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Sheepshead Stout | Milwaukee Ale House

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Milwaukee Ale House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2003

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of tourdot
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown pour with a lush 2 finger head that isn't going anywhere soon.

Aroma of melted chocolate, lactose, metal, and oats. Nothing more than this, but that's fine as it does it well and it's plenty loud.

Plenty of delicious chocolate in this one to go around - melted, fudge, mousse...it's all there. It starts with melted pocket chocolate, then oats, sugary milk at the bottom of the bowl, some slight metal, and then chocolate mousse. It's a pretty great flavor profile with minimal flaws (metal).

Feel is smooth and slick, with a creaminess rivaling cappuccinos. A mildly dry finish wraps it up.

Overall, MAH is pretty good at their stouts - I liked their Sweet Potato one a lot, and now this. Very solid offering.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Black coffee with a light 1 finger mocha head. Normal retention with spotty lacing on my glass. Roasted malts with a pleasant coffee aroma. Some chocolate with cream and sugar. Lighter body, which is okay for this stout. It is easy to drink and has nice carbonation. Simple, delicious, and a great price. When you want a lighter, tasty coffee stout, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of CPAles
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of runwild99
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotiks
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Abbbp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Nitro pour at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is black with a quarter inch of tan head. Oats, roast,chocolate. Classic oatmeal stout aroma and flavor. Super easy to drink. Delightful feel on the palate, attributed in large part to the serving medium. Well balanced and easy drinking. One of the highlights from this establishment.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, drank on the patio facing the Milwaukee River/boats. Looks like a nice, deep, rich stout, protypical black in color, solid viscosity, ample creamy beige head on the top.

Some chocolate malt, moreso than chocolate in the aroma, oats round out the roasting from mashing the nose.

Taste was plenty smooth, the oats are the leading component, keeping this is slick mouthfeel, without any bogging down with bitterness, burnt roast, heft, alcohol heat etc . . .
Came off also like an irish dry stout, save the oatmeal. Its not particularly flavorful, it is drinkable for sure, and worthy to show people that all stouts/dark beer isn't boozy or hard to drink.

Was probably my second or third favorite beer they made during my time in Milwaukee.

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Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Will_Turner
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer, probably one of the Milwaukee Ale House's better selections.

Appearance - Brownish-black with a nice two fingers head of tan foam. Looks tasty.

Smell- Average for the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel - The beer starts of with tasty chocolately and coffee flavors The nitro adds a velvety smoothness. Unfortunately, these pleasant sensations don't last long. The finish turns watery and nearly flavourless. Very dissapointing after a nice start.

On the whole, I've had many better oatmeal stouts. Don't seek this out. On the other hand, if you're already at MAH, this is one of their better options.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color. Poured a half finger head that dissipated to a thick skim laced the glass in sheets.

S: Bitter coffee and chocolate. Earth and peat.

T: Like the nose. Smooth, rich and creamy. Bitter throughout. Very dry. Oatmeal character in the foundation.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and chewy. Dry.

O: Classic oatmeal stout. Flavorful, smooth, bitter and dry.

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Photo of breslaubrewer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the ale house. Nice black beer in a pint glass with thick creamy head. Aroma was of chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel was full definately a heavier stout. Taste was good with coffee and chocolate notes, some roastiness, no hop flavor, but a balanced bitterness. A decent stout, but unable to have more than two pints due to fullness. Good beer to pair with dessert expecially chocolate cake.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy, two-finger, beige-colored head with decent retention and lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

Opens smooth and creamy with flavorful notes of coffee and chocolate. Slightly sweet taste profile. Suggestions of roasted barley, malted milk balls and toasted oats follow. Finishes powder dry. Pairs extremely well with the Sheepshead Stout Pot Roast.

Smooth and flavorful with a velvety mouthfeel, this oatmeal stout is highly sessionable. I've had Sheepshead Stout on a number of occasions and it has never disappointed me. Recommended.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exciting beer for me. Not because it's the best stout I've ever had, but because it was the first stout I ever had that introduced me to the world of micro-brewed stouts. It had flavors and characteristics I'd never experienced before (when I first sampled it at least) that have informed the trajectory of my beer drinking.

It's got a pretty solid black/brown color and a not quite white head. I'd give it a medium body yet somewhat thick mouthfeel and solid marks for a sweet yet, rich, and slightly dry flavor. A good beer.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark black with great dark tan head that swirled around the pint glass as you observe. Roasted barley smells and a little sweetness. I liked the taste but it was way too heavy on the roasted barley malt that they used. Not a good proportion here. The flavor was good with coffee, chocolate, and the sweetness. Didn't care much for this one.

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Photo of WJVII
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew came in a dark mocha color with a nice 1 inch thick off white head that left substantial lacing. The aroma was of sweet chocolate, some light burnt malts and a balance of coffee. The taste was extremely smooth with a nice chocolate taste that wasn't too sweet and had a mild caramel after taste. This was not too think and was easily drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty stout that is a little light on the oatmeal. The body fits the profile and the flavor is equally full. The appearance is very appealing with pleasant tight-bubbled beige head.

A good dry stout which didn't disappoint. A good alternative to the Irish big boys but comes across as the weaker American cousin.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer made a good impression with a nice head. A black beer, brown at the edges with only a bit of roasted malt in the nose. It had a decent, clean roast flavor balanced with malt. Hops are there but in the back ground as it should be for this style.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As close to black as brown is going to get, with a thick finger of head like a layer of chocolate milkshake. Moderate lacing and remarkable persistance. The head would have stuck around for the entire glass, was I not nursing it to time my departure with slower drinkers. Had to bury my nose in the glass to get a good whiff of the stuff, but it was rich and charred malt that I found.

Taste is not quite baker's chocolate, but not sweet. Maybe semi-, semi-, semi-sweet chocolate chips, smoothing out to toasted malt and a slow touch of hop bittering. Not super-stout thick, but all oatmeal velvet in the mouth and comfortably carbonated.

To date, gotta be my favorite Ale House beer. This glass was clearly fresh. I was just drinking at the time, but I'd bet Sheepshead's pleasant dryness and weight (relatively light for its powerhouse presentation) would sit well with a meal.

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Sheepshead Stout from Milwaukee Ale House
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