I’m sure by now that everyone has heard the story of how the bloke that started up Black Sheep brewing is actually a member of the Theakston family and all the associated fun that went on there (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sheep_Brewery)
But, as I never tire of saying, we’re only here for the beer. First off I’ll just have to say: I’ve always liked Black Sheep Ale, it’s one of those dependable standards that you can always go to when you want something that’s solid and dependable – a la Brakspear, Hook Norton, Adnams, etc.
BSA is a light hazel-brown colour with a snow-white head. In the aroma, dryish metallic malts dominate and there’s very little hop character – but that’s neither here ‘nor there.
The taste is a solid, but delicate bitterness which leads out and pulls along a sweetly tasty malt character. This is a solid slab of tasty ale and isn’t designed to be fancy and complex but be enjoyable, thirst quenching and refreshing.
In the aftertaste is a lasting delicious dry-creamy-sour bitterness and some echoes of sweet malt.
Excellent. All northern beers feel so much like a reward for a hard days work to me. and that’s a very good thing indeed. Have some after you’ve been industrious…