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 SmashPants
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: light brown bottle, shithouse cheap-looking label. Okay only as it's macro.

Appearance: very dark, almost black in colour. Head is tan with good lacing and retention. Definitely inviting!

Aroma: a spicy bite of roasted chocolate and coffee, along with some spices - star anise and pepper.

Taste: I'm getting mainly those roasted malts with a light backing of hops and spices. A fantastic combination to be sure.

Aftertaste: this one lasts a while in the mouth. No new flavours, but a good, decent while savouring those flavours.

Mouth feel: quite a thin stout - seems like a stout / dark ale combination. Still, a wonderful beer with a moderate carbonation that carrie the flavours.

Overall: for a stout, this is a bloody good price (AU$49 a case - 2012). And a good stout, to be honest. Very nice stout, a bit lighter than the usual though. I would loooove to try this on tap. If anyone has it!!

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark black brew with a tan head. The head stuck around a bit a left some lace as well. The aroma was very nice with rich sweet, carmelized malt mixed with the coffeelike roasted malt aromas, no hops were detected either. The taste was very smooth with a dark caramel malt flavor and a dry coffee like flavor to balance the sweetness so it dosen't linger too long. A very full bodied and smooth stout I would love to try this on on nitro or especially cask. A nice sweet stout and a good example of the style.

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Photo of goatherder
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 375ml stubbie bottle, use by 4/1/08

The head is tan in colour and quite persistent. This beer is as black as night with just a tiny golden highlight around the edges. The nose is quite complex, with hints of vegemite and cocoa. The beer is sweet up front, followed by a rush of flavours - malty, plums, some jammy flavours even. The bitterness sneaks up behind the flavour and helps keep the finish long and satisfying. The 5.7% abv is apparent but not offensive. This beer is quite mouthcoating in it's fullness but still remains very drinkable. I think this is one of the best value beers in the country, cheap and delicious.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into wine glass

this is a fantastic cheap import stout from the Aussies. dry cocoa, roasted Malts and grain. smooth and dry feel. milky sweet at first, finishes savory and roasted to the point of being burned.

would be a staple of my fridge if I could find a case. solid stout to fall back on

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at South Lyndale Liquors two days ago. Best before 08/09/15 L: Dense bright black with a 1” tan foam cap that rapidly dissipates. S: Faint wet cardboard, rich malts, some licorice, some dark dried fruit. T: Creamy, startsdsweet but finishes dry. A little chalkiness, some chocolate. Malt is medium to medium high. Hops are medium to medium low. Traces of toffee. Its just a shade oxidized. F: Creamy medium to medium full body, medium low carbonation. O: A fairly decent milk stout.

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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 plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a off white head the falls into a thin sheet.
the aroma is very dark, bit of mollasses, nice roastiness, bit of plum.
the flavor has a smoothness at first, then gets a bit of hop spice, following with a bit of prune, dropping off with a great after taste.
the mouthfeel is very full but that is expected with a sweet stout.

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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 vancurly
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight, creamy, light brown head. Can't tell if there's any bubbles...they may be in there though...
Very dark black/brown. Dense, with a tiny mahogany edge, if you look hard enough.
Initially, you can smell iced coffee, with a chocolate sprinkle. But there are other notes in there...hops, molasses, wood.
It tastes very much like it smells, with some caramel in there also. There is bitterness, and roasted flavours toward the end.
I haven't drunk this in years; I have forgotten how much I liked it.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife grabbed this in WA state simply because it was clearly labelled "stout" and because it was from Australia (I have relatives there). 1 pt. 11 fl. oz. A deceptively simply bottle. No ABV, no information about the brewer other than the name and country...almost a throw back to the beer labels of the 70s.

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with a brown foamy head. Smells much like a typical stout. In look and smell reminds me of McAuslan's oatmeal stout. Taste is somewhat similar: roasted barley, hints of oatmeal and slight traces of chocolate. A bit less bitter than the McAuslan's and definitley superior to Labatt's Guinness Extra Stout.

A good standard stout; in my opinion, worth drinking again. I only wish it was more accessible to me.

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Photo of avwrite
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Surprisingly dark and malty. A bit thick, little foam.

S - Nothing too strong. Mild smell.

T - Tastes a lot like guiness, both in strength and texture.

M - Smooth going down, but lacking any distinct characteristics.

O - A mild stout. Feels like Australia's answer to guiness.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big A$$ Bottle: A solid dark brown cola coloured brew that borders on super dark brown/black but is not quite opaque. Head is slightly tan/khaki and it does not last too long, or leave a lot of lacing. Aromas are all sweet lactic milk stout aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and milk, with some nice roasted malt notes as well as just a hint of flowery hops. Taste follows suit with the lactic, sweet chocolate/coffee notes, but this one is a little thin in the mouth. No worries, drinkability remains nice especially considering that this is a "macro" milk stout. It is quite nice, and if you can still find fresh bottles around, they are quite the value as well. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blacker than a black whole, not a hint of light coming through this. Small head which resides rather fast. Tan in colour. Nice lacing

Smell: Strong coffee smell with some burnt malts and sticky sweetness lingering.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and somewhat chewy. A big Smokey coffee hit with burnt malt. Well balanced hop bitterness which stay through to the end and complement the sweetness well. Leaves a charcoal and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Nice balance of Smokey, burnt, sweet and bitter flavours. A robust stout and quite in depth.

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Photo of theowlsayshoe
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout 750ml bottle
a - Gorgeous dark brown with lots of head
s - Smells of soft coffee
t - Very mild stout, leaves palate quickly and smoothly. A little “stout” taste at first than silky smooth. Dark latte like complexity, almost fruity but not quite.
m - Light mouth feel that covers the whole mouth top to bottom
o - Overall it is one of favorites ever, I could drink a little or a lot and feel complete.

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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 Generik420
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink this in college and hadn't had it in years until this weekend. This is a pretty good stout and comes in a huge bottle for a cheap price. I picked up a couple bottles at $2.99 each, for a 27oz bottle, no complaints here. Beer is very dark, basically black, with a nice tan head. The taste on this beer changes subtly as you get into it. At first sip, I found it very roasty, somewhat sour. Almost a little off-putting. After a few more sips, it becomes very mellow, it may just be that your tastebuds get used to the roasted flavor, or it could have been from warming up a bit in the glass. It has a big mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side. Very drinkable once you get a little way into it. For the price, it deserves some shelf space in the fridge as a quality stout that doesn't skimp on quantity.

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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 david131
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 Tupperwolf
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if i just heard about this brew on the Craft Beer Radio podcast (an older show) or not, but they were talkinga bout an Aussie stout and I stumbled across this one. Not too long that I get the chance to drink an australian beer that other pople actually think is tasty, so I was happy to pick this up.

Pours a nice, rugged dark brown with a light, fluffy, quickly dissapating medium-tan head. Light lacing sticks to the glass in a thin layer.

The scent of this brew betrays its heritage as a sweet stout; It's got a light, rich, earthy tone that is too airy to be a heavy stout. There's a burnt cedar scent and some light, sugary coffee.

Light alcohol, wood smoke, coffee, and very light heavy-cream milk chocolate are all present in the flavor. It blends and flows very nicely, making a lovely thing to indulge in after several pints of an english bitter. Lots of interesting and satisfying flavors going on here, nothing particularly offensive. The notes of alcohol decrease as it warms,

Not a particularly heavy stout, this beer has a medium body which finishes relatively dry. A bit of nutty, woody flavors hang about after swallowing.

Overall, I am very impressed with this stout! It's a great beer from Australia. They don't have enough renowned beers and this should be one of them.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, light-impenetrable body with a thick finger of rich tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lacing. A nice looking stout.

Smell: sweet, lightly chocolatey aroma with a bit of acidity and a hint of vegetal hops. Mostly clean, but a bit on the mild side.

Taste: lightly sweet with a nice chocolatey flavor and a light vegetal hoppiness. There is a good malt complexity here, though, with some toffee and dates. There's a little more acidity than I normally like, but the depth of flavor really makes up for this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: I like this beer. It's got an interesting complexity and, while it is not perfect, is a solidly drinkable stout.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheaf Stout pours a black color with a very small head. There is a sweet lactose infused aroma with nice mellow roasted notes. The taste has a roasted malty backbone with a nice creamy lactose kick. A little bit light in the flavor, but still very drinkable. Overall a nice and solid stout.

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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 Chaz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the fridge into a bulb. Inky-dark brown and opaque in color, nearly black to the naked eye and a deep, dark scarlet-tinged brown when held to the light. A medium to moderate pour creates a solid two-fingered medium-dark tan head which lingers a good while and develops some reasonably ornate lacing. Nose offers milk-chocolate, anise, some iodine and light espresso notes. Strikes me as a fairly fruity nose. Anise notes dominate on the palate, mingling with a fairly tangy/roast (burnt?) malt profile. Slightly boozy, with the light buzz coming later, but playing around in the sinuses a bit. Nice, fairly brisk carbonation. Light on the palate, and the lively carbonation is aided by a rather astringent character, which balances the sweeter malt characteristics quite nicely. Medium-sweet, but finishes semi-dry. Nice, lingering notes of milk chocolate and light anise. An old favorite of mine, I first began to truly appreciate this stuff 'the morning after', that is to say after a night out with friends resulted in one-too-many. I'd drink it warm, alternating with a few sips of fresh hot coffee and have since that time sworn by the stuff, it's verily a tonic! But whether as a 'breakfast stout' or as an accompaniment to a nice range of cuisine, Sheaf Stout's a definite keeper, and a go-to stout for the style.

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