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Sheaf Stout - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-20-2001)
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Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife grabbed this in WA state simply because it was clearly labelled "stout" and because it was from Australia (I have relatives there). 1 pt. 11 fl. oz. A deceptively simply bottle. No ABV, no information about the brewer other than the name and country...almost a throw back to the beer labels of the 70s.

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with a brown foamy head. Smells much like a typical stout. In look and smell reminds me of McAuslan's oatmeal stout. Taste is somewhat similar: roasted barley, hints of oatmeal and slight traces of chocolate. A bit less bitter than the McAuslan's and definitley superior to Labatt's Guinness Extra Stout.

A good standard stout; in my opinion, worth drinking again. I only wish it was more accessible to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 07:21:10 | More by BDTyre
Photo of BrewCaveDweller


4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-04-2012 23:55:30 | More by BrewCaveDweller
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big A$$ Bottle: A solid dark brown cola coloured brew that borders on super dark brown/black but is not quite opaque. Head is slightly tan/khaki and it does not last too long, or leave a lot of lacing. Aromas are all sweet lactic milk stout aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and milk, with some nice roasted malt notes as well as just a hint of flowery hops. Taste follows suit with the lactic, sweet chocolate/coffee notes, but this one is a little thin in the mouth. No worries, drinkability remains nice especially considering that this is a "macro" milk stout. It is quite nice, and if you can still find fresh bottles around, they are quite the value as well. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 17:41:10 | More by francisweizen
Photo of elglueckert


4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-05-2013 22:26:56 | More by elglueckert
Photo of Finite


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blacker than a black whole, not a hint of light coming through this. Small head which resides rather fast. Tan in colour. Nice lacing

Smell: Strong coffee smell with some burnt malts and sticky sweetness lingering.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and somewhat chewy. A big Smokey coffee hit with burnt malt. Well balanced hop bitterness which stay through to the end and complement the sweetness well. Leaves a charcoal and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Nice balance of Smokey, burnt, sweet and bitter flavours. A robust stout and quite in depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 11:59:33 | More by Finite
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-28-2011 20:22:06 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Bitterbill


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 12, 2011. Bottle purchased online from France 44 in Minnesota.

Ah, revisiting an old friend; I haven't tasted it in many years.

It looks to be a pitch black with a creamy +1 finger head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing. Excellent head retention during the session.

A nice roasted malt nose with under currents of chocolate, both sweet and dark. There's a nice bitter/sweet thing going on.

The taste brings the smell to my taste buds. Roasty, bitter and sweetish from the chocolate, some hoppy notes that I have tasted in quite a few Australian ales/lagers. Quite tasty and surprisingly, brings a bit of an alcohol burn.

Pretty light bodied with medium carbonation, it has an above average mouth feel. Drinkability is good despite the "burn". In years past, I found Sheaf Stout and excellent brew to experiment with black and tans. I'm glad I found this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:27:58 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Generik420


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 15:35:04 | More by Generik420
Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before July 2, 2010 stamped on the bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head. The head didn't stay around for too long, but this brew has a lot of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Overall it's a mostly sweet aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a little bit of licorice. Nice balance between the bitter and sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it is a bit thin for a stout but it's not watery at all. It's somewhat creamy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. Not a bad brew, it's definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:23:40 | More by bluejacket74
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 18:45:21 | More by pweis909
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very deep, dark brown with a mocha head that is pretty creamy and has good retention. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice lactose quality. There is a bit of a floral aroma to this. Aromatic and maybe just a bit sweet for my tastes.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma, but not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe.

M- Not as creamy as I would have hoped for a milk stout, and maybe just a bit too much kick from the carbonation, but this adds to the drinkability I'm sure.

D- About spot on for the style. Doesn't blow me away, but it is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:14:11 | More by david131
Photo of flagmantho


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:20:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 06:05:10 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours very dark, solidly opaque with a thin, light brown head and dense bubbles.

S: Smells chocolaty and roasted with a slight hint of licorice and coffee; decadent and rich.

T/M: A low to medium amount of carbonation leads to an astringent coffee flavor up front followed by dark, sweet malt and a bit of chocolate on the finish.

It's a lot of what a great stout should be with very little of what it should not.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:19:51 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 22:58:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout pours a black color with a very small head. There is a sweet lactose infused aroma with nice mellow roasted notes. The taste has a roasted malty backbone with a nice creamy lactose kick. A little bit light in the flavor, but still very drinkable. Overall a nice and solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:31:00 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Chaz


3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 00:54:20 | More by Chaz
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only one place in all of Toledo was carrying this, so I had to give it a try. Notes are from a few days ago.

This one's black with deep, dark brown highlights. A tan head pours nicely, sticking around for a good long time and leaving some nice, patchy lacing.
The smell is heavily of malts with some underlying sweetness. There was some dark chocolate on the nose along with a molasses/ black licorice that reminded me of a doppelbock. Interesting.
There's a nice roasted malts flavor with some course coffee flavor right on the tongue. This brew is very much proper for the style in terms of the flavor. There's a decent bitterness to this one as well and it's pretty well-balanced. As I let it sit, I got more of a flavor reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming.
This one isn't thin, but hard-core stout lovers might find it a bit so for the style. Otherwise it's about medium-bodied with a nice smoothness and a little crispness to it as well.
This is one that's sort of under the radar but truly worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:08:50 | More by Brenden
Photo of LiamAhearn


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque black, almost ink like. Off white head and med-low carbonation that struggles to keep any head.

S: Pleasant deep roast malt aroma with a coffee note which is balanced with some sweetness. A very mild alcohol note is also faintly detectable.

T: Soft rich malty sweetness with balanced roast character which is purely in support and not overpowering. The bitterness level is really well done and stops the beer from being cloying and also lets the malt complexities come through. A very low level of oak like flavour also comes through as the beer warms up but this is a very delicate part against the much larger characters in this beer.

M: Med-light body and reasonably clean finish with only roastiness lingering on. Carbonation being on the lower side lends itself to a soft creamy texture in this beer.

D: I wouldn't be looking to drink more than a couple of these in a night but it would make for a great night cap or an after dinner beer matched with some chocolate to finish off the day.

A good example of a milk stout.



Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 10:59:31 | More by LiamAhearn
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- dark brown almost black. Cinnamon colored head that dissapears pretty quick. not much retention.

Ar- Sweet, smells like milk. Maybe a bit of caramel. I smell figs, dates, or some kind of dark fruit. Can't put my nose on it.

T- very smooth and sweat. I like this stout, especially for the price. This is tasty.

M- light/medium body. good carbonation for this style of brew.

O- an enjoyable brew, especially for this price. I like that flavor, very sweet and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:04:39 | More by BeerNutz324
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 04:38:27 | More by superdavex
Photo of heygeebee


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a stout for a while.... cold night tho.

Pours as a stout should - half finger tan head over black body. Head dies, filmy lace.

Moderate aromas of chocolate, coffee, malts.

Taste is silky smooth, sweet, malt driven, chocolate, coffee, with moderate balanced hop bitterness to follow. Full bodied enough to pass for a much higher ABV stout.

Quite highly carbonated. unusual.

Good beer. Look forward to more in winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 10:36:37 | More by heygeebee
Photo of czechsaaz


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 06:18:56 | More by czechsaaz
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the only beer carlton brews thats worth a cracker. great dark color, and ive always liked the brown hue of the head when you pour it. strong coffee aromas on the nose, and a lovely roasted flavor with robust chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of pepper.

carlton have always tended to be heavy handed on the bitterness, and have done their best to try it on with this beer, but fortunately fail. the dryness (not bitterness) of the finish is what makes this beer worth drinking. by the same token its not a stout i can drink too many of in one go solely because of its dryness.

still its nice to see a stout that has that element of uniqueness, and for CUB, even moreso. its probably the only beer they brew that has maintained any of its original integrity over the years.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 14:32:29 | More by diablo14
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some foam, but didn’t last long. Opaque black in color. A complex nose: Toasted coffee with cream, and some bittersweet chocolate notes in the aroma. Smooth, sweet initial taste: the carbonation is perfect: a little tingle, not fizzy. Fire roasted malt gives it a nice thick stout taste: more mellow, and better than Guinness, in my opinion. Hops are there in abundance, but are well disguised, and round out the experience that lingers on the palate. Excellent!! A couple of bucks for 27 oz. of great stout! Try it!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 14:44:35 | More by palliko
Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
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