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


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
"A full and richly flavored ale."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (11963) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
Bottled, 500ml, pasteurised. From Tesco, Banbury. Gold to amber beer with slight white head, carbonated. Sharp, slightly chemical flavoured beer with thin mouth, palate. Some hoppy character but little to go on. Pretty average beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle. Thin. Minerally malt flavours and enough bitterness to be drinkable. Quyite fizzy and suffers from being in a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2007
A good best bitter style, nice burnt gold in colour, the white head dies slowly and leaves an attractive lace. The palate is initially quite sweet but that fades and is replaced by a gentle bitterness that lingers awhile. Morrisons Carlisle...or was it Asda????

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Page 62 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. Had this beer at the brewery just a yards away from the Yorkshire squares.Leafy, herbal, dry and complex. Only 176 of MJ’s 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
Sweet cereal nose with a slight peppery undertone. Pours pure copper with a quickly disappearing head and good lacing. Taste is excellent - some honey, some grapefruit/citrus, and a long bitter finish with just a hint of acidity at that level that enhances rather than detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle, amber with a thick foamy off-white head. A strong sweet fruity aroma - like peaches. A hoppy, light bitter palate, sweet fruity flavours again. Pretty good actually, though a little sweet to drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Pours clear amber with decent white head which dies quickly. Sweetness and grapefruit aroma. Tangy, refreshing - citrus hop flavours predominate with some soft malt beneath. Prickly mouthfeel, Some warmth on the swallow. Finish sharp and bittersweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dj (548) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle, 500ml. A clear amber colour with a small head. Aroma is biscuity malt, a touch of floral hops and grapefruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt with caramel and a touch of citrus hoppiness in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation. A fairly refreshing bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2007
Bottled. Clear orange-red pour. Thinly headed, becoming headless, but aggressively fizzy. Some stale vegetable nuttiness in the snout. A sniff of dogbasket. Some ganja-ish leafy hops as it reaches room temperature. Papery, cardboard vegetable maltiness verging towards drainpour territory, with a simplistic bite of hop bitterness in the finish. A lick of metal. Creamy malt afters. Exceptionally bog standard bottled bitter with all the character boiled out of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2007
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with is typical Black Sheep. That is safe and a little dull. Very English in aroma and smell and balancedness of malt and hop. But really plain and unexciting. Maybe fruitier than its stable mates, but moving on......

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