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Black Sheep Ale (Special) - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Black Sheep Ale (Special)Black Sheep Ale (Special)

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-13-2002

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Photo of Exeter
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CStang67
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours nice deep bronze color with bright white head that slowly settled to a lasting thin 1/2 pencil head. The aroma was malty with a hint of fruit hut all in all the aroma is low with a very little citrusy hop presence. Taste is malt forward rich bread and caramel notes throughout the palate. Bitterness is strong which leaves a nice dry finish. A very refreshing sessionable beer that is one on my favorite English bitters I had while in the UK.

Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brabander
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not really my beer but drinkable. I expected a black beer but this one is goldenyellow with a fairly decent head. Nice lacing in the glass. Bitter taste and the funny part is that you do not really notice that this beer is low on alcohol.

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdenham
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
3.56/5  rDev -4%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Bunman3
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

This pours beautifully, as an English Ale should. Nice foamy head that gradually dissipates. Black Sheep leaves some faint lacing and has minimal carbonation- again, true to the style. The flavors are excellent - caramel, nuts and overall earthiness with a minimal hop profile. This is a wonderful beer - a nice treat when I feel a longing for a plough man's lunch at the local.

Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Techichi
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mintling
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Appearance: Nice amber. Clear. No head retention.
Smell: Faintly earthy and grassy.
Taste: Sour, bitter and metallic. Quite roasty. Very faint hint of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Watery, dry and chalky later on.
Overall: A strident, roasty and bitter brew. Not bad but a tad underwhelming.

Photo of Magnus-Robot-Hunter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Good Head, little bit of a yeast or faint sour tast, but smooth to drink.

Photo of Jenno10
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Heavy amber colour with a finger of rocky head that died off rather quickly and left light cover and minimal lace. There is ample CO2 streaming in the glass.

Smell - I sorry to say this but there was an odd smell of sheep urine from this one on the first whiff. There is reasonable bread and earth tones with some mild nut and leafy grassy aromas.

Taste - Slightly sweet like a mild caramel in the malt department. Light hop flavour of earthy nutty elements with some light fruit such as lemon and apple with light pear. there is some flavour in here but it is all rather light and mild. It is all decent enough but for me to score it higher than the 3.75 mark I would want the flavour to be more pronounced.

Mouthfeel - Light body but really rather creamy however it does have a slightly cloying finish and only moderate linger that leaves you wanting more somehow.

Overall - Mild but it does have flavour and is not a bad beer overall.

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Amber with a nice chunky off-white head.
S: Metallic.
T: Assertively bitter and pleasing, despite there not being much in the way of descriptive flavour. A hint of ginger beer and citrus in the finish. No immediate aftertaste though. Not flavourless but very, very plain. After a while I start to get some nice woody spice, liquorice and citrus on the breath, but it's still a very clean finish.
M: Medium bodied with a somewhat snappy fizz.
O: If you're looking for a bold hoppy beer this isn't for you. It's beer that just tastes like beer. Would be great with a ploughman’s.

Photo of vaughtex
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BobAshton
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
84 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.