Black Sheep Ale

In the beginning there was Best Bitter. We needed a quality premium strength beer that would stand alongside our standard session bitter and so Black Sheep Ale was born.

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Black Sheep Ale

Part of our original brewery line up, Black Sheep Ale is a powerfully flavoured pint that packs a punch with rich fruit aromas  and a distinctively smooth, bittersweet taste.

Aroma

Masses of hops, orange-fruit and roast coffee maltiness

Taste

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

Black Sheep Ale is a full flavoured, premium bitter with a rich fruity aroma. 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.

Food and Beer Pairing

Black Sheep 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.

Ingredients

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 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.

Awards

2010
Gold Star 1 Award – Great Taste Awards
2009
Gold Award – International Beer Challenge
2008
Gold Star 2 Award – Great Taste Awards
Taste of the Dales Award – Ale Competition at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink
1995
Supreme Champion – International Food & Drink Exhibition

Fancy a pint?

Black Sheep Ale is also available as a bottled beer.

Ewe Tube Videos

The Black Sheep Brewery - 'Best job in the World' on BBC Look North.

Black Sheep Ale visual information

Awards

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2012 Bronze Award
International Beer Challenge

2012 Bronze Award International Beer Challenge

2011 Bronze Award
International Beer Challenge

2011 Bronze Award International Beer Challenge

2011 Gold Star 2 Award
Great Taste Awards

2011 Gold Star 2 Award Great Taste Awards

2010 Gold Star 1 Award
Great Taste Awards

2010 Gold Star 1 Award Great Taste Awards

2009 Gold Award
International Beer Challenge

2009 Gold Award International Beer Challenge

@BlackSheepBeer becomes 10th Cask Marque Centre of Excellence ow.ly/w463I

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