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

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
"A full and richly flavored ale."


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
An amber beer with a fine though disappearing head. The aroma is sweet malty with clear notes of yeast and caramel. The flavor is somewhat weird; sour and with a weird hop note. It starts out sweet malty but then gets dominated by sour oranges.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2004
Promising hoppy aroma with notes of unripe apricots. The flavour is slightly watery and sour in the unfat way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4148) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2003
More body than an average pale ale this is pleasantly malty with gentle citrus flavours making for a an allround well balanced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2003
Everything was above average in this ale: beutiful deep golden/amber color, wonderful foamy head, aroma of herbs, lemons and chewy malts. Fantastic yeasty, citric, malty and hoppy flavors. Its complexity and elegance was truly amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
Nice! Though the Black Sheep Brewery has disappointed me regularly, this beer possesses a citrusy sourness and maltiness that elevates it above the pack. You could make a good square meal out of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2003
Malty aroma with hints of banana. Copper hue with a decent white foamy head. Malty initial taste with very pleasant herbal hoppy after taste, smashing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (631) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2003
sweet malty nose, amber hue, moderate head, sweet malty taste, hints of raisins

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5346) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Nice raisin fruit, but the bargain basement syrupy malt body is off putting. An OK bitter, but lacks life in the bottle. Good hop finish. Some good points and some bad points. Fairly average. Another thought: The traditional Yorkshire yeast is a lazy bugger, leaving lots of syrup in the brew. The Yorkshire Squares system of reactivating the yeast is designed to reduce the syrup quality but keep a firm mouthfeel and body. Sam Smith do it with ease, but Paul Theakston seems yet to have mastered the technique.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4365) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2002
Lovely malty ale with a typical English beer head. Palatable and flavoursome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2002
I agree with the lemony hop aroma, like mutant says, has a resiny, citrusy bittersweet flavour,malty, quite bitter and almost quite acidic finish aswell, actually quite complex and interesting, and even though i had it from the bottle, i reckon it almost had a kind of cask character to it.


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