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Black Sheep Best Bitter - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Black Sheep Best Bitter
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27 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-24-2003)
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Kirk

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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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2012 14:43:47 | More by brewskifan55
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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champ103

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2010 20:42:04 | More by champ103
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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....

Serving type: cask

08-14-2010 08:24:59 | More by JohnnyP3
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: cask

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

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-25-2010 12:08:28 | More by StJamesGate
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Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-08-2010 19:15:32 | More by Trizzle
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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).

Serving type: cask

05-04-2009 00:26:28 | More by tempest
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2008 23:44:12 | More by AylwinForbes
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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~~

Serving type: cask

02-05-2007 01:12:58 | More by wl0307
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-01-2006 14:21:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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