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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1257   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Bottled. Even as you know you want to try it for the name alone, something in the back of your mind says this could be another 3 Stooges Panther Pilsner. But no, instead a pretty nice bitter. Maybe a little carbonated to please American tastes, but that's the only consession it seems to make. Bitter is not a style I've had a lot of experience in, but I'll suspect this is somewhat middling against the well done ones. Good light brown color and maltiness, slight fruitiness. Just fun to bring out. And I found at the Whole Food Market in Chicago (so it may not have traveled as well as it might.

   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 didnít 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 (4406) - 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 (3730) - 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 (3702) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (276) - - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Rehills Newcastle. Pours light orange, faint but lingering white head. Lighter than usual Black sheep stuff - quite refreshing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drdisque (585) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
On tap at Lockdown in a shaker. Pours clear copper. Flavor is wet, weak caramel, slight amount of wet fruit. Not particularly bitter for an ESB. Very wet and pretty bland, which makes it quaffable but also very boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pras (496) - Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle pour. Nothing remarkable here. Slightly malty, but otherwise thin. Do not recommend.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pecksheeh (20) - IRELAND - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a clear golden/amber colour. Aroma of malts, some hops - fruits / citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElectronicFur (3) - - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Poured gold amber, small head. Malty and some fruit. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Name better than beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
7/18/2010. From bottle. Light orange with a white head. Malty, light caramel, fruity and sweet with some metallic notes. Light hoppy finish.

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