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 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 tapman
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a fairly small head that subsides into a quick, thin lace. Filtered and adequately carbonated.

Smell is a little smoky, toasty, roasty, a little bit of unsweetened chocolate and maybe a small herbal hoppiness in the waaay back. Also some rye bread crust.

This one is all about the finish for me. Up front a little thin for me with a thick coat of barley malt coating my mouth, but this flavor mellows into a rich, creamy caramel. The caramel in this brew is dissimilar to most caramel in that it is supported by a lot of extra maltose and comes off closer to its candy counterpart. A surprising hop tang makes an appearance in the finish with some chocolatey notes as well.

Silky smooth. A little dry in the finish. Yum. I love maltose.

A fine beer, kinda light, but with veritably no traces of alcohol in the taste.

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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 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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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 BMoney575
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12-30-10

Pours a mostly clear brown/amber color, with a fizzy off white head and thick rings of lacing.

Smell is very roasty, buttery, lots of mild peat and malt sweetness. Very enjoyable and complex, if a little on the sweet side.

Taste is tons of roasted malt, just like the smell. The hops add a pleasant bitterness, but don't overwhelm the thick, caramel malt. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy, goes very well with the big malt flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness does build, and becomes a little tiring at the end.

Overall, a very good example of the style, and well worth trying.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on a trip to Wisconsin on the recommendation of some fellow ba's.

A - I love the color of scotch ales. This one looks great - nice full ruby/brown hue. Its not got much head though.

S - deeply roasted malts on the nose up front, hint of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel undertones.

T - The roasted malts come through big time on the taste, and you get a bit of a buttery finish. It's not very complex, but the simple things about it are pretty nice.

M - Mouthfeel is light and thin, though not terribly so. It's got a hint of creaminess, which is a bit odd considering the lightness.

D - Quite drinkable, pretty smooth, and nothing offensive.

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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 jera1350
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a thin tan head that does leave some nice lacing.

Sweet malt with some peat notes and a hint of smoke.

Pretty sweet malt with toffee notes. Light roasty Malta with a light peaty scotch presence. A little spice presence.

Chewy feel with creamy carbonation. Medium bodied.

A really nice example of the style. Drinks well and is highly recommended.

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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 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 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 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 nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body is a dark caramel coloration. The head was short lasting biege coloration. Specks of foam mark this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: A very mellow malty nose, vanilla, caramel, sweet and husky a bit of smokey peat and the suggestion of a hint of whiskey.

Taste: Good delivery on the aroma. Huge very mellow and sweet vanilla, caramel with a bit of whiskey in the flavor nice drying out at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Creamy and smooth medium bodied beer. The alcohol is not felt in the flavor or the mouthfeel. This is a very smooth and wiked beer nearing 8%. Kind of makes me grin sheepishly!

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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 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 BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish-brown with huge fluffy head that disappears with a few minutes.

S: sweet toffee, nuts, and subtle smoke.

T: bourbon barrel, toffee, nutty, but smooth.

M: Needs a little more carbonation to hold solid head.

D: Nice beer, above average the alcohol is subtle so one could down quite a few before it catches up with you.
Solid session beer.

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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 mariposafan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with one finger of head that fades to very persistent lacing. The body is a bright, dark amber and very clear. A little more head on the pour would have looked better.

The smell is sweet, malty and rich. Some dark fruit smells round it out.

The taste is very nice. Malty, slightly sweet with some floral notes from hops but nothing untoward. Moderately rich with some toffee and vanilla flavors. None of the smokiness that some American Wee Heavies seem to lean toward.

Super creamy mouthfeel with nice, smooth carbonation. Once again, the word that comes to mind is rich, but not too rich.

Drinkability is very good, though the richness militates against the idea of having too many at one sitting.

One of the nicer Scotch Ales I've tried and likely to become a staple in my beer pantry.

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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 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 hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to maximum12 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 11/4/09 into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Reddish-brown with a spotty head that disappears into next to nothing.

S: Not much going on here. Maybe the beer's too cold?

T: This one mellowed out a lot - a lot has been lost in the flavor profile due to age. I get some caramel, smoke, and a spicy and bitter finish.

M: The carbonation held up really well - there's almost too much of it. Drinks really dry too.

D: The best feature of this beer. For 7.7% you could slug pints of this at the bar all night and not even notice it (or be full for that matter).

Overall, I'm more of a fan of the Brewer's Gone Wild series from Tyranena.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Opaque and thick, but not hazy. Little to no head formation. Just a light white film.

S - Massively malty - lots of caramel and toffee malts. Some peaty malt notes comes through as well.

T - Starts off with caramel malts, mega malty sweetness. Mid-stream the peaty earthy and smoky malts come in. Finishes with more sweetness, and just a hair of the grainy notes. Light amount of phenolic burn in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied beer, thick, creamy, clinging, and cloying. Sugars stick to the tongue. Carbonation is almost not present to the tongue.

D - Easy drinking for a scotch ale. Flavors are well integrated, albeit the sweetness perhaps can get to be too much. Not filling - ABV is pretty zingy as well.

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