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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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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 237
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 superdavex
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At $2.60 per 27 ounce bottle of this stuff I can't help but dip the tastebuds in this tasty stout once in awhile. You wouldn't think such a brew would come from Calton and United or whatever, but it does. Cheers to them for concocting such a creation!

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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 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 diablo14
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the only beer carlton brews thats worth a cracker. great dark color, and ive always liked the brown hue of the head when you pour it. strong coffee aromas on the nose, and a lovely roasted flavor with robust chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of pepper.

carlton have always tended to be heavy handed on the bitterness, and have done their best to try it on with this beer, but fortunately fail. the dryness (not bitterness) of the finish is what makes this beer worth drinking. by the same token its not a stout i can drink too many of in one go solely because of its dryness.

still its nice to see a stout that has that element of uniqueness, and for CUB, even moreso. its probably the only beer they brew that has maintained any of its original integrity over the years.

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

Haven't had a stout for a while.... cold night tho.

Pours as a stout should - half finger tan head over black body. Head dies, filmy lace.

Moderate aromas of chocolate, coffee, malts.

Taste is silky smooth, sweet, malt driven, chocolate, coffee, with moderate balanced hop bitterness to follow. Full bodied enough to pass for a much higher ABV stout.

Quite highly carbonated. unusual.

Good beer. Look forward to more in winter.

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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 palliko
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some foam, but didn’t last long. Opaque black in color. A complex nose: Toasted coffee with cream, and some bittersweet chocolate notes in the aroma. Smooth, sweet initial taste: the carbonation is perfect: a little tingle, not fizzy. Fire roasted malt gives it a nice thick stout taste: more mellow, and better than Guinness, in my opinion. Hops are there in abundance, but are well disguised, and round out the experience that lingers on the palate. Excellent!! A couple of bucks for 27 oz. of great stout! Try it!

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Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very good stout but not great, somewhat characterful with a good, firm stout quality, but not very complex and just a tad rough.

Black, it has a medium, long-lasting, creamy tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and leaving a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is wet soil, alcohol soaked raisins and prunes, faintly burnt.

Taste is vodka-soaked prunes, strong toastiness, dry peppery-roasty finish, light coffee candy element, especially in aftertaste, light sweetness, very light bitterness.

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Photo of baugherlager
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like the price of this stuff for what you get. A big bottle for around 2 dollars. I think that this beer really just is an average beer but one that I would definately drink again especially when funds are low.

The appearance is very dark looks like alot of stouts I've tried. Head retention wasn't very impressive as it didn't stay very long.

The smell was of sweet and sour, chocolate, and coffee.

It tasted of more sweetness with a bitter and slightly sour finish. and of course more chocolate, and coffee. Left some lacing in the glass.

I don't think I could drink any more than the big bottle of the beer because it does start to loose its appeal after a a while. but I would recommend just make sure you serve it a little colder than what you would normally drink a stout.

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Photo of Brian700
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a thick dark brown. Damn near black. It has a creamy brown head. I like this beer a lot, especially for its reasonable price. Good Bargain. It has aroma of Butterscotch, ginger, spices. This stout is somewhat bitter and is chocolately with some coffee flavor as well. (dry as well) Good mouthfeel. I like it but I think one bottle of this is enough to satisfy me before I move on to something else.

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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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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive, manly appearance as its completely black and thick. Almost like a dark syrup. The head is moderate in size, a finger thick with a nice light brown color. Good retention. Quite the looker in the glass.

Classic smell for the style with chocolate, smoke, coffee, roasted barley.

It's got the stout taste down, but is slightly lacking in the milk stout category. Most of what you smell you also taste. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee, some smoke and roasted barley. However, I can't pick up much of the sweet milk. There's a hint of it, but the more assertive flavors mask it too much.

Makes for a good stout, but I need more sweetness and creaminess from a milk stout. For an instant, it's sweet; but then that initial burst of sweetness is overtaken by all things bitter (coffee, chocolate, hops). Has more of a coffee stout feel. It tries to be creamy and smooth but the bittering agents are just too much.

All things considered, particularly the categories that really matter (taste and feel), it's not quite as good as it looks or smells. Would make for a hell of a stout, but just lacking as a milk stout. Does BeerAdvocate have the style wrong?

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Photo of nklatt
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Black with a latte head. Smell's nice - like a stout should! Has some smoke in it. Taste is light - a bit sweet with some burnt flavor and a touch tangy/metallic. Not as thick as I like.

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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 hreb
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had to rush out to try this beer when, in the same week, I heard it was endorsed by Krist Novoselic and dis-endorsed by some old family friends as being "too bitter". This distinctively styled 750 mL bottle is best before 20/DEC/15(!!) Pours black and a little on the thick side, with a distinct aroma of alcohol and oak (vanilla, even bourbon). I find the flavor on the mild side, actually, with very little carbonation, just a bit of grainy bitterness, and nice coffee finish. It's not as complex as your typical craft stout but I would absolutely drink this. And at this price per bottle, I could drink quite a lot. The oaky and ethanol/metallic notes remind me of much bigger Russian Imperial Stouts -- which this of course is not -- but I'm perhaps a little too easy to forive what might otherwise be defects, because they suggest to me one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of granger10
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured a darkish brown color that almost made it look like a brown ale. It smelled great though, with coffee and chocolate being the predominate aromas. At first sip there was a roasted malty taste to it almost a burnt taste to the malt. I also noticed some caramel along with a hint of fruit. As I went along on this big bottle (22 oz) I noticed more chocolate come through, esp. at the finish. I didnt detect any real bitterness or hoppiness which could have balanced the flavors a little. Altogether a stout with complex sweetness that is enjoyable to drink.

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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 HochFliegen
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up on a whim while at the store the other day. What a good pick I really enjoyed it.
Wow what dark beer couldnt even see any light thru the blackness. It carried on top of it a thick and frothy tan color head. The smell had a metallic smell to it mixed with a cocoa smell. Also a slight burnt smell and sweet malt.
The taste was really smooth. Roasted malts, cocoa and a slight dry bitter bite in the end.

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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 SeanChouffe
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not the most complex brew I have ever had the opportunity to sample, but a pleasant surprise.
The appearance is a very dark brown with red highlights. The head is tan, not very dignified and diminished quickly. The lace is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent: coffee, roasted stuff, malt and alcohol. The taste is somewhat unrefined: malty, roasted, and tin like biting finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, effervescent, rich and a metallic presence.
Although , the first couple of tastes were pretty rough, this stout mellowed and grew on me (and kept its character).

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Photo of BitteBier
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black pour without so much as a hint of color even with a light shining right on the glass. A generous head of bronze bubbles that collapses into clingy foam. Sweet, moderately roasted malts constitute a substantial nose even before the beer warmed up a bit. Light chocolate notes and perhaps a hint of coffee. Initial taste is quite sweet, followed by some dryness and a milky aftertaste that lingers. Roasted malt flavors are relatively weak, but there's still no doubt that is a stout. Mouthfeel is thinner and less chewy than with stouts writ large, but not uncommonly so for sweeter stouts like this. Based on appearance and smell, I expected more. That being said, I wouldn't turn this one down.

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Photo of Alexkauruk
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black with a little lace. Taste is ok: burnt malt, balanced, kinda thin for appearance, a bit more dry than i would like, you can feel some alcohol taste- not too bad. Overall good beer for the price. Will buy it again for sure.

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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 TheDM
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of finely sized creamy dark brown bubbles and a pitch black opaque body. It has a nice strong malt aroma and a strong stout flavor. It starts off with a slight stout bite, but finishes smoothly. The coffee and chocolate notes are there but different than in most stouts. Somewhat more subdued but still present. This brew goes down too easy when compared to other stouts. Not as strong but still well balanced. I wonder how Hotstuff will rate it?

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