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


on tap

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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
I was looking forward to A great British ale and was a little disappointed. This beer came up a little short on malt and hops. This is not a bad tasting ale, it was just missing a little zing. I wanted this beer to dance across my tongue, and it just sort of laid there.

asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Straw-copper colour; foamy lasting head. Sweet aroma of mostly malt and noble hops, some subtle fruity notes. Flavour unidentifiable beneath a cloying metallic and astringent feel. I’l have to try another bottle in case something went wrong with this bottle/batch.

albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
Decent beer. Slightly cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Hops, malt and grassy aromas (like sileage, for those who know what that is), tasty and satisfying to boot. Pretty fizzy as well and I did notice a mild honeyish taste, but I could have been tripping!

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.

jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2004
Amber coloured, thin head. Malty aroma and flavour, quite bitter in finish. Nothing special, but ok.

badgerben (5130) - 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.

davidCC (130) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle. Tan color good flavor. Nothing spectacular but a good beer nonetheless.

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 ... it’s rather plain, if fairly decent. Nowhere near as good as Black Sheep’s Riggwelter, which I had the other night. If you’re going to seek out a Black Sheep ale, go for that one and skip the Special.

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.

ALLOVATE (3004) - 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.

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