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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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 theopholis
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

theopholis, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best before date imprinted on bottle of 8Mar08.

Dispensed from a huge ass 1pt 11oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A purely black beer emerges and is topped with a light a nd fizzy tan head. Nice retention given its thin nature.

Aroma is rubbing alcohol and slight chocolate notes. Smells like a deep red wine like a shiraz. The alcohol aroma almost burn the nose hair and pollute the nasal cavities and brain.

Flavor is alcoholic and again, vinous and red wine like. Nice chocolate flavor as well in the very end but it takes a while to get there and by then, I really am weary of the overall flavor. Tastes too much like a rubbing alcohol or paint thinner.

Very thin mouthfeel. This was not a good beer and I think I may pour the rest. I just cant take it. Really a poor example and certainly not a sweet or milk stout. The only way this could possibly be drinkable is at very cold temps.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of rkuhnel
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the bottle in front of me and am looking at it in the glass.

Poured dark brown with a medium head. Appearance is pretty ordinary, but then what can you do to improve brown. Good head, I guess which this one does not have.

Nose is roasted malts wth asome chocolate. Again nothing to catch your attention.

It is a little light in mouthfeel, and bit too carbonated to be a great stout.

So overall; this is simply nothing remarkable, and as stouts go seems no better than average in all respects.

rkuhnel, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.43/5  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.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We've all had Bailey's Irish Creme at some Christmas get together when we were 12 years old and thought it was just some sousy milk with magic currents. The best part is the minty silky creamy eggnog flavor, the worst: the high octane fuel vapor which encompasses half the taste. Such is the predicament of our Aussie comrade. It smells of stout and looks the part but tastes like a spirited kerosene. Not undrinkable but hardly a guzzler m'ate, even though it warms better than it drinks chilled. I recommend letting it sit opened overnight at room tempertaure. I also recommend an American stout over this rather reasonably priced $3.49 pint and 11 ounce mini 40OZ.

thelagerheads, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

scruffwhor, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Zorro, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a dark tan head, fluffy like root beer over ice cream. Great lace.
Smell is heavily toasted malt, smoke, soy, light hops.
Taste is the same with some alcohol added in.
Medium-full body, slightly dry, aftertaste has a good amount of smoke to it. Smooth, creamy brew. Very good stuff. Definitely recommend a bottle or two of this.

PorterLambic, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
2.17/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours black and looks pretty thick. Very small head that quickly disapears into a thin skin on the top of the beer. A harder pour for the second glass produced a much better looking head. Thick, light brown and disapated very slowly.

S: Strong smell of alcohol and licorice with maybe a hint of chocolate. . Can't say I liked it all that much.

T: This is supposed to be a stout? There is a faint hint of roastiness first taste that quickly leaves before you can really enjoy it. Midtaste dosn't taste like a stout at all, doen't even taste like beer! Tastes more like a really cheap white wine. Best part of this is the aftertaste which has a slight coffee-like bitterness and some hints of chocolate. After awhile the vinous flavors start to die down and the stout flavors start to show a little more, though they are still very weak.

M: It looked like it would be thick but it's actually really, thin and watery and pretty carbonated.

D: It took awhile to get used to. I hated it at first but after it warmed a bit and I got used to it I didn't mind it. I didn't finish the bottle however and I definatly wouldn't get this again.

MLegendre, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of leedorham
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown with a medium tan head.

The beer has a strong roasted aroma. Very full.

First taste hits pretty hard with the roasted body. There is a sour taste that seems to dominate over any malty sweetness. I also detect a bit of chocolate-coffee like taste. The chocolate flavor seems to rise as the palate-shock wears off.

Overall, I thought this was going to be work after the first sip but the beer and I got along after the first altercation.

leedorham, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Generik420
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Generik420, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep black colour with a huge, dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and when it does it leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. sweet and malty, with a little roast. bready malt. dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

taste is good. sweet and malty. not too much roast. just a bit of sourness too, which is nice. bready. coffee. bit of chocolate.

mouthfeel is big and chewy. pretty nice.

drinkability on this one is pretty good. it's not a spectacular stout, but tasty and nice. i'd definitely have another bottle.

grub, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of eballard
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark chocolaty black color with a brown head. The head quickly settles into a light lacing on the glass. It has a rich roasted earthy coffee smell. It has a rich malt flavor that settles into a slightly bitter after taste. The beer is smooth and creamy with a medium heavy body. In all the beer has a lot of great qualities. The bitter after taste and the slightly heavy body make it a little difficult to enjoy more then one but it makes a great accompaniment for a stake and would probably make a wonder base for a marinade.

eballard, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight, creamy, light brown head. Can't tell if there's any bubbles...they may be in there though...
Very dark black/brown. Dense, with a tiny mahogany edge, if you look hard enough.
Initially, you can smell iced coffee, with a chocolate sprinkle. But there are other notes in there...hops, molasses, wood.
It tastes very much like it smells, with some caramel in there also. There is bitterness, and roasted flavours toward the end.
I haven't drunk this in years; I have forgotten how much I liked it.

vancurly, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if i just heard about this brew on the Craft Beer Radio podcast (an older show) or not, but they were talkinga bout an Aussie stout and I stumbled across this one. Not too long that I get the chance to drink an australian beer that other pople actually think is tasty, so I was happy to pick this up.

Pours a nice, rugged dark brown with a light, fluffy, quickly dissapating medium-tan head. Light lacing sticks to the glass in a thin layer.

The scent of this brew betrays its heritage as a sweet stout; It's got a light, rich, earthy tone that is too airy to be a heavy stout. There's a burnt cedar scent and some light, sugary coffee.

Light alcohol, wood smoke, coffee, and very light heavy-cream milk chocolate are all present in the flavor. It blends and flows very nicely, making a lovely thing to indulge in after several pints of an english bitter. Lots of interesting and satisfying flavors going on here, nothing particularly offensive. The notes of alcohol decrease as it warms,

Not a particularly heavy stout, this beer has a medium body which finishes relatively dry. A bit of nutty, woody flavors hang about after swallowing.

Overall, I am very impressed with this stout! It's a great beer from Australia. They don't have enough renowned beers and this should be one of them.

Tupperwolf, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At $2.60 per 27 ounce bottle of this stuff I can't help but dip the tastebuds in this tasty stout once in awhile. You wouldn't think such a brew would come from Calton and United or whatever, but it does. Cheers to them for concocting such a creation!

superdavex, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Definately a less assertive stout. Rather dull....and uninteresting.

Poured black with a less than adequate head and no lacing.

Aroma is faint. Some hop spicyness and some chocolate notes.

Dark roastiness, chocolate with a nice hop bite. Smooth going down but just a little too simple.

Crosling, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate milk. Not much going on but seems very inviting.

Appearance: Dense black body with a tightly carbonated ivory head. A bit of cola edging.

Flavor: A bit of grape juice up front, fading into some milk chocolate sweetness, and a roasted bitterness at the end. A nice blend of flavors that are subtle and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a touch over-carbonated.

Overall impression: Highly sessionable. Heavy enough to keep me interested but light enough to not fatigue the palate. A very nice milk stout that should be pleasing to both BA's and non-BA's alike.

mattcrill, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a off white head the falls into a thin sheet.
the aroma is very dark, bit of mollasses, nice roastiness, bit of plum.
the flavor has a smoothness at first, then gets a bit of hop spice, following with a bit of prune, dropping off with a great after taste.
the mouthfeel is very full but that is expected with a sweet stout.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of krberg
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

krberg, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blacker than a black whole, not a hint of light coming through this. Small head which resides rather fast. Tan in colour. Nice lacing

Smell: Strong coffee smell with some burnt malts and sticky sweetness lingering.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and somewhat chewy. A big Smokey coffee hit with burnt malt. Well balanced hop bitterness which stay through to the end and complement the sweetness well. Leaves a charcoal and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Nice balance of Smokey, burnt, sweet and bitter flavours. A robust stout and quite in depth.

Finite, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is creamy and brown, and the lacing is thorough. The aroma is of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma. Roasted malt is dominant at first , but chocolate flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smooth. Overall, this beer has a lot more to it than the 5.7% ABV would suggest.

KarlHungus, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a 20 wine gobblet.

Appearance: This pours a pleasing darkness. Dont be afraid of the dark. Very nice carmel colored head nearly 1 inch thick. The head quickly resolves into a light carmel colored foam. Leaves great lace dancing down the glass.

Smell: Smells of malty woody coffee smells with undertones of alcohol.

Taste: Hey I like this one. Coffee hits me predominately. There is a pleasant maltyness. This one is not overly sweet. The hops are there but are not the major players.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkablility: This is a very good session stout. The mouthfeel is smooth and it is incredibly easy to drink. Dam I wish I had more!

nlmartin, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sheaf Stout
Poured from a 1 pt. 11 oz. brown bottle with no drink by or best by date. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured black with a finger of off white head. Fairly carbonated. The head did not retain very well, but it did leave a small amount of lacing towards the top of the glass. The aroma was of roasted malts with some chocolate and some caramel. The flavor was decently malty as well, not much hoppiness, but - like the aroma - some chocolate, caramel, and also some coffee seeps into it. The body was on the medium side. Sheaf Stout is pretty darn drinkable, and pretty available. I could see myself bringing a few big bottles of this one to parties or get togethers. I would return to this one because of the flavor and overal quality.

edmundfitzoil, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Rumrunner
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pint 11oz. bottle served in a snifter style glass.

I found this beer to be interesting and drinkable but not a stout I would search out. Priced fair for what you get.

Appearance is dark black and inviting. A tiny beige head. Some foam floats in the middle of the glass and the lacing was minimal. The scents are subdued. There is some mild carob and a hint of bitterness. There is a red wine scent which dominates the other scents but overall there is nothing to really excite the olfactory senses.

The flavors are muted. Some carob, toffee and gingerbread at first. They are followed up by some dark fruit. There is a mild bitter coffee flavor but it has a hard time asserting itself. The flavors blend well together but they don't make a statement.

This stout is medium bodied with a creaminess to it and unfortunately a watery quality as well. It also has a bubbly soda feel. It drinks very smoothly and could easily be a stout one could drink a few of in a session.

Overall I found this stout to be pretty mild and somewhat weak. I liked it for what it is but I probably would not buy or order it unless it was the best beer offered.

Rumrunner, Aug 28, 2005
Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.