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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 143
Photo of t0rin0
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours brown/black, lots and lots of foam (way too much) and takes forever to die down. Kind of irritating really.

Aroma is wheat-like, a bit earthy, roasted, but interestingly enough...skunked.

Flavor was similar to the aroma, imagine a light stout with wheat and skunk mixed in. Not real pleasant but surprisingly not horrible either.

Body was medium but the over carbonation was distracting and brought out the worst aspects of the beer. Wouldn't drink this again.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt umber with dark bronze trim. The top third of the glass is filled with an 'oatmeal mixed with brown sugar' colored crown that is impressively bubbly and is sticky enough to deposit scads of minutely pocked lace. As the beer falls with drinking, the glass is almost completely coated.

Sheaf's snout is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and metal, in that order. Without the latter, it would easily earn the next highest score. Here's hoping the flavor profile is the stout, the whole stout and nothing but the stout.

This beer has an odd flavor (although not an unpleasant one) that I can't quite put my finger on. I think it might be the alcohol coming through more aggressively than expected, but I find that hard to believe at only 5.7%. Although it isn't metallic, it's definitely mineral-like. It's also drier than most beer of this style.

There's a roasted maltiness that delivers an acrid char on the back end. Smoky is another word that comes to mind. A minimal lactic tang is the only thing that keeps this sucker in the milk stout category. In spite of my first impressions, this Carlton & United Breweries offering is beginning to grow on me as I get deeper into the bottle. It's definitely different, but it's also good.

The mouthfeel probably isn't out of line for a relatively low-ABV stout. The relative lightness and the well-buried carbonation is making this 1 pt. 11 oz. bottle a cinch to drain in fairly short order. A couple or three of these would make for a very enjoyable session.

Sheaf Stout may just be the best beer from Down Under that I've had yet. Keep in mind that I probably haven't even reached double digits in terms of 'Oz beer experience'. At only $2.99 per bottle, it's a steal. Especially since it's easily the equal of most of the better known stouts from the U.K.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is a bit thin with a slight roasted tone to it. Flavor is decent. Slightly thin as well with more hitting you on the back end. Prolonged coffee tones on the tail end that stick around long after the liquid is gone. Feel is decent. Slightly thick with low carbonation to it. Very drinkable. Much more a sessionable beer than a craft brew gem. Overall, decent, but not something I would search out in the future. And definitely not my favorite of the style.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twist-off cap, 26 oz. bottle. An old favorite that I love to revisit again and again...
Color, fully black. Head, big, beefy, brown. Aroma: rich and delicious,roasty and bitter beauty, with a lot going on! Anise, pepper, dark rum, a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a touch of cream. Wow! Wonderful!
A brisk battalion of hops jumps on board the palate and remains for the duration. Big, fat, delicious, luscious roasted malt. Flavor and texture is perfect, drinkability divine. A touch of sweetness emerges, and mingles with the darker flavors, making for a more complex flavor profile.
They made an excellent choice to bottle these only in these gargantuan containers. Less would not be enough.

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 DoubleJ
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have never seen this beer in SoCal, and no, this wasn't found in SoCal, but rather Santa Cruz. 750 ml twist-off bottle, on to the beer:

Poured into a weizen glass, the beer is a lighter black, not total darkness. Ruby brown hues at the edges. There still remains a little bit of tanned white head on top. (On the second pour, the head is gone and only dots of tan bubbles spot the top. The aroma....well first, you get a big whiff of molasses. But underneath that, there's a squirt of chocolate syrup, which is pleasant. Almost like a chocolate stout.

Decent taste. If the taste was like the smell, I would be happier. A little molasses first, burnt flavors are obvoius. Banana emerges here and there. There's a little vague sweetness, but it's nowhere to the sweetness you'd get in a Young's Double Chocolate Stout or Mackeson XXX. It feels light, and seems a little overcarbonated. Not luscious or creamy the way other sweet stouts have pampered me. The aftertaste is roasted, but with less than pleasant astrignency.

When I bought this beer, I was physched to try a beer I've never seen or had. When I discovered it was made by Carlton & United, the same folks who do such masterpieces (*sarcasm) as Carlton Draught and Victoria Bitter, I shivered. Sheaf Stout is decent, and it probably is what I could have expected from these guys, and it's not a life changer in your beer pursuit. But hey, it only cost $2.99.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So obviously, no Australians seem to drink this beer. It's something of a curiosity around here - the macro brewery that relies on tasteless pale swill for the masses still churning out a stout. For whom, we might ask? And furthermore, is it any good? Let's find out...

Pours a nice thick black brown with a loosely-bubbled crest of mocha coloured foam. The head dies away after a while, but leaves an oily film on the top and some really top notch lacing. Shame about the retention, but otherwise it looks pretty fine.

Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes on the nose, quite sweet and deep, but with an unfortunate PoR aroma wafting around. It's only there if you look for it, but it has the undeniable smell of stale beer that has been coalescing in the corners of the local Aussie pub. But it's only a subtle flaw, otherwise quite tasty.

Nice roasted characters on the palate, and a really slick mouthfeel. Combined with the cocoa characters, it gives quite the impression of melted chocolate. What a treat. Finish is very dry, however, and an ashy resonance sits at the very back palate. It's not a bad character in a stout, but this one would possibly have gained benefit from a smoother, creamier and sweeter finish.

Overall, a very reasonable stout, and one that I was no doubt unfairly harsh upon. While it doesn't quite have the overarching complexities of the best in the genre, it delivers a solid and drinkable dark experience.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a skimpy tan head.

Smell is sweetish and deeply roasted. Chocolate and coffee aromas are about in equilibrium in this beer. There are no hop aromas in the scent as far as I can sniff.

Taste is just a bit sweet and quite smoky at the beginning. This tastes like it has a large amount of salt in it. Deeper flavor complexities are present but mostly this is Starbucks over roasted coffee in flavor. Vanilla and a bit of caramel are the main part of the complexity. There is unfortunately a trace of oxidation present in this beer; wonder how long BevMo has had it? At best I can only give this an average rating on taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I can only rate this as average in drinkability. The main problem with this beer is that it gives me the impression that there is a large dose of seawater added to it and not the little bit in some Scottish beers either. A beer that all beer geeks must try once but not that great IMHO.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Kahn's Fine Wines in Indiananpolis. Twist off bottle with bottle opener needed cap style.

Appearance- Good tar molasses brown. Tan head with a mediocre film after first few sips. But it did retain throughout the entire bottle.

Smell- A great mix of roasty, creamy, whole-milky, and even toasty. Hints of coffee, toffee and even molasses. Not bad.

Taste- Great even keel for this beer. Smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. TYhe milky sweetness gives way to a more roasted dry texture. A little smokey even at the end of my esophagus.

Very good beer. I wish this beer was more widely available than Guiness.

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 Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with a screw top, like a big bigger version of a bomber bottle. Pour is nearly black with an impressive cap of light brown, craterous head. Retention is good and lacing is terrific, this is a great looking beer.

Nose mostly consists of sweet chocolate and a fair amount of roasty malt. Low on fruitiness and hops, which I can appreciate a lack of in a milk stout.

Taste is rich and milky with a lot of chocolate malt and yeasty bread. A touch of cardboard creeps in there and there seems to be ample hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, but a bit rough around the edges to rival the best of the velvety oatmeal and milk stouts. Pretty tasty though and might be the best Aussie brew I have had. Bonus that it has a nice price tag of 3 bucks.

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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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