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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
blacksheepbrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rudzud on 05-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.85%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by omnigrits:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored into a straight pint glass, as befits a British beer.

A. Dark brown with a good one-finger light tan head that eventually thins down, but leaves some good lace.

S. Sweet, medium roasted malts. Quite grainy.

T. Not as sweet as the aroma hinted at. Lots of roasted, nutty malt flavours and a decent hop bite at the back.

M. Medium bodied, smoothly carbonated.

O. There are sweet English brown ales which have almost turned me off the style completely, but this is definitely not one of those. If you're looking for a good example of a dry English brown ale you couldn't go far wrong with this. I think they've nailed the style pretty well. Not every beer has to fire off skyrockets when you drink it. Sometimes, a simple thing done well is enough.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Balanced, Hefty, Toasted, Herbal

“It’s just a flesh wound.” Perhaps the funniest quote from the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Fittingly, this beer says “I’m only a Dark Ale” and yet it is much more than that to us. From its epic appearance to the aroma and palate, we’re completely won over by the detonation of this malt bomb. Perhaps in need of a bit of refinement, this Black Knight is still packed with flavor and easy to knock back.

STYLE: English Brown Ale | ABV: 5.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of afoltz2
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of kazam55
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Mpenders
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of ImperatorScab
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DougT
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of redleg64
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjsmith910
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of gonzo000
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Jessicayoung
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveHS
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle discovered when cupboard clearing, I just presumed I didn't buy it when I thought I did.
Pours a mohogany body with big off white head
Toffee and petrol aroma
Liquorice and cocoa Flavour
Slightly thin for the flavour

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