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

bottled
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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jeronimus99 (35) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 6, 2001
Everything is good in this beer, everything. Beautiful and classic English ale, one of the best Iíve ever had! Recommended!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lickmygooch69 (11) - - JAN 1, 2014
Perfect beer for a perfect man. Need I say more? If you want, fight me. I challenge you. It made me tear up while drinking (i also had dust in my eye)

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
I don’t know why this has such a low rating, this is like my favourite beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
This is an excellent, very well-balanced, dry, flavourful bitter. It is a copper-amber with a big, thick, dense, of-white head that lasts and slowly reduces to a smaller head that never diminishes, leaving some lacing. The aroma is plums, malt, toasted grain. The taste has definite, moderate bitterness up front but with a sweet balance and the two are very well balanced, leaving the beer with a definite bitterness but one that is nicely backed up and it is very dry and crisp. It tastes of toasted grain with a hint of caramel, the palate is tingly and lively with a long, smooth finish that is neverthless crisp and, as the bottle says, "bittersweet." The finish is clean with a pine bitterness balanced with grain and mild sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Poured a dark amber with amber tinged head and lace. Bitter hops on the nose. Creamy smooth palate with an initial impression of what I would call olive. A veritable bouqet of hops and silky malty biscuitness fill the mouth. This was so smooth and drinkable that Iím finally starting to "get" English Ales. Sure it doesnít have the heaviest, most gnarly, mouthfeel but itís meant to be a session ale, no?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 25, 2007
Wicked nose of sweet spices, flowers, dried apricots, resin, and wheat; very fruity. Pours a sparkling golden. The slow cascade meanders into a tall fully lasting tight off-white head that is creamy and leaves very good lace. The flavor is malty with light acidity, and a lovely raisinish finish. Superior with great complexity combined with great balance. The perfect body is medium, creamy, super soft, and an astringent feel to the finish. Exceptional! Grossly underrated IMHO.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
aroma of malts and not much else(but this is not a bad thing). golden/light brown color with a little carbonation and very small off white/light brown head. good lacing. ok, I have to say that I enjoy a good "bitter" and hot damn! this is excellent! flavor of malts a little bit oí hops and maybe a touch of caramel. very,very,very, smooth palate with a hint of the bitter after taste. this is by far my favorite bitter out of a bottle. I WILL be getting more of this and I MUST be carefull because this is very easy to drink. LOVE IT!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodies_Best (260) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2012 Light amber, creamy head but very flat. Caramel sweet malty honey aroma. Gentle bitter hops finish. Velvety honey taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mulldog (13) - Rochdale, Lancashire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Always a lovely aroma and so very palatable too. Alcohol content is just right to give it a nice kick. You canít go wrong with Black Sheep.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2003
I'm into this! Crystal clear amber, with a dense white head. Sticks to the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is soothingly fruity and a bit floral, with a pronounced malty presence. Beer has a wonderful medium to full bodied pale maltiness, moderate carbonation, with a bit of goldings, and maybe some fuggles, hopping. I'm not usually a fan of goldings hops, but it seems to have other varieties added, which serve to downplay the goldings flavor and give a full complement of hoppiness. Some toffee, a bit of fruit, and a hint of breadiness. I'll easily get this again.


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