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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: 27
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by Kirk:
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

12-28-2013 22:59:37 | More by Kirk
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-07-2013 04:54:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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).

05-04-2009 00:26:28 | More by tempest
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-02-2013 17:35:15 | More by Bucciamarcia
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-06-2012 15:50:11 | More by Pelicanrocks
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-21-2013 22:43:04 | More by JohnQVD
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

04-24-2003 13:04:16 | More by Gusler
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United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

12-01-2006 14:21:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

03-11-2008 23:44:12 | More by AylwinForbes
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-01-2013 17:01:44 | More by EmperorBevis
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-29-2011 14:19:25 | More by cdwil
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

01-27-2014 02:52:50 | More by JerseyHopHead
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3.1/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

09-03-2010 20:42:04 | More by champ103
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-02-2014 14:19:25 | More by RevCraig
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-25-2014 11:34:58 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-16-2011 04:19:17 | More by fizzyted
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +13%

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!

05-23-2010 20:53:25 | More by seanyfo
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

01-25-2010 12:08:28 | More by StJamesGate
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-01-2013 19:46:48 | More by Johnq1964
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-06-2014 22:50:46 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

01-08-2010 19:15:32 | More by Trizzle
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-30-2013 00:24:21 | More by TT--Cashout
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-22-2012 07:02:23 | More by BlackDogs
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

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

07-24-2006 22:54:34 | More by gpcollen1
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

07-27-2012 14:43:47 | More by brewskifan55
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Black Sheep Best Bitter from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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