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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Sheaf StoutSheaf Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%


Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website
Australia

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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DoubleJ

California

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 07:04:03 | More by DoubleJ
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DaveHS

California

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ass bottle with a twist off cap for $3.99.

A-Pours charcoal black with with 1/2 inch of creamy milk chocolate colored head.Leaves scattered foamy lacing.

S-Light roasty malts, bitter chocolate. Can't smell much else.

T/M-Medium bodied and smooth, with a light roastiness. Coffee bitterness, condensed milk sweetness. There's a prominent off flavor reminiscent of wet cardboard, and the fizzy carbonation distracts from the range of flavors, rather than supporting them.

D-Doesn't do much for me. The body is too thin and fizzy, and the flavor profile is all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:12:11 | More by DaveHS
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:39:39 | More by t0rin0
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black petroloid appearance, in fact a delicious ochre head is the only reason I know I don't have a glass of petrol in my hand. Leaves thick but pocky lacing on the glass. Very decent-looking stout.

Gritty coffee nose with a slight cocoa-powder character on it. Slightly sour aspect on the back, this has an over-roasted coffee smell, a bit sweeter than that, but not great. Pretty simple dark beer smell.

It's a bit too cold at the moment, but yeah, slightly sour toasty notes, a lot of dark malt on that. Gritty and sour with a very slight cocoa touch but not much and not impressive. Beer, I can get this shit at my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I don't have a local Starbucks any more. But yeah, just because you're alcoholic doesn't give you the right to be gritty and unpleasant. This beer stands for everything I actually dislike about darks and doesn't have enough character to save it. Mouthfeel is very thin.

I can see what they're trying to do, but this beer just reminds me why I typically say in my reviews that I don't like dark beers. Frankly I'd happily pay for an airfare to Oregon to grab some Rogue Imperial Stout rather than drink this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 06:53:08 | More by laituegonflable
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ByTheCase

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was like sucking on a dirty penny!
That was my experience with Sheaf Stout.

It looked good, smelled good, poured well and felt great...reminiscent of a thick Guinness. However, the taste straight out of the bottle was like a rusty copper penny had a bastard love child with the bottle cap. Awful all around.

I let it sit for a bit. After about 20 minutes of contemplating whether I should finish the bottle or not, I gave it another try. Sure enough, like a young wine it tasted better after it had a moment to breath. Still had a metallic twinge to it though.

Perhaps for someone with a bent for the curious this may be pleasant. However, for a former Coug and everyday normal guy: not so tasty.

I won't be trying this very inexpensive import again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 07:38:27 | More by ByTheCase
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 09:08:19 | More by kojevergas
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Crosling

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 00:07:21 | More by Crosling
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed I didn't like this imported stout more than I did. It had a lot of promise - but from the very first wiff, I was kinda turned off. It just smelled so...alcoholic to me. Tasted so, too - normally with a nice stout it's hidden by all the other flavours, but in this case, not so much. I really enjoyed the aftertaste that lingered on my tongue, that was a great positive. Besides that, unfortunately, I didn't see much I enjoyed for me to return to for another go.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:26:04 | More by timtwoface
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popery

California

2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
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
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 23:35:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
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MLegendre

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 06:45:02 | More by MLegendre
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alexhahn82

California

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Black. Yep, its a stout. 1.5 finger head a few hints of lacing.

S - Mmm Mmm good, Chocolate! Chocolate, and a little creamy sweetness smell similar to frosting.

T/m - Mehhh. Alarmingly meh. meh. I can taste a hint of the original "soul" of the beer, a slight hint of chocolate, but alas I am overwhelmed by a metallic taste, but its in a bottle, hissed when opened, cap looks intact and no hint of rust or spoilage. I am disappoint son.

0 - 0verall nothing to write home about, kinda average, but on flavor profile I would rate it a "run for the hills" seek to avoid! Maybe because its from a continent away and a sketch store?

PP (Price Point) - $4 for a 25.4 oz bottle is again, Meh, nothing great here, just because there is extra beer compared to a bomber, doesn't mean its good!! No go in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:52:39 | More by alexhahn82
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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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