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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 15
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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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted malts and just a hint of hop bitterness. Taste is a lot lighter than the scent. Some chocolate, a slight skunky flavor (which seems to be common in British ales), some nutty flavors, toffee and just a hint of earthy hops. This is a really good traditional British ale. Reminds me a lot of being back in England at The Bull sipping on some Everard's Traditional, just a bit roastier. It even has a bit of a woody taste like the traditional real cask ales I had in England. It finishes dry with a bitter hoppy taste that sticks around. And drinking it out of a Monty Python chalice (that came with the gift set) is just awesome.

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09-16-2012 02:32:25 | More by DonDirkA
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afoltz2

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-25-2012 17:03:41 | More by afoltz2
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-05-2013 10:26:13 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Deep copper amber bodied call's itself a Dark Yorkshire Ale, this is a novelty beer this time featuring the Black Knight from Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail. Head sticks around in my 1/2 liter mug floating above the edge of the glass forming a dimpled doughnut clouded tan foam appearance, lacing is even and intricately spread. Aroma has a touch of earthiness with mild tea leaf qualities, a touch of dark fruit with a roasted toasty nut character. Flavor wise it's got bitter herbal leaves and earthy dirt qualities with a mild roasted nut and even fruity malt character. Mineral water like feel to it, really doesn't wow me a pretty boring English roasted malt brown ale. In line with everything made by the Black Sheep brewery. Mouthfeel has a dry bitter finish from the East Kent Goldings, and a malt/hop profile that clashes a good bit with each sip, medium bodied with a harsh finish. I would pass but it was worth a shot considering how much I love the movie.

10-04-2011 23:56:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%

500 ml bottle served in a snifter. This Brown Ale pours a clear mahogany with a mostly short-lived tan head that manages to leave decent, spotty lacing.

The rich aroma is very appealing and promising, wit ample notes of dark fruits, toffee and roasted nuts. Hints of apples and woody hops.

Taste: neither what I expected from the nose, nor quite as appealing. The flavor is more malty with a darker roast and some burnt notes I did not smell, and the toffee mostly turns to caramel. Bittersweet, with the bitterness dominating almost from the outset and leaving what I though was a slightly too bitter aftertaste. Those other aromas do appear and include burnt toffee, toast, caramel, apples, a touch of smoke, dates and other vague dark fruits. There are some earthy hop flavors in addition to the bitterness.

M: medium+ body; slightly astringent; medium-low carbonation.

O: Despite the comic marketing on the label, this is a serious and complex beer that's well worth seeking out if you like English style Brown Ales.

04-02-2013 23:19:07 | More by chinchill
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kazam55

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-30-2013 23:47:07 | More by kazam55
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-22-2013 13:57:43 | More by JMS1512
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Brenden

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

This one starts off as a beauty and maintains it, for the most part. The head, a light tannish color, is a thick, creamy, pillowy crown sitting over two fingers high on the medium-brown, red-hued brew. It maintains itself pretty well, eventually falling to a foam. Thick, creamy lacing is left at the top of the glass, followed by some lighter patching the rest of the way down.
The smell is potent, pouring out of the bottle as it's opened. This beer varies from boring, run-of-the-mill varieties, and is the most interesting English brown I can remember. What I find most distinguishing is a strong raisin/date/fig aspect coming alongside an otherwise nutty and earthy malt backbone and with a touch more earthiness and a little grassiness. It's even got a bit of a woody aspect and some smokiness from the roasting that's very light and complements the overall character well. The aroma, while strong, doesn't give as much variance as the flavor, where more of the complexities play out.
The body is a sturdy medium with plenty of depth and texture to it. A nipping crispness remains constant alongside a bit of creaminess that remains likewise constant.

02-19-2013 20:42:31 | More by Brenden
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Mpenders

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-14-2014 15:14:50 | More by Mpenders
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-07-2012 04:51:42 | More by let8it8grow
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-15-2014 19:45:27 | More by ImperatorScab
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DougT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2013 02:45:27 | More by DougT
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redleg64

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-06-2014 17:37:48 | More by redleg64
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-27-2013 00:54:42 | More by enelson
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a half finger of very light tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet and roasted malt with a hint of nuts and hops. Flavor is similar, dominated by light toasted and caramel malt, finishing abruptly with a sharp hop finish that is dry and a bit astringent. The initial flavor is great for a moderate ABV brown ale, but the finish is not complementary. Light to medium bodied. A satisfactory brown ale and not too bad considering that it's a tongue in cheek presentation.

04-15-2012 03:35:02 | More by LiquidAmber
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tjsmith910

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

09-08-2013 15:32:49 | More by tjsmith910
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-01-2013 10:49:55 | More by Birdlegs
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%

08-30-2014 20:22:23 | More by gonzo000
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DaveHS

California

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

A-Pours caramel brown with an inch of dense, tight khaki head. Leaves an intricate web of sticky lace.

S-Caramel malt, soft tropical fruit sweetness, East Kent Goldings.

T/M-Medium bodied, but it gets thinner mid-palate. The finish is dry, with tannic, mouth coating hops. Considering how light they went on the body/malt profile, this is a little heavy on the hop dryness.Not very interesting.

O-Just okay.

09-16-2011 01:44:34 | More by DaveHS
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djwhit24

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-21-2012 01:57:44 | More by djwhit24
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mixed_master7

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-25-2012 04:18:31 | More by mixed_master7
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BaconManic

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev 0%

08-24-2014 22:19:45 | More by BaconManic
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csparace

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-26-2013 22:56:22 | More by csparace
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-06-2012 02:06:48 | More by harrylee773
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

*Insert requisite Holy Grail quote here* Yeah, I got a little lazy...sue me. It pours a clear sunset ruby-russet topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises light toffee, grass, dark greens, and light cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some minerals, a touch more toffee, and a bit of balsa. There's that hint of Burton-ness creeping up from the bottom, but it never really asserts itself enough to matter much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a nice brew, one that I would liken to an English take on the schwarzbier. Nothing too amazing, but easy to drink while quoting classic comedies...

07-17-2011 18:03:57 | More by TMoney2591
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Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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