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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1280   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11889) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2003
Amber body, bit of earthy hops in the aroma. Pretty standard english bitter. Nice malt with a pleasant bitterness. Bit of an interesting aftertaste. Probably the hops or perhaps the addition of burning witches.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3656) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2003
Light amber, lasting beige head.Light dry antiseptic nose.Watery malt with a few hops at the end. Bland and unremarkable

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1532) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32164) - 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.

2.9
   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.


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