Black Sheep Special Ale

Our second ever beer. A complex, premium bitter.

Back in the day, Best Bitter was lonely, it needed a companion. We knew we needed a quality, premium strength beer that would stand alongside our cracking session Bitter... we present to you, Black Sheep Ale.

Black Sheep Special Ale is a powerfully flavoured pint that packs a punch with rich fruit aromas and a distinctively smooth, bittersweet taste. As well as the popular cask version, we started bottling this in 1993 and today it is one of the best-selling bottled beers nationally; available in all major supermarkets!

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Bittersweet in mouth feel with a dry finish, packed with fruity notes and Goldings hops.

We use plenty of choice Golding hops which give it a roast coffee maltiness followed by Black Sheep’s characteristic refreshingly dry and bitter finish.

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Masses of hops, orange-fruit and roast coffee maltiness

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Food Matches

Black Sheep Special Ale is brewed with a large helping of Golding hops which lend a fruity flavour reminiscent of Seville oranges which, together with the warming full bodied malt flavour, stand up well to all red meats and most cheeses such as Wensleydale and Stilton.

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We use Maris Otter malted barley which delivers a better quality and more consistent beer. This brew contains more Crystal Malt than Best Bitter, giving Black Sheep Special Ale its rich flavour and darker colouring.

We use a blend of whole hops including Challenger and Progress hops, with an emphasis on Goldings, giving the beer its fruity nose.

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