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


on tap

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Cask; Regular.
Name changed from Special Ale to Ale in 2006.
"A full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops giving a bittersweet malty taste, followed by an uncompromisingly long, dry and bitter finish. This is the beer that is bottled as Black Sheep Ale."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gjkulverston (10) - kirkby stephen cumbria, - MAY 17, 2004
the beer was on was on tap and tasted ok not a great deal to say clear and bright with not a great deal of flavour as said befor its good but that about it will not be servering this on again in a hurry @ the kings head hotel Ravenstonedale cumbria uk

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 20, 2014
Cask at the Woodmans Rest, Solihull. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head and lots of clingy lace. The aroma is malt, light hop. The flavour is medium to light bitter with a light, slightly watery malt, strong hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation. Not so keen on the hop combo here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1631) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
Cask in some working mens club, Stockport, Greater Manchester. Clear darkish gold with a thick creamy white head. Malty aroma and floral hops. Taste is pretty much the same. Not offensive just boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VRobertovich (34) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Light amber beer, light-medium carbonation. A little oily on the palate. Nice caramel maltiness, followed by crisp citrus and peppery hops. Bit of a wierd doughy, buttery finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MissPxx (665) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very mild aroma but very strong hoppy taste. Hardly any head. Dark golden brown colour. Won't rush to have it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2025) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Cask red lion wetherby. Dark amber colour good whit head + lacing. Aroma is malts. Taste is sweet biscuit malts followed by good lingering bitter finish. Good body sot carbonation. One of the best mass produced colour bearers for Yorkshire bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (997) - ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask. Listed as "Black Sheep Special Ale". Dark tea coloured with thick off white head. Honeycomb and malt nose. Surprisingly hoppy taste with some floral notes. A little alcohol and tea. Quite a full taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2918) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, September 2013. Clear dark gold with white head. Robust fruity aroma and some honey. Sweet, a little malt and fruity English hops in the mouth. Medium body, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyLion (518) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Cask @ The Clarendon, Leicester. Your traditional brown coloured brown bitter. I really like black sheep best bitter as when I was a young man (read teenager) I loved black sheep best, so the brewery is nostalgic to me. That being said, This isn't exactly the best beer I've drunk and it has that muddy yeasty taste that black sheep has. And I don't live in Yorkshire any more so it's not exactly 10 a penny any more. I like it. Boring old mans beer that it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4920) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Cask at the Goose, Bracknell. Hazy golden amber with a dense white head; simple malty aroma; soft and malty in the mouth with some treacle toffee; then a light bitterness before a biscuity finish. A pleasant, straightforward Yorkshire bitter.

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