Sheaf Stout | Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 25.4oz brown bottle into glass. On neck of bottle is stamped 'BEST BEFORE 120419 11568'.
Deep brown colored body, with medium brown back lit highlights. Quarter finger of creamy tan head upon pouring, fades away to partial cap and ring. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with a little dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with a medicinal peaty flavor coming through the last half. Higher up there are some hints of dark fruit with undetermined sweetness/tartness. There are hints of chocolate that bob in and out. The after taste is short and dry.
Mouth feel is medium plus, with some creaminess. Okay carbonation.
A dark beer that is pretty in the glass, with its expanse of web lacing. Remindful in a way to Guinness Stout but overall less flavorful. This is a good choice at the pub, and to pair with savory meats and cheeses.

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Photo of MNAle
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is almost whiskey-like, then smoky, roasted, but still alcohol. Black - opaque, with bubbles visible just at the glass. Tall tan head, thick and creamy. The head recedes moderately, leaving bubbly lacing. Feel is thin to moderate. Initial taste is dark fruit and roasted malts, transitioning to a slightly astringent bitterness in the middle and finish. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter. The middle and finish also has an odd earthiness that is hard to describe; not unpleasant, just unusual. Overall, seems to be a bit of a cross between an English Stout and a Dry Irish Stout. Good enough to buy again (but, I probably won't).

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pt. , 9.4 oz. bottle:

Pours dark brown to light black. A creamy tan head lasts, leaving lacing.

The smell is of cocoa/coffee. Alcohol shows a bit more than expected for 5.7 abv.

The taste is of cocoa/coffee, some dark fruit and an earthy bitterness. Dry, bitter-ish finish.

Slight initial fizz soon settles. Hits medium bodied. Smooth.

A nice stout, though it is not "sweet" (or "milky"). Much closer to an English Stout (without the charcoal smokiness of some classics of the style). Dry version, but not quite an Irish Dry Stout either. Whatever the case may be, it is a bitter/dry interpretation of a stout. Unique.

Very reasonably priced at about $3.25 for the bottle.

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Photo of Alexkauruk
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black with a little lace. Taste is ok: burnt malt, balanced, kinda thin for appearance, a bit more dry than i would like, you can feel some alcohol taste- not too bad. Overall good beer for the price. Will buy it again for sure.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I used to really like this beer, so I don't know if they changed the recipe, or if my tastes have just changed. In terms of look, smell, and mouth feel, this beer is more-or-less what you would expect of a stout. It is black with a good, thick, tan head. The mouth feel is somewhat astringent because of excessive dryness; an overwhelming sort of sherry taste that is just way too overwhelming for a beer or ale. I HATE an excessively dry beer that's so attenuated that it could pass for wine. This beer is one of those. It is basically a smoky/toasty wine.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at South Lyndale Liquors two days ago. Best before 08/09/15 L: Dense bright black with a 1” tan foam cap that rapidly dissipates. S: Faint wet cardboard, rich malts, some licorice, some dark dried fruit. T: Creamy, startsdsweet but finishes dry. A little chalkiness, some chocolate. Malt is medium to medium high. Hops are medium to medium low. Traces of toffee. Its just a shade oxidized. F: Creamy medium to medium full body, medium low carbonation. O: A fairly decent milk stout.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a decent tan head. The usual sweet chocolate malt and coffee scents are here, as in most stouts, but the taste is pretty mild and more burnt and bitter than sweet. It's also thinner in the mouth than you would suspect by looking at it. Overall, it's a supremely pedestrian stout...but at the price point, usually under three bucks a bomber around here, it's hard to complain about the bang for the buck. If your cash strapped, you can do a lot worse than a couple of these...

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Solid, dark black, opaque, with a light tan head that fades quickly. Significant lacing.

S - Strong note of alcohol, with underlying roasted malt and grain elements.

T - The note of alcohol is significantly reduced but not eliminated on the tongue, with the roasted grain and bready malts coming forward. A slight sweetness mingles with a mild carbonic bite.

M - Brisk carbonation and a light feel keep this easy and drinkable.

O - Decent stout. A nice roasted note, but the alcohol element is pretty strong for a ABV below 6%.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours black as expected, with thin beige foamy head. Aroma is burnt and chocolaty. Taste is dark roasted malt and chocolate. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Nice! .

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours well into a chilly pint glass. Looks like some black coffee I'd drink. The thin mocha tinged head fades away, really looks great.
The aroma is almost world class, especially when ice cold. Smells sweet like a stout and slightly alcoholic. Smells almost like a red ale. Has a metalic taste to it, again like some sort of stout/red ale hybrid. A bit alcoholic again. I was told this brew wasn't the best however I was still a bit let down after I took a few swigs. Hey, its better than nothing.

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Photo of avwrite
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Surprisingly dark and malty. A bit thick, little foam.

S - Nothing too strong. Mild smell.

T - Tastes a lot like guiness, both in strength and texture.

M - Smooth going down, but lacking any distinct characteristics.

O - A mild stout. Feels like Australia's answer to guiness.

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Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had to rush out to try this beer when, in the same week, I heard it was endorsed by Krist Novoselic and dis-endorsed by some old family friends as being "too bitter". This distinctively styled 750 mL bottle is best before 20/DEC/15(!!) Pours black and a little on the thick side, with a distinct aroma of alcohol and oak (vanilla, even bourbon). I find the flavor on the mild side, actually, with very little carbonation, just a bit of grainy bitterness, and nice coffee finish. It's not as complex as your typical craft stout but I would absolutely drink this. And at this price per bottle, I could drink quite a lot. The oaky and ethanol/metallic notes remind me of much bigger Russian Imperial Stouts -- which this of course is not -- but I'm perhaps a little too easy to forive what might otherwise be defects, because they suggest to me one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit of a mass produced stout, being from the carlton folks and all, but I quite like it. its got all the dark aromatics and flavors of roasted barley, cocoa, and spent coffee grounds, but packages neatly in a dryer, thinner bodied version than many. it makes for good warm weather drinking down under, but also makes for plenty of quantity consumption, being as light as it is. not sure why its categorized as a sweet stout here, I don't get any of the lactose sugars or other nonfermentables that make that style what it is. this is pretty straightforward to me, with a great roasty toasty profile throughout and good carbonation too. its bitter in the finish, and the big bottles are not too much due to its unique drinkability. when I lived in Australia, I liked this out of a frozen mug. my affinity for frozen glassware has dwindled since then, but this beer is still fantastic in that format. nothing out of the ordinary here, but a serviceable dark beer in a market that was hurting for that until recently.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout pours a black color with a very small head. There is a sweet lactose infused aroma with nice mellow roasted notes. The taste has a roasted malty backbone with a nice creamy lactose kick. A little bit light in the flavor, but still very drinkable. Overall a nice and solid stout.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, light-impenetrable body with a thick finger of rich tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lacing. A nice looking stout.

Smell: sweet, lightly chocolatey aroma with a bit of acidity and a hint of vegetal hops. Mostly clean, but a bit on the mild side.

Taste: lightly sweet with a nice chocolatey flavor and a light vegetal hoppiness. There is a good malt complexity here, though, with some toffee and dates. There's a little more acidity than I normally like, but the depth of flavor really makes up for this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: I like this beer. It's got an interesting complexity and, while it is not perfect, is a solidly drinkable stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown pour. Looks lighter in color than most stouts, even milk stouts. Thin beige head on it. Average lacing.

Aroma was mild. Reach for it and you can smell caramel, chocolate roasted malt.

Substantial roasted malt in the flavor. A milk stout? Didn't taste like it. Isn't it supposed to have a small lactose character and not a harsh bitterness? Too much bittering hops and burnt malt not in proportion to the rest of the malt bill. Cocao like flavor, dry, mild chocolate implications, but it seems like they really burned the hell out of the chocolate malt here. Bitter, metallic, thin. Needs some heft. No aspect is terrible tasting, but it is average at best. Too much carbonation. Too much of everything that should not be in a milk stout.

This one seems to be getting harder and harder to find, had my first one back in the 90s I believe. College.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1-pint, 9.4oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Best by - July 13, 2014. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger mocha head with decent retention. Pitch-black colored body. No light even peeks around the edges. Little bit of a clinging lacing around the edge.

S- Fruity, chocolate malts and sweet creaminess. More dark fruits than I was expecting. Modest, but appealing aroma.

T- Bittersweet. Has dark fruits, little roast flavor and chocolate but also some of that cream, milkiness. Not bad, surprisingly dark, very roasty.

M- Thick, heavy carbonation and a syrupy feel at the end. Semi-dry.

O- This beer is hovering around average. Not bad, but surprising it made Australia's top-50 beers.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into wine glass

this is a fantastic cheap import stout from the Aussies. dry cocoa, roasted Malts and grain. smooth and dry feel. milky sweet at first, finishes savory and roasted to the point of being burned.

would be a staple of my fridge if I could find a case. solid stout to fall back on

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Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very good stout but not great, somewhat characterful with a good, firm stout quality, but not very complex and just a tad rough.

Black, it has a medium, long-lasting, creamy tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and leaving a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is wet soil, alcohol soaked raisins and prunes, faintly burnt.

Taste is vodka-soaked prunes, strong toastiness, dry peppery-roasty finish, light coffee candy element, especially in aftertaste, light sweetness, very light bitterness.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: light brown bottle, shithouse cheap-looking label. Okay only as it's macro.

Appearance: very dark, almost black in colour. Head is tan with good lacing and retention. Definitely inviting!

Aroma: a spicy bite of roasted chocolate and coffee, along with some spices - star anise and pepper.

Taste: I'm getting mainly those roasted malts with a light backing of hops and spices. A fantastic combination to be sure.

Aftertaste: this one lasts a while in the mouth. No new flavours, but a good, decent while savouring those flavours.

Mouth feel: quite a thin stout - seems like a stout / dark ale combination. Still, a wonderful beer with a moderate carbonation that carrie the flavours.

Overall: for a stout, this is a bloody good price (AU$49 a case - 2012). And a good stout, to be honest. Very nice stout, a bit lighter than the usual though. I would loooove to try this on tap. If anyone has it!!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date printed on the shoulder is “18OCT13.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, chocolaty-tan head dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing, a ring around the edge, and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Not insanely robust but it is pretty solid. A nice balance between cocoa and roasted grains. It has the lacto smoothness about it, too. There are hints of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses as well.

Taste: The flavor offers much more of the roasted character — upon first taste at least; subsequent sips were much more balanced. It does tickle my nostrils, though. The mouthfeel is very thin but on par with most lactos. Cocoa, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of roasted grains (for color, I suppose). As it warms it starts turning sour and begins to taste rubbery (so I better drink the rest of this sucker while it is still chilled).

Drinkability: Starts off great but it slowly goes downhill.

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Photo of popery
2.31/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes (3/18/11). Pours black with a smallish tan head. There’s some decent lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and old pennies. The stout flavors are actually pretty ok in the aroma, but the metallic note hurts things significantly. I may as well be drinking out of the jar that I use for loose change. Cardboard, dehydrated milk, rusty iron, burnt bread and mineral hops all make a strong showing in the taste department. It starts with some weak sweetness and finishes with a rough combination of roast and bitterness. It’s just all wrong. There’s also a bizarre flavor that I associate with hospitals, like a medicinal disinfectant. Mouthfeel is thin and weak. I don't mean to be too harsh, but the metallic flavor is strong and bad. It really ruined the otherwise ok aroma. On the other hand, the taste had all sorts of problems. Unfortunate. I struggled my way through the bottle.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive, manly appearance as its completely black and thick. Almost like a dark syrup. The head is moderate in size, a finger thick with a nice light brown color. Good retention. Quite the looker in the glass.

Classic smell for the style with chocolate, smoke, coffee, roasted barley.

It's got the stout taste down, but is slightly lacking in the milk stout category. Most of what you smell you also taste. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee, some smoke and roasted barley. However, I can't pick up much of the sweet milk. There's a hint of it, but the more assertive flavors mask it too much.

Makes for a good stout, but I need more sweetness and creaminess from a milk stout. For an instant, it's sweet; but then that initial burst of sweetness is overtaken by all things bitter (coffee, chocolate, hops). Has more of a coffee stout feel. It tries to be creamy and smooth but the bittering agents are just too much.

All things considered, particularly the categories that really matter (taste and feel), it's not quite as good as it looks or smells. Would make for a hell of a stout, but just lacking as a milk stout. Does BeerAdvocate have the style wrong?

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Photo of theowlsayshoe
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout 750ml bottle
a - Gorgeous dark brown with lots of head
s - Smells of soft coffee
t - Very mild stout, leaves palate quickly and smoothly. A little “stout” taste at first than silky smooth. Dark latte like complexity, almost fruity but not quite.
m - Light mouth feel that covers the whole mouth top to bottom
o - Overall it is one of favorites ever, I could drink a little or a lot and feel complete.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pint 9.5oz bottle into standard pint. Fridge temp. Freshness date 20apr13 printed on bottle. From notes taken 4/3/12

A: Opaque black with 2.5 fingers tan head after an aggressive pour. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, slight bitter chocolate, and small hop presence at first. Smells sweet with a touch of malted barley and caramel. Like iced coffee with cream, it smells rich.

T: Coffee at first that becomes a slightly tangy chocolate and then bitterness. Bitterness is hops and that charred bitterness from dark roasting. Pleasant to drink.

M: Very thin for a stout but much richer than expected for such a thin beer. Not all that smooth considering the mouthfeel, watery like a lager, enhances the bitter iced coffee aspect of it.

O: Good but not great, smells wonderful for sure. Not bad considering the price of $3.00 for a 25.5oz bottle though. There are other stouts I would go to before this one. Considering the coffee/chocolate notes I thought it would go well with vanilla ice cream, I was wrong. This is not a good beer-float beer.

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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 245 ratings