Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Sheep Shagger Scotch AleSheep Shagger Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Atron67 on 02-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
301
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 104
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin firmness that skims the top, staying richer on the edges, and leaving back a light smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, light smoky roast, and earthy citrus, which all combine to give this a sweet toasted tanginess in the nostrils.

The taste is rich with caramel, brown sugar, roasted chocolate malts, and plenty of citric hops but with lower bitterness levels. Sticky fruit and malt hang in the backend of the profile, as a touch of smoke and dry earth linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creaminess that spreads out into the mouth. There's a little bit of a chewier feel underneath from that almost 8% ABV but I'm shocked out how smooth this is going down for the overall size.

This one took me a bit by surprise, with rich, full, flavors and a great drinkibility for a larger beer. This is one of the better American Craft versions of the style that I've had and was quite enjoyable. This is a good one from Tyranena.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 7.5%abv is a nice touch.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...Originally had at a 3/6 DC tasting thanks to Tom (CaptainCougar on RB).

a - Pours a murky dark copper/amber color with little head and carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, as well as chocolate and some malts.

t - Taste is very similiar to the smell, dominated by malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Also a little bit of booziness to it.

m - Medium body with high carbonation, actually pretty easy to drink.

d - Overall another decent Scotch ale. Some nice malt and dark fruits taste to it. I would have liked it a little better if it wasn't as boozy, but it wasn't overpowering. I would try it again.

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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 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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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of Duff27
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tyranena Sheep Shagger

Clear, auburn-hued, fierce carbonation,... very small head, but brisk, and bristling.

Nose is all malt, all Scotch malt?... sweet and dusky, some vanilla, and caramel, toffee, ...a little bit of whiskey notes, too. Not a bit of hops.

Drinking it... more of the same, vanilla and toffee, big time whiskey flavor. Smooth and malty. Stays sweet for a while, then lays low, mellows out, gets dry in the finish.
Tasty stuff, with a sharp spark up front, followed by mellow malt, sweet and lovely stuff, indeed. Tas-tee.Deep, rich and delicious.

Despite protestations on the label copy about the meaning of "sheep shagger", Colonel Carmichael is looking awfully familiar with his lamb.

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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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 fredmugs
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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