Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer review, yay!

Poured from the classic Australian 375ml stubbie bottle (a real man's bottle - none of this 330ml guff!), into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass.

A: Jet black, much like a black hole - light cannot escape it's grasp. Tan head which dissipates leaving a ring of beige around the inside of the glass. Not appealing but nonetheless acceptable for a Stout.

S: Burnt coffee (lot's of it!), dark chocolate and used Castrol GTX engine oil. Hint of metal thrown in because of the limited fermentation in "stainless" steel vats - but this is quite expected from CUB (Carlton United - the largest brewery in Victoria).

T: Smell delivers almost exactly in the taste - burnt coffee, dark chocolate, engine oil and a hint of metal. Also a very present alcohol note - which given the ABV is only 5.7% this should not be as pronounced.

M: Hey I happen to like beers that aren't overly carbonated - call it a personal preference due to a hiccup reflex I suffer from when drinking anything carbonated (soft drinks, etc...), but this stout is definitely in the zone of carbonation I like (which is surprising from CUB - who like to over carbonate all their beers). It's a bit on the watery side nonetheless.

D: It reminds me of an ale I had on tap at a bar I worked in Scotland many years ago: this ale was appropriately named "Old Engine Oil" and we could only sell half-pints of this stuff because of the 9% ABV - but Sheaf doesn't have nearly as much ABV so as far as drink-ability goes it's a bit easier to keep on top of (375ml = 1.7 standard drinks).

Food match: Venison, game meats and other rich steaks (or fried mushrooms for my fellow vegetarian brethren).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee color, nice brown head at about an inch. A little spicy aroma, along with malt smells. Flavor is mild, a little smoky with touches of chocolate tones. Candy flavors, gravelly with an estery bubblegum impression. Sweetness is lacking but roastiness is lacking too. There's something missing mid-mouth, most of the action is at the finish. Almost like a spicy Porter with a dark color. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking as well. Not really a fovorite of mine.

Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not elegant or anything, messy mix of roasty chocolate, motor oil, and sweat from CUB workers, yukky, yukky...but somehow its drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only one place in all of Toledo was carrying this, so I had to give it a try. Notes are from a few days ago.

This one's black with deep, dark brown highlights. A tan head pours nicely, sticking around for a good long time and leaving some nice, patchy lacing.
The smell is heavily of malts with some underlying sweetness. There was some dark chocolate on the nose along with a molasses/ black licorice that reminded me of a doppelbock. Interesting.
There's a nice roasted malts flavor with some course coffee flavor right on the tongue. This brew is very much proper for the style in terms of the flavor. There's a decent bitterness to this one as well and it's pretty well-balanced. As I let it sit, I got more of a flavor reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming.
This one isn't thin, but hard-core stout lovers might find it a bit so for the style. Otherwise it's about medium-bodied with a nice smoothness and a little crispness to it as well.
This is one that's sort of under the radar but truly worth giving a shot.

Photo of Anonmatel
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm. weird drink this, very sweet, hints of chocolate, burnt flavourings abound, not too bad, and i suppose it's not too weird, but stick to what you usually drink before touching this stuff.

Second review.
After drinking this stuff more. I am now a fan of this beer.
I had to come and change it, because i felt bad for giving it a bad review before.

Photo of Magpie14
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: viscous, almost pitch black (touch of brown). Glorious mocha colored head that sat atop for some time and left its trace all the way down the glass. The head is extremely nice!

S: earthy, cocoa, charcoal, and coffee all on a mild level. How can it looks so wonderful and be so faint in the nose...

T: flavor comes and goes. Up front roasted grains and malt sweetness paired with chocolate, caramel textures. Has slight smokey flavor and dash of roasted coffee. Extremely mild and nothing really seems to stand out. A good level headed stout

M: smooth as can be, creamy and like a cloud in the mouth. Sets up to be a real easy drinker. I am getting possible light chalky, maybe hop, flavor in the mouth finish halfway through. Heavy viscous body

D: great smooth feel and drinks easy, these are the best assets of this boy. I was hoping for a bit more in the taste department, but it compensates in the feel and body characteristics, can't have it all I guess. Buy it and try it!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had one in a while so i grabbed one after randomly seeing it at fred meyer. BB ec 2010.

Pours a thick black nearly impenetrable black with a very nice super ice creamy light tan head that retains very well and leaves great lacing all the way down.

Wow! An excellent aroma. Lots of chocolate and sweetness coming through with some slight roasted malt and condensed milk. This is a much better start than i remember having in years past with this beer.

Wow. I am again shockingly suprised with this beer. An excellent flavor with nice big chocolatey and milk sweet flavor. Easy drinking but packed with flavor. There are some notes of irish dry stout here, but this is clearly a sweet stout all the same. The finish has a nice medium bitterness on it. Chocolate and sweetness linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Good carbonation and a nice creamy viscosity without getting soupy.

Drinkability is pretty good. A shitload of flavor for a 5.7% brew, and I could easily have a couple of these.

Overall i really am shocked at the quality of this beer. I don't remember it being anywhere near this good. I will certainly be buying this again when i get the hankering for an irish dry like stout that doesn't have the mouthfeel of watered down milk. Highly recommended for a good example of the style and a solid drinkable easy stout.

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny, this is probably the first stout I ever had, but had completely forgotten about it until I ran across a bottle at a grocery in Boulder Creek, CA. Best Before date is rubbed out. Poured from a 750mL "quart" or large "stubby" bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Liquid is an opaque and distinctive shade of deep dark-brown, capped by a hefty finger of wheat colored cream which leaves behind superior sandy lacing with ornate patterns suspended in the phantasmagoric tears.

Aromatics are sweet and pungent, like coffee and cream, malt balls, and wheat.

Sweetened coffee, pale malt, and spelt on the palate. Very low roast levels. There is a hint of cocoa butter leading into a slightly nutty malt profile which dries up substantially in the finish. A kiss of bitterness in the aftertaste, suggesting roast malt, but also other roast grains, quinoa, and just a hint of grassy hops. Sweet, but if you are expecting a sugar bomb, look elsewhere.

Medium bodied, moderately creamy, and clean.

Many years and beers later, this is a touch rustic, but really as good if not better than I remember.

Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had to rush out to try this beer when, in the same week, I heard it was endorsed by Krist Novoselic and dis-endorsed by some old family friends as being "too bitter". This distinctively styled 750 mL bottle is best before 20/DEC/15(!!) Pours black and a little on the thick side, with a distinct aroma of alcohol and oak (vanilla, even bourbon). I find the flavor on the mild side, actually, with very little carbonation, just a bit of grainy bitterness, and nice coffee finish. It's not as complex as your typical craft stout but I would absolutely drink this. And at this price per bottle, I could drink quite a lot. The oaky and ethanol/metallic notes remind me of much bigger Russian Imperial Stouts -- which this of course is not -- but I'm perhaps a little too easy to forive what might otherwise be defects, because they suggest to me one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Snow81
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Dark Brown with very little head

Smell: Heat with a bit of a roosted malts

Taste: Malty sweetness, flavors drops out quite fast I can pick nothing else up

Weight: Medium to low body

Finish: Roosted malts very little hoppyness lingers

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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?

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on November 2, 2005. 500mL Bottle. A somewhat clearish but mostly deep brown black pour, topped with two fingers of glorious coffee and cream colored head. Standard salty, dry and coffee roasted stout aroma, with a good waft of dry cocoa bean, roasted almonds and carob. Flavor is somewhat metallic, sharp and stinging, but contains slightly exotic spicy notes and a good dose of chocolate and coffee. Some bitter notes, with a harsh dark chocolate finish. No alcohol noted. Sea salt and coriander. Finish is sweet and salty, but has some oaky tones, but fades fast and leaves a slightly unpleasent sour smack. Overall, quite drinkable.

Photo of Generik420
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink this in college and hadn't had it in years until this weekend. This is a pretty good stout and comes in a huge bottle for a cheap price. I picked up a couple bottles at $2.99 each, for a 27oz bottle, no complaints here. Beer is very dark, basically black, with a nice tan head. The taste on this beer changes subtly as you get into it. At first sip, I found it very roasty, somewhat sour. Almost a little off-putting. After a few more sips, it becomes very mellow, it may just be that your tastebuds get used to the roasted flavor, or it could have been from warming up a bit in the glass. It has a big mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side. Very drinkable once you get a little way into it. For the price, it deserves some shelf space in the fridge as a quality stout that doesn't skimp on quantity.

Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured with a quick dissolving tan head with fine-medium bubbles. There was not much in the way of lacing with this beer. There was not an overpowering coffee taste for a stout. It has a smooth taste to it and it seemed to be a little bit on the thin and watery side in my opinion.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before July 2, 2010 stamped on the bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head. The head didn't stay around for too long, but this brew has a lot of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Overall it's a mostly sweet aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a little bit of licorice. Nice balance between the bitter and sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it is a bit thin for a stout but it's not watery at all. It's somewhat creamy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. Not a bad brew, it's definitely worth a try!

Photo of krberg
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep black topped by a thick, tan head that required no coaxing.

Smells like cocoa powder and sugar.

Sweet and chocolately with a huge roastiness to balance it all out. Certainly more depth in flavor than I had anticipated. There is a slight alcohol flavor, but it isn't enough to detract from the over all flavor.

A little thin bodied. I guess with this level of roast I expect more body...

A very easy drinking beer. I think this would be very nice after a busy night in the kitchen.

A tasty cheap stout that blows all other mass produced, widely available stouts out of the water. Pick one up and check it out. Bring one to your boring irish stout loving friend.

Photo of theopholis
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark, opague brown or black. Tough to tell which. Even when held up to the light, you can't see anything. Impressive. The head is tan, and semi-creamy with decent staying power. Fair amount of lace to.

Aroma- Very nice blend of roasty, creamy, sweet malt. Lots of coffee and mollassas in there to.

Taste- Very nice. Smooth and creamy with a strong coffee presence. Has a nice roasted taste. A hint of smoke to.

Mouthfeel- Another winner. This beer is positively velvety. Medium body, and carbonation level is spot on.

Drinkability- Anybody who lke stouts should give this beer a whirl.

Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. creamy tan head. sits black with dark brown rim

Smell: nose is full of roasted malt supported closely by chocolate. slight but obvious alcohol presence

Taste: dry, mellow presence of roasted and chocolate malts, balance tipped toward roast which lends a bit of extra bitterness to the hops. hint of alcohol throughout. finishes slightly bitter, roasty and dry

Mouthfeel: full body. moderate carbonation. tickles tongue a bit

Notes: overall a tasty stout reminiscent of Irish style stouts

Photo of koolkinkajou
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the greatest beer for the greatest price! I downed almost a full bottle tonight. It has a very dark authentic taste!

Photo of baugherlager
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like the price of this stuff for what you get. A big bottle for around 2 dollars. I think that this beer really just is an average beer but one that I would definately drink again especially when funds are low.

The appearance is very dark looks like alot of stouts I've tried. Head retention wasn't very impressive as it didn't stay very long.

The smell was of sweet and sour, chocolate, and coffee.

It tasted of more sweetness with a bitter and slightly sour finish. and of course more chocolate, and coffee. Left some lacing in the glass.

I don't think I could drink any more than the big bottle of the beer because it does start to loose its appeal after a a while. but I would recommend just make sure you serve it a little colder than what you would normally drink a stout.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours well into a chilly pint glass. Looks like some black coffee I'd drink. The thin mocha tinged head fades away, really looks great.
The aroma is almost world class, especially when ice cold. Smells sweet like a stout and slightly alcoholic. Smells almost like a red ale. Has a metalic taste to it, again like some sort of stout/red ale hybrid. A bit alcoholic again. I was told this brew wasn't the best however I was still a bit let down after I took a few swigs. Hey, its better than nothing.

Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.6 oz. bottle - this is one big beer. Pours a very nice tar black. Aroma is a bit odd, some tangy smoke notes. Flavor profile is a bit tough to nail down. Only moderately roasted malt flavors, much less than the appearance would suggest. Sharp up front, with some roasted flavors that start to hint of coffee, but pull up short. Some chocolate milk flavors lurk in the background, but never come forth. Not a bad stout, but a bit of a lightweight.

Photo of bradybeer
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark chocolate brown. The very active carbonation lends itself to rocky dark brown head. Aroma? Burnt cocoa, slight hops aroma. First sip was sweet, with hint of chocolate candy. Finish however is bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation stays through to the end. Drinkability is good-nothing to go out of your way for.

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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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