Sep 072010

Sheaf Stout

I picked up this 750ml bottle of Sheaf Stout at Albertson’s on Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick this weekend. Albertson’s has this beer priced at a very respectable $2.79 for the 25oz. bottle with an above average 5.70% ABV. Sheaf Stout is an Australian import from a subsidiary of Foster’s Group.

The company website says Sheaf Stout “is a classic Australian stout with a tantalizing dry finish and a medium body.” labels this stout as a Milk/Sweet Stout, which, according to Wikipedia is “a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness, body, and calories to the finished beer.”


Appearance – Pours a nice dark black with a full frothy head that lingers for a couple minutes, finally dissipating to a layer of bubbles across the top that clung to the side of the glass as it emptied.

Smell – I could only catch a hint of chocolate in the aroma.

Taste – I was surprised by the hoppy taste of this stout. Tasted more like a heavy lager than I would have expected for a milk stout. Taste seemed to improve as either the beer warmed or as I consumed more. Guess I will have to try it again and let it approach room temperature before drinking it.

Mouthfeel – Nice feel in the mouth. Carbonation kept it alive but not overly so.

Drinkability – I look for a smoother taste in a stout, especially a milk stout. This might be good at a bbq where you have strong taste of grilled meat and salty chips.

  2 Responses to “Beer: Sheaf Stout by Carlton & United Breweries”

  1. Now, I’m just the opposite…I have been drinking Sheaf Stout for years…this is my favourite for flavor. I find it’s flavors and accents really present when it’s as cold as you can get it. Chocolatey coffee notes peak as it gets close to 34 degrees. I love it…I prefer it over many odd the local Seattle microbrews….although there was a brewery in Everett called Orchard Street Brewery. They made a Porter that was worth driving across half the state to try….the best Porter I’ve ever had, a close second would be Desutes’ Black Butte porter…before they went big and streamlined the recipe.

  2. I have a lot of friends from Australia that live around me in Thailand and I have asked every one of them if they know Sheaf Stout and not 1 of them have heard of it. I always thought that was funny. I used to buy it all the time in Boise Idaho.

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