Black Sheep Best Bitter | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 04-24-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
42
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masham, I enquire of my friend, is the home of Theakston. It turns out that Black Sheep is a rebel from the Theakston family. I was happy to find it in a far-flung pub on the edge of the Hole of Horcum. A nice copper-amber colour with a modest head. Aroma has moderate floral hop and malt. Taste is perhaps a little bit lacking. It is clean and balanced and well resolved but just a little bit light. Moderate bitterness with some apple/citrus fruit balance. It's a very good pint, if not total top drawer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand pump in Wetherby.
Highlights. Great white lacing of a clear golden brew.
Malty and very smooth. A bit of a bitter bite in the finish. Goes great with fish and chips.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a half pint in London near city university with a sausage sandwich for lunch. The beer has a grapefruit hop character followed by very dry, multigrain bread and similar aroma. Another great bitter and perfect for washing down a meal. Certainly worth a try is you're ever wandering around London (like I was).

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Photo of Bucciamarcia
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on a bit of an English Bitter kick, and here is another fine “Old Style English Ale”, I think I like this brewery.
On the pour slightly hazy deep amber, color with the head portly in size and frothy in texture, the color a winsome light tan, which leaves behind a nice coating of lace. Nose is mostly malt; clean and crisp, start is loaded with malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is lightly carbonated, the hops mild and understated, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, a real pleasant beer to quaff on a lazy Arizona Day.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Saint Barabara's Day lunch, first course, 4 pints of Black Sheep (I wont tell you what else I drank).

Very lively, but once it settled down, it looked a treat, off white foaming head on a body of pure delight, a fine amber brown.

The hop aroma isn't overly strong, but is there if you search for it.

Well balanced taste, a true bitter in every sense.

Taste stays for a while, a mid-sweet-mildly-bitter flavour.

Very drinkable.

2011 Update: 1st course at this years Saint Barbara's function, only 3 pints this time. Still a well balanced easy drinking session bitter: ideal before the onslaught of the wines and port which followed.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Mostly a toffee like sweetness. Light floral and earthy hops as well. A big yeast presents that is a bit odd.
T: Follows the nose. A big toffee sweetness that become a bit cloying. Light hops and a big earthy yeast flavor in the finish.
M/D: A medium body that is slightly under carbonated. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, though there are usually much better cask offerings that I will choose from first.

Not bad, a little one dimensional though. The big earthy yeast character is a little strange, and just does not fit with the rest of the English Bitter package. Worth a try, but much better options are usually available on cask.

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Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AuntBea
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of seanyfo
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served by handpump at The Hawes Inn at South Queensferry, into imperial pint glass.

A- 2 finger creamy white head with fantastic retention and belgian lacing. Amber golden body with excellent clarity

S- Light grapefruit and toasted sweet caramel malt, but this is extremely subtle but normal of the style

T- Sweetness of the toffeeish malt upfront balanced with a light grapefruit note and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Finish is perhaps a little sticky rather than dry.

M- Very light, medium body

D- Simple solid session bitter, well balanced with a delicate body, extremely moreish, superb!

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Black Sheep Best Bitter from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.68 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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