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.” BearAdvocate.com 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.