chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with an immense fluffy head. Nose is of wild honey and embers. Medium body with a bit of a tannic finish. Taste is quite roasty with a sour note.
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of malts and bananas. brown body with some carbonation w/ a small light brown head. taste of malts ,roasted nuts, a bit of coffee and yeast. palate is the only thing that bugs me about it as it is a bit hoppy on the finish. this is a good winter beer.
...on a side note, let this one warm up a bit before drinking. Much better as it gets warmer.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown and amber coffee ale looked fairly subdued in my glass with a quickly disappearing head. Its aroma of malt and hops was slight, but I attributed that to it being colder than needed for serving. The flavor seemed to balance well between the malts, water, and hops so I decided to wait for it to warm up. Twenty minutes later, it came to life with a maltier taste than I expected. It turned out to be a good ale for me.
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red, almost black with a frothy head, lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, notes of coffee and yeast. Flavours are coffee, malt and metal - remember when you were a kid and stuck your tongue on the monkey bars? Well this is what it reminded me of......
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good Strong ale... roasted coffee finish is wonderful. A little mild for a Strong ale, but very tasty. A good intro beer to the style.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beer! Pleasant balance of hops & malts. Mild fruitiness.
christhoel (165) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark bourbon clear colour under a large size, fine bubbled mid-beige lasting head. Sweetish caramel malt ’n smokey oak aroma. Medium smooth body carrying a serious tangy, ’in your face’ bitter start. Lighter caramel sweet malt and nutty flavours with some recurring smokey woody character. Strongish bitter finish and aftertaste. Very pleasant drinking. Nice.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fine strong ale. The aroma is simply stunning - malt, hops, nutty and a hint of coffee. Pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. Lovely flavours - again, the malt and hops shine through, with subtle background tastes (coffee, nutty). Smooth on the palate with lingering tastes. Overall, a fine nutty brown elixir. Serve at or slightly below room temperature.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown, coke-like liquidm slightly see-through. pours a foamy head that disappears. the aromascape is dark and hidden, containing malt and dark sweet tones; hint of caramel and chocolate, bread, herb/seaweed qualities, dough and earth, moist leaves. The taste is rather awesome to be honest. The sweetness changes from honey-sweet to a wide, open and mild chocolate sweetness. this dances with the bitterness that is mild but nicely uplifts the malt. The sourness is gentle but not weak; its lifts up its head nicely when you seem to forget it was there. The palate makes this work even better by having a medium body with a surprisingly thick, oily texture. the carbonation is spot on, keeping things alive but not overwhelming anything. If the aroma was more open or intriguing, it would uplift everything a notch. A good beer, a good experience after tasting boring and bland beers one after another. Best beer so far from Black Sheep that I’ve tasted.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20