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


on tap

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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
Aroma of hops and tea leaves. Thin head over a clear orange colored ale. Malts and plum in the flavor....bitter finish, boring and uninventive. Average, at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
Pours a dark amber body with off white head. Aroma is malty and bitter, almost unpleasant. Commercial description says fruit, but I am not getting that at all. Taste is bitter, still, and slightly sweet. nice tongue tingle and mouth feel. A little disappointing overall though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13638) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Bottled
Deep amber brown color. Beautiful off-white head with big bubbles, lace. Aroma is metallic, slightly hoppy. Quite thin body. Bitter aftertaste with some toffee in it. Propably a good session beer. (4/4/7/3/12 3.0)
Re-rated, bottle (BB 03/2005)
Dark reb with brown head. Mild barley aroma. Hoppy-bitter with roasted tones. Welldone bitter. (5/4/6/3/12 3.0)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Orange-copper body and big foamy white head. Nutty aroma of toasted English malts. Starts with some fresh maltiness and leads to a woody/herbal hop flavor in the finish. Also has a metal phenolic quality, but not overly detracting. A decent bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Good session brew. Nice copper color, nice nutty malt character, bit of butterscotch as well. Finishes with a crisp bitterness. Is a bit metallic, but still good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Could easily see this as a session ale not only by a relatively low or middle of the road ABV, but with its clean, crisp bitterness. Perhaps leaning near a metallic finish, but not close enough to bother me. I rather like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2004
color is hazy coper/medium golden, head is white, and adequate, somewhat lasting. apple and butter in the aroma, moderately hoppy aroma. flavor is apple, hops are dry and taste a little like dirt. finish is somewhat tea-like..this would make a fine session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Hazy golden brown, thin lacy white head. Slight skunk. A little bitterness, but quite a mild dry mellow beer. Some floral notes in nose and flavor. As it warms it releases a bit more flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoestring (302) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Bottled from Asda. Lovely rich deep tan colour. Short lasting lovely foamy head.First mouthful was tasty and a tangy , zesty flavour was left when swallowed. Had a couple of bottles, and it left me wanting more. A good sign. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Very refreshing indedeed.Will now be a regular of mine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2004
Dark golden with large rocky white head. Weak roasty aroma with small notes of pear. Thin body. Some roasted coffee in flavour with some sour notes. Too thin for me.

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