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Inveralmond Blackfriar Scottish Ale

Brewed by Inveralmond
Style: Scotch Ale
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottled, special
Inveralmond Brewery was founded in 1997, but its young brewers are already rated among the best in Scotland. Blackfriar is the first in a series of beers honoring the role of the familiar orders of Dominican monks in the history of Perth. It is, naturally, a dark brew, hardy and warming, with a slightly sweet malty character balanced by a nice hoppiness. (Okay, it’s actually more of a deep burnt sienna than black, but "Deepburntsiennafriar” just didn’t have the same ring.)
Blackfriar is loosely described as a ’wee heavy,’ but its assertive hoppiness will quickly dispel that notion. It may not fit in any classification, but Brother Daniel declares it an ’instant classic,’ and we think you’ll agree.
malt: pale, crystal, chocolate, wheat
hops: pilgrim, cascade, fuggles
OG: 1066
EBC: 45

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Rating #1388 13.12.2014 330mL Bottle #13 from the 2014 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Deep burnt sienna pour with a bubbly tan cap. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee. Taste is quite sweet at first, malt and toffee, full bodied. I enjoyed this beer more as it started to warm. Bold caramel sweetness that lingers, delicate bitterness. Lovely scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (775) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2015
Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with virtually no head, barley any retention, way too much suspended floaties. Nose: light boozy, toasted caramel malts, (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: slick-flat/micro fizzy Mid-palate: bitter alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, toasted caramel malts, brown sugar/molasses Finish: soft tangy, malty sweet-light cola finish. Summary: Thick and heavy light typical scotch ales, this one is decent although the relatively low ABV is easily detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karstenborg (543) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
Clear dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma is malt, caramel and hops. Taste is caramel, malt and toffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14828) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle @ Torben Matthews tasting. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, kalty, caramel and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. Too sweet and sugary. 171115

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle @ Torben Mathews tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, candy sugar, malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NallePalle (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle, 50 cl, Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala. Well balanced, smooth still huge taste (high ABV). NB. Last bottle of Scotch ale at this pub. before (sadly) closing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe (1471) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2015
500 ml bottle at Brasserie sjökanten Lysekil. Amber with off white head. Grain, malt, bread, caramel and dark fruit, dried fruit. Semi sweet with drier finish with low to medium bitterness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1663) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
330 ml bottle. Unclear dirty copper, fading off-white foam. Malty sweet aroma and taste, caramel and toffee, faint herbal citric hop. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 26, 2015
500ml bottle. @home 26-08-2015.
Courtesy of Michaelawesome. Thanks a lot!.
BBD: Dec 2015.
In short: malty robust ale.
Pours little hazy amber with nice oiff white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Malty, toffee, caramel nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is sweet malty, spicy, caramel, liquorice, ripe fruit. Robust mouthfeel, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at some random Scottish place in Tallinn. Pours dark opaque amber with beige head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt. Flavor follows mostly the nose, but also has some bitterness. Overall: nice brew.

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