Black Sheep Ale

Black Sheep Ale

Rated 3.482 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Black Sheep Brewery

Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

4.4% Alcohol by Volume

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Black Sheep Ale is brewed using traditional and time honoured methods which achieve a beer of the highest quality. It is a superb premium bitter which is brewed in restored antique brewing vessels and fermented in the unusual Yorkshire Square system to produce a distinctive robust ale. Brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops, it is full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose. The bittersweet malty taste is followed by an uncompromising long, dry and bitter finish. This beer was the first, most successful, of all of our bottled beers.

ID: 1584 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank3537
Overall Percentile93.2
Style Rank35 of 726
Style Percentile95.2
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.510
Weighted Score3.482
Standard Deviation0.499

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  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 3.8 3 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Black Sheep Ales are a regular at the local liquor store, and a guilty pleasure of mine. This is a slightly hazed golden copper colour with a small thin off white head. The aroma is light caramel, grains, earthy hops, and some nuttiness. Flavour is quite plentiful in the form of nutty caramel, some grains, and a bitter finish. Well done.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Darker yellow with lasting white foam head. Aroma is malty bitter, taste is nice bitter with some caramel. Nice long aftertaste. Indeed crisp, dry and bittersweet. (Velp 201208)

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours burnt-orange/amber without much head and some specks of lace. An aroma of caramel malts, hops, orange-citrus, cranberry, and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, bitterness, orange-citrus, bread & yeast, walnut, and spiciness. Very good!

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    A very respectable ESB. Very rich brew with a nice fruitiness (yet not too sweet) about it mostly in the nose. Very nicely balanced in all respects with the flavor really being the big hit with this one. Nice head as well. Savor the moments with this one.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A very nice ale, if not fantastic. Appearance was hard to gauge due to its coming in a brown (but rather pretty) bottle. Aroma is malty with a whisper of sweetness, very inviting. Taste has some surprising hoppiness and a little bitterness, but is still malty with smoky undertones. This is a pleasant ale worth enjoying and savoring, rather than chugging at a party or sipping with dinner.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is one of the best ESBs I can think of. It pours a beautiful reddish brown colour with a nice aroma that is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy. It goes down smooth with a minimum of aftertaste.

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. A beautiful red amber color and a fine creamy foam.The nose is sweety. The aroma is well done malts/hops balance. A long bitter aftertaste for a very enjoyable beer.

  • GREEDYCHEATER 27 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    aroma is sweet with a nutty undertone. appearance it has a dark honey , with a camel cap that disappears rapidly. crisp taste with very little after taste, a slight bite on the back of the tongue. flavor starts sweet with a hint of carmel, that progresses into a weak hoppy bitterness. overall a better beer than anticipated good all around beer. drinkable in any season may go well with bar-bq.

  • ACOHRS02 149 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    I have only had a few bitters but this one is not as good as the others. It is a really nice beer to look at but flavor is just weak in my opinion.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    this was a nice brown ale, the head did not stay around for too long .But a nice beer, slightly bitter .I would recommend this beer to friends to try atleast once.

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