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Black Sheep Best Bitter - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Black Sheep Best Bitter
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 04-24-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Kirk, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

InfernoBoss, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

TT--Cashout, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Johnq1964, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Bucciamarcia, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Pelicanrocks, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

brewskifan55, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

BlackDogs, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

champ103, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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....

JohnnyP3, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of seanyfo
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

seanyfo, May 23, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

StJamesGate, Jan 25, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Trizzle, Jan 08, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
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).

tempest, May 04, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

AylwinForbes, Mar 11, 2008
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Black Sheep Best Bitter from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.