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

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RATINGS: 1291   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.


2.5
   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.

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 (18446) - 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.


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