dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown with a tight offwhite head. Lightly carbonated. Coffee, crystal malt aroma’s, with a touch of English hop character. great body that really stands out. Some coffee flavours with a good balancing bitterness. Not outstanding, but very well made, and easy drinking.
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.
hub66 (169) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Belle couleur brun-rouge avec une petite mousse blanche; arômes de café et chocolat; goût bien équilibré entre douceur et amertume
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.
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.