Sheepshead Stout | Milwaukee Ale House

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Milwaukee Ale House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English 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: 32 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Will_Turner:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of grynder33
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of this frothy looking beverage was a roasted malt, but it was a little on the light side. The beer was served slightly lower than what I thought it should be,but it looked to good to wait around to warm up. The taste was more satisfying than the aroma, creamy roasted malt taste certainly comparable to the famous Irish dry stouts, maybe a little thinner and a little more bitterness at the very end, but I loved the way the taste of roasted malt lingered in your mouth after each swallow.

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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 cokes
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackish, hued by ruby at the periphery. The head is fully fluffed and tan.
Moderate roast aroma. Supplanted by flakes of trickling sweetness.
Begins as it smells. Fairly roasty, but not ash and char like some, just roasted barley. Chocolaty. Oat provides traces of earth and sweetness, and seems to join well with the minor lactic twang. Hopping dries the finish, but is otherwise insignificant.
This has a medium build that is born for sessions.
A nice mild-mannered Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, opaque even if it is held to a light. It seems to be nitro-infused, small, tight bubbles. The head reached almost one finger in height, beige in color. As expected the head had great retention. The subsequent lacing didn’t cling all that well. The nose didn’t have much of an aroma; it smelled very typical, like Beamish or whatnot. The potency is light; I detected some weak coffee notes, lightly roasty. Clean and very ordinary for the style, so much so I can’t call it inviting. The palate is much improved. It tastes better than a standard offering when you get right down to it. It is flavorful so it has my attention. Rich in flavor, wide, modest coffee notes, a tickle of sweetness, light roasty flavors as well. It is typical for the style but it is done well. I like it; there is good flavor depth even though it falls with in one general realm. It is about medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. This is a good drinker. While it is nothing special it is a well-made stout. It fits the style to a “T”. I can’t complain. This is a great session beer. Worth trying.

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

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

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 Eman17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro pour, very dark with moderate creamy tan head. Smells mild like most nitro beers but a touch of roasted barley and sweet cereal was detected. Flavor had a nice balance of coffee, roasted grains, a touch of oatmeal in the middle leads to a smooth finish with a bit of acidity to clean the palate. I really liked this. The body was thicker than expected which really helped this beer from being a nitro disaster, like most are. A bit sweet but the finish evens it out well. Very sessionable.

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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 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 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,'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 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 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 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 BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 npachl
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Winter
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sheepshead Stout is one of my favorite offerings from the Miwaukee Ale House. This amazingly delicious stout is served from a nitro tap. A luscious smooth creamy tan head, that's about a 1/2 inch thick, introduces itself as it sits atop an opaque black body. The lingering creamy head will still be the last thing you will see when you reach the bottom of your pint. Aroma consists of roasted malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky smooth, but seems just a tad on the thinner side, ala Murphy's Irish Stout. Brewed with nine different malts, the rich flavor primarily consists of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. This is one I could drink all night and a 'must-try' for any soul who finds comfort in a great stout.

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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 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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Sheepshead Stout from Milwaukee Ale House
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 32 ratings