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


on tap

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RATINGS: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6520) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Big, thick sticky white head on top of a bright orange pour. Not picking up much in the aroma, a little bit of toffee sweetness perhaps. Very smooth bitter flavor with a creamy mouthfeel,good balance of hops and malt - with neither stealing the show. Slight nutty taste, if I had to sum it up. Tastes stronger than 4.4 ABV. Would be good for session purposes. Decent Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Bottle. Huge head with a very clear, light amber color. Thin mouthfeel. Smells like oak and some mushrooms. Taste is full of malt and dirt. The taste also has minerals. My third substandard brew from Black Sheep.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Pours cloduy orange with a medium off white head. Big carbonation. Aroma of malt and some fruit. Malty, fruity taste. A little grape. Finishes bitter. A nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Aroma is mainly yeasty, wasn’t overly fond of it. Taste is earthy, a little bitter and a little bit metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottle. Copper colour w. nice head and lace. Fruity aroma. Not much flavour; little fruity (apples), light sourness, pleasent palate, bitter and watery finish. Cask, cockney pub: lacks flavor, thin. (5,3,5,3,10)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Poured well, nice copper color, with large white head. Strong smell and taste of hops, slight bitterish aftertaste. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
A bit of alright. Nice copper ale that smells of hops with a dry bitter taste. A good ale, but not particularly memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Bottled. A grassy smell to the mid brown beer which has a long lasting white head. The taste is very bitter with slightly lemony undertones. Not a special ale!Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 2.5, 3.0, 3.1 and 2.5. Average becomes 2.8.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Beautiful copper color with a thick frothy head. Fairly well balanced, with a little bit of bite, and a lingering bitterness. Impossible to pour without a head. In fact, drink half, put the beer glass in the fridge and go out for dinner, when you come back it’s still got a head on it! Enjoyable brew. Considering it’s only 4.4% that makes it almost a light beer, that alone gives it bonus points when you compare it to typical light beers. One of my favorites due to availability.

   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 don’t expect too much.

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