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


on tap

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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."

Matts_Property's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAY 9, 2011
On tap at the Drill Inn. Pours a cloudy amber colour. Not too much to say. Standard UK bitter really. Almost tastes like mushrooms! Actually didn’t think it was that bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (697) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2015
Draught at Toby Carvery in Keighley. Pale gold pour with a small, lasting head. Very little aroma. Nice smooth, typical bitter. Not exciting, but not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchad56 (181) - - AUG 13, 2015
Cask Bidford - yellowish amber with white head which maintains good lacing throughout. No carbonation, smooth in mouth and on tongue. Only weak aroma - slightly bitter taste which lasts. Ok - another easily drinkable bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1557) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Cask at the Free Press, Cambridge. Copper, clear with a flimsy cream head and mega-lacing. Plentiful carbonation though. One-dimensional but by no means disappointing smell: malt, malt and more malt. The sturdy sweetness of the malt asserts in the sip, with plenty of buttering hop near the end. Bitter finish is fairly long. Some caramel, toast, hazelnut, rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste. Well above the average bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
7th July 2015: hand-pulled cask pint in the Kings Heath Cricket Club, Birmingham. Smooth feel to the brew, deep amber body, creamy head that stayed around. Nice blend of flavours: fruity, malty and semi-sweet in the mouth, the aroma hinting of what is to come. The hops come into play towards the end of each sip giving a mildly dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Weefannybaws (130) - Barrhead, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2015
Pint in The Osprey, Newton Mearns. Light golden ale with creamy head. Hoppy aroma. Slight toffee taste with bitter finish. Perfect to sup with crisps or nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
4.4% Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2015. Clear brown amber colour lasting beige head. Caramel yeasty aroma. Some hop on finish. Good balance of yeast malt and hop. Good drying peppery hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5957) - 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 (1866) - 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 (37) - 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.

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