1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Holy Grail - Grand Lake Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Holy GrailHoly Grail

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
-
no score

9 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  20.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biking4beer on 01-02-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SuperWhite92:
Photo of SuperWhite92
SuperWhite92

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

From a flip top bottle bought at the brewery (duh)- winter 2008/2009 release. Woman working said this particular batch was 5 years old pre-bottling. Zero carbonation as intended. Very remiscent of brandy or cognac in appearance- can't decide which. Smell is highly boozy, but it's a "fine booze" aroma as apposed to a rubbing alcohol booze. Drinks astonishingly well- rich, balanced, smooth. Very sweet. Alcohol is rather well hidden, but not completely.
I'm really really impressed with this beer. I'm not sure it's worth the price tag, but wow am I glad to say I've drank it at least once.

01-29-2009 00:42:23 | More by SuperWhite92
More User Reviews:
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with me when I dropped in to see him at his beer store on my way home! Thanks Steve! Served from bottle into a sampler wine glass (this was a good call). Poured a deep ruby red-orange with no head at all. Maintained nice booze legs, but no lacing at all. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, sweet alcohol, caramel, dark fruit, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, sugar, subtle chocolate, and brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with light carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the ABV on this one I was kind of worried about what I might find on it as I have had some beers around this ABV that were so harsh on the booze that it was almost undrinkable to a degree. However, this one was actually quite nice and very well balanced. The alcohol was definitely there, don't get me wrong, but it was integrated quite nicely into the sweetness of the beer that was going on. This made it flow almost seamlessly making it rather easy to drink. Kind of reminded of a toned down Utopias in a way. Really glad I got the opportunity to give this one a try. Definitely worth your time doing so as well.

01-28-2013 14:30:59 | More by thagr81us
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-26-2011 06:50:42 | More by GRG1313
Photo of biking4beer
biking4beer

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Purchased at the brewery in a 500 ml re-corkable bottle.

Pours a dark amber slighlty copperish color. No head because this beer isn't carbonated.

Smells or caramel, vanilla, prune, toffee, rum, and a subtle alcohol aroma.

Dark fruits are the overwhelming taste. Slight caramel. Really sweet, but in a good way. Not cloying. Very slight alcohol which is a good compliment to the flavor.

This beer has a very syrupy body. Not a surprise there. Again, there is no carbonation. It works for this brew.

You would not guess that the ABV would be so high on this drink. You may not guess that it's a beer at all. Very tasty and good on it's promise that it's an apertif brew. It may not be wise, but I think I could finish off a full bottle in a sitting.

According to one of the brewers, This beer was aged 3 years in tanks and then one year in oak rum barrels obtained from a producer in Tennessee. It's all malt with no other ferementable sugars added in. It's only available occassionally, and I don't think it's available at any specific time of year.

The bottles are $25 a pop, but I would definitely reccomend it if you like the really high ABV brews.

01-02-2008 17:09:53 | More by biking4beer
Photo of emmasdad
emmasdad

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one at his 50th birthday party earlier this month. Poured a thick, viscous dark brown color, completely still and uncarbonated. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses and oak. Full bodied, with flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. An experience, to be sure, but not an everyday beer.

04-28-2011 02:50:18 | More by emmasdad
Photo of spdyfire83
spdyfire83

Ireland

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

96th Review
Bottle to half pint glass
From notes (still catching up)

Enjoyed as my final farewell beer when leaving Denver before moving to Dublin. Thanks RuckusDu for this wonderful treat!

A: Apple juice amber. Flat - absolutely no head on vigorous pour.

S: Sweet candied fruit and apple cider. Hint of cinnamon, all spice, vanilla, and rum. Very inviting, but doesn't warm the soul as I expected with the high ABV.

T: Very sweet all throughout - tart apple with hints of toffee and caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well by the sweetness. I'd consider this dangerous; however, it is too sweet for my liking.

M: Light body with no carbonation.

O: This was a fun beer to try, but nothing I would seek out again. Just not much going on here other than apple cider. Happy to have enjoyed it once, but probably not worth the price of admission ($65 at this point if I recall correctly).

01-09-2012 11:51:40 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2012 03:02:18 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2012 03:47:39 | More by t0rin0
Photo of RuckusDu
RuckusDu

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -13%

A - No head on this pour - unless you call 3 bubbles anything. Body is a medium amber. Much lighter than I was anticipating. Seems very syrupy. Obviously no lacing.

S - Malty bread aroma. Some slight booze and good caramel notes. I like it.

T - Sweet candy on the front. Sort of a rubbing alcohol flavor with dark fruits such as figs and dried cherries.

M - No carbonation as to be expected. Not as syrupy as expected. Great medium body. A little drying on the finish.

O - Decent considering the ABV. We did a side-by-side with Crown Royal (yes the whiskey) because we thought it might be the closest comparison. Crown was definitely more smooth but also more boozy in taste. Both are good.

02-04-2012 00:09:21 | More by RuckusDu
Holy Grail from Grand Lake Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.