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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Masham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled - pasteurised.
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep Brewery range of premium bottled ales, our Holy Grail Bitter was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. It has a distinctive taste with plenty of fruity hops, and is full flavoured with a dry and refreshing bitterness.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Okay, me too, I'm a Python fan so I had to try this one out. Pours beautiful clear deep amber color with a moderate off-white head that diminished quickly but left some lacing. Aroma is very faint, sweet moderately roasted malts and a light hoppiness. Flavor is decent but nothing special. Malty start, a hint of breadiness with a strong hop presence and a bit of pepper in the finish. Light body and high amount of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Awww, man. I saw this on the shelf and thought I'd found a new beer to post. Now all the good Python references have been used. < pout > Appearance; gotta love the references. Nice bottle with hops and leafs adorning the shoulder. I really wish I was the first to describe this beer so I could explain everything about the lable, but... < sigh > Anyway, pours a beautiful light orange with an awesome head that leaves a wonderful lace all the way down the glass. The beer is cloudy and has bubbles rising from nowhere. Smells yummy! Hops predominate with a hint of honey. Tastes wonderful like a British ale should taste, almost on the bitter side, though. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability takes a hit because there's a slight metalic aftertaste. While this observation maybe should have gone on the "taste" catagory, it's not really noticable while the beer is being drunk (drank? drinked?), it lingers afterwards making me not craving another. Then again it could be because the beer is going considering it's a "limited edition" and it's apparently been out for six months or so. Good beer all around, and even *more* worth it if you're a Monty Python fan.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
Golden color, beautiful head. Dry aroma, ordinary, with some hop. Average malt flavor, just a better hop; quite strong bitterness at the end, with a good aromatic hopping.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Pours amber, with a thick foamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Apples and dough can be detected. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Mildy hopped. Almost reminds be of a cider. Rather bland and dissapointing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Amber in color,with a small head that faded fast.malty sweet aroma with a light fruit and hop presence.The flavor comes off as much the same as the aroma with it being slightly lighter.The finish manages to be dry but the over all flavor on this brew is quite weak and since monty Python was boring as hell i'd have to say the commemorative brew is much the same.i never could follow british humor and this brew is even more confusing.Is it a bad brew,probably not but it definatley needs help.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2003
Bottled, Pasteurised. Amber coloured low condition beer with forced carbonation. Thin flavours and a sweetish malt undernote.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12265) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
Light malt aroma, slight hazyness in the amber colour, the beer starts out malty but the hops quick in very quickly, with almost an dry acidic tinge.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2003
I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK I sleep all night and I work all day. Actually I drink all night and work all day and night. This is a skunky smelling wicked looking reddish tan ale with a frothy head. Good concept, but bad beer. Metallic bitterness, not unlike Foster's Lager. The bottle is cool, the beer is a little disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
What can I say? 'Ni', 'Peng', and 'Neee-wom'! This beer pours amber coloured with a nice, thick, off-white head. Sweet floral hop aroma. Taste is sweet(ish) malt with good bitterness to end. Medium body and nice lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2003
A slightly foggy deep amber color as it sets in the glass with a mountainous frothy light tan head and the resultant lace a nice and sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Malt sweetness rules the day in this nose, clean, crisp, fresh and quite pleasing to the senses, start is quite sweet with a nice malt profile that leads to a fair to middling top. Finish is quite modest in its acidity with the traditional English hopping that makes for a fine quaff, sweet and dry aftertaste that has just a slight hint of sourness, quite decent English Ale in my books.


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