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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-24-2012 03:05:17 | More by NickThePyro
Photo of EvanWilliams


3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-23-2012 06:15:57 | More by EvanWilliams
Photo of jimmah120


4/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 22:51:19 | More by jimmah120
Photo of allanpano


4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-10-2012 21:28:03 | More by allanpano
Photo of CincyRBob


4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-08-2012 21:00:19 | More by CincyRBob
Photo of Offa


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:16:48 | More by Offa
Photo of BigJim5021


3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-03-2012 04:48:05 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of SmashPants


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:38:06 | More by SmashPants
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:08:18 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of popery


2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:43:45 | More by popery
Photo of RickS95


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:14:22 | More by RickS95
Photo of TOMO


4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-02-2012 03:35:46 | More by TOMO
Photo of LJWalker


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-13-2012 13:40:13 | More by LJWalker
Photo of theowlsayshoe

South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout 750ml bottle
a - Gorgeous dark brown with lots of head
s - Smells of soft coffee
t - Very mild stout, leaves palate quickly and smoothly. A little “stout” taste at first than silky smooth. Dark latte like complexity, almost fruity but not quite.
m - Light mouth feel that covers the whole mouth top to bottom
o - Overall it is one of favorites ever, I could drink a little or a lot and feel complete.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 07:43:35 | More by theowlsayshoe
Photo of hopnerd


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-14-2012 10:09:34 | More by hopnerd
Photo of Julian4077


1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

05-11-2012 10:45:03 | More by Julian4077
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pint 9.5oz bottle into standard pint. Fridge temp. Freshness date 20apr13 printed on bottle. From notes taken 4/3/12

A: Opaque black with 2.5 fingers tan head after an aggressive pour. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, slight bitter chocolate, and small hop presence at first. Smells sweet with a touch of malted barley and caramel. Like iced coffee with cream, it smells rich.

T: Coffee at first that becomes a slightly tangy chocolate and then bitterness. Bitterness is hops and that charred bitterness from dark roasting. Pleasant to drink.

M: Very thin for a stout but much richer than expected for such a thin beer. Not all that smooth considering the mouthfeel, watery like a lager, enhances the bitter iced coffee aspect of it.

O: Good but not great, smells wonderful for sure. Not bad considering the price of $3.00 for a 25.5oz bottle though. There are other stouts I would go to before this one. Considering the coffee/chocolate notes I thought it would go well with vanilla ice cream, I was wrong. This is not a good beer-float beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:09:18 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Photo of codynevels


3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-02-2012 04:15:35 | More by codynevels
Photo of Cattafin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-26-2012 02:24:43 | More by Cattafin
Photo of Kopfschuss


3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-25-2012 01:06:44 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of hinemk76


2/5  rDev -44.6%

03-21-2012 03:18:27 | More by hinemk76
Photo of shelby415


3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-11-2012 07:29:57 | More by shelby415
Photo of kojevergas


2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 09:08:19 | More by kojevergas
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-10-2012 03:23:51 | More by enznevr
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-04-2012 23:55:30 | More by BrewCaveDweller
Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.