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Black Sheep Ale (Special) - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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BA SCORE
84
good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 489
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of James-A-Goddard
4.75/5  rDev +28%

A very smooth taste

James-A-Goddard, Sep 21, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

Sam-VW, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, L31 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Quite restrained on yeast fruitiness which was surprising. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is an excellent English bitter style. All around great robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

beer_monster_1, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

johnecjr, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

hayesjw, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

admh1972, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BuddyZ, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Billylila, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Tipper27, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

John_Beeryman, Aug 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

AlMarzo, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Carpetsmoker, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

cambabeer, Jul 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Darthdudical, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

rmehughes, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

mspencerpc, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 24, 2014.

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber bronze color with a big, silky off-white head.

The aroma is incredibly sweet with caramel and toffee malts galore and little to no hop bitterness. It also smells like a spent cigarette!

The body is creamy and probably in the medium range.

The taste is super caramel sweet with next to no bitterness. Easy to pound down in a pub. This is one of those beers that I would have drunk a lot of regularly 1+ years ago but my palate has changed. Still, a good beer to drink in a UK pub. Worth a higher rating.

puboflyons, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Scott_M, Jun 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jrein0254, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

lighthabit, Jun 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

blackpoolmatt, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

schnarr84, Jun 09, 2014
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Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
84 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.