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Black Sheep Best Bitter - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 34
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-24-2003

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 34
Photo of psm90
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A run of the mill English bitter, with no distinct flavours beyond flat malt and flat hops. Still, it's fairly well balanced and drinkable, so not a bad beer by any means, just uninteresting. (191 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Ensign Ewart, Edinburgh, during a Literary Pub Tour.

A: Golden with a half finger head that leaves in a hurry to play bagpipes. Nice lacing.

S: Hoppy, toffee, yeast.

T: Light, smooth, with hops, malts and toffee sliding in on a yeast backdrop.

M: Light, watery. Not much carbonation.

O: Not too exciting. Was hoping for more. (345 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Mostly a toffee like sweetness. Light floral and earthy hops as well. A big yeast presents that is a bit odd.
T: Follows the nose. A big toffee sweetness that become a bit cloying. Light hops and a big earthy yeast flavor in the finish.
M/D: A medium body that is slightly under carbonated. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, though there are usually much better cask offerings that I will choose from first.

Not bad, a little one dimensional though. The big earthy yeast character is a little strange, and just does not fit with the rest of the English Bitter package. Worth a try, but much better options are usually available on cask. (742 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the pub attached to the Cartwright Hotel in Aynho.

Golden yellow and clear with a head of about one finger. The beer leaves a full, thick coating of lace as it is consumed. Smells of hop bitterness, grass/hay and some fruitiness.

This bitter imparts a delightful bitterness. Imagine that! Has a somewhat citrus bite in the finish, somewhere between an orange and a grapefruit. There is a hint of toffee and caramel, nuts, and vanilla. Plus that English hard water quality that is a trademark of this style. For a beer with a lower ABV, this bitter packs wonderful complexity and nuanced flavors.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Served "cellar cool", it envelopes the mouth and imparts all manner of bitter goodness. Drinkability is outstanding. At 3.8% ABV, this is thirst quenching and very interesting. Definitely enough there to keep me coming back for more and more and.... (890 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served by handpump at The Hawes Inn at South Queensferry, into imperial pint glass.

A- 2 finger creamy white head with fantastic retention and belgian lacing. Amber golden body with excellent clarity

S- Light grapefruit and toasted sweet caramel malt, but this is extremely subtle but normal of the style

T- Sweetness of the toffeeish malt upfront balanced with a light grapefruit note and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Finish is perhaps a little sticky rather than dry.

M- Very light, medium body

D- Simple solid session bitter, well balanced with a delicate body, extremely moreish, superb! (613 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Fox and Hounds, Clavering, Essex, UK.

Pours glowing pale orange with a speckly loose white head that leaves white lace. Barn and hop perfume nose. Orange and hay malts following by lemon and anise hops. Tight finish with a bit of fruit and a barley syrup hit underneath. Dry-ish linger, oily feel, light to medium body.

Juicy! As much hop character (if not IBUs) as any American IPA.

Beers like this are the reason to seek out cask ale. (451 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask at The Goat in Clapham

Pours a nice amber with a finger of head. Retains well and loads of lace.

Whiff of malts, hay and apple.

A pleasant medium light malt body and some instant bitter and dry hops that linger.

Great for a session.

Thumbs up. (259 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a half pint in London near city university with a sausage sandwich for lunch. The beer has a grapefruit hop character followed by very dry, multigrain bread and similar aroma. Another great bitter and perfect for washing down a meal. Certainly worth a try is you're ever wandering around London (like I was). (312 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masham, I enquire of my friend, is the home of Theakston. It turns out that Black Sheep is a rebel from the Theakston family. I was happy to find it in a far-flung pub on the edge of the Hole of Horcum. A nice copper-amber colour with a modest head. Aroma has moderate floral hop and malt. Taste is perhaps a little bit lacking. It is clean and balanced and well resolved but just a little bit light. Moderate bitterness with some apple/citrus fruit balance. It's a very good pint, if not total top drawer. (506 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by a half-pint at the Red Deer, Sheffield, poured by the handpump with a sparkler.

A: pale amber, with a creamy white head that lasts very well, low carbonation.
S: hop-dominated aroma, smelling hop resins and whole hop leaves; a swirl bring out the unique buttery-lemon touch of yeasts as well as Goldings. Overall it's aromatic hoppy with a milder input of pale malts.
T: light-bodied sour malts manifest as the main theme upfront, gradually a profound bitterness from dried leafy hops develops, quite tannic and chopped tea-leafy in texture; at the back the bitterness intensifies along with the maltiness until reaching a harmonious state in the very end.
M&D: creamy-smooth in texture, with a very sound and firm body that holds until the very end. Overall this is a very good-quality, hoppy Bitter designed to quaff~~ (836 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Saint Barabara's Day lunch, first course, 4 pints of Black Sheep (I wont tell you what else I drank).

Very lively, but once it settled down, it looked a treat, off white foaming head on a body of pure delight, a fine amber brown.

The hop aroma isn't overly strong, but is there if you search for it.

Well balanced taste, a true bitter in every sense.

Taste stays for a while, a mid-sweet-mildly-bitter flavour.

Very drinkable.

2011 Update: 1st course at this years Saint Barbara's function, only 3 pints this time. Still a well balanced easy drinking session bitter: ideal before the onslaught of the wines and port which followed. (639 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat compared to what you get when travelling with the boss. Every one else is lagering it up with the Carlsberg...

Nice all the way around and I put in a session and a half...I could do that every day....Nice body, balance and bitter...

Drink this (262 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on a bit of an English Bitter kick, and here is another fine “Old Style English Ale”, I think I like this brewery.
On the pour slightly hazy deep amber, color with the head portly in size and frothy in texture, the color a winsome light tan, which leaves behind a nice coating of lace. Nose is mostly malt; clean and crisp, start is loaded with malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is lightly carbonated, the hops mild and understated, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, a real pleasant beer to quaff on a lazy Arizona Day. (547 characters)

Black Sheep Best Bitter from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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