Sheaf Stout | Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Sheaf StoutSheaf Stout

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Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of theopholis
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark, opague brown or black. Tough to tell which. Even when held up to the light, you can't see anything. Impressive. The head is tan, and semi-creamy with decent staying power. Fair amount of lace to.

Aroma- Very nice blend of roasty, creamy, sweet malt. Lots of coffee and mollassas in there to.

Taste- Very nice. Smooth and creamy with a strong coffee presence. Has a nice roasted taste. A hint of smoke to.

Mouthfeel- Another winner. This beer is positively velvety. Medium body, and carbonation level is spot on.

Drinkability- Anybody who lke stouts should give this beer a whirl.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twist-off cap, 26 oz. bottle. An old favorite that I love to revisit again and again...
Color, fully black. Head, big, beefy, brown. Aroma: rich and delicious,roasty and bitter beauty, with a lot going on! Anise, pepper, dark rum, a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a touch of cream. Wow! Wonderful!
A brisk battalion of hops jumps on board the palate and remains for the duration. Big, fat, delicious, luscious roasted malt. Flavor and texture is perfect, drinkability divine. A touch of sweetness emerges, and mingles with the darker flavors, making for a more complex flavor profile.
They made an excellent choice to bottle these only in these gargantuan containers. Less would not be enough.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big rich thick light brown head takes it time work work its way down to a nice lacing atop a clear almost black colored beer.

The aroma is quite light but if you take the time to search it out it is quite nice, roasted dark chocolate malt with hints of coffee or molasses.

Roasted malts with highlight of dark chocolate with a little bit of a coffee taste coming through, big rich taste.

A full bodied stout with a light well roasted but light aftertaste that invites another drink.

A very well done stout and at a reasonable price, gotta love this stuff.

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Photo of KoG
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a tan head that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted barley and malt are mixed with a bit of hop for a very nice nose.

Taste is solid. A bit of coffee and chocolate with a predominate roasted barley body. Not overly bitter and no off flavors, a very nice and mellow stout.

This is a very nice stout, not as sweet as other sweet/milk stouts and possibly more drinkable because of it.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had one in a while so i grabbed one after randomly seeing it at fred meyer. BB ec 2010.

Pours a thick black nearly impenetrable black with a very nice super ice creamy light tan head that retains very well and leaves great lacing all the way down.

Wow! An excellent aroma. Lots of chocolate and sweetness coming through with some slight roasted malt and condensed milk. This is a much better start than i remember having in years past with this beer.

Wow. I am again shockingly suprised with this beer. An excellent flavor with nice big chocolatey and milk sweet flavor. Easy drinking but packed with flavor. There are some notes of irish dry stout here, but this is clearly a sweet stout all the same. The finish has a nice medium bitterness on it. Chocolate and sweetness linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Good carbonation and a nice creamy viscosity without getting soupy.

Drinkability is pretty good. A shitload of flavor for a 5.7% brew, and I could easily have a couple of these.

Overall i really am shocked at the quality of this beer. I don't remember it being anywhere near this good. I will certainly be buying this again when i get the hankering for an irish dry like stout that doesn't have the mouthfeel of watered down milk. Highly recommended for a good example of the style and a solid drinkable easy stout.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 1PT 9.4FL. OZ bottle at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $2.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a smooth and very dark brown color. The scent of sweet malts and pour indicates this will be a very smooth sweet milk stout. Flavor is quite robust and full of flavor. A great taste of carmel malts and other robust flavors. Smooth as can be to drink with just the right amount of taste to it. For a huge bottle I didn't expect it to be this good! Definetly worth trying!

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Photo of Night
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with dim crimson flecks. Huge, foamy, light brown head billows up and leaves bubbly, medium-thick lacing. Aroma is bold and rich with lactose and cream, mocha, hints of caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy and surprisingly effervescent. Flavor is rich milk chocolate, sugary sweetness, roast, and distant hop characteristics; aftertaste is sweet with a light bitter kiss.

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Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 27 ounce twist top bottle into a large mug.

A: It poured a very deep dark color that when back lit exhibited tints of ruby. An aggressive pour produced a massive sticky three finger caramel colored head that generated a thick lacing as it quickly receded to an even cover over the surface of the beer.

S: It had a strong aroma of charred malts, dark chocolate and light coffee.

T: It had an upfront flavor of bakers chocolate and espresso with a nice bitter edge. The creamy rich flavors reminded me of an A&W root beer float spiked with a shot of Turkish Coffee.

M: Full bodied with a malty, creamy and bitter sweet front followed by a tangy bitter back and clean warm finish.

D: It is a very filling an rich brew that might test my abilities to pass two in a session.

Comment: Nice evenly balanced, full bodied stout that for the price is among the top stouts I have sampled.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Goatherder kept insisting I give this a go but how can you trust CUB? I used to enjoy the original Tooths gear but lost interest when it was done over by CUB. Anyhow, I picked up a bottle while on a Li'l Critters run and I'm converted. This poured like ink into my trusty schooner glass and left a short creamy hed that dissipated quickly but there was a lovely roasty malt aroma that is rather sweet. A mighty flavour bombardment soon followed and there is a lot going on in your mouth so it took a while to think about what I was drinking. Initial sweet malt is balanced with roasty vegemite with coffee notes. There is a slight bitter finish that prevents cloying and the carbonation offsets the hugeness of flavour with a lip-smacking mmmm. Thank you Goatherder. You know best.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in plain brown 1 pt 9.6 oz bottle with an old fashioned style plain label.
The beer poured very well and left a thick tan head atop a dark brown almost black beer..the head went down somewhat but still clung on to the edges.
This has a great stout smell the roasted almost burnt malts..i love this, this one smelled better than Guiness.
Wonderful taste IMO, its a good mix of burnt malt and good hoppiness..i tasted loads of caramel, treacle and a hint of black espresso coffee..delicious.
feels really smooth on the mouth but leaving sensation all along the tongue.
Very drinkable..good stout at a not too bad price will drink again!

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheaf stout is good. Need I say more? Ok, pours a nice creamy brown/tan head. Smells of roasted malt and a bit smokey. The taste is full steam roasted malt, little bite. Creamy and chocolate after taste is wonderful. Widely available in supermarkets and usually a good price for the size of the bottle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is creamy and brown, and the lacing is thorough. The aroma is of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma. Roasted malt is dominant at first , but chocolate flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smooth. Overall, this beer has a lot more to it than the 5.7% ABV would suggest.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a dark tan head, fluffy like root beer over ice cream. Great lace.
Smell is heavily toasted malt, smoke, soy, light hops.
Taste is the same with some alcohol added in.
Medium-full body, slightly dry, aftertaste has a good amount of smoke to it. Smooth, creamy brew. Very good stuff. Definitely recommend a bottle or two of this.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I may have had this a few years back, I rember liking it before, so I thought to get another for review. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

App: True. No light, creamy head. Very good.

Smell: Red winey scents with just a hint of the malt. Exceptional.

Mouth: Wine again dominates. Just about right feel for an good stout.

Taste: Roasted malt with a lighter flavor with wine notes dominating and choclatey finish. Doesn't beat fresh from the tap stouts I've had but this is very good nonetheless.

Drinkability: For the price, this is the best stout available. 2.99 for 1pint 11 oz bottle. When I'm in the mood for a good stout and I'm not at a microbrew, I'll get this more often.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a quarter inch head dissipating to a lace. Smells of wood and chocolate with alcohol in the back of the nose. A little bitter in the mouth and high carbonated. Has a fermented wood flavor to it. Could be a little sweeter, but no harm done. Taste gets better with each sip. All in all this is good stout. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Kahn's Fine Wines in Indiananpolis. Twist off bottle with bottle opener needed cap style.

Appearance- Good tar molasses brown. Tan head with a mediocre film after first few sips. But it did retain throughout the entire bottle.

Smell- A great mix of roasty, creamy, whole-milky, and even toasty. Hints of coffee, toffee and even molasses. Not bad.

Taste- Great even keel for this beer. Smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. TYhe milky sweetness gives way to a more roasted dry texture. A little smokey even at the end of my esophagus.

Very good beer. I wish this beer was more widely available than Guiness.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a murky brown / blackish color with a small head
chocolate and raisins hit the nose with a hint of coffee
chocolate is the dominate flavor here with some biscuit malty-ness
Mouth is a bit thin for me but still pretty decent
this was like $3 for a bottle and it's pretty damn good for the money

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Photo of Trigcove
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep, rich black with a tall, creamy, tan head that eventually settles down to a film of fine bubbles covering the surface. It leaves a fine, solid lacing on the glass, all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is also rich and packed with dark, fruity/smokey malt, as well as hints of chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very heavy on the malt, with just enough bitter to keep it from being too sweet. There is a strong note of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. The hops give it that slightly sharp (others have described it as "metallic") bite, but it's not unpleasant at all.

The mouth is not as thick or oily as one might desire in this style, but it's far from thin. There is a fair amount of carbonation on the tongue, but not so much that it seems fizzy.

I could probably drink a couple of pints, but in my opinion a sweet stout is an after-dinner brew. It's not the kind of thing you would bring to a session. You probably wouldn't want more than two. If you did, I don't think it would be true to the style.

Overall, I'm fairly impressed with this one. This was my first experience with it and I can certainly say that it won't be my last. I would recommend it to friends who respect beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-8-09
Best before 2-6-10

Pours completely pitch black, with a smooth tan head that reminds me of a Guinness. The head clings to the sides, in thick rings.

Smell is sweet and malty, with a pleasant smoke aroma and a great thickness, if that makes sense.

Taste is mellow sweet malt, with a smoky finish and a little bitterness. Very light and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, but maybe that keeps things light.

Drinkability is outstanding; great flavors, low abv, and great balance.

Overall, a terrific session beer, and I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber brown in color with a quickly disapating light brown head. A smell of milky sweetness with roasted malts, chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Taste of roasted malts and a bitter coffee aftertaste. An easy drinker, simple, creamy with med - full body and good flavor.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a really nice white/tan head which lasted a long time. A real solid stout, a nice malt profile, and the right amount of hop bitterness. My first Australian Stout, and I have to say I really like it.

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Photo of mgdurand
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick foam which leaves a lovely, messy smear of muck on the inside of my plastic stein.

Smell is typical roasty with a little phenolic medicine

Taste: it finally came to me, which is why I had to review this. Burned brake linings. Like you left on the e-brake, got on the phone and drove around town; not in a bad way, you didn't crash into anyone, just toasted the linings. Yes, the taste could be broken down into various roasted foods, but mostly it tastes like brake linings. A little metallic on the finish, I guess the linings are sintered metal.

M: just slightly over-carbonated, not too much, but it does add to the impression of watery-ness.

D: If i'm in the mood for brake linings (it happens) I could drink this all evening. Not too much alcohol, not too sweet. Once upon a time (early '90's) this was one of the better beers available to me and a real treat, but with all that we have nowadays Sheaf has become a 1-2/year beer. Still appreciate it though. Like that old stand-by VW bug I drove back then, the one with the messed-up e-brake.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am impressed. I didn't think the Aussie's could brew a decent beer. It is as black as the night and has a nice tan head. The aroma is a bit weird, burnt malts, unmalted barley and a woody, earthy aroma that is soothing in nature. The flavor is robust yet very smooth and not overdone. It is heavy on the unmalted barely and roasted malt and while there is a decent hoppiness, it is very mellow and balanced well with the sweetness. All of that, with a medium/full body, makes for a decent beer that I plan to revisit often.

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Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black body with tan head, 2 fingers in height that has great retention and lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke, suggestions of cream.

T- Starts with notes of chocolate, smoke, some vanilla. The finish is mainly oaky chocolate and butterscotch.

M- The carbonation is appropriately low. Mainly great complexities.

D- This is the best $2.99 I've spent in a while. I don't know if this beer is oak aged or smoked, but it sure drinks like it is.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown, creamy head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and chocolatey. It has an alcohol aroma as well. The flavor starts out roasty then moves to a sweet coffee-like finish. The bitterness is subtle on this stout. It is medium-full in body, and has a bit of alcohol warmth to it. It was a surprisingly good beer.

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