Black Sheep Ale (Special) | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

BA SCORE
84
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572 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:
572
Reviews:
364
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of JohnOSE12
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbloomberg3
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BostonJustin
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geoffq
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjgittens
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Parsj3
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CStang67
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours nice deep bronze color with bright white head that slowly settled to a lasting thin 1/2 pencil head. The aroma was malty with a hint of fruit hut all in all the aroma is low with a very little citrusy hop presence. Taste is malt forward rich bread and caramel notes throughout the palate. Bitterness is strong which leaves a nice dry finish. A very refreshing sessionable beer that is one on my favorite English bitters I had while in the UK.

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Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brabander
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not really my beer but drinkable. I expected a black beer but this one is goldenyellow with a fairly decent head. Nice lacing in the glass. Bitter taste and the funny part is that you do not really notice that this beer is low on alcohol.

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

Photo of Tdenham
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bunman3
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

This pours beautifully, as an English Ale should. Nice foamy head that gradually dissipates. Black Sheep leaves some faint lacing and has minimal carbonation- again, true to the style. The flavors are excellent - caramel, nuts and overall earthiness with a minimal hop profile. This is a wonderful beer - a nice treat when I feel a longing for a plough man's lunch at the local.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Techichi
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mintling
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Appearance: Nice amber. Clear. No head retention.
Smell: Faintly earthy and grassy.
Taste: Sour, bitter and metallic. Quite roasty. Very faint hint of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Watery, dry and chalky later on.
Overall: A strident, roasty and bitter brew. Not bad but a tad underwhelming.

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Photo of Magnus-Robot-Hunter
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Good Head, little bit of a yeast or faint sour tast, but smooth to drink.

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Black Sheep Ale (Special) from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.7 out of 5 based on 572 ratings.
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