Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Bitter
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Bottle; Pasteurised.
"Beers for bottling are drawn from brewery conditioning tanks and transported by road tanker to our bottlers. There they are chilled, stored for ten days, then filtered and bottled. At the end of the bottling process, the bottles are pasteurised, labelled and packed."
"Brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops, it is full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose. The bittersweet malty taste is followed by an uncompromising long, dry and bitter finish. This beer was the first, most successful, of all of our bottled beers."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Aroma: Toffee, caramel notes immediately upon pouring. Low level of hop aroma with a little bit of biscuity malt. Some trace sulphur notes. Appearance: Excellent clarity, darker gold color. Decent head retention, good-looking pint. Flavor: Flavor same as aroma, very minerally. Nothing special, pretty straightforward, but pleasant. Mouthfeel: Bitterness is pleasant but assertive. Mineraliness leaves a coating on the mouth, somewhat acidic. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, a little high for style. Overall: Very drinkable, nice session ale, but donít expect too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 28, 2004
Cloudy orange with big bubbles and a white head. Tinny, floral, roasted aroma. Medium hop bite with an acidic mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Pretty bitter-a strange bitter flavor I've not tasted before. Not bad, but for some reason the elements in this beer didn't come together for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
Black sheep ale in 500ml brown bottle which is the only type I've found in London.Pleasant cereal aroma.Pours a clear amber with big cream coloured head which quickly thins down.Fresh,hoppy,not very complex flavour with full mouthfeel and long bitter finish. A very pleasant beer which encourages another. Does well with a lunchtime roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swiseman (444) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
had the bottled Black Sheep Ale version; fruity aroma - frothy head. nice reddish-orange color. Fresh taste like many amber ales, but a rather bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pours a hazy orange, with a big white head. Very fruity aroma, with licorice dominating. Not a very complex beer, mild at first, with a quick, bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 13, 2004
(on bottle)On the bottle are hops printed into the glass and I understande why. The dark, orangepeelcolored brew has a big twing in the aftertaste of hops. The aroma is kind of fruity(aple and grass) and the beer is, overall, a kind thirstkiller.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a translucent copper color with a thick off-white head. Has a wet grass and tea leaf aroma with a creamy mouth feel. Has a sweet, creamy flavor at first and then turns more bitter towards the end of the glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2004
(Bottled) Amber color with a big, foamy head. Very faint, slightly smoky and malty aroma. The flavor is sweetish and malty at first, but soon turns to bitter and slightly metallic, while quickly fading away. Syrupy and sticky, light to medium-bodied palate. A typical British ale without much character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1634) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2004
Rocky white head towers above the rim of the glass. Orangy chestnut body. Fruity flavor with tea-like notes. Well rounded finish hides hop character that sneaks up on you. Good but slightly lacking in malt character.

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