#SheepEater #ScotchAle – #ThirstyThursday – @GrandTetonBrew

Regular Thirsty Thursday readers will know that I am a fan of the beers of Grand Teton Brewing Company. I first purchased a beer from GTBC when I saw a […]

Regular Thirsty Thursday readers will know that I am a fan of the beers of Grand Teton Brewing Company. I first purchased a beer from GTBC when I saw a 6-pack of Bitch Creek and had to buy it. Fortunately for me it was a good beer.

Back in 2009 we tasted Sheep Eater Scotch Ale for the first (and only) time. Being one of the most popular specialty brews that GTBC has made, they have received numerous requests to bring it back. Well, 5 years later, they have.

This time the Sheep Eater is in the cellar reserve. For those that are new to the beer world, cellar reserved are beers aged in a cellar (or at least a cool room). As a Scotch ale it comes in with a lower IBU at 21 so you get just a taste of the hops while being able to focus on the maltiness. It packs a bit of a punch at 7.5% ABV.

The first sip of this beer and I was reminded of the delicious flavors from five years ago. The maltiness gave a sweet flavor that was reminiscent of Samichlaus. On the nose you get a sweet molasses aroma. On the front end you get a sweet malty flavor and then it is followed by a rich molasses flavor with just a hint of smokiness. This is a delicious beer, especially for those that are fans of malty beers.

If you are looking for this beer, you better snatch up your bottles while you can because it won’t sit on the shelves for very long, if at all. This beer is my pick for Best Beer of 2014. It is a nice change of pace in a beer market that is full of hoppy beers (and I am a hop head).

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