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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Black Sheep Ale Review

On a recent trip to England, I had the fortune of visiting a few of pubs in the northeast. Being in England, I decided to stick with local beers. The beer selection was generally very good, but there was one that stood out and by some stroke of luck, I stumbled across a few bottles here. This beer is a bitter, and has an alcohol content of 4.4% ABV. As with the beers I had in England, I served this one cool, rather than cold. This brings out a stronger aroma, and I find that it enhances many beers of this type.

It is a dark amber color with a very thin head that leaves behind some foamy lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, some hops, and a slightly fruity presence.

It has a pleasant and refreshing mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The beer offers a full taste, doing a great job of balancing bitter hops and the sweetness of malt. It concludes with a finish that is long, dry, slightly bitter and very refreshing. The finish is typical of a bitter, and this beer delivers a great, if unadventurous, execution of the style.

Cost - $3.30 CAD for a 500 mL bottle
Taste - 8.7/10

Overall - 8.7/10..a nice example of an English bitter, with a nicely balanced flavor that delivers lots of refreshment.

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