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Sheepshead Stout | Milwaukee Ale House

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Milwaukee Ale House
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2003

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 24
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty stout that is a little light on the oatmeal. The body fits the profile and the flavor is equally full. The appearance is very appealing with pleasant tight-bubbled beige head.

A good dry stout which didn't disappoint. A good alternative to the Irish big boys but comes across as the weaker American cousin.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Nitro pour at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is black with a quarter inch of tan head. Oats, roast,chocolate. Classic oatmeal stout aroma and flavor. Super easy to drink. Delightful feel on the palate, attributed in large part to the serving medium. Well balanced and easy drinking. One of the highlights from this establishment.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color. Poured a half finger head that dissipated to a thick skim laced the glass in sheets.

S: Bitter coffee and chocolate. Earth and peat.

T: Like the nose. Smooth, rich and creamy. Bitter throughout. Very dry. Oatmeal character in the foundation.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and chewy. Dry.

O: Classic oatmeal stout. Flavorful, smooth, bitter and dry.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, drank on the patio facing the Milwaukee River/boats. Looks like a nice, deep, rich stout, protypical black in color, solid viscosity, ample creamy beige head on the top.

Some chocolate malt, moreso than chocolate in the aroma, oats round out the roasting from mashing the nose.

Taste was plenty smooth, the oats are the leading component, keeping this is slick mouthfeel, without any bogging down with bitterness, burnt roast, heft, alcohol heat etc . . .
Came off also like an irish dry stout, save the oatmeal. Its not particularly flavorful, it is drinkable for sure, and worthy to show people that all stouts/dark beer isn't boozy or hard to drink.

Was probably my second or third favorite beer they made during my time in Milwaukee.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackish, hued by ruby at the periphery. The head is fully fluffed and tan.
Moderate roast aroma. Supplanted by flakes of trickling sweetness.
Begins as it smells. Fairly roasty, but not ash and char like some, just roasted barley. Chocolaty. Oat provides traces of earth and sweetness, and seems to join well with the minor lactic twang. Hopping dries the finish, but is otherwise insignificant.
This has a medium build that is born for sessions.
A nice mild-mannered Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer, probably one of the Milwaukee Ale House's better selections.

Appearance - Brownish-black with a nice two fingers head of tan foam. Looks tasty.

Smell- Average for the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel - The beer starts of with tasty chocolately and coffee flavors The nitro adds a velvety smoothness. Unfortunately, these pleasant sensations don't last long. The finish turns watery and nearly flavourless. Very dissapointing after a nice start.

On the whole, I've had many better oatmeal stouts. Don't seek this out. On the other hand, if you're already at MAH, this is one of their better options.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, opaque even if it is held to a light. It seems to be nitro-infused, small, tight bubbles. The head reached almost one finger in height, beige in color. As expected the head had great retention. The subsequent lacing didn’t cling all that well. The nose didn’t have much of an aroma; it smelled very typical, like Beamish or whatnot. The potency is light; I detected some weak coffee notes, lightly roasty. Clean and very ordinary for the style, so much so I can’t call it inviting. The palate is much improved. It tastes better than a standard offering when you get right down to it. It is flavorful so it has my attention. Rich in flavor, wide, modest coffee notes, a tickle of sweetness, light roasty flavors as well. It is typical for the style but it is done well. I like it; there is good flavor depth even though it falls with in one general realm. It is about medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. This is a good drinker. While it is nothing special it is a well-made stout. It fits the style to a “T”. I can’t complain. This is a great session beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro pour, very dark with moderate creamy tan head. Smells mild like most nitro beers but a touch of roasted barley and sweet cereal was detected. Flavor had a nice balance of coffee, roasted grains, a touch of oatmeal in the middle leads to a smooth finish with a bit of acidity to clean the palate. I really liked this. The body was thicker than expected which really helped this beer from being a nitro disaster, like most are. A bit sweet but the finish evens it out well. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Winter
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sheepshead Stout is one of my favorite offerings from the Miwaukee Ale House. This amazingly delicious stout is served from a nitro tap. A luscious smooth creamy tan head, that's about a 1/2 inch thick, introduces itself as it sits atop an opaque black body. The lingering creamy head will still be the last thing you will see when you reach the bottom of your pint. Aroma consists of roasted malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky smooth, but seems just a tad on the thinner side, ala Murphy's Irish Stout. Brewed with nine different malts, the rich flavor primarily consists of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. This is one I could drink all night and a 'must-try' for any soul who finds comfort in a great stout.

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Photo of WJVII
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew came in a dark mocha color with a nice 1 inch thick off white head that left substantial lacing. The aroma was of sweet chocolate, some light burnt malts and a balance of coffee. The taste was extremely smooth with a nice chocolate taste that wasn't too sweet and had a mild caramel after taste. This was not too think and was easily drinkable.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy, two-finger, beige-colored head with decent retention and lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

Opens smooth and creamy with flavorful notes of coffee and chocolate. Slightly sweet taste profile. Suggestions of roasted barley, malted milk balls and toasted oats follow. Finishes powder dry. Pairs extremely well with the Sheepshead Stout Pot Roast.

Smooth and flavorful with a velvety mouthfeel, this oatmeal stout is highly sessionable. I've had Sheepshead Stout on a number of occasions and it has never disappointed me. Recommended.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark black with minimal tan head, could be the glass. Nice sweet malty smell, coffee with milk comes to mind. It has a coffee with milk flavor and a bit of nuttiness. Very silky smooth body, low carbonation, it feels very nice going down. By far the best beer I had at the Milwaukee Ale House.

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Photo of grynder33
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of this frothy looking beverage was a roasted malt, but it was a little on the light side. The beer was served slightly lower than what I thought it should be,but it looked to good to wait around to warm up. The taste was more satisfying than the aroma, creamy roasted malt taste certainly comparable to the famous Irish dry stouts, maybe a little thinner and a little more bitterness at the very end, but I loved the way the taste of roasted malt lingered in your mouth after each swallow.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As close to black as brown is going to get, with a thick finger of head like a layer of chocolate milkshake. Moderate lacing and remarkable persistance. The head would have stuck around for the entire glass, was I not nursing it to time my departure with slower drinkers. Had to bury my nose in the glass to get a good whiff of the stuff, but it was rich and charred malt that I found.

Taste is not quite baker's chocolate, but not sweet. Maybe semi-, semi-, semi-sweet chocolate chips, smoothing out to toasted malt and a slow touch of hop bittering. Not super-stout thick, but all oatmeal velvet in the mouth and comfortably carbonated.

To date, gotta be my favorite Ale House beer. This glass was clearly fresh. I was just drinking at the time, but I'd bet Sheepshead's pleasant dryness and weight (relatively light for its powerhouse presentation) would sit well with a meal.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark black with great dark tan head that swirled around the pint glass as you observe. Roasted barley smells and a little sweetness. I liked the taste but it was way too heavy on the roasted barley malt that they used. Not a good proportion here. The flavor was good with coffee, chocolate, and the sweetness. Didn't care much for this one.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer made a good impression with a nice head. A black beer, brown at the edges with only a bit of roasted malt in the nose. It had a decent, clean roast flavor balanced with malt. Hops are there but in the back ground as it should be for this style.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exciting beer for me. Not because it's the best stout I've ever had, but because it was the first stout I ever had that introduced me to the world of micro-brewed stouts. It had flavors and characteristics I'd never experienced before (when I first sampled it at least) that have informed the trajectory of my beer drinking.

It's got a pretty solid black/brown color and a not quite white head. I'd give it a medium body yet somewhat thick mouthfeel and solid marks for a sweet yet, rich, and slightly dry flavor. A good beer.

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Photo of breslaubrewer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the ale house. Nice black beer in a pint glass with thick creamy head. Aroma was of chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel was full definately a heavier stout. Taste was good with coffee and chocolate notes, some roastiness, no hop flavor, but a balanced bitterness. A decent stout, but unable to have more than two pints due to fullness. Good beer to pair with dessert expecially chocolate cake.

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Sheepshead Stout from Milwaukee Ale House
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.