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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: 28
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
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

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

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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.

Gusler, Apr 24, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Dec 01, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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

gpcollen1, Jul 24, 2006
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Black Sheep Best Bitter from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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