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

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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
"Beers for bottling are drawn from brewery conditioning tanks and transported by road tanker to our bottlers. There they are chilled, stored for ten days, then filtered and bottled. At the end of the bottling process, the bottles are pasteurised, labelled and packed."
"Brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops, it is full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose. The bittersweet malty taste is followed by an uncompromising long, dry and bitter finish. This beer was the first, most successful, of all of our bottled beers."

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Im not entirely sure this is the same beer thats been reviewed here. It was bottled as Black Sheep Ale, not special.. but ratebeer says its the same and an alias for special ale. Anyway, I loved it. Poured a somewhat cloudy golden amber, with a huge rocky white head. Some farmhouse aromas, some wheaty, malty grainy aromas with underlying hops. Interesting champagne like carbonation that kept on going. The head lasted forever, lots of lacing. Nice chewy mouthfeel with subtle flavor. Seemed like a solid english bitter, but with slightly more hop character. Could definitely drink a few of these.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jerohen (2229) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2004
Amber coloured, thin head. Malty aroma and flavour, quite bitter in finish. Nothing special, but ok.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (5030) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottle. Amber color with a thin head. Weak malt aroma to go along with a weat malt taste. Very uninspiring.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle. Tan color good flavor. Nothing spectacular but a good beer nonetheless.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Clear copper in color with a medium white head. Malty aroma with a touch of Golding hops thrown in. Flavor is crisp, malty (caramel?) with a dry, bitter finish. Not very excited about this beer ... its rather plain, if fairly decent. Nowhere near as good as Black Sheeps Riggwelter, which I had the other night. If youre going to seek out a Black Sheep ale, go for that one and skip the Special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Brown Coloring with White Frothy Head. Carbonated...Yeasty...Dry at the End... Aroma was Fruity and Bitter.. Better Then I expected..but the Heavy Yeast Makes One Move to the Next Brew a bit Quicker.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2977) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Tasted from the bottle and poured into an English pint glass. Clear deep gold with a short soapy off-white head that remained for the length. Aroma of oranges and mandarins, toasted malt and yeast. A little watery and soapy in the mouth, lightly carbonated with husky burnt sugars, malt and citrus flavours, quite sweet but becomes bitter in the back, more malt than hops. A little light on, yet still a nice bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Reddish colour with fairly small head. Aroma has some sweetness but also some bitter hops. Flavor is rather one dimensionel end in my opinion boring.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Tasty English ale! I enjoyed it a lot. It tastes like I imagine an English ale of 100 years ago to taste like. A lot better than most Youngs/Fullers ales.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Golden color with a medium sized chunky head. Smells of pear and spice. Mild bitterness with a short finish. Spice, and some fruit. Long, dry finish.


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