I picked up this pint of Castle Rock Sherwood Reserve at the Vat and Fiddle in Nottingham, which is the breweries tap room. The brewery are multi award winning and also own some of the top pubs in Nottingham. They've been brewing in the city since 1977 and Sherwood Reserve is their first regular stout, and frankly it's about time they produced one. Sherwood Reserve pours about as black as a beer can possibly get with a decent tan head. I'd say this really is a very good looking beer. We're not all about looks here though so it'll have to be more than just a pretty face to impress us.
Castle Rock's Sherwood Reserve has a very nice roasted coffee bean and chocolate aroma, which is becoming almost too familiar in stouts these days. The body is smooth but only really medium bodied, it could possibly do with a little more texture, that said though it's pretty easy drinking. The coffee and chocolate tastes are very well balanced making for a pretty tasty stout. I think the vast majority of dark beer drinkers are going to enjoy Sherwood Reserve. It's got enough going for it to be considered a really good, if not overly adventurous stout. I'm going to give Castle Rocks Sherwood Reserve a very good 8.5 out of 10.