olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again. stevoj (5360) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try. CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 For krisbierjaeger who has obviously missed the point entirely: The name; Sheep on back as in, an 'entity' falling over drunk, unable to get up again because of being pissed.... get it..?
Anyhow, this is a quality ale. On opening the bottle the first whiff you get is chocolate. Slightly burnt, but syrupy and creamy. Clean palette that leaves that smokey tang. Done it again and again. Can't get enoght. Tonight she was all mine, wool an all TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Great name and a great beer. Nice aroma, color and flavor. A well crafted beer with a balanced flavor. Sigmund (7759) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2004
(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). Beautiful dark reddish brown colour, large head. Fine aroma of oak, toffee, dark chocolate and Colombian coffee beans. Full malty flavour with a little alcoholic bite, but not too much. Roasted notes, hints of English liquorice, bitter dark chocolate and smoke. The long aftertaste has strong black coffee notes with a hoppy bite. This is a first class beer! You’ll need more than one to make you a "ryggvelter", though. Baaah!
ALLOVATE (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2005
Mr. Paul Theakston surely pulled it all together for this absolute gem of a beer, and as far as pasteurised bottled Ales go, it was one of the most flavoursome and appetising. Pours a clear, deep cola brown, ruby-red in the lights, with a big dense beige head that lasted the distance and laced well down the glass. Generous and complex malt nose. Coffee, aniseed, dark chocolate, bittering hops and cherries, and a waft of peppered spice made the aroma. Follows well into the mouth, with it’s light carbonation and medium light, creamy mouth feel. Flavours of raspberries, cherries, cinnamon and light spices mingle with hints of cocoa powder, liquorice, grassy hops and fruity esters. Little sweetness in it, and quite malty bitter in the back, it finishes with a long lived, malt and coffee swallow. A lovely drop and a credit to this master brewer. Lovely!!! GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a deep mahogany color w/ a medium, semi creamy froth. Hangtime is good w/ full, sticky lacing. Aroma of mild cocoa. Medium nectar w/ ample (mucho) residual effers. This brew posseses a defined dark cocoa character. A mild roast component creates a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. The sweetness factor is NIL. The malts are bittered and balanced right out of the bull pen. It’s very sessionable and I wish I had more. The finish is bittered perfectly. mfuent1 (15) - USA - AUG 10, 2007
Character galore in this one. I loved it from the first dark, full-bodied sip. A fine English ale. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
FRom the bottle. Looks great deep mahogony color. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very dry, chocolate on the palate and very toasty. I amvery impressed The golding hops are very noticable. This is a great beer. ComradeK (1248) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown, with an attractively foaming head. There is a predominant aroma of freshly brewed black coffee, with some very slight fruity hints. The coffee continues into the initial taste, mixed with some herb hops. This continues into a lingering dry finish, dominated by the flavour of very high-cocoa dark chocolate. A delicious, strong dark beer.