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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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82
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SmashPants
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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!!

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of popery
2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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?

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