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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Added by Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 237
Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the big torpedo like bottle. The beer itself was in the words of Randy Jackson "all -ight". Poured black with a brown head with a chocolate nose. The intial taste was slightly metallic with a burnt malt aftertaste. What puts this stout in the B team is the lack of bigness and the sense that the balance is slightly off though I still enjoyed my glass. I guess that with the lack of good Australian imports that it cool to even be able to get this beer.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this fine brew into a pint glass and let it rise as fully as it could - no 45 degree angle here. This really brought out the chocolate notes in its smell.

The beer is colored a dark brown with a variable head of small to large bubbles. This is not an overly sweet stout, despite its sweet aroma. There is something about the aftertaste that has a sourness to it that I seem to attach to microbrewed stouts (stouts who fail at obtaining ths 'smooth' factor). The overall mouth sensation is good - a blend of chocolte malts and alcohol.

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Photo of woemad
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many, many times I have seen this beer in grocery stores. I was always intrigued by it, due to its being a stout that usually shared shelf space with big bottles of Natty Ice and Red Dog. A stout for the 40 crowd? Today I decided its time had come. This is also the first Aussie beer I've had in about three years.

Enormo-sized (1PT 11OZ) bottle purchased at a Rosauer's in Spokane for $2.69.

Poured a very dark brown with a large tan head that hung around for awhile. Lots of lacing.

Smell was not terribly complex. Roasted malt with a slight hoppy tinge.

Taste was slightly more complex than the smell suggested. Roasted coffeeish malt with a slight chocolatey flavor. Very slight hoppy zap at the end.

Mouthfeel was a little thin compared to what I like in a stout. I like 'em thick, just like...uh, never mind.

This is drinkable in that it isn't particularly offensive. As an unobtrusive beer, I could drink this in quantity, but in terms of a stout I'd prefer to look elsewhere. Since my expectations were rather low, I haven't been too terribly disappointed by it. Still, I see no compelling reason to return to this beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.6 oz. bottle - this is one big beer. Pours a very nice tar black. Aroma is a bit odd, some tangy smoke notes. Flavor profile is a bit tough to nail down. Only moderately roasted malt flavors, much less than the appearance would suggest. Sharp up front, with some roasted flavors that start to hint of coffee, but pull up short. Some chocolate milk flavors lurk in the background, but never come forth. Not a bad stout, but a bit of a lightweight.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not the most complex brew I have ever had the opportunity to sample, but a pleasant surprise.
The appearance is a very dark brown with red highlights. The head is tan, not very dignified and diminished quickly. The lace is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent: coffee, roasted stuff, malt and alcohol. The taste is somewhat unrefined: malty, roasted, and tin like biting finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, effervescent, rich and a metallic presence.
Although , the first couple of tastes were pretty rough, this stout mellowed and grew on me (and kept its character).

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Photo of Brian700
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a thick dark brown. Damn near black. It has a creamy brown head. I like this beer a lot, especially for its reasonable price. Good Bargain. It has aroma of Butterscotch, ginger, spices. This stout is somewhat bitter and is chocolately with some coffee flavor as well. (dry as well) Good mouthfeel. I like it but I think one bottle of this is enough to satisfy me before I move on to something else.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a large brown bottle, with a plain yellow label. Looked as if it had been produced in somebody's basement. This beer poured a color similar to tar. It smelt of spices and gingerbread, if fact, that is what this beer's taste reminded me of. This was my first stout ever, and it takes a little getting used to. It's worth a shot, if stouts are your thing.

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Photo of diablo14
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the only beer carlton brews thats worth a cracker. great dark color, and ive always liked the brown hue of the head when you pour it. strong coffee aromas on the nose, and a lovely roasted flavor with robust chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of pepper.

carlton have always tended to be heavy handed on the bitterness, and have done their best to try it on with this beer, but fortunately fail. the dryness (not bitterness) of the finish is what makes this beer worth drinking. by the same token its not a stout i can drink too many of in one go solely because of its dryness.

still its nice to see a stout that has that element of uniqueness, and for CUB, even moreso. its probably the only beer they brew that has maintained any of its original integrity over the years.

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Photo of TheDM
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of finely sized creamy dark brown bubbles and a pitch black opaque body. It has a nice strong malt aroma and a strong stout flavor. It starts off with a slight stout bite, but finishes smoothly. The coffee and chocolate notes are there but different than in most stouts. Somewhat more subdued but still present. This brew goes down too easy when compared to other stouts. Not as strong but still well balanced. I wonder how Hotstuff will rate it?

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Photo of Indybeer
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Poured a deep dark brown, almost black. with a fairly good chocolate head that didn't stick around long, but left some good lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, with a spicyness that was hard to place. Taste is of the roasted malt, and coffee, but thin and watery. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, good carbonation but not the thick, chewy feel of a good stout.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured with a quick dissolving tan head with fine-medium bubbles. There was not much in the way of lacing with this beer. There was not an overpowering coffee taste for a stout. It has a smooth taste to it and it seemed to be a little bit on the thin and watery side in my opinion.

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Photo of granger10
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured a darkish brown color that almost made it look like a brown ale. It smelled great though, with coffee and chocolate being the predominate aromas. At first sip there was a roasted malty taste to it almost a burnt taste to the malt. I also noticed some caramel along with a hint of fruit. As I went along on this big bottle (22 oz) I noticed more chocolate come through, esp. at the finish. I didnt detect any real bitterness or hoppiness which could have balanced the flavors a little. Altogether a stout with complex sweetness that is enjoyable to drink.

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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 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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Photo of Mitchster
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Haven't had this beer in over 10 years, but I heard on the forums that it is getting increasingly hard to find, so I jumped quick when I saw this in my local liquor store. Clear, jet-black with hints of brown at the is nearly flat and I thought I had a bad bottle when there was no "whish" on opening it, but it managed to form an oily, thin, dark-tan head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Carbonation is next to non-existent, retention is decent, and lacing is surprisingly good. Aroma is delicious...dark molasses, french-roast coffee, dark chocolate, tar, deeply roasted grains, vanilla extract, and subtle hints of that order. Mouthfeel is soft with a dense body. Taste begins with alot of roasted malts up oily, treacle mouthfeel...then right in the middle there is a strong wave of unpleasant "homebrew" isopropyl alcohols, followed by a strong metal and mineral tinge, and to top it off... a rubbery, musty cardboard oxidized hop note. Ugh. The moderately astringent finish has lingering notes of coffee, wood, roots, and vegetables. If this beer tasted the way it smells, it could-have-been-would-have-been great, but alas, it ultimately fails as the off-flavors are completely unsettling. The alcohol rating here of 5.7%ABV seems very modest, as the alcohol bite and dulling senses gives me the impression of something in the 7-8.5% range.

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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 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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All but black in color with a dark brown cloudtop head, lots of broken lace. Strong aroma of coffee, also bitter chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit with a slight metallic quality. Dark roasted malts dominate the taste, beginning with slightly sweet toasty notes which yield to a bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Finish is quite dry and a touch bitter. Sheaf is a decent, although not exceptional stout.

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Photo of Anonmatel
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm. weird drink this, very sweet, hints of chocolate, burnt flavourings abound, not too bad, and i suppose it's not too weird, but stick to what you usually drink before touching this stuff.

Second review.
After drinking this stuff more. I am now a fan of this beer.
I had to come and change it, because i felt bad for giving it a bad review before.

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Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee color, nice brown head at about an inch. A little spicy aroma, along with malt smells. Flavor is mild, a little smoky with touches of chocolate tones. Candy flavors, gravelly with an estery bubblegum impression. Sweetness is lacking but roastiness is lacking too. There's something missing mid-mouth, most of the action is at the finish. Almost like a spicy Porter with a dark color. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking as well. Not really a fovorite of mine.

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Photo of nklatt
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Black with a latte head. Smell's nice - like a stout should! Has some smoke in it. Taste is light - a bit sweet with some burnt flavor and a touch tangy/metallic. Not as thick as I like.

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