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

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RATINGS: 1303   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Thick soapy white head and dull orange body with mild carbonation. Toasty aroma of honey, caramel malt, and apples. A very citrusy tasting bitter. Light to medium body. Less than exceptional for the style.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
A fairly standard pale ale. Definitely not a bitter as the style designation currantly states above. A graininess and high IBUs working together to make this beer taste rather bitter with not much else to provide balance. The aroma is rather pleasing, smelling of hops and malt but the bitterness really takes the flavour over. Still an enjoyable pint. Very clean.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2004
I really enjoyed this one. The flavor is not typical of the english styles, its just not all that bitter. the hops are fruity and the beer is refreshing. there is a pinch of quickly disapating bitterness in the begining. very good but not one that most people who like english styles would enjoy. its an english for us germans.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 2, 2004
Weak brown-orange colour with a rocky, blossoming white head. Interesting aroma - slightly sweet and malty with fruity hop notes. Body is light and bitter with a hint of sweet fruit in the finish. Not a remarkable brew but better than other novelty beers I've had.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
This was a straight up novelty beer. The only thing holding it together was the hops. It was only mildly interesting and finished very confusing. Just like the movie. Try it.. but do not think it's going to be great. Then try the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Bottle: Got pulled in by the label like everyone else. Pretty good bitter with some complexity in both the malt and hops, (let us not forget the Witches) . A good way to get the macro types to try a real Bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Sort of bitterish, a little hoppy, old fruit, some malt, lots of carbonation- but nothing special. I likrd the bottle and the name.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
This beer was a real disappointment. Pours orange and cloudy, with a big fizzy heads that fades quickly, leaving an aroma that is less than desirable. The taste is full of dough, with no body and a very light thin mouthfeel, the finish is very chalky and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Pours a cloudy orange with a frothy white head. Initial aroma was peat, that faded away as quickly as the head died and all that was left was a faint doughy scent. Body was thin and watery, with a mild spicy hop accent. Finish was short and mildly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2004
tastes more like a pale ale than a bitter, slightly sweet at first with a mildly hoppy finish, gets a 5 on appearance for the bottle. just wish i was watching the grail while drinking it ;)


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