On the recommendation of one of my UK friends over at Democracy's Drink, I picked up a bottle of Black Sheep Ale, brewed by Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, Yorkshire, UK.
I really didn't know what to expect, but this guy swore on it saying "yer its good from the bottel its somthine can be a bit week when from a barrel so give it a go its a good necking beer (drinking beer) have a look for some of there othere ales from black sheep."
Now I mostly got the idea from the recommendation, and I decided to pick up just a bottle instead of a barrel because I wanted the strong stuff. But when I heard it was a good necking beer, I was sold. Isn't "necking" what old people called my generation's "making out" and not sure what the kids these days are calling it. I guess I have about 8 to 10 years to get back in with the slang when my kids become teens. Anyway, looking around, it looks like necking is British slang for drinking a pint.
So here I am about halfway done my 16.9 oz. bottle. This is a very bitter beer. There is a bit of a buttery flavor and acidic flavor all rolled into one. The aftertaste leaves a bit of a burnt flavor in my mouth and the aroma is pretty flat. It's a very dry beer, too. In my humble opinion, this is not a very good beer and I think I'd have to be shipwrecked with a shipment of Black Sheep Ale (with no hope of quick rescue) to drink this again.
On the label, the brewery brags that for 5 generations it's been brewed at Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, and nowhere else. Let's pray that it stays that way. Actually I can't imagine InBev or SABMiller wasting their time with this anyway, but you never know.