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

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
"A full and richly flavored ale."


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2002
Black Sheep never lets me down. Dig the label art with squared cow. deep apricot/bronze colour, topped by a big lumpy head that leaves nice lacework as you go. spicy, floral, caramel nose. didn’t get a lot of fruit in this like omhper, i got more fresh green veges, not unlike their holy grAle. Big herbal, spicy hop flavour dominates, but there’s enough white chocolateish sweet barley to soften things out, as well as an earthy bitterness and a bit of nuttiness. Light textured and very easy to drink. Mine was 3 months past the ’best by’ date: I reckon this would be pretty damn good fresh after a bracing stroll along the moors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Impressive fluffy, foamy pour even from bottle. Aroma is a lightly toasted malt with hints of hops and smooth caramel. Light to medium bodied palate is smooth with a biscuity caramel malt. Some comparisons of butter smoothness to its more famous relative. A little toasty dryness balances well as does the mild hop bitterness in the finish. Rounds out satisfyingly smooth with a good complexity of subtley lingering flavors. A close friend told me that one of his friends designed the label for this one. I’d already mentioned that I thought it was tacky before I found out.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4124) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, discovered two of these in one of my stash piles that I had not checked for a while, best before 28th Sep 2007, drank now, as I review, 26th Sep 2007. Poured into a pint sleeve, the label says drink at 13 degrees C. I am doing just that. Good colour for a pale ale? (I think its a bitter) Light terracotta with a firm white head, a fine looking beast. Malty, hoppy, yeasty mix in the smell, add sweetness from seaside rock and you are half way there. Solid more than exciting taste, bitter yet a sweetness is in there too, complexed and complicated. It grows on you as you get used to it. This beer is very drinkable, the sweetness and bitterness mixture seems to blend well. As the beer warms up it becomes even more complexed both in taste and aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
Orange coloured. Malty, fruity, nutty, funky & complex.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2534) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2002
Amber coloured, somewhat hazy. Light toffee-flavour. Chewy bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Hazy orange-amber color, with nice slightly white head. Great retention and lacing throughout. Lots of great malt aromas up front, but some yeastiness that follows right behind. Almost herbal aromas as well. Maltier up front, but there is a good hop presence as well as some of those herbal flavors picked up in the aroma. Medium MF, with a lot of carbonation for the style. I didn’t think that was negative, though. Fairly viscous. his was a breeze to sample, and I could see this as a great session beer for myself. Overall, this had a lot of interesting aspects, but was a very balanced Pale Ale. I would certainly recommend, and I think it’s Black Sheep’s best offering.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (600) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2003
sweet malty nose, amber hue, moderate head, sweet malty taste, hints of raisins

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (795) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
500ml Bottle, room temp. Pours golden with a white head that doesn’t last. Medium sweet taste, incorporating citrus and herbs. Lively carbonation. Nice long bitter hop finish saves us from boredom. Nice beer I would happily drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
christhoel (191) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
floral, grass, earthy, golden, amber, clear, white foam, this is another very good ale from the black sheep brewery this is becoming my favorite brewery of the moment with some excellent beers on offer


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