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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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours very dark, solidly opaque with a thin, light brown head and dense bubbles.

S: Smells chocolaty and roasted with a slight hint of licorice and coffee; decadent and rich.

T/M: A low to medium amount of carbonation leads to an astringent coffee flavor up front followed by dark, sweet malt and a bit of chocolate on the finish.

It's a lot of what a great stout should be with very little of what it should not.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle stamped 20APR13 on neck, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head. Big and loose. Good stick and retention.

Smell - Coffee and Kahlua. Thin and hoppy.

Taste - Coffee and mud. Astringent like wine. Dry cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Slightly acidic. Light-medium bodied. Very astringent. Too sharp.

Overall Drinkability - One-time beer. This beer is a sipper. Definitely not a session. Interesting at best.

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Photo of timtwoface
2.49/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed I didn't like this imported stout more than I did. It had a lot of promise - but from the very first wiff, I was kinda turned off. It just smelled so...alcoholic to me. Tasted so, too - normally with a nice stout it's hidden by all the other flavours, but in this case, not so much. I really enjoyed the aftertaste that lingered on my tongue, that was a great positive. Besides that, unfortunately, I didn't see much I enjoyed for me to return to for another go.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- dark brown almost black. Cinnamon colored head that dissapears pretty quick. not much retention.

Ar- Sweet, smells like milk. Maybe a bit of caramel. I smell figs, dates, or some kind of dark fruit. Can't put my nose on it.

T- very smooth and sweat. I like this stout, especially for the price. This is tasty.

M- light/medium body. good carbonation for this style of brew.

O- an enjoyable brew, especially for this price. I like that flavor, very sweet and tasty.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of February 2012: Poured into a pint glass.

A: It certainly looks like a stout. Very dark and opaque. It has a big, foamy, tan colored with decent retention that reduces to a thin film on the top over time. There is some visible light carbonation coming up the sides of the glass. It leaves some scattered lacing.

S: Big nose of roasted malts up front followed by some bittersweet dark chocolate and some hints of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts are the flavors that the taste is limited to. Something is off here though. It has a very noticeable bitter finish.

M: It has a body on the lighter side for a stout. It is quite smooth and relatively creamy. There is some light carbonation which fits in nicely. However, an astringent finish bumps this one down a bit in my opinion.

O: This seemed more like a regular stout than a sweet stout. Other than a creamier mouthfeel, I didn't detect much that would qualify this as a sweet stout. If the taste aspect was more developed, it could be an above average stout. But as is, it isn't anything to get too excited about.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very deep brown. Head is a tanned two finger goam. A couple rings of lacing stick to the glass.
S- The smell is odd. It's got a pleasant milk chocolate aroma, but there is a bit of an off aroma. It's slightly metallic.
T- Initially slightly sweet with a milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a bit of mineral near the finish. There is a lingering roasted character. The alcohol is noticable, even at 5.7%
M- Light and not quite as smooth as a sweet stout should be.
O- It's drinkable but not paticularly tasty. I'd probably pass in the future.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 12, 2011. Bottle purchased online from France 44 in Minnesota.

Ah, revisiting an old friend; I haven't tasted it in many years.

It looks to be a pitch black with a creamy +1 finger head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing. Excellent head retention during the session.

A nice roasted malt nose with under currents of chocolate, both sweet and dark. There's a nice bitter/sweet thing going on.

The taste brings the smell to my taste buds. Roasty, bitter and sweetish from the chocolate, some hoppy notes that I have tasted in quite a few Australian ales/lagers. Quite tasty and surprisingly, brings a bit of an alcohol burn.

Pretty light bodied with medium carbonation, it has an above average mouth feel. Drinkability is good despite the "burn". In years past, I found Sheaf Stout and excellent brew to experiment with black and tans. I'm glad I found this one again.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Black. Yep, its a stout. 1.5 finger head a few hints of lacing.

S - Mmm Mmm good, Chocolate! Chocolate, and a little creamy sweetness smell similar to frosting.

T/m - Mehhh. Alarmingly meh. meh. I can taste a hint of the original "soul" of the beer, a slight hint of chocolate, but alas I am overwhelmed by a metallic taste, but its in a bottle, hissed when opened, cap looks intact and no hint of rust or spoilage. I am disappoint son.

0 - 0verall nothing to write home about, kinda average, but on flavor profile I would rate it a "run for the hills" seek to avoid! Maybe because its from a continent away and a sketch store?

PP (Price Point) - $4 for a 25.4 oz bottle is again, Meh, nothing great here, just because there is extra beer compared to a bomber, doesn't mean its good!! No go in my book.

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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 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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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
3.64 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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