Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve - Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
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
3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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
4.23/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-16-2012 02:32:25 | More by DonDirkA
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
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
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
09-16-2011 01:44:34 | More by DaveHS
3.58/5 rDev -5%
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
2.83/5 rDev -24.9%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, off-white, filmy coating on the surface of the brew. Aromas of tangy butterscotch, toffee, and hazelnut, giving a cloying sweet blend on the nose. Flavors are sharp due to the light body and increased carbonation, making the initial mouthfull slightly abrasive. The palate is slightly roasted, with a mild nutty sweetness for the backbone, and not much else past that. The aftertaste is extremely short-lived, so it's hard to get a grasp on what is actually going on. Somewhat sweet, but again, not for long. The finish is a little effervescent and sharp from the carbonation levels, leaving a slightly unpleasant feeling in mouth. Not impressed.
02-26-2012 04:09:11 | More by GarthDanielson
Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale Black Knight's Reserve from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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