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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 (94) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5484) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Nice deep brown coloured body with a large, off-white head, about four centimetres tall. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, earth and a good dose of caramel sweetness from pure sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and earthy flavour from the malt with a touch of sugar, some light mushroom and musty flavours and some subdued chocolate flavours. Aftertaste is fairly minimal with just malt and a little sweetness and mostly toasted malt flavours, all with a relatively thin body. Overall, a decent beer, but not showing much complexity, or depth in flavours - just the malt and sugars and not much else. Still, nice to try, and i’m sure the age helped mute the flavours to some degree. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Super Market Liqours in Fort Collins, Colorado on 17-March-2016 for US$6,99 sampled at Shenandoah National Park on 14-May-2016. Bottled: 31-July-2014 // Purchased: 17-March-2016 // Sampled: 14-May-2016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
[Tap] Deep brown pour with a small amount of head on top. Aromas of peat, light smoke, earthy hops and some cocoa powder. Flavors of toffee, molasses, peat, wood smoke, earthy notes and grains. Decent balance. Gets kind of boozy as it warms. Pretty good overall. Tasting notes from 9/2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5682) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Light nutty nose. Flavors of caramel. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet malty finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5320) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Cabbage and tobacco nose with boozy cherry accents. Clear brown, thin head. Tobacco is dominant, but earthy potato and cranberry notes are also present. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Too vegetal to me. Aside from that I thought it was neat and would like to try it in a fresher condition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3614) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2014 vintage bomber.Rough pour into a thistle glass, yields a nice foamy billowing head, nutty, peaty aroma, very earthy . Taste brings in some malt sweetness, roast grains. Slick mouth feel , lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served showing a darkest brown color, with good clarity to allow ruby highlighting to show through, a presentable layer of brownish tan head froth, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was lightly roasted, with some sweetness, and touches of treacle, and dark fruit. Medium bodied and malty, with modest but suitable carbonation, the taste was similar to the nose, remained lightly roasted and moderately sweet, and further added defining notes of light peat smoke, toffee, and caramel, balanced by a moderate, earthy hop bitterness. A quite drinkable, hefty Scottish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1203) - - OCT 12, 2014
750ml bottle. Peaty, malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark fruit. Pours dark brown tinged in ruby with a thin tan head with some lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and dark fruit coming through nicely. Finishes smooth with a bit of dryness with wonderful smokey peat flavor. Nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3994) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Red/brown color. Peat nose, musty, with grassy and vegetal notes--like being in the ground as they’re chopping peat from the hill. Not especially sweet in the scheme of things (esp. for the style). Smoke comes out again in the flavor, but murkily. (At Ale Jail Anniversary Party 2014)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 On tap, poured into a shaker. Sweet cherry jolly rancher and raisin aromas come through with a slight cookie batter note. It pours a dark, opaque, brown-red with a soft, tan, gelatin head. Ample sheet lace is left on the glass and a medium-thick soft ring is retained with a dusty surface. The taste is a medium-high sweet and light bitter. It?s a chewy, full malty bodied beer, with a fizzy carbonation. Notes of candy, sweet cherry, oak, and cola come through. the finish is dry and astringent with a lingering, malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Nice peaty scotch ale. Full bodied and flavored. Sweet and smokey. A little too carbonated, but that’s just nitpicking. Dark fruit abounds as well. Nice brew...though steep in price."

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