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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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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

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2.52/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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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.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

A very smooth taste

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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.

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Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
84 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.