Black Sheep Ale (Special) | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Black Sheep Ale (Special)Black Sheep Ale (Special)
BA SCORE
3.7/5
573 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
Ranking:
#28,158
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
573
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
61
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 364
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

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The color of tea, clear beer from the top is closed with a sizable, beige head.
Aroma: hoppy, with a hint of caramel crust of bread.
The taste of caramel maltiness, reflected light, peppery.
Gentian: dry, herbal, quite long.
Saturation average, adequate.

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Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color with thin beige head, taste initially is caramel and hops. Aroma is musty, leather, wet grass, some dried fruit. Finish is dry with some lingering bitterness on the palate. Slightly oily mouthfeel. I can’t place it, but something seems to be missing....

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber. The smell is slightly sweet with faint caramel. Taste is a mixture of malt flavors and a bit metallic initially. Roasty, bitter, not bad.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Superb beaming, crystal clear body. A dark chestnut amber with a bronze and shimmering gold like darkness. Head manages creamy faint tan, two fingers, and gives a good bowled lace and puck. Very nice looking brew particularly in this nonic here.

Classic biscuit and cookie notes, with just a touch of graham cracker like sweetness on the nose. Excellent floral hop angle that really manages to sneak in as well with a bit of dry tea, even some clove spice but much more muted. A bit of a nutty sense to this as well and a bit dry to match. Inviting aroma quite impressive and even slightly complex.

Palate manages to deliver just solidly. Tea like light bodied aromas but with a malt punch. Almost German altbier like dryness with earth and nutty tannic qualities. Interesting pepper and spice like finish in the aftertaste, lingers long and almost has an oily hot pepper quality. Muted caramel, sharp biscuit with this great spicy quality and flavors to match. Small sweetness, great spicy character, easy drinking.

A real solid fun pale drinker and session light to match. Does real nicely and is real memorable too.

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Photo of Fredex8
1.78/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I don't know if I just got a bad batch or something but this beer actually smells of sick. Taste is not much better. In order to finish the bottle I actually had to hold my nose and just down it. Genuinely dreadful.

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Photo of opalchemist
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

That is not a bad beer - though not necessary one for my top 10.

Glass: Craft Beer Flute
Color: dark amber - quite translucent though.
Look: created a beautiful off-white head!
Smell: lots of dark roasted malts, cocoa, a bit coffee...
Taste: The dark malt aromas are dominating the brew, with loads of cocoa and coffee bitterness, caramel, and loads of malt.
Strangely unbalance, but still more than drinkable.

Overall: I like it, even though I don't love it. It could have slightly more body, which would make it more enjoyable.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Xenomorph
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KPatterson95
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Pours clear copper/amber beer with nice beige head, good retention.
Smell - a bit strange and unpleasant twang at first, biscuity and fruity then.
Taste - metallic, malts, caramel, good hops in the finish.
Light body, low carbonation.
Unbalanced bitter, especially concerning smell and flavour.

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Photo of TGS
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GerryPendry
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer, clear amber with a bone-white head that shrunk to a persistent foamy layer and a lot of Belgian lace. I got a weird aroma at first, kind of vegetal. Once it opened up I got English hops, a little malt, sweet citrus, tea maybe...? Interesting. Malty flavor, a little thin, nicely balanced floral hops. This was the second beer I've tried from a brewery that uses Yorkshire stones, the other being Sam Smith's. For that reason I was expecting some of that trademark Sam Smith's diacetyl flavor, but I couldn't detect it. Nice hoppy finish without being very bitter. A little thin bodied but perfectly carbonated, making it very drinkable. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a nice solid English ale.

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Photo of k3ve
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyS
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Malt_Man
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Deep amber colour, slight haze, a few big bubbles rising. Thin white bubbly film.

S) Liquorice-tinged malt and English hops.

T) Warmish malt flavours and slightly astringent hop bitterness.

F) Light body with a good fizz. The hop bitterness dries the mouth at the end of the gulp, which I don't like.

O) Middle-of-the-road English ale.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours gold amber with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, light toffee, orange peel, fruity. Body is light medium, texture is creamy. Finish is long and bitter.

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This beer has a nice golden bronze color with a large white head. This ale has a smell and flavor of bread, malt and some fruit. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I thought this beer was much better than what I anticipated.

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Photo of Foley67
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 573 ratings
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