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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Sheaf StoutSheaf Stout

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%

Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit of a mass produced stout, being from the carlton folks and all, but I quite like it. its got all the dark aromatics and flavors of roasted barley, cocoa, and spent coffee grounds, but packages neatly in a dryer, thinner bodied version than many. it makes for good warm weather drinking down under, but also makes for plenty of quantity consumption, being as light as it is. not sure why its categorized as a sweet stout here, I don't get any of the lactose sugars or other nonfermentables that make that style what it is. this is pretty straightforward to me, with a great roasty toasty profile throughout and good carbonation too. its bitter in the finish, and the big bottles are not too much due to its unique drinkability. when I lived in Australia, I liked this out of a frozen mug. my affinity for frozen glassware has dwindled since then, but this beer is still fantastic in that format. nothing out of the ordinary here, but a serviceable dark beer in a market that was hurting for that until recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:14:48 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout pours a black color with a very small head. There is a sweet lactose infused aroma with nice mellow roasted notes. The taste has a roasted malty backbone with a nice creamy lactose kick. A little bit light in the flavor, but still very drinkable. Overall a nice and solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:31:00 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of flagmantho


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, light-impenetrable body with a thick finger of rich tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lacing. A nice looking stout.

Smell: sweet, lightly chocolatey aroma with a bit of acidity and a hint of vegetal hops. Mostly clean, but a bit on the mild side.

Taste: lightly sweet with a nice chocolatey flavor and a light vegetal hoppiness. There is a good malt complexity here, though, with some toffee and dates. There's a little more acidity than I normally like, but the depth of flavor really makes up for this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: I like this beer. It's got an interesting complexity and, while it is not perfect, is a solidly drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:20:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown pour. Looks lighter in color than most stouts, even milk stouts. Thin beige head on it. Average lacing.

Aroma was mild. Reach for it and you can smell caramel, chocolate roasted malt.

Substantial roasted malt in the flavor. A milk stout? Didn't taste like it. Isn't it supposed to have a small lactose character and not a harsh bitterness? Too much bittering hops and burnt malt not in proportion to the rest of the malt bill. Cocao like flavor, dry, mild chocolate implications, but it seems like they really burned the hell out of the chocolate malt here. Bitter, metallic, thin. Needs some heft. No aspect is terrible tasting, but it is average at best. Too much carbonation. Too much of everything that should not be in a milk stout.

This one seems to be getting harder and harder to find, had my first one back in the 90s I believe. College.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 18:15:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Murrhey


3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1-pint, 9.4oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Best by - July 13, 2014. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger mocha head with decent retention. Pitch-black colored body. No light even peeks around the edges. Little bit of a clinging lacing around the edge.

S- Fruity, chocolate malts and sweet creaminess. More dark fruits than I was expecting. Modest, but appealing aroma.

T- Bittersweet. Has dark fruits, little roast flavor and chocolate but also some of that cream, milkiness. Not bad, surprisingly dark, very roasty.

M- Thick, heavy carbonation and a syrupy feel at the end. Semi-dry.

O- This beer is hovering around average. Not bad, but surprising it made Australia's top-50 beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:26:11 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jimmah120


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into wine glass

this is a fantastic cheap import stout from the Aussies. dry cocoa, roasted Malts and grain. smooth and dry feel. milky sweet at first, finishes savory and roasted to the point of being burned.

would be a staple of my fridge if I could find a case. solid stout to fall back on

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 22:51:19 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Offa


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very good stout but not great, somewhat characterful with a good, firm stout quality, but not very complex and just a tad rough.

Black, it has a medium, long-lasting, creamy tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and leaving a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is wet soil, alcohol soaked raisins and prunes, faintly burnt.

Taste is vodka-soaked prunes, strong toastiness, dry peppery-roasty finish, light coffee candy element, especially in aftertaste, light sweetness, very light bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:16:48 | More by Offa
Photo of SmashPants


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: light brown bottle, shithouse cheap-looking label. Okay only as it's macro.

Appearance: very dark, almost black in colour. Head is tan with good lacing and retention. Definitely inviting!

Aroma: a spicy bite of roasted chocolate and coffee, along with some spices - star anise and pepper.

Taste: I'm getting mainly those roasted malts with a light backing of hops and spices. A fantastic combination to be sure.

Aftertaste: this one lasts a while in the mouth. No new flavours, but a good, decent while savouring those flavours.

Mouth feel: quite a thin stout - seems like a stout / dark ale combination. Still, a wonderful beer with a moderate carbonation that carrie the flavours.

Overall: for a stout, this is a bloody good price (AU$49 a case - 2012). And a good stout, to be honest. Very nice stout, a bit lighter than the usual though. I would loooove to try this on tap. If anyone has it!!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:38:06 | More by SmashPants
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date printed on the shoulder is “18OCT13.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, chocolaty-tan head dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing, a ring around the edge, and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Not insanely robust but it is pretty solid. A nice balance between cocoa and roasted grains. It has the lacto smoothness about it, too. There are hints of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses as well.

Taste: The flavor offers much more of the roasted character — upon first taste at least; subsequent sips were much more balanced. It does tickle my nostrils, though. The mouthfeel is very thin but on par with most lactos. Cocoa, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of roasted grains (for color, I suppose). As it warms it starts turning sour and begins to taste rubbery (so I better drink the rest of this sucker while it is still chilled).

Drinkability: Starts off great but it slowly goes downhill.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:08:18 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of popery


2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes (3/18/11). Pours black with a smallish tan head. There’s some decent lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and old pennies. The stout flavors are actually pretty ok in the aroma, but the metallic note hurts things significantly. I may as well be drinking out of the jar that I use for loose change. Cardboard, dehydrated milk, rusty iron, burnt bread and mineral hops all make a strong showing in the taste department. It starts with some weak sweetness and finishes with a rough combination of roast and bitterness. It’s just all wrong. There’s also a bizarre flavor that I associate with hospitals, like a medicinal disinfectant. Mouthfeel is thin and weak. I don't mean to be too harsh, but the metallic flavor is strong and bad. It really ruined the otherwise ok aroma. On the other hand, the taste had all sorts of problems. Unfortunate. I struggled my way through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:43:45 | More by popery
Photo of RickS95


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive, manly appearance as its completely black and thick. Almost like a dark syrup. The head is moderate in size, a finger thick with a nice light brown color. Good retention. Quite the looker in the glass.

Classic smell for the style with chocolate, smoke, coffee, roasted barley.

It's got the stout taste down, but is slightly lacking in the milk stout category. Most of what you smell you also taste. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee, some smoke and roasted barley. However, I can't pick up much of the sweet milk. There's a hint of it, but the more assertive flavors mask it too much.

Makes for a good stout, but I need more sweetness and creaminess from a milk stout. For an instant, it's sweet; but then that initial burst of sweetness is overtaken by all things bitter (coffee, chocolate, hops). Has more of a coffee stout feel. It tries to be creamy and smooth but the bittering agents are just too much.

All things considered, particularly the categories that really matter (taste and feel), it's not quite as good as it looks or smells. Would make for a hell of a stout, but just lacking as a milk stout. Does BeerAdvocate have the style wrong?

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:14:22 | More by RickS95
Photo of theowlsayshoe

South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout 750ml bottle
a - Gorgeous dark brown with lots of head
s - Smells of soft coffee
t - Very mild stout, leaves palate quickly and smoothly. A little “stout” taste at first than silky smooth. Dark latte like complexity, almost fruity but not quite.
m - Light mouth feel that covers the whole mouth top to bottom
o - Overall it is one of favorites ever, I could drink a little or a lot and feel complete.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 07:43:35 | More by theowlsayshoe
Photo of N3rdM3t4l


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pint 9.5oz bottle into standard pint. Fridge temp. Freshness date 20apr13 printed on bottle. From notes taken 4/3/12

A: Opaque black with 2.5 fingers tan head after an aggressive pour. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, slight bitter chocolate, and small hop presence at first. Smells sweet with a touch of malted barley and caramel. Like iced coffee with cream, it smells rich.

T: Coffee at first that becomes a slightly tangy chocolate and then bitterness. Bitterness is hops and that charred bitterness from dark roasting. Pleasant to drink.

M: Very thin for a stout but much richer than expected for such a thin beer. Not all that smooth considering the mouthfeel, watery like a lager, enhances the bitter iced coffee aspect of it.

O: Good but not great, smells wonderful for sure. Not bad considering the price of $3.00 for a 25.5oz bottle though. There are other stouts I would go to before this one. Considering the coffee/chocolate notes I thought it would go well with vanilla ice cream, I was wrong. This is not a good beer-float beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:09:18 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Photo of kojevergas


2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at BevMo in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. I love stouts, but I've never had anything from this brewery. Best before date: February 1st, 2013.

Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm as drinking continued. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice tan colour, great cream, good thickness, and good retention for the style. Colour is a solid black. Appears direly overcarbonated; bubbles are rampant.

Sm: Milk, chocolate, toffee, cream, nuts, and maybe some roast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Milky and off-cream notes alongside light chocolate, some caramelized malt, and light nuts on the finish. The chocolate grows slightly richer in the third act, but it's largely insignificant. No alcohol comes through. It's balanced decently, but in need of work. Built blandly, without layering or subtlety. It's not one-note, but it's certainly a simple beer. I don't dislike it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit too much thickness but not enough cream. Should be far more dry and a bit more coarse. The cream is limited to the open and finish; I'd like to have it through the body as well.

Dr/Ov: Drinkable, but less so than other beers in its style on account of the problematic thickness. Wouldn't session well. Overall, it's a bland simple stout that won't tickle anyone's fancy, but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer. It's merely a bit below average.


Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 09:08:19 | More by kojevergas
Photo of heygeebee


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a stout for a while.... cold night tho.

Pours as a stout should - half finger tan head over black body. Head dies, filmy lace.

Moderate aromas of chocolate, coffee, malts.

Taste is silky smooth, sweet, malt driven, chocolate, coffee, with moderate balanced hop bitterness to follow. Full bodied enough to pass for a much higher ABV stout.

Quite highly carbonated. unusual.

Good beer. Look forward to more in winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 10:36:37 | More by heygeebee
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours very dark, solidly opaque with a thin, light brown head and dense bubbles.

S: Smells chocolaty and roasted with a slight hint of licorice and coffee; decadent and rich.

T/M: A low to medium amount of carbonation leads to an astringent coffee flavor up front followed by dark, sweet malt and a bit of chocolate on the finish.

It's a lot of what a great stout should be with very little of what it should not.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:19:51 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle stamped 20APR13 on neck, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head. Big and loose. Good stick and retention.

Smell - Coffee and Kahlua. Thin and hoppy.

Taste - Coffee and mud. Astringent like wine. Dry cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Slightly acidic. Light-medium bodied. Very astringent. Too sharp.

Overall Drinkability - One-time beer. This beer is a sipper. Definitely not a session. Interesting at best.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 08:35:31 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed I didn't like this imported stout more than I did. It had a lot of promise - but from the very first wiff, I was kinda turned off. It just smelled so...alcoholic to me. Tasted so, too - normally with a nice stout it's hidden by all the other flavours, but in this case, not so much. I really enjoyed the aftertaste that lingered on my tongue, that was a great positive. Besides that, unfortunately, I didn't see much I enjoyed for me to return to for another go.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:26:04 | More by timtwoface
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- dark brown almost black. Cinnamon colored head that dissapears pretty quick. not much retention.

Ar- Sweet, smells like milk. Maybe a bit of caramel. I smell figs, dates, or some kind of dark fruit. Can't put my nose on it.

T- very smooth and sweat. I like this stout, especially for the price. This is tasty.

M- light/medium body. good carbonation for this style of brew.

O- an enjoyable brew, especially for this price. I like that flavor, very sweet and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:04:39 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of February 2012: Poured into a pint glass.

A: It certainly looks like a stout. Very dark and opaque. It has a big, foamy, tan colored with decent retention that reduces to a thin film on the top over time. There is some visible light carbonation coming up the sides of the glass. It leaves some scattered lacing.

S: Big nose of roasted malts up front followed by some bittersweet dark chocolate and some hints of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts are the flavors that the taste is limited to. Something is off here though. It has a very noticeable bitter finish.

M: It has a body on the lighter side for a stout. It is quite smooth and relatively creamy. There is some light carbonation which fits in nicely. However, an astringent finish bumps this one down a bit in my opinion.

O: This seemed more like a regular stout than a sweet stout. Other than a creamier mouthfeel, I didn't detect much that would qualify this as a sweet stout. If the taste aspect was more developed, it could be an above average stout. But as is, it isn't anything to get too excited about.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:42:58 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of jsprain1


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very deep brown. Head is a tanned two finger goam. A couple rings of lacing stick to the glass.
S- The smell is odd. It's got a pleasant milk chocolate aroma, but there is a bit of an off aroma. It's slightly metallic.
T- Initially slightly sweet with a milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a bit of mineral near the finish. There is a lingering roasted character. The alcohol is noticable, even at 5.7%
M- Light and not quite as smooth as a sweet stout should be.
O- It's drinkable but not paticularly tasty. I'd probably pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:49:44 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Bitterbill


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 12, 2011. Bottle purchased online from France 44 in Minnesota.

Ah, revisiting an old friend; I haven't tasted it in many years.

It looks to be a pitch black with a creamy +1 finger head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing. Excellent head retention during the session.

A nice roasted malt nose with under currents of chocolate, both sweet and dark. There's a nice bitter/sweet thing going on.

The taste brings the smell to my taste buds. Roasty, bitter and sweetish from the chocolate, some hoppy notes that I have tasted in quite a few Australian ales/lagers. Quite tasty and surprisingly, brings a bit of an alcohol burn.

Pretty light bodied with medium carbonation, it has an above average mouth feel. Drinkability is good despite the "burn". In years past, I found Sheaf Stout and excellent brew to experiment with black and tans. I'm glad I found this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:27:58 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of alexhahn82


2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Black. Yep, its a stout. 1.5 finger head a few hints of lacing.

S - Mmm Mmm good, Chocolate! Chocolate, and a little creamy sweetness smell similar to frosting.

T/m - Mehhh. Alarmingly meh. meh. I can taste a hint of the original "soul" of the beer, a slight hint of chocolate, but alas I am overwhelmed by a metallic taste, but its in a bottle, hissed when opened, cap looks intact and no hint of rust or spoilage. I am disappoint son.

0 - 0verall nothing to write home about, kinda average, but on flavor profile I would rate it a "run for the hills" seek to avoid! Maybe because its from a continent away and a sketch store?

PP (Price Point) - $4 for a 25.4 oz bottle is again, Meh, nothing great here, just because there is extra beer compared to a bomber, doesn't mean its good!! No go in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:52:39 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big rich thick light brown head takes it time work work its way down to a nice lacing atop a clear almost black colored beer.

The aroma is quite light but if you take the time to search it out it is quite nice, roasted dark chocolate malt with hints of coffee or molasses.

Roasted malts with highlight of dark chocolate with a little bit of a coffee taste coming through, big rich taste.

A full bodied stout with a light well roasted but light aftertaste that invites another drink.

A very well done stout and at a reasonable price, gotta love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 21:00:55 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Lemke10


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 1PT 9.4FL. OZ bottle at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $2.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a smooth and very dark brown color. The scent of sweet malts and pour indicates this will be a very smooth sweet milk stout. Flavor is quite robust and full of flavor. A great taste of carmel malts and other robust flavors. Smooth as can be to drink with just the right amount of taste to it. For a huge bottle I didn't expect it to be this good! Definetly worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:49:26 | More by Lemke10
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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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