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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's ReserveMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 05-18-2011)
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown pop top with cool Monty Python label. Despite what this says, I have a (very) strong feeling that this is Riggwelter (one of my all-time favorite beers, though nearly impossible to get in good condition Stateside) rebranded. Same abv%, same Maris Otter base, Pale Chocolate signature malt and 'strong Goldings finish'. Add to that the fact that this beer, while brewed at Black Sheep in Masham, isn't listed anywhere on their UK website, and, well, I stand pretty firm in my conviction. Let's see what kind of condition it's in. No best-by date, into my Riggwelter imperial pint.

Appearance: An attractive walnut beer, with surprisingly high levels of streaming carbonation and gorgeous lacing. Though bottled versions typically run a bit frothier than cask versions, I don't remember Riggy being quite this lively. Bright clarity, and a lusciously creamy light tan head that shows amazing retention. Interesting sidenote: I thought Riggy used to be bottle conditioned, but there's no film of yeast left in the bottle, nor in the glass. Perhaps I'm misremembering, or something's been changed for the US market? Though a bit over-carbed for my taste, this is GORGEOUS beer.

Smell: Just a hint of banana (that Black Sheep notes is present in Riggy) and some vinous fruit, along with earthy, yeasty notes, a hint of toasty caramel, and a touch of malt and cocoa powder. Really nice, though I'd like just a touch more malt character.

Taste: Nicer on the palate, as the pale chocolate malt and toasty Maris Otter come through first and foremost, supported by vinous notes and a ghostly hint of apple. Ends hoppy bitter and medium-roasty. The flavors are nice, though I'd like just a bit more intensity here. Perhaps with a fresh sample?

Mouthfeel: Light-side of medium-bodied.

Overall: Again, I'm pretty damned sure this is Riggwelter and, to top it off, this is the freshest example I've had in a LONG time. I hadn't had a worthy example of Riggy in years; this reminds me how damn fine this beer can really be.

At $5.00 a pint, this is a bit expensive, but solid as all hell.

B+ 89

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:47:58 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.