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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1223) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1350) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Honey orange color. Very little head, looks syrupy. Severe sugar and caramel in the nose. There is a mild euro hop, but mostly malt. It’s actually very pleasant if you can handle the sweetness. The taste mirrors the aroma: sweet but not saccharine, lots of toffee. The feel is slick and buttery. This is a very sweet, pleasant beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a golden colour. Taste is biscuity and cerealy. Floral on the palate. Pretty average

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (443) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
Deep but clear orange with almost no head. Aroma is almost like a rye whiskey but quite mild. Nice and malty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
procraste (69) - FRANCE - FEB 21, 2015
C’est sympa, c’est léger, c’est direct mais c’est pas exaltant et pas super équilibré non plus. Je n’ai pas trop senti la sorcière brulée ... En même temps, la date de consommation optimale de ma bouteille était dépassée ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyBird (1940) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Pours a clear orangish yellow with an off white head. the smell is biscuit, mild fruit, honey. The taste is The taste is biscuit, mild fruit, decent malt background with some floral character and ending dry. Light+ with a bit prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
maverick32 (24) - Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Had this as a 10 ounce pour at Park Lane Tavern in Hampton. Pleasantly surprised at the flavor, but didn’t realize it was an ESB until looking it up. Not very hoppy for an ESB. Slight head, clear copper in color, a nice mouth feel and crisp clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
77ships (4690) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2015
500 ml. bottle sampled courtesy of Kraddel. BBF 09/2001. Hazy to murky reddish amber brown with white bubbles. Nose is pure cardboard red wine oxidation, sweet madeira & touch watery / thinned out by age. Taste is watery cellar oxidation, tad bitter paper, plastic, red wine oxidation, sweet madeira, light wine sour, totally thinned out by age. Watery & oxidized body. Totally 100 % oxidized for whatever it is worth. Not much else to report here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (4242) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle thnx to matt . Pours murkey orange brown , small to no white head . Smell is dusty, madeira, sharp metallic , spiced, sour touch . Taste is very aged, dusty, thin mouthfeel , madeira in the back , sweet touches that stayed in . Some faded grains . sharp slight sour touch .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichTheVillan (3911) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Ocado; clear amber pour with a frothy white head, lemon and malt aroma, taste has pale malts, light citrus so so.

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