malt, a touch of smoke, and a bit of burnt orange peel hops.
T - Obviously a malt-heavy brew, with lots of caramel, toffee, and chocolate flavors accented by more smoke and citrus hops. Not exactly bursting with flavors, I'm finding this to a be a bit lacking in "oomph". Kinda bland, if I'm being honest.
M - Pretty smooth, perhaps a bit sticky, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. ABV is mostly undetectable, not bad for an almost 8% brew.
O - A decent Scotch Ale, but this is no Dirty Bastard. Sorry.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 herman77
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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 LeRose
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Lawl3ss
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. twist-off stubby poured into a stemless tulip. Bottling date 12.15.11.

Look- Pours a rich honey color. Three fingers of pilowy off-white head that falls slowly to a half-inch floating cap. There's a decent amount of suspended particulate, but it's fairly clear nonetheless. Not much lacing.

Smell- Caramel, dark whole grain toast, and strong maple. Woody undertones. Sweet, nutty, I'd guess that there were some oats in the mash.

Taste- Interesting. Predominantly maple and vanilla, not as sweet as I was expecting. Reminiscent of cream soda. Very mild nondescript hop bite towards the start. Distinct peat-y flavor hits halfway through the swallow, but it doesn't have an aggressive feel like some smoked malt beers. Mellow and tasty throughout, aftertaste is yet more toasted grains and a touch of hard water. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and smoo-ooth. Hint of drying afterwards. Nondescript but pleasant.

Overall- Very good, but doesn't put forth anything particularly memorable. Mild for the style, but hits the right notes. Extremely well-balanced and tasty, ABV is deceptive. I'd definitely pick it up again if I had the opportunity, but probably not as a regular thing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another situation where I enjoyed the BGW barrel-aged version of this and just had to try the regular version. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, baked toffee, orange peel, and some light cocoa. The taste does not deviate much at all from this plan of attack, save for a slight increase in the orange character. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a pretty nice scotch ale, one that does not disappoint, even if it doesn't necessarily impress, either.

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Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 lester619
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish bronzish copper brown color. Thin film of white head floats at the top. Smokey malt with a whiff of booze hits your nose. Taste is earthy and slightly sweet up front. Very faint hints of vanilla and cherries. It dries out in the middle with a smokey and slightly sour flavor. Smokey and malty at the finish with a noticable boozey feeling on my lips. It does have some of the smoked malt characteristics of scotch whisky. This is a big beer. Moderately thick body, but the complex flavors and high abv mean this one is for sipping. I came in last night from the -5 degree weather and cracked one of these open. Hit the spot very nicely.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber brown, with a thin head and no lace.

Malty sweet aroma -- sugar, spice, earthy.

Taste is chewy like caramel. Definitely a savory brew, with a thick, whiskeylike character. Do I detect an alcohol sting late in the tasting?

Not bad, but almost too overmalty for my palate.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on a whim as part of a mixed sixer. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and some splotches of lace. Moderately hazed amber-brow body with a plethora of visible bubbles.

S - Butter toffees, maple-drizzled cake, toasted grains, hint of burnt sugar. Quite rich, but closer to an English barleywine in some ways. No obvious alcohol, which is always appreciated.

T - Taste is a tad understated compared to the aroma, with more toasted multi-grain bread - think almost burnt toast. There's a bit of toffee and burnt sugars in the finish. Again, well-hidden alcohol.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, dry finish with a lingering mildly sticky residual texture. Slightly watery medium body, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - Started off promising, albeit a tad off-style, but the flavor was a touch bland for me to get really excited about this. Pretty easy to drink, and with not much alcohol at all. I prefer the added depth of the barrel-aged version, but this isn't a bad beer, especially at its price point.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bourbon aroma. An interesting taste with some sourness. Still a good drinkability at the end of a meal and tasting. Dark colour with generous lasting off-white head.Above average mouthfeel.Liked the vanilla, long whiskey finish.Decent for the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light ruby and darkish amber color mix with a thick film of head that and good bubbling that lasts all twelve ounces.

The aroma has a some strong caramel syrup sweetness with toasted breads and a little alcoholic warmth. Make that some decent alcoholic warmth.

The taste starts super malty sweet with a caramel like syrupy texture. The middle lets some of the sweetness go for a little alcoholic warmth. The finish is some warm caramel and toasted, faintly nutty malts. This a ood representation of a wee heavy. One worth enjoying slowly.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz stubby bottle. Clear, brownish, small head recedes to the edges. Some lace.

S. Aroma is primarily malty, brown sugar, caramel. Inviting enough but not overpowering.

T. Nice scottish style malting, robust and roasted. Some peat, roasted malt, very understated alcohol presence. Par for the course on style, nice and rich.

M. Medium bodied, smooth, prickly carbonation.

D. Easily consumed. A nicely rounded scotch ale brewed in the heart of America. Well done.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft coppery color. Bready and malty aroma-somewhat toffeeish and caramel like. Malty flavor upfront, maybe a kiss of hops. The toffee/caramel thing continues throughout the flavor. Just a faint smoke tinge though that may be more of the malt coming thru then anything. Silky mouthfeel. Nice Scottish ale for sure. One of the better US versions.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from pochman courtesy of Secret Santa ‘09, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with very sweet flavors of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by some background smokiness and bourbon flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Scotch Ale to drink for a long time.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheep Shagger ale not only has a funny name but is relatively decent. The beer poors a rich amber with thin off white head that is not lacing. The smell is mostly hints of caramel malt. The taste follows suit. The mouthfeel is medium body with subtle carbonaiton. Overall it is a good scotch style ale.

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