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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Sheep Eater Scotch Ale was brewed to showcase the role of malt in the flavor of beer and brewed in strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law.

Scotch Ales are some of the world’s most flavorful beers. Scotland’s cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats, but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly.

The yeast must work at cooler temperatures than is customary for ales, resulting in maltier, cleaner, less fruity or estery, beers. The color often comes from black roasted malt, which imparts some dryness, but because of the lower attenuation and hopping rates, Scottish ales are almost always slightly sweet and incredibly drinkable.

Ours was brewed with black roasted barley, biscuit and peat-smoked malt. It was gently hopped, fermented cool and aged cold for weeks for smoothness. It is copper-brown in color, with some sweet maltiness and plenty of body.

Try it with ham, roast pork or chicken, roasted vegetables or venison, crème brulee or, most traditionally, Scottish butter shortbread cookies.

tfratzke's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
tfratzke (51) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle cellared since 2010. Aroma of caramel and bourbon vanilla. Appearance is a clear ultra dark reddish brown. Taste is toasted caramel, bourbon, some vanilla. Sweet yet pretty good considering it’s age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
A nice scotch ale. Pours a dark mahogany. Aromas are bread, dried fruit and caramel. Similar malty qualities. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1654) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Deep murky brown pour with a small tan head. Nose is full of toasted bread, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and earthiness. Flavor is similar with a low carbonation and balanced thick body. Pretty good with the age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2317) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with thin filmy tan. head that sticks lightly. Aroma is heavy wood, toasted caramel, dark fruitiness, and a hint of booze. Taste follows, wood is mellowed by the intense sweet maltiness, lots of dark fruit and toffee that lingers. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9088) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle @ Ben and Greg’s apartment. 2009 Vintage from Dan’s basement. Pours a dark orangish brown appearance with a thin tan head. Somewhat oxidized, kind of smoky, caramel, burnt aroma. Toffee, brown sugar, meaty smoky, light oxidized flavor. I was expecting the worst but this isn’t bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Big, sweet, carmelly beer. Pours brown with good head. Big malt, slight roast, good full finish without being heavy. I think it’s good for the style, just not my favorite category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1527) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark maroon.
  Aroma: Aroma of light caramel.
  Taste: Caramel malt, faint hop, faint smoke.
    Palate:Medium light body

Summary: Thanks Ben for bringing this one! Really enjoyed it, nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1002) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2012
1 liter brown swingtop bottle. Dense brown with white head. Smokey malty aroma. Full body with big malty flavor. Slightly sweet flavor balance. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2012
(bottle - 2009 release) deep brown, hints of red, light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, some dark fruit. Flavor is sweet roast malt, caramel, some smoke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges underneath a small, beige head that’s rather on the sudsy side.

Smell: A grainy edge atop sweetish caramel, figs, and, oddly enough, a hint of orange peel. Moistened cardboard and spirits round out the Sheep Eater.

Taste: A similar grainy start to the taste, some caramel brushed toast slices, and that papery, oxidized element jumping right in. Lightly fruity. Some alcohol hints, seemingly more than one would expect given the listed ABV percentage. Faint spiciness, some curious woodsy tones, and a smidgen of peat. All these things are butting their heads, disjointedly vying for your attention in finish. It culminates into just an odd taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: He’s dead, Jim.

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