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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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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rudzud on 05-18-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and char-like aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and char flavors on the finish. A metallic flavor emerges as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable but a bit too metallic and one dimensional in the roast presence.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the cartoonish and somewhat comic marketing campaign, no one should under mind the beer inside, because doing so is a missed opportunity for any appreciator of English Pale Ales and Brown Ales.

This Brown Ale is certainly knighted with a masculine and gentlemanly pour of solid brown with bronze highlights, and bright clarity. As the foam stance of ivory foam builds, it recedes from a rocky head to a thick blanket while coating the glass with sheets upon sheets of lace. Beer's simply don't look better.

The rich aroma of fruits and nuts abound even with the more solid overtones of chocolate, toast, and toffee. A fruity-nutty mix of dates, apples, figs, cashews all weave into the malty focus, and with an almost woody hop character lurking beyond.

The malty focus dictates the flavor spread but does so with a complex and varying combination of flavors that include the toffee, toast, slightly scorched caramel, peanut brittle, bread crust, and freshly kilned barley kernels. But it's the rich estery taste of apples, peaches, dates, figs, and marmalade that set this Brown Ale apart. Balanced only with the medium hop additions of earthy grass and wood bitterness, this keeps the beer balanced but doesn't draw undue attention away from the complex maltiness.

Although the malty-rich taste exists, the body prefers and creamy malt character that evades the sweeter tone than the taste suggests. Instead the medium-sweet beer allows for the medium-textured body to endure through the middle palate but then falling off quickly afterward and then providing a minty and woody semi-malt dryness that closes the beer.

Though I might prefer a slightly more toasty dominance that may promote more nutty character rather than the sweeter and fruitier example we have here, I recognize that this Northern English Brown Ale favors a complex fruity and malty variation that both excites the palate and is comfortably inviting at the same time.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, cola brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. The head slowly receded to leave touches of lace.

S - It smelled nutty and malty with a grassy nose.

T - Nice nutty flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. It had a lightly spiced hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Brown Ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's on a whim. I've had the regular Holy Grail but had never seen this before.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a mahogany brown with a slight reddish hue. Atop, was a creamy two finger head that withdrew at a slow rate leaving nice sticky side lacing.

S - Rather average brown ale here. Roasty, sweet, nutty malts.

T - Really solid sweet, roasty malt flavours. Quite well balanced and smooth/milky tasting.

M - Lightly carbonated results in an almost silky smooth, medium bodied brown ale.

O - Surprisingly good. While its nothing jaw dropping, I was expecting something cookie-cutter from Black Sheep. While I'm not sure if this is a relabeling I am sure of one thing. This is a all around good english brown ale.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, a fuller and more characterful ale than the regular Holy Grail, which is itself good (at least the version actually brewed in England; I had one brewed under contract apparently that was bland and simple).

Dark brown, a bit reddish, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to puffy, rocky head, a little lace.

Aroma is dark toasted barley, caramelised toast, hints of wood and tea and nutshells, some winy prune. It's not super complex, but it's well-rounded, full bodied and very nice.

Taste is winy dark fruit and wood, strong toast, some tea, subtle but firm bitterness and light sweetness, very balanced and well-integrated, with a very English character overall, and very enjoyable.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a decent off-white head. No lace.

Some rich malt and dark fruit in the nose.

Fruit, wood, malt, some dark cherry, dates, brown bread, and a little bread crust bitterness.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Ok brew. Some flaws, but pretty drinkable.

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with excellent clarity. Thick, creamy, long-lasting head. Lacing coats the glass as the beer disappears.
Sweet, malt aroma. All-grain bread with hints of caramel. Taste is predominantly sweet with a rather bitter and slightly sour aftertaste. Medium body with a crisp, clean finish.

A nice enough brown ale. A little too rough at the finish for me, but I'd have another with no qualms.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red with brown throughout. Small, short-lived head drops to a faint ring. No lace.
Smell is weakish with a weird vinegary note to accompany the witch-tempered malts, caramel, light smoke and molasses.
Taste is the same with much less of the vinegar note and more smoke, molasses and roasted-over-witches malts. Better balance for certain.
Not bitter but a tanginess is present. Medium bodied at best with a noticeable carbonation. Smoke lingers with the roast from the malt, fading gently. A decent brew but not worth a concerted effort to locate.

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small "bomber" or half-liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear amber in color, with a huge head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate malt
Taste-Toasted malt, milk chocolate, faintly nutty. Rather dry finish. A bit thin-bodied but flavorfull.

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Belittle
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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