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 pweis909
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 25 oz bottle with a a Feb 2010 "best by" stamp on it.

A=Opaque black, with brown foam. The low lasting power of the head was probably due to the glass I was using. The second pour had a more persistent head, and plenty of lacing. Whatever. It looked like a stout.

There were dominant cocoa, licorice, and alcohol aromas. The taste was sweet, minerally, initially metallic (which, thankfully, I stopped perceiving after a sip or two) and roasty dry bitterness at the finish. Alcohol perceived in taste; not overwhelmingly so.

Thinner body than expected, and therefore (?) not as filling as stouts are often perceived (and hence, fairly drinkable).

To my way of thinking, this is either a sweeter dry stout or a drier sweet stout. Either way, it's a nice compromise that reveals a very drinkable stout. And at only 2.99 for 25 oz, one of the best stouts for your dollar, at least in my market.

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

A- A very deep, dark brown with a mocha head that is pretty creamy and has good retention. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice lactose quality. There is a bit of a floral aroma to this. Aromatic and maybe just a bit sweet for my tastes.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma, but not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe.

M- Not as creamy as I would have hoped for a milk stout, and maybe just a bit too much kick from the carbonation, but this adds to the drinkability I'm sure.

D- About spot on for the style. Doesn't blow me away, but it is a solid beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black petroloid appearance, in fact a delicious ochre head is the only reason I know I don't have a glass of petrol in my hand. Leaves thick but pocky lacing on the glass. Very decent-looking stout.

Gritty coffee nose with a slight cocoa-powder character on it. Slightly sour aspect on the back, this has an over-roasted coffee smell, a bit sweeter than that, but not great. Pretty simple dark beer smell.

It's a bit too cold at the moment, but yeah, slightly sour toasty notes, a lot of dark malt on that. Gritty and sour with a very slight cocoa touch but not much and not impressive. Beer, I can get this shit at my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I don't have a local Starbucks any more. But yeah, just because you're alcoholic doesn't give you the right to be gritty and unpleasant. This beer stands for everything I actually dislike about darks and doesn't have enough character to save it. Mouthfeel is very thin.

I can see what they're trying to do, but this beer just reminds me why I typically say in my reviews that I don't like dark beers. Frankly I'd happily pay for an airfare to Oregon to grab some Rogue Imperial Stout rather than drink this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So obviously, no Australians seem to drink this beer. It's something of a curiosity around here - the macro brewery that relies on tasteless pale swill for the masses still churning out a stout. For whom, we might ask? And furthermore, is it any good? Let's find out...

Pours a nice thick black brown with a loosely-bubbled crest of mocha coloured foam. The head dies away after a while, but leaves an oily film on the top and some really top notch lacing. Shame about the retention, but otherwise it looks pretty fine.

Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes on the nose, quite sweet and deep, but with an unfortunate PoR aroma wafting around. It's only there if you look for it, but it has the undeniable smell of stale beer that has been coalescing in the corners of the local Aussie pub. But it's only a subtle flaw, otherwise quite tasty.

Nice roasted characters on the palate, and a really slick mouthfeel. Combined with the cocoa characters, it gives quite the impression of melted chocolate. What a treat. Finish is very dry, however, and an ashy resonance sits at the very back palate. It's not a bad character in a stout, but this one would possibly have gained benefit from a smoother, creamier and sweeter finish.

Overall, a very reasonable stout, and one that I was no doubt unfairly harsh upon. While it doesn't quite have the overarching complexities of the best in the genre, it delivers a solid and drinkable dark experience.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours brown/black, lots and lots of foam (way too much) and takes forever to die down. Kind of irritating really.

Aroma is wheat-like, a bit earthy, roasted, but interestingly enough...skunked.

Flavor was similar to the aroma, imagine a light stout with wheat and skunk mixed in. Not real pleasant but surprisingly not horrible either.

Body was medium but the over carbonation was distracting and brought out the worst aspects of the beer. Wouldn't drink this again.

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

Appearance: deep, dark mahogany, opaque, thick layer of tight-beaded foam with good head retention

Aroma: used coffee grinds, molasses, chicory, oats, grass, soy sauce

Flavor: brown sugar and molasses; dryish malt backbone with a chicory bitterness; hints of unsweetened chocolate and burnt buckwheat seeds; finishes dry with a lingering roastiness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, smooth

Other comments: I'm getting over a flu, so this possibly isn't a fair review, but I did get a second opinion from my wife!

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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 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 morebeergood
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this on the shelf at the Albertson's grocery store in Magnolia WA for $2.89, and threw it in the basket. Poured into two glasses. Dark brown, almost black color. Thin white head. Hint of burnt chocolate in the smell. I liked the taste. More like a normal stout than a "milk/sweet" stout. I can see how it fits into this category, as it did have a smooth, chocolate milk-like finish to it. A tad on the thin side for me for a stout, but this is a nice beer. For the price, I'd buy it more often if it were available in Boston.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a deep dark brown color like a cola. The head was tan, retained only decently but left great lacing. The aroma was sweet and inviting, chocolate, caramel, rich malt, hints of coffee and spices. The flavors were also nice, lots of roasted malt augment by the creamy sweetness of the milk stout style, again hints of coffee and a background balancing of hops. The body was medium/full but watery for the style, the mouthfeel was ok, the carbonation good. Not an amazing stout but for a large, imported, inexpensive bottle this one is a gem.

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

Sheaf Stout pours a deep dark chocolate black. Thin head with slightly moderate lacing.

Aroma is that of chocolate plum cake; chocolate, raisins, plums, fig's. Little to no hop aroma is detected.

Taste is a full bodied chocolate cookie's and milk. Smooth as hell. Chocolate, cappochino expresso coffee, with a hint of dry biscuit, lactose (just a bit) and Fuggle and Hallertau Mittlefruh hops. This is an extremely drinkable stout. A little bit dynamic; enough to invoke some deeper thought and analysis of this beer as it warms. I feel this beer is under rated. A true pleasure to drink with friends and family and perhaps one or two enemies alike.

The price of a 1PT 9.4 oz bottle of Sheaf here in Michigan is $2.59. This is an exceptional stout for the money.

I would pair this beer with Goya and a slice of sharp cheese and cracker. For those of you who do not know what Goya is I would suggest a plum jelly on a slice of sharp cheese with a dry white cracker.

Enjoy and get it on!

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Photo of Magpie14
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: viscous, almost pitch black (touch of brown). Glorious mocha colored head that sat atop for some time and left its trace all the way down the glass. The head is extremely nice!

S: earthy, cocoa, charcoal, and coffee all on a mild level. How can it looks so wonderful and be so faint in the nose...

T: flavor comes and goes. Up front roasted grains and malt sweetness paired with chocolate, caramel textures. Has slight smokey flavor and dash of roasted coffee. Extremely mild and nothing really seems to stand out. A good level headed stout

M: smooth as can be, creamy and like a cloud in the mouth. Sets up to be a real easy drinker. I am getting possible light chalky, maybe hop, flavor in the mouth finish halfway through. Heavy viscous body

D: great smooth feel and drinks easy, these are the best assets of this boy. I was hoping for a bit more in the taste department, but it compensates in the feel and body characteristics, can't have it all I guess. Buy it and try it!

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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 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 Phocion
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost blackish brown with a finger of rocky dark brown head that doesn't last too long. Consistent but not particularly lacing.

Nose reveals dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee, plus a bit of cream/milk.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, but a bit spicy... anise and black pepper are definitely evident, but also, sadly, quite a bit of metallic taste that definitely brings this down a notch.

Well-carbonated and somewhat thin for my taste in stouts, but overall a fairly well-tasting and smooth, low-ABV that may not warm me up quite as much as, say, an Imperial Russian, but for the price not bad, and one of the better Aussie brews I've come across so far.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark chocolate brown. The very active carbonation lends itself to rocky dark brown head. Aroma? Burnt cocoa, slight hops aroma. First sip was sweet, with hint of chocolate candy. Finish however is bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation stays through to the end. Drinkability is good-nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Dark but not opaque brown with a tan head. Aromas of cocoa powder and roasty malt. Flavor is of bittersweet chocolate coffee with a rather harsh roasted finish. Carbonation is very high and makes the mouthfeel subpar. Very average.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is a bit thin with a slight roasted tone to it. Flavor is decent. Slightly thin as well with more hitting you on the back end. Prolonged coffee tones on the tail end that stick around long after the liquid is gone. Feel is decent. Slightly thick with low carbonation to it. Very drinkable. Much more a sessionable beer than a craft brew gem. Overall, decent, but not something I would search out in the future. And definitely not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Smurfinator
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this today from the local bottleo on the hope for something different from there miserable selection.

In my foolishness i drank it straight from the fridge, ruined the taste and the smell to an extent. all you get is the bitterness without any flavor. after letting it sit for a while to warm i had another crack and to my surprise this is quite a nice drop. pours with quite a head (into a full pint glass) with some 3 fingers of quite dark brown head that stayed on the beer for a good 5 minutes.

the taste is a very nice mix of more burnt coffee then chocolate. Burnt in a nice way though the after taste came across a bit bitter for my liking which smooths out into a nice lingering taste and the want for another one.

Mouthfeel was medium consistency, more then a cascade stout but less then a guiness. not anything inspiring there but quite drinkable.

I would definitely drink this again considering what limited choice there is on the Australian market for Australian beers.

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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 joe1510
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

27oz Bottle
Star Liquors, Ashland

Sheaf Stout pours black with just a hint of garnet highlights shining through the base of my glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that slowly fell to a finger becoming nice and creamy. Leaves patchy lacing. Good looking stout.

Aroma starts off with a lightly roasted maltiness along with a milk chocolate lactic quality. These fade mid-palate and head more in the direction of bakers chocolate toward the back. A little more alcohol is noticeable than I expected or prefer.

Flavor is on the same page as the aroma. Roasted malts get things started along with bakers chocolate and a mild lactic quality. Again, as in the aroma, the alcohol detracts from the flavor. A little too big on the fumes for such a standard abv.

Medium bodied with a smooth creaminess. Maybe just a touch lighter than I would prefer but it's so close I'm just being picky now.

Pretty easy drinking stout. I'm going to finish off this 27oz. bottle without a problem.

A pleasant surprise. Saw this one at the liquor store and because of their lack of selection decided to pick it up. Never heard of or seen this brew before then. I could see myself picking this up again in the same sort of situation.

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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 happygnome
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a dark black color with dark ruby hues with an inch of head that dissapears very slowly leaving a good amount of sticky lace
s: roasted malts with chocolate alcohol aroma is present very surprising considering low alcohol level
t: roasted malts chocolate, very coffee like with good amount of bitterness finishes watery with some metallic flavor
m: medium to full bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall this is not a brew that i am going to buy again

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt umber with dark bronze trim. The top third of the glass is filled with an 'oatmeal mixed with brown sugar' colored crown that is impressively bubbly and is sticky enough to deposit scads of minutely pocked lace. As the beer falls with drinking, the glass is almost completely coated.

Sheaf's snout is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and metal, in that order. Without the latter, it would easily earn the next highest score. Here's hoping the flavor profile is the stout, the whole stout and nothing but the stout.

This beer has an odd flavor (although not an unpleasant one) that I can't quite put my finger on. I think it might be the alcohol coming through more aggressively than expected, but I find that hard to believe at only 5.7%. Although it isn't metallic, it's definitely mineral-like. It's also drier than most beer of this style.

There's a roasted maltiness that delivers an acrid char on the back end. Smoky is another word that comes to mind. A minimal lactic tang is the only thing that keeps this sucker in the milk stout category. In spite of my first impressions, this Carlton & United Breweries offering is beginning to grow on me as I get deeper into the bottle. It's definitely different, but it's also good.

The mouthfeel probably isn't out of line for a relatively low-ABV stout. The relative lightness and the well-buried carbonation is making this 1 pt. 11 oz. bottle a cinch to drain in fairly short order. A couple or three of these would make for a very enjoyable session.

Sheaf Stout may just be the best beer from Down Under that I've had yet. Keep in mind that I probably haven't even reached double digits in terms of 'Oz beer experience'. At only $2.99 per bottle, it's a steal. Especially since it's easily the equal of most of the better known stouts from the U.K.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty aroma with some roast malt. Fermentation seems really clean with no yeast aroma or fruity ale character.

Black, no light really gets through. Small but lasting light brown head.

Now in the flavor is where I get a lot of fruit and yeast effect. Lots of dark pit fruit like plums and cherries. Lots of base malt flavor too. Bittering hops are present but not all that strong. What keeps it from being sweet is a good roast character that dries it out.

Nice medium full body with a great creamy CO2 level.

Nice beer, a solid stout.

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