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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   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.


gregwilsonstl's rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1391) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
This is an all around ok beer. Tastes like a rather light and fruity pale ale....almost like a lager.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2988) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2015
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Label indicates this was brewed in Saratoga Springs NY. Clear copper body topped by a decent head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass. Aroma: caramel malts with English hops; the malts dominate. Flavor follows. Semi-dry finish with a medium body and lively, prickly carbonation. O: more of an ESB than a English Pale Ale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ffaoe (332) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2015
malty aroma. light amber in color with little head. malty taste with a watery finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (4507) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Color is Amber without much head to speak of. Aroma is generic hops, caramel malt, weak fruit hints.

The base is toasted grain and bready like malt. The body is medium leaning on thin. The flavor is toasted grain, light fruit, and again... Generic hop without any real distinction. Not terrible in anyway but not one aspect of this make it notable. Well, the label is pretty cool but... No extra points for that.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
mild hoppy nose, small frothy head rapidly diminishing, medium amber hue, moderately sweet taste with malt and hop tones, a good ale

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PlinyDad1952 (110) - - MAY 15, 2015
AHH LET ME TELL YOU I LUVE MONTY PYTHON. HES IS SO FUNNY. ITS MEERLY A FLESH WOUND AHHHAHA EHE EH EH THE PART WHAT THE BUNNYS ARE CHASSING MONTY PYTHON WERE SO HILEAREAOUS. IM GLAD TO SEE HE MADE HIS OWN BEERS. THIS ONE TASTE LIKE FRUIT AND CHOCOLATES AND SPICES? NOW I THINK WHAT WOULD BE BEST S IF PLINY MADE A MONTY PYTHON IPA STOUT OR MAYBE ANOTHER COOL MOVIE STAR LIKE LIEEUTIENIANTE SPOK. I WILL PREY FOR THAT TONIGHT IN MY PREYARS.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aumentm (439) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Nice smooth taste. This is a brown ale that is complex and well balanced. Well done sirs

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dacrza (631) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2015
DATE TASTED: April 30, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: just having used MP as a Medieval Romance review, this made sense tonight--and as the Browns draft, they search yet again for that elusive Holy Grail known as starting quarterback... APPEARANCE: clear, orange amber body with mild effervescence; thin, steady, snow-white head that frames the body attractively; appropriate lacing.. AROMA: nutty, buttery scent with some mellow citrus hints; malts are bready and ...PALATE: smooth, rather uneventful mouthfeel; slightly dry; reasonably weighted... TASTE: a funky, astringent flavor with some nutty suggestions; definite bitterness on the tongue; easy-drinking but indistinguishable in its profile; lemon, pear and some aromatic hops--not impressive...OVERALL: a beer that screams "novelty!" and tastes just as here-and-gone; a brown ale’s throat coat late, and the majority of the experience is watered down--not much like the film for which it is named...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1740) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Ua fairly typical premium bitter. Rich and sweet and tasty but nothing too original or incredible. Nonetheless nice.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cagou007 (549) - FRANCE - APR 17, 2015
Pours deep golden with medium white head. Nose is bready. Aromas are malts, bread, some citrus. Very light body, medium carbonation. Short bitter finish. Nice label and name, but the beer is not worth a shit!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
demannu (185) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Very simple beer. Pours a deep golden amber color with a white head. Very light and almost can i say empty body. Very bready nose. Slight bitter presence in finish. Bready flavor. Not getting any fruit flavor. Not for me.


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