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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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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

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a murky brown / blackish color with a small head
chocolate and raisins hit the nose with a hint of coffee
chocolate is the dominate flavor here with some biscuit malty-ness
Mouth is a bit thin for me but still pretty decent
this was like $3 for a bottle and it's pretty damn good for the money

Photo of Trigcove
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep, rich black with a tall, creamy, tan head that eventually settles down to a film of fine bubbles covering the surface. It leaves a fine, solid lacing on the glass, all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is also rich and packed with dark, fruity/smokey malt, as well as hints of chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very heavy on the malt, with just enough bitter to keep it from being too sweet. There is a strong note of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. The hops give it that slightly sharp (others have described it as "metallic") bite, but it's not unpleasant at all.

The mouth is not as thick or oily as one might desire in this style, but it's far from thin. There is a fair amount of carbonation on the tongue, but not so much that it seems fizzy.

I could probably drink a couple of pints, but in my opinion a sweet stout is an after-dinner brew. It's not the kind of thing you would bring to a session. You probably wouldn't want more than two. If you did, I don't think it would be true to the style.

Overall, I'm fairly impressed with this one. This was my first experience with it and I can certainly say that it won't be my last. I would recommend it to friends who respect beer.

Photo of BMoney575
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-8-09
Best before 2-6-10

Pours completely pitch black, with a smooth tan head that reminds me of a Guinness. The head clings to the sides, in thick rings.

Smell is sweet and malty, with a pleasant smoke aroma and a great thickness, if that makes sense.

Taste is mellow sweet malt, with a smoky finish and a little bitterness. Very light and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, but maybe that keeps things light.

Drinkability is outstanding; great flavors, low abv, and great balance.

Overall, a terrific session beer, and I'll be buying it again.

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 jtw5877
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a really nice white/tan head which lasted a long time. A real solid stout, a nice malt profile, and the right amount of hop bitterness. My first Australian Stout, and I have to say I really like it.

Photo of mgdurand
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick foam which leaves a lovely, messy smear of muck on the inside of my plastic stein.

Smell is typical roasty with a little phenolic medicine

Taste: it finally came to me, which is why I had to review this. Burned brake linings. Like you left on the e-brake, got on the phone and drove around town; not in a bad way, you didn't crash into anyone, just toasted the linings. Yes, the taste could be broken down into various roasted foods, but mostly it tastes like brake linings. A little metallic on the finish, I guess the linings are sintered metal.

M: just slightly over-carbonated, not too much, but it does add to the impression of watery-ness.

D: If i'm in the mood for brake linings (it happens) I could drink this all evening. Not too much alcohol, not too sweet. Once upon a time (early '90's) this was one of the better beers available to me and a real treat, but with all that we have nowadays Sheaf has become a 1-2/year beer. Still appreciate it though. Like that old stand-by VW bug I drove back then, the one with the messed-up e-brake.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am impressed. I didn't think the Aussie's could brew a decent beer. It is as black as the night and has a nice tan head. The aroma is a bit weird, burnt malts, unmalted barley and a woody, earthy aroma that is soothing in nature. The flavor is robust yet very smooth and not overdone. It is heavy on the unmalted barely and roasted malt and while there is a decent hoppiness, it is very mellow and balanced well with the sweetness. All of that, with a medium/full body, makes for a decent beer that I plan to revisit often.

Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black body with tan head, 2 fingers in height that has great retention and lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke, suggestions of cream.

T- Starts with notes of chocolate, smoke, some vanilla. The finish is mainly oaky chocolate and butterscotch.

M- The carbonation is appropriately low. Mainly great complexities.

D- This is the best $2.99 I've spent in a while. I don't know if this beer is oak aged or smoked, but it sure drinks like it is.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown, creamy head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and chocolatey. It has an alcohol aroma as well. The flavor starts out roasty then moves to a sweet coffee-like finish. The bitterness is subtle on this stout. It is medium-full in body, and has a bit of alcohol warmth to it. It was a surprisingly good beer.

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 RenoZymurgist
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark black brew with a tan head. The head stuck around a bit a left some lace as well. The aroma was very nice with rich sweet, carmelized malt mixed with the coffeelike roasted malt aromas, no hops were detected either. The taste was very smooth with a dark caramel malt flavor and a dry coffee like flavor to balance the sweetness so it dosen't linger too long. A very full bodied and smooth stout I would love to try this on on nitro or especially cask. A nice sweet stout and a good example of the style.

Photo of goatherder
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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 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

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. creamy tan head. sits black with dark brown rim

Smell: nose is full of roasted malt supported closely by chocolate. slight but obvious alcohol presence

Taste: dry, mellow presence of roasted and chocolate malts, balance tipped toward roast which lends a bit of extra bitterness to the hops. hint of alcohol throughout. finishes slightly bitter, roasty and dry

Mouthfeel: full body. moderate carbonation. tickles tongue a bit

Notes: overall a tasty stout reminiscent of Irish style stouts

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of CincyRBob
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 25 oz bottle with a a Feb 2010 "best by" stamp on it.

A=Opaque black, with brown foam. The low lasting power of the head was probably due to the glass I was using. The second pour had a more persistent head, and plenty of lacing. Whatever. It looked like a stout.

There were dominant cocoa, licorice, and alcohol aromas. The taste was sweet, minerally, initially metallic (which, thankfully, I stopped perceiving after a sip or two) and roasty dry bitterness at the finish. Alcohol perceived in taste; not overwhelmingly so.

Thinner body than expected, and therefore (?) not as filling as stouts are often perceived (and hence, fairly drinkable).

To my way of thinking, this is either a sweeter dry stout or a drier sweet stout. Either way, it's a nice compromise that reveals a very drinkable stout. And at only 2.99 for 25 oz, one of the best stouts for your dollar, at least in my market.

Photo of hurdjg
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DgtlDonkey
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of allanpano
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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