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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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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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Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
3.64 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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