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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 maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see the Tyranena is mixing it up even outside the BGW! series these days, I have a Down 'n' Dirty waiting in the fridge too. For now, a Sheep Shagger. Sheep Shagger. The fourteen year old boy in me thinks that's funny.

Pours a lovely clear crimson, with a deltas worth of sediment perfectly suspended in the brew. Nice to put over the lip too, a mix of caramel, sweet malt, & faint tang of scotch.

Sheep Shagger didn't thrill my Scotch Ale fan wife, but I could get behind this. Massive caramel malts conquer the taste buds & overwhelm any subtleties that might be present. Sweet as puddin' with a french kiss of scotch-ee flavor, too, that moves in nicely towards the end. The hop bite is present, but barely, I don't even see any teeth marks. Really all it does is prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Pretty flat for a mid-7% brew, but that's what makes it dangerous. I could suck this down through a crazy straw. Sweet, touch of the homeland, makes me want to gulp. Oh hell, restraint is overrated anyhow.

Very good beer. Glad to know the crew in Lake Mills is cranking out new stuff & even better to find out that it's as good or better than the old stuff. Keep it coming!

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Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A rigorous pour delivers a copper, reddish body that is somewhat translucent when held up to the light. A white one finger head rises and fades to a lace after a couple of minutes. Faint amounts of carbonation are visibly rising to the top of the glass.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts and some bread notes are also present. Rich caramel and toffee notes are present. A nice overall sweetness and a good balance but nothing that really jumps out and grabs you. Very enticing though.

T - Lots of malts standout up front with some bready notes as well. Caramel, toffee, and some other sweet notes are present along with a slightly boozy aspect as well. I would like to see more malts, toffee and caramel, but for the most part the beer is solid and continues to improve as it warms.

M - Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Malts are the dominating aspect of this beer as it enters the mouth. A nice balance of toffee and caramel notes is followed by some carbonation. Finish is slightly boozy but becomes less noticeable as the beer warms.

D - This is not the best scotch ale I've had to date but it's a solid offering from Tyranena. I would like to see the malts, toffee, and caramel notes turned up and a little less booziness but considering there is almost 8% abv, it's rather impressive.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 spointon
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottled on 04Nov09.

A - Sheep Shagger pours a lightly cloudy bronzy amber with a two-finger cream-colored head. Ok retention and an arch of lace on one side of the glass.

S - Unmistakeably a Scotch ale by aroma. Classic earthy notes with a little blanket. Mild hops add a tiny grassy hint. Caramel and amber malts give a good base with a lingering sweetness.

T - Bold caramel and amber malts with a hefty sweetness give me a small startle. Very flavorful! Lots of earthy hops too. A pinch of grass and a little kiss of blanket.

M - Rich and smooth as velvet, it goes down like a dream. Moderate but distracting carbonation finish. Medium-bodied but full of flavor. I can't get over how smooth it is!

D - I wanted a six pack on the first sip. Very good. A fantastic example of the style and a delicious beer. The mouthfeel's smooth, soft texture aids in drinkability.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle int Tulip

A: nice but quickly dissipating head, rich reddish brown color, suggesting a kingly drink, a bit turbid from a bit of yeast that was still suspended

S: tootsie roll sweetness (often i use this as a bad thing but in this case, it is perfect), a bit of sharpness from hops but clearly the malt is the star in this thing

T: sweet, slight twang of cherry, then a heavy caramel sort of flavor..gets more robust on the caramel flavors as it warms

M: smooth, not cloying, near perfect carbonation to keep it fresh

D: This is a sipper that gets better as it warms...great post dinner beer on a cold night

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Photo of BTPete
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Bottle recieved as extra in a trade with a generous midwestern BA.

A: Dark brown/amber color. Vigorous pour produces nice but small head.

S: Sweet, caramel, boozy. Malt driven and bready.

T: Very smooth, caramel flovor with a lingering yeasty earthy flavor at end.

M: smooth and balanced. Fully bodied, nicely carbed for style I think.

D: Highly drinkable, nice 7.7% brew. Could have a few but inevitably the sweetness and ABV would catch up with me.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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 uwmgdman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a clear dark copper/light amber with a quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is very complex; sweet caramel, hints of roast and chocolate and there is also a bit of tobacco/earthy aroma. The flavor is initially loads of bittersweet malt with just a bit of carbonic bite. The flavor transitions to a slight roast with a bit of smoke and pleasant slightly dry finish. The carbonation is moderate with medium-full body. Overall a very complex, flavorful, well crafted brew. I bought a 6er and am glad - I will very much enjoy sipping each one.

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Photo of stangski83
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a cloudy glass of Single Malt Scotch. Very earthy aromas and a mild, but lingering, taste. Slight smoke hints and mild malts hide the 7.7% ABV. A pretty tasty effort from Tyranena. I still like Rocky's Revenge better, but certainly a good brew from Lake Mills, WI.

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Photo of alexgash
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a slightly murky ruddy copper with garnet highlights. Small, wispy, off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose of toasted malts, sugary fruits, singed caramel, smoky meats and peat bog. Toasted malts quickly give way to sweetish caramel and toffee. Slight earthy, smoky edge to an otherwise sweet palate. Mild grassy, herbal notes in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness (molasses). Medium body with a with a slightly under carbonated feel. Very nice though!

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Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm comparing this to other scottish style ales.

Pour is dark brown - chestnut color. Light tan head - gone quickly, but okay for this style.

Nose is sweet, some peat.

Entry is sweet - like a big amber ale...the peat I smelled is way in back. A kicked up amber or brown ale is what I'm thinking....

Nice flavors - nuts, raisins, chocolate malts. The peat and smoke build on flavor profile as it opens up.

A flavorful beer - not overly complex - but nice flavors.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mnjeff !

pour is deep copper with a light creamy head

light scotch and bourbon scents mixed with sweet caramelized malts. kinda light all around

scotch is very mild, not overpowering like so many scotch ales. nice sweetness holds the balance. light malty finish.

fuller than i had expected, has a good body on it.

this is quite easy to drink and not overpowering in any way. very well rounded!

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brunt orange color

S-Love it..earthy...rich toffee..

T-lacks the peaty notes in some versions but it has a wonderful earthy feel with a load of sweet candy toffee malt....very tasty..

M-Not as big as some but not lacking in body...highly drinkable yet substantial.

D-This is an enjoyable beer. Definitely would reach for these if they were more available by me in the winter...well done..

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness dating on the bottle, but its the current seasonal from tyranena.

A- this beer pours a murky reddish copper colored body with a small beige colored head that fizzes out to no more than crown in seconds. small spots of lacing left behind.

S- it starts out with sweet caramel malts. theres a bit of smoke. some chocolate, and some earthy hops as well. not bad.

T- roasted and sweet caramel malts. a lot more chocolate than i could smell. a nice balancing from the earthy hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with a nice subdued level of carbonation.

D- easy drinking beer from a style that i find fairly easy to enjoy. something ill be grabbing again before its off the shelves until next year. i liked this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice dark red color that is perfectly clear. A frothy head develops and retains itself nicely. This beer looks delicious... good start.

S: hints of vanilla are the first thing I notice which takes me by surprise. The vanilla melds into caramel malts and finishes with a touch of woody smokiness. I must say, after the nose and appearance of this beer, I am intrigued.

T: The taste is a bit different than expected based on the nose. It starts with a huge malty presence in the form of caramel, toffee, and smokey flavor which are followed by a faint hint of vanilla and heat from the alcohol. This is an incredibly complex Scotch ale and transforms as it gets warmer. This beer is definitely a malt bomb as I couldn't pick up any hops.

MF: medium to high carbonation, but not sharp on the tongue. Has a much thicker body than the appearance would suggest which works well for this beer.

D: This is another winner from Tyranena, a complex Scotch ale with loads of flavor. This is a nice sipping beer for a cold night. Highly drinkable and highly delicious.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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 dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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 SykDoc
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 beeronesse
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 Soneast
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up growler of this beer from Tyranena's tasting room tonight 2/28/09. It is limited availability in Wisconsin right now and only available at their tasting room and on tap at a select few bars..

Pours a dark copper color, the color of an aged penny. Has a 1-2" light brown colored head that forms a dense creamy layer, with moderate lacing, eventually dissipating to a bubbly ring.

I didn't pick up an incredibly strong aroma, but what I picked up consisted of a deep pungent, earthy sweet malt aroma with brown sugar on the nose and some toffee-ish notes making a presence right near the end.

Very rich malt flavors make up the majority of flavors, with a bit of nuttiness and brown sugars and just a hint of dark fruits near the end and a very mild smokiness, finishing mostly sweet, with a slight alcohol burn.

Medium to full bodied, thick, viscous, palate coating, malty goodness. A genuine "malt bomb."

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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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Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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