Australian beers, at least the exported ones, tend to be thin lagers with little to no personality. Picture Labatt Blue as pitched by Paul Hogan. Sheaf Stout, however, is a welcome exception. Although difficult to find, tracking down the Sheaf is well worth it. Bruce and myself happened upon it at the Map Room in Cleveland’s Warehouse District.
It’s a sweeter stout, with a tantalizing dry finish and a medium body. The flavors are quite complex and blend with each other well. Sheaf clocks in at 5.7% alcohol by volume; usually one would expect a stout with this much character to rate much higher on the drunkard scale. If you can find it, fill your fridge and enjoy.