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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1274   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Amber color with a huge thick beige head. Malt aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, malty and bitter. Nothing special but not bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Interesting cloudy, oragnish-red color. Not quite what I'd expect for a bitter, but still attractive. Slightly hoppy nose with a unique balance of bitterness and tartness early on. Gradually transfers to a consistent bitter. Nice fisnish. Overall a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30993) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
The aroma is very light hoppy with notes of grass. The color is amber and it has a fine beige head. The flavor is of sweet malt and ends on a rather bitter and grassy not. A nice bitter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2003
Tawny light brown. Soapy, thick head, with lace. Fruit, very gentle hop note (similar nose). Understated sweet malt. Dries out as it finishes ... also sours (?) as it warms. Good for a novelty beer, but I found this otherwise very uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, orange/apricot), lightly yeasty (dough, sweat), with notes of orangutang, fruit bat, ocelot, tree sloth, and anchovy. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. A quite adequately drinkable, hoppy Britter. Underlying raw yeast smell is not all that pleasant, but fortunately is light. Better than a herring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Deep amber coloring topped off by a white head that laces to the glass nicely. Very fruity aroma and flavor with a clean hop feel and a slight hint of sourness - a very nice bitter. Too bad I have to travel more than a swallow's flight away to get it. Now, is that an African or European swallow?....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
Slightly hazy, SPAMish orange-amber. Finger of tan, SPAM-like foam. Aroma of floral hops, lemons, mild phenols & SPAM. Medium body w/ the consistency of SPAM. Flavour of caramel, SPAM, fruit, SPAM, spicy hops, & SPAM. SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM . . . and it weighs the same as a duck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 25, 2003
25 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a medium golden color, with a loose, rocky head at first. It faded to more than a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of Noble hops, good aromas of fresh malts as well. Well balanced, good tasting, and fairly well made all in all. Finished crisp and dry. A decent beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5272) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2003
Amber colour brew with a nice generous head that stayed on for a while. This is a standard english ale with the usual bitter aftertaste and good hops taste. It is a good brew but nothing out of the usual or to distinguish himself from the pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
Amber coloured with little carbonation. Long lasting 2 cm foam that sticks well to the glass. Herbal aroma, slightly hoppy. Very light overall, caramelic malt, slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body and comfortable mouthfeel, smooth, almost chewy.

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