Sheaf Stout | Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Sheaf StoutSheaf Stout

Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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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 Snow81
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Dark Brown with very little head

Smell: Heat with a bit of a roosted malts

Taste: Malty sweetness, flavors drops out quite fast I can pick nothing else up

Weight: Medium to low body

Finish: Roosted malts very little hoppyness lingers

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Photo of DaveHS
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ass bottle with a twist off cap for $3.99.

A-Pours charcoal black with with 1/2 inch of creamy milk chocolate colored head.Leaves scattered foamy lacing.

S-Light roasty malts, bitter chocolate. Can't smell much else.

T/M-Medium bodied and smooth, with a light roastiness. Coffee bitterness, condensed milk sweetness. There's a prominent off flavor reminiscent of wet cardboard, and the fizzy carbonation distracts from the range of flavors, rather than supporting them.

D-Doesn't do much for me. The body is too thin and fizzy, and the flavor profile is all over the place.

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of a stubby 750ml bomber an opaque darkest brown colour with a dark tan frothy head which seems to have some sticking power and wisps of lace. wonderful cocoa butter aroma with hints of fruit melding with yeast and burnt malts leading to some floral hop fragrances. really like the nose on this stout...very nice!! the taste is bit different than the nose...there is plenty of dark roasted malts with nougat and caramel undertones but also with a yeasty lactic note and sourness that is appropriate for the style. finishes on the sweet side and there seems to be not enough bitter hopping present to balance the ever so cloyingly finish. medium bodied at best...the mouthfeel is on the thin side, although quite smooth and supple with a slight slickness in the end. drinkability is good. easy going and easy drinking with just enough character to satisfy. recommended.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer review, yay!

Poured from the classic Australian 375ml stubbie bottle (a real man's bottle - none of this 330ml guff!), into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass.

A: Jet black, much like a black hole - light cannot escape it's grasp. Tan head which dissipates leaving a ring of beige around the inside of the glass. Not appealing but nonetheless acceptable for a Stout.

S: Burnt coffee (lot's of it!), dark chocolate and used Castrol GTX engine oil. Hint of metal thrown in because of the limited fermentation in "stainless" steel vats - but this is quite expected from CUB (Carlton United - the largest brewery in Victoria).

T: Smell delivers almost exactly in the taste - burnt coffee, dark chocolate, engine oil and a hint of metal. Also a very present alcohol note - which given the ABV is only 5.7% this should not be as pronounced.

M: Hey I happen to like beers that aren't overly carbonated - call it a personal preference due to a hiccup reflex I suffer from when drinking anything carbonated (soft drinks, etc...), but this stout is definitely in the zone of carbonation I like (which is surprising from CUB - who like to over carbonate all their beers). It's a bit on the watery side nonetheless.

D: It reminds me of an ale I had on tap at a bar I worked in Scotland many years ago: this ale was appropriately named "Old Engine Oil" and we could only sell half-pints of this stuff because of the 9% ABV - but Sheaf doesn't have nearly as much ABV so as far as drink-ability goes it's a bit easier to keep on top of (375ml = 1.7 standard drinks).

Food match: Venison, game meats and other rich steaks (or fried mushrooms for my fellow vegetarian brethren).

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Photo of LiamAhearn
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque black, almost ink like. Off white head and med-low carbonation that struggles to keep any head.

S: Pleasant deep roast malt aroma with a coffee note which is balanced with some sweetness. A very mild alcohol note is also faintly detectable.

T: Soft rich malty sweetness with balanced roast character which is purely in support and not overpowering. The bitterness level is really well done and stops the beer from being cloying and also lets the malt complexities come through. A very low level of oak like flavour also comes through as the beer warms up but this is a very delicate part against the much larger characters in this beer.

M: Med-light body and reasonably clean finish with only roastiness lingering on. Carbonation being on the lower side lends itself to a soft creamy texture in this beer.

D: I wouldn't be looking to drink more than a couple of these in a night but it would make for a great night cap or an after dinner beer matched with some chocolate to finish off the day.

A good example of a milk stout.



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Photo of kemoarps
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My mom of all people recommended this to me. Go figure.

Anyway, it pours a deeep dark black (beautiful), with a soft tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

It smells tasty, roasty and round, very few surprises. Pretty much what you would expect from this style

rolling it around my tongue, it was smoother than expected, with a malty dominance. I keep wanting to say cocoa butter, but it's not exceptionally creamy nor oily, but for some reason it makes me think of Sheas. don't ask. Roasty and felt just about right mid december curled up in a cozy chair by the fire (aka exactly where I consumed it. While trying to keep a dog from eating a turtle, but that's neither here nor there)

Only had one bottle so I had to split it with my brother who woke up as we got home. Drinking 11 oz was easy and I would imagine that finishing the bottle would have been just as much so. Would consider buying again, it's pretty tasty and a respectable entry into the style. Not life changing, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of katybee
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, basic, refreshing, malty...not too sweet, or too smooth or too complex, but highly drinkable and no off smells or flavors. I think the company specializes in this one type, and doesn't go overboard with microbrewing. I liked it.

Poured deep dark opaque brown with a huge 2" tan head that stiffened up to leave like a "crust of foam" on top, till the glass was swirled to loosen it up. Like a merengue. This disipated after several minutes but did leave foamy lacing.

The smell was very faint, but increased with warming to reveal pure maltiness.

Very little hoppy sourness, but malty bitterness. No real flavorings that I could detect, just a faint essence of soy sauce (malts)... not burnt or toasted, not coffee, not chocolate, not overly sweet or fruity or creamy...I happen to love malt over hops, so I was pleased.

Felt only very slightly creamy compared to an ale; I would say actually only alight to medium body, belied by the huge foamy head.

Highly drinkable...not necesarily memorable for any aspects other than drinkability.

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with a off white caramel colored head that doesn't last long on top.
Has a syrupy, alcoholic nose.
marshmallows, cream and oak chips are present on my palate after the first sip. I has a dry finish that leaves me wanting another beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with a screw top, like a big bigger version of a bomber bottle. Pour is nearly black with an impressive cap of light brown, craterous head. Retention is good and lacing is terrific, this is a great looking beer.

Nose mostly consists of sweet chocolate and a fair amount of roasty malt. Low on fruitiness and hops, which I can appreciate a lack of in a milk stout.

Taste is rich and milky with a lot of chocolate malt and yeasty bread. A touch of cardboard creeps in there and there seems to be ample hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, but a bit rough around the edges to rival the best of the velvety oatmeal and milk stouts. Pretty tasty though and might be the best Aussie brew I have had. Bonus that it has a nice price tag of 3 bucks.

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Photo of crossovert
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Twist-off 750ml bottle best before July 11, of what year though?

Pours a very dark/dense brown/black with hues of red on the extreme edges. The head is big, fluffy and brown/grey/tan.

The smell is pretty entertaining actually, it has that sweet milk chocolate scent, but also a hint of cinnamon sugar and coffee. I smells like a churro dipped in fudge and rolled in coffee.

The taste predictably is a let down, though not by that much, it is still pretty decent. It is chocolaty with a hint of roastiness. It comes of flavor wise like a slightly sweeter irish dry stout, though this blows a crappy dry stout out of the water. Like a dry stout though it is slightly watery but with a dry finish.

It is good for what it is, it was pretty cheap too, like an austrialian 40oz lol. Makes me wonder how Guinness still sells.

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Photo of Llewellyn9
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- Beautiful dense and imposing black body. Decent, but not great, tan head that settles quickly. Slight lacing.

s- everything i would expect from a stout, nice roasted malts, some coffee perhaps, no surprises. slight hints of sweetness.

t & m- roast malts and bitter chocolate with an ever so delicate hint of herbal hops, a warming alcohol presence and nice dry residual bitterness finishes the number out nicely.

d- would buy this again, very nice balance of sweet and dry. inoffensive while being pleasantly flavorful.

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Photo of honeybrewer
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz screw top bottle poured into a snifter.
Very dark, pours with a creamy rich head, though it fades away after a couple of minutes.
Smells of roasted malt.
Tastes of malt, and floral hops.
Good, but not exceptional, at three bucks for a bomber, its a decent brew, defenitely drinkable.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a thick, frothy tan head that slowly thins out, but remains full.
Smell is slightly subdued roasty malts, with some faint dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.
Taste up front is again roasted, chocolately malts, albeit a bit more assertive than on the nose. Light cocoa and more malty notes come in after, and carry to the finish. Very faint smokiness as well.
Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and yet still fairly smooth. Lighter in body than one would expect from a stout. Slightly dry on the finish as well.
Good on drinkability. Relatively low ABV and solid beer overall.
Underrated in my opinion. Some cheap beers can be quite good!

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny, this is probably the first stout I ever had, but had completely forgotten about it until I ran across a bottle at a grocery in Boulder Creek, CA. Best Before date is rubbed out. Poured from a 750mL "quart" or large "stubby" bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Liquid is an opaque and distinctive shade of deep dark-brown, capped by a hefty finger of wheat colored cream which leaves behind superior sandy lacing with ornate patterns suspended in the phantasmagoric tears.

Aromatics are sweet and pungent, like coffee and cream, malt balls, and wheat.

Sweetened coffee, pale malt, and spelt on the palate. Very low roast levels. There is a hint of cocoa butter leading into a slightly nutty malt profile which dries up substantially in the finish. A kiss of bitterness in the aftertaste, suggesting roast malt, but also other roast grains, quinoa, and just a hint of grassy hops. Sweet, but if you are expecting a sugar bomb, look elsewhere.

Medium bodied, moderately creamy, and clean.

Many years and beers later, this is a touch rustic, but really as good if not better than I remember.

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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 DoubleJ
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have never seen this beer in SoCal, and no, this wasn't found in SoCal, but rather Santa Cruz. 750 ml twist-off bottle, on to the beer:

Poured into a weizen glass, the beer is a lighter black, not total darkness. Ruby brown hues at the edges. There still remains a little bit of tanned white head on top. (On the second pour, the head is gone and only dots of tan bubbles spot the top. The aroma....well first, you get a big whiff of molasses. But underneath that, there's a squirt of chocolate syrup, which is pleasant. Almost like a chocolate stout.

Decent taste. If the taste was like the smell, I would be happier. A little molasses first, burnt flavors are obvoius. Banana emerges here and there. There's a little vague sweetness, but it's nowhere to the sweetness you'd get in a Young's Double Chocolate Stout or Mackeson XXX. It feels light, and seems a little overcarbonated. Not luscious or creamy the way other sweet stouts have pampered me. The aftertaste is roasted, but with less than pleasant astrignency.

When I bought this beer, I was physched to try a beer I've never seen or had. When I discovered it was made by Carlton & United, the same folks who do such masterpieces (*sarcasm) as Carlton Draught and Victoria Bitter, I shivered. Sheaf Stout is decent, and it probably is what I could have expected from these guys, and it's not a life changer in your beer pursuit. But hey, it only cost $2.99.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before July 2, 2010 stamped on the bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head. The head didn't stay around for too long, but this brew has a lot of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Overall it's a mostly sweet aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a little bit of licorice. Nice balance between the bitter and sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it is a bit thin for a stout but it's not watery at all. It's somewhat creamy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. Not a bad brew, it's definitely worth a try!

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Photo of ByTheCase
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was like sucking on a dirty penny!
That was my experience with Sheaf Stout.

It looked good, smelled good, poured well and felt great...reminiscent of a thick Guinness. However, the taste straight out of the bottle was like a rusty copper penny had a bastard love child with the bottle cap. Awful all around.

I let it sit for a bit. After about 20 minutes of contemplating whether I should finish the bottle or not, I gave it another try. Sure enough, like a young wine it tasted better after it had a moment to breath. Still had a metallic twinge to it though.

Perhaps for someone with a bent for the curious this may be pleasant. However, for a former Coug and everyday normal guy: not so tasty.

I won't be trying this very inexpensive import again.

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Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. creamy tan head. sits black with dark brown rim

Smell: nose is full of roasted malt supported closely by chocolate. slight but obvious alcohol presence

Taste: dry, mellow presence of roasted and chocolate malts, balance tipped toward roast which lends a bit of extra bitterness to the hops. hint of alcohol throughout. finishes slightly bitter, roasty and dry

Mouthfeel: full body. moderate carbonation. tickles tongue a bit

Notes: overall a tasty stout reminiscent of Irish style stouts

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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 joel77
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured smooth and black, black, black in colour - completely opaque - with a tan, one-finger head. tight, small bubbles. Head petered off to a thin whispy bubbles after a few minutes.
Aromas of a subtle coffee but not abundantly aromatic.
Taste was fairly mellow, not overly malty. Definitely not a "dense" or heavy beer. Some hints of coffee (although not overpowering) soft, smokey kind of flavour started coming through about halfway into the bottle.
Mouthfeel was not nearly as heavy as expected, soft but not thin at all. Lingered just long enough to savour.
Food pairing with a tomato-sauced polenta worked well. A very drinkable stout. Definitely worth another taste.

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Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only one place in all of Toledo was carrying this, so I had to give it a try. Notes are from a few days ago.

This one's black with deep, dark brown highlights. A tan head pours nicely, sticking around for a good long time and leaving some nice, patchy lacing.
The smell is heavily of malts with some underlying sweetness. There was some dark chocolate on the nose along with a molasses/ black licorice that reminded me of a doppelbock. Interesting.
There's a nice roasted malts flavor with some course coffee flavor right on the tongue. This brew is very much proper for the style in terms of the flavor. There's a decent bitterness to this one as well and it's pretty well-balanced. As I let it sit, I got more of a flavor reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming.
This one isn't thin, but hard-core stout lovers might find it a bit so for the style. Otherwise it's about medium-bodied with a nice smoothness and a little crispness to it as well.
This is one that's sort of under the radar but truly worth giving a shot.

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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 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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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
3.64 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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