Black Sheep Ale (Special) | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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84
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571 Ratings
Black Sheep Ale (Special)Black Sheep Ale (Special)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
blacksheepbrewery.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
571
Reviews:
364
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours copper with a small head but great lacing. Thea aroma is malty and very "british" in some ways. The flavor is definitely more bitter than sweet but without throwing off the balance too much. Not very carbonated.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(16.9 oz bottle, code LB6069... poured (and fit perfectly) into a nonic)

L: dull, mildly hazy, medium amber-colored liquid... lovely, cottony, rocky-sudsy foam that jiggles and stays put - oooh yeah!

S: fairly standard stewed apple and pear-like esters, maybe a touch of grassy, lightly-flowery hops still lingering... hints of lightly-toasted, biscuity grain and light caramel... nothing really distinct about the overall aromas, but they're moderately potent and suggest a bit of depth

T: dense, dry, crackery/crusty malt, with a subtle flash of dried fruit and caramel in the finish, and a latent wave of earthy dried grass and a mildly woody, tannic bitterness that swells in intensity and boldness, and a tiny touch of black pepper in the aftertaste... not as sweet as some other BPAs available, decent balance

F: marginal roundness to the body up front but, while a relatively dense but languidly viscous thread of malt body courses through, it drinks fairly light and quite dry on the back end... subtle sudsy sizzle tickles the back of the palate in the aftertaste...

O: not bad, nothing unique, but probably a good bit past its prime... would definitely get again considering it scratches and itch and is one of the relatively few bottled British pale ales readily available to me that actually perfectly fill the large nonic that normally dwarfs the usual 12oz'ers I pour in

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Photo of brewnme
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleSan
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rymish
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MathieuTheard
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ant777uk
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Malty and choclatey...

Quite refreshing and light for a dark beer/ale, though does not really have a strong and deep depth of flavour...

Well balanced though

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Photo of Spike
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Dark amber with an orange hue when held to the light. Clear, with a few streams of bubbles. One-finger, off-white head leaves a wall of lace.
S: Sweet malt. Some treacle. Understated.
T: Malty, woody, some sweetness, a little spicy tang.
F: Medium/light body. Light carbonation. Subtle bitterness that becomes increasingly dry over time and eventually leaves a furry layer on the tongue and roof of mouth.
O: Very attractive beer with a distinct malt character. But taste and feel unfortunately nothing special. A run-of-the-mill English bitter.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light copper color, pillowy off white head, dissipates rather quickly, really good lacing

S: Malty, yeast, get an alcohol fragrance, light hop

T: Malty sweetness, cracker, bitterness

M: Light to medium, a little watery

O: Good beer, I wanted to try some English brews and I picked this one up along with a few others. Not bad but definitely not setting any records.

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Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain68
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale is near the top of its style. To be specific, probably in the top handful.
Not only does it look nice with a full head (despite its travels across the pond), but its aromas of yeastiness and maltiness only gets stronger as the ale warms.
Its Taste and after-taste are balanced, no effort from the hops trying to keep down the malts. Round and finishes smooth.
Overall... Is it those Yorkshire Squares (like the ones Samuel Smith uses) that meld all this together ?

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Photo of Martine
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ppin
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tomcostello
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Huffs
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.7 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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