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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Added by Mitchster on 11-20-2001

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Photo of kemoarps
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 GordonQuid
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Llewellyn9
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 joe1510
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Mister_Faucher
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sheaf Stout
Poured from a 1 pt. 11 oz. brown bottle with no drink by or best by date. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured black with a finger of off white head. Fairly carbonated. The head did not retain very well, but it did leave a small amount of lacing towards the top of the glass. The aroma was of roasted malts with some chocolate and some caramel. The flavor was decently malty as well, not much hoppiness, but - like the aroma - some chocolate, caramel, and also some coffee seeps into it. The body was on the medium side. Sheaf Stout is pretty darn drinkable, and pretty available. I could see myself bringing a few big bottles of this one to parties or get togethers. I would return to this one because of the flavor and overal quality.

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Photo of Keiffer17
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Phocion
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 arini10
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gardner254
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a 20 wine gobblet.

Appearance: This pours a pleasing darkness. Dont be afraid of the dark. Very nice carmel colored head nearly 1 inch thick. The head quickly resolves into a light carmel colored foam. Leaves great lace dancing down the glass.

Smell: Smells of malty woody coffee smells with undertones of alcohol.

Taste: Hey I like this one. Coffee hits me predominately. There is a pleasant maltyness. This one is not overly sweet. The hops are there but are not the major players.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkablility: This is a very good session stout. The mouthfeel is smooth and it is incredibly easy to drink. Dam I wish I had more!

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Photo of leedorham
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown with a medium tan head.

The beer has a strong roasted aroma. Very full.

First taste hits pretty hard with the roasted body. There is a sour taste that seems to dominate over any malty sweetness. I also detect a bit of chocolate-coffee like taste. The chocolate flavor seems to rise as the palate-shock wears off.

Overall, I thought this was going to be work after the first sip but the beer and I got along after the first altercation.

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Photo of honeybrewer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 vladdswrath
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a decent tan head. The usual sweet chocolate malt and coffee scents are here, as in most stouts, but the taste is pretty mild and more burnt and bitter than sweet. It's also thinner in the mouth than you would suspect by looking at it. Overall, it's a supremely pedestrian stout...but at the price point, usually under three bucks a bomber around here, it's hard to complain about the bang for the buck. If your cash strapped, you can do a lot worse than a couple of these...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit of a mass produced stout, being from the carlton folks and all, but I quite like it. its got all the dark aromatics and flavors of roasted barley, cocoa, and spent coffee grounds, but packages neatly in a dryer, thinner bodied version than many. it makes for good warm weather drinking down under, but also makes for plenty of quantity consumption, being as light as it is. not sure why its categorized as a sweet stout here, I don't get any of the lactose sugars or other nonfermentables that make that style what it is. this is pretty straightforward to me, with a great roasty toasty profile throughout and good carbonation too. its bitter in the finish, and the big bottles are not too much due to its unique drinkability. when I lived in Australia, I liked this out of a frozen mug. my affinity for frozen glassware has dwindled since then, but this beer is still fantastic in that format. nothing out of the ordinary here, but a serviceable dark beer in a market that was hurting for that until recently.

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Photo of katybee
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 N3rdM3t4l
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pint 9.5oz bottle into standard pint. Fridge temp. Freshness date 20apr13 printed on bottle. From notes taken 4/3/12

A: Opaque black with 2.5 fingers tan head after an aggressive pour. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, slight bitter chocolate, and small hop presence at first. Smells sweet with a touch of malted barley and caramel. Like iced coffee with cream, it smells rich.

T: Coffee at first that becomes a slightly tangy chocolate and then bitterness. Bitterness is hops and that charred bitterness from dark roasting. Pleasant to drink.

M: Very thin for a stout but much richer than expected for such a thin beer. Not all that smooth considering the mouthfeel, watery like a lager, enhances the bitter iced coffee aspect of it.

O: Good but not great, smells wonderful for sure. Not bad considering the price of $3.00 for a 25.5oz bottle though. There are other stouts I would go to before this one. Considering the coffee/chocolate notes I thought it would go well with vanilla ice cream, I was wrong. This is not a good beer-float beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 grub
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep black colour with a huge, dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and when it does it leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. sweet and malty, with a little roast. bready malt. dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

taste is good. sweet and malty. not too much roast. just a bit of sourness too, which is nice. bready. coffee. bit of chocolate.

mouthfeel is big and chewy. pretty nice.

drinkability on this one is pretty good. it's not a spectacular stout, but tasty and nice. i'd definitely have another bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Phoneguy
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sheaf Stout from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 49% out of 100 with 239 ratings
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