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

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RATINGS: 1295   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (792) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Pours a cloudy orange with a frothy white head. Initial aroma was peat, that faded away as quickly as the head died and all that was left was a faint doughy scent. Body was thin and watery, with a mild spicy hop accent. Finish was short and mildly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2004
tastes more like a pale ale than a bitter, slightly sweet at first with a mildly hoppy finish, gets a 5 on appearance for the bottle. just wish i was watching the grail while drinking it ;)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2004
big fluffy head on a clear amber beer. strong malt and fruit aroma. very very malty body with a lingering bitterness, finishing dry. not bad, but i bought it for the bottle anyway.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Malty, dried apricot aroma. Large rocky, off white head. Slightly cloudy, dull orange in color. Flavor is malty sweet, witha sharp finish. Looks and smells better than it tastes.

2.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SpikedLemon929 (6) - CANADA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
Looks good, the bottle is neat and even smells the part. The taste was much too malty for my tastes by far; the lingering flavor ruins the beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Golden color with thick whitish head. Seems to be pretty heavily carbinated. Malty aroma. Kind of bready tasting. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gumshoe106 (4) - morehead, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2004 does not count
Overall a very nice brew with a hearty nutty flavor, fair aroma, and a cute movie tie-in. attractive appearance in a pint glass or in the colorfully labelled bottle itself.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Yes, this is a pretty neat beer for Python fans, me included. The hop aroma and taste is medium, kind of nondescript. I'm going to go against the grain and say that I really enjoy the thinness of this beer. I drained this thing quickly. Very refreshing; something to drink with dinner. Why can't more beers come in 1 pint, 9 oz. bottles??

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2004
This beer starts out weak with a mild, somewhat hoppy aroma. Appearance is ok with an light amber hazy color with an off white head with lacing. Flavor is Lightly malty and fairly mellow. Slightly dry finish. Not a bad beer (although it deteriorated as it warmed in my opinion) but uninspired.

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.


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