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 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 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 NuclearDolphin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown with a significant cloudy look to it. For some odd reason this beer looks "Thick"

Smell - Caramel, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Scotch, Toffee and Maple Syrup.

Taste - Maple Syrup, Vanilla and Caramel backed up with some strong malty flavors and slight floral hops. Not simple, but not what I would call complex. Regardless, it comes together very well.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty thick bodied but the carbonation is subdued so it's easy to drink and it feels creamy as well!

Overall - It's got a good flavor to and its very easy to drink. It's good to have when you're thristy and is perfect for any occasion. Definitely will be buying this again in the future!

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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 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 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 samie85
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with two and a half fingers of thick off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and Munich malt notes with some earthy hops.

Follows the nose with Munich malt, chocolate and caramel and a delicate bitterness.

Rich and full side of medium-bodied with low, prickly carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, even though it departs from all examples of the style that I've had.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes Jan 14 2012

Pours a clear dark amber almost brown.

Smell is spicy malt, toffee, and a little sweet

Taste is very smooth. It is a malt bomb all the way, sweet toffee, caramel and even a little bitter at the end but not a hop bitter.

Very decent scotch ale I am glad to have tried it.

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

On tap at Twenty Tap in Indy. Poured a very nice deep brown with red tinges, and some nice head, though little lacing. Very deep malty scent with a very earthy and jerky hop undertone at the end. Big caramel flavors! Thick and malty, very sweet, with some nice peat underneath as well and a bit of jerky hop finishing. Goes down well, but there is some alcohol heat.

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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 KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark copper colored with no real head to it

Rich and pungent aromas of malts, coffee, liqueur, and some hot caramel as well

full bodied with a rich feel. Almost feels like a stout, but still a scotch ale. The feel is really good along with flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel

Does have a stout quality to it, but that's not really a negative. The feel is really good and the aromas are really good as well. This is a quality scotch ale and shows no booziness that they sometimes can do

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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 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 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 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 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 DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. "BOTTLED ON 28OCT10" stamped onto the neck of the bottle. Thanks to beveritt for sending this and umpteen-hundred other new-to-me beers my way.

A- Pours a deep copper. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which gradually fades into a thin cap.

S- Quite smoky and roasty, with a load of caramel and scotch-sweet maltiness. Light earthy-hop aroma.

T- Full on caramel and toffee malty sweetness, countered nicely by the roasty, smoky notes. Bitterness is fairly low. Very nice.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium-full feel. A light touch of alcohol warming.

O- Very good. Pleasing aroma and flavor. An excellent brew.

Future outlook: My limited exposures to Tyranena have been quite positive, so it's too bad I can't buy them here. Can feel my appreciation for Wee Heavies/Strong Scotch ales really increasing recently.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours deep cooper with thin tan head. Aroma has nice sweet malts, some peat?, caramel and alcohol. Taste is similar. Medium bodied with a slick texture and smooth finish. The bourbon is not overstated-its provides some nice warmth as it goes down. To me, the star is the caramelley goodness of the beer. Mmmmm. I would love more of this

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Photo of plfahey
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with reddish highlights and brilliant clarity. Moderate beige head with moderately good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Wide range of malt character-Bread crusts, dark bread, toast, caramel, and some light roasted malt and chocolate. Hint of smokiness. No hops.

Flavor-Caramel, bread crusts, and just a hint of roasty chocolate up front. The finish shows a long, drawn out complex maltiness, with toasted bread leading the charge. Flavor finishes semi-sweet, with nothing really coming in to cut the malt sweetness. Light alcohol in the finish, but more in the way of warmth than flavor.

Mouthfeel-Meduim full to full, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich. Low alcohol warmth in the finish.

I would personally like to see a further developed caramel flavor, and a hair less roast/toast, but Sheep Shagger is quite good, and drinks pretty easily for a beer of this heft.

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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 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 wheatyweiss
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle into a tulip.

Pours and impressively deep mahogany with a nice fluffy if thin head. Sticky legs and lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is of peaty malt, mildly smoky with a dextrose brown sugar rider.

Taste is earthy malt, sweet and roasty. Middle brings peaty, smoky flavor followed by sweetness on the finish. Big malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied, but not overly so. Carbonation lends a prickliness to the tongue that cuts the sweetness. Luxuriously smooth on the tongue gives a nice creaminess.

Overall a very tasty SA with an ABV that is hardly discernible.

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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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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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