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

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RATINGS: 1298   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmazonMatt (285) - - MAR 8, 2009
There must be a holy ton of these bitters floating around England. It seems like every ale from there I drink is one of these. I enjoyed this, but it wasn’t accessable. Not a huge amount of aroma, a eggshell head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavors of iced tea, carmel and a watery, slightly dry finish. Well balanced. A decent and perhaps an every day beer. I think this these British ESBs/Premium Bitters are what our definition of average (good) beer should be.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nephirem (242) - CROATIA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle, 0.5l. Slightly cloudy copper pour with small and short lasting bubbly white head. Typical smell for the style, malts, grass, licorice. Medium body with watery texture, heavily carbonated. Moderately bitter taste with slightly fruity mouthfeel. Aroma of malts, caramel, grains, grass, hay, licorice, cardboard and alcohol. Slightly peppery on the tongue. Lasting finish, dry and moderately bitter. Overall, nothing exceptional but decent nonetheless.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Swaroga (2100) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 13, 2016
50cl bottle. Clear golden with medium head. Medium intensive aromas of grains, toast, flowers and some little watered down honey. Medium carbonation and watery mouth feel. The beer is dry and malty with toast like overall flavor. A bit acidity and very delicate bitterness from roasted toast and some herbs. Nothing crazy about this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DenverLogan (1097) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2016
From a bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru glass. Pours gold with small head. Aroma of light grains, amber malts, cereal, hay. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of light malts, powdered sugar, minerals, some bitter herb flavors. Overall a relatively simple malt bomb with modest complexity...it’s OK but I wouldn’t order a 2nd for awhile.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Oranssinruskea olut kohtalaisen runsaalla valkoisella vaahdolla, joka jättää kivasti pitsiä. Toffeemainen, makea tuoksu on varsin houkutteleva. Siihen nähden maku ei ihan yllä samalle tasolle. Maussa makeaa toffeisuutta, hedelmää ja humalaa. Suutuntuma kuitenkin turhan vetinen ja bittermäinen puraisu loistaa poissaolollaan. Hyvä maitokauppatuote, mutta samalla hinnalla (n.5€) saa jo paljon parempaakin.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (566) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2016
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Clear copper colour, very fizzy head that disappeared instantly. Floral aroma, floral, slightly spicy taste. Ok beer, nothing special, but the packaging was excellent

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjaxson (489) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2016
A very pretty pour to a full head, snappy carbonation and a caramel color to go with a caramel aroma and a bit of green grapes in the aroma. Taste and finish are both mildly bitter. Nicely done bottle label graphics to go with a solid ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle from Lidl, Wrekenton, Gateshead. Bright golden coloured with sweet toffee and citrus flavours followed by almond and caramel on the finish. Ok.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skarecrow (221) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2016
500ml bottle BB 25/2/2017 Fruity ester aroma with a strong hint of cardboard. Poured light amber with OK head. Mild bitterness is followed by grainy thin finish and more cardboard. Disappointing.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PivopijaPivopija (107) - - JUL 12, 2016
Floral hop aroma. Cloudy amber colour with poor head. Aromatic hop flavour with a bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazScott (69) - - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a clear dark golden colour, with a slight head, which quickly disappears. Aroma of hops and slight fruitiness. Flavours of hops and fruit, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.


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