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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001)
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Photo of happygnome
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a dark black color with dark ruby hues with an inch of head that dissapears very slowly leaving a good amount of sticky lace
s: roasted malts with chocolate alcohol aroma is present very surprising considering low alcohol level
t: roasted malts chocolate, very coffee like with good amount of bitterness finishes watery with some metallic flavor
m: medium to full bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall this is not a brew that i am going to buy again

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 czechsaaz
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty aroma with some roast malt. Fermentation seems really clean with no yeast aroma or fruity ale character.

Black, no light really gets through. Small but lasting light brown head.

Now in the flavor is where I get a lot of fruit and yeast effect. Lots of dark pit fruit like plums and cherries. Lots of base malt flavor too. Bittering hops are present but not all that strong. What keeps it from being sweet is a good roast character that dries it out.

Nice medium full body with a great creamy CO2 level.

Nice beer, a solid stout.

Photo of rjimlad
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Goatherder kept insisting I give this a go but how can you trust CUB? I used to enjoy the original Tooths gear but lost interest when it was done over by CUB. Anyhow, I picked up a bottle while on a Li'l Critters run and I'm converted. This poured like ink into my trusty schooner glass and left a short creamy hed that dissipated quickly but there was a lovely roasty malt aroma that is rather sweet. A mighty flavour bombardment soon followed and there is a lot going on in your mouth so it took a while to think about what I was drinking. Initial sweet malt is balanced with roasty vegemite with coffee notes. There is a slight bitter finish that prevents cloying and the carbonation offsets the hugeness of flavour with a lip-smacking mmmm. Thank you Goatherder. You know best.

Photo of goatherder
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 375ml stubbie bottle, use by 4/1/08

The head is tan in colour and quite persistent. This beer is as black as night with just a tiny golden highlight around the edges. The nose is quite complex, with hints of vegemite and cocoa. The beer is sweet up front, followed by a rush of flavours - malty, plums, some jammy flavours even. The bitterness sneaks up behind the flavour and helps keep the finish long and satisfying. The 5.7% abv is apparent but not offensive. This beer is quite mouthcoating in it's fullness but still remains very drinkable. I think this is one of the best value beers in the country, cheap and delicious.

Photo of Chaz
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the fridge into a bulb. Inky-dark brown and opaque in color, nearly black to the naked eye and a deep, dark scarlet-tinged brown when held to the light. A medium to moderate pour creates a solid two-fingered medium-dark tan head which lingers a good while and develops some reasonably ornate lacing. Nose offers milk-chocolate, anise, some iodine and light espresso notes. Strikes me as a fairly fruity nose. Anise notes dominate on the palate, mingling with a fairly tangy/roast (burnt?) malt profile. Slightly boozy, with the light buzz coming later, but playing around in the sinuses a bit. Nice, fairly brisk carbonation. Light on the palate, and the lively carbonation is aided by a rather astringent character, which balances the sweeter malt characteristics quite nicely. Medium-sweet, but finishes semi-dry. Nice, lingering notes of milk chocolate and light anise. An old favorite of mine, I first began to truly appreciate this stuff 'the morning after', that is to say after a night out with friends resulted in one-too-many. I'd drink it warm, alternating with a few sips of fresh hot coffee and have since that time sworn by the stuff, it's verily a tonic! But whether as a 'breakfast stout' or as an accompaniment to a nice range of cuisine, Sheaf Stout's a definite keeper, and a go-to stout for the style.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber brown in color with a quickly disapating light brown head. A smell of milky sweetness with roasted malts, chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Taste of roasted malts and a bitter coffee aftertaste. An easy drinker, simple, creamy with med - full body and good flavor.

Photo of theopholis
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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 SaCkErZ9
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Photo of rkuhnel
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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 thelagerheads
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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 PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of MLegendre
2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Photo of leedorham
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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 grub
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of eballard
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of Crosling
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.