498. Black Sheep Brewery – Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

Black Sheep Brewery - Monty Python's Holy Grail AleThis beer was given to me by my friend Joe when he was moving.  It’s been sitting in my beer fridge, and finally, tonight, it peaked my curiosity enough to give it a try.  I love the Monty Python design and the related copywriting on it, but is it just a gimmick, or actually a good beer worthy of the title?

Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.7% ABV, 150  Calories

Ingredients: Malt: Maris Otter, wheat. Hops: Mixture of old English Hop varieties including a touch of WGV hops.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s got a copper-amber color, and it’s clear, with lots of carbonation.  It’s got a thin, fluffy white head, which releases a bready, lightly caramel malt aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation.  There were some bready flavors up front, with some almost stale bready flavors in the middle.  The bready and caramel flavors continue in the finish, with some earthy hop bitterness.

Food Pairing: This beer had mostly bready flavors with hints of caramel, and therefore, since it’s an English beer, I’d probably pair it with fish and chips.  The breadiness of the beer would work together with the breaded coating on the fish, and would help to wash down the chips with little residual sweetness.

Overall Impression: The final verdict for me, is that this is a gimmicky beer that didn’t do it for me.  It had some decent bready and light caramel flavors, but it was the stale bread, almost cardboard-like flavor in the middle that turned me off.  Since this seemed to be more of an irregular flavor among a decent mix of other decent, light flavors, I still gave this one two stars.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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