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Inveralmond Blackfriar Scottish Ale

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1110) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2014
Hazy copper body with a small, beige, long-lived head that laces the glass well. Moderate aroma that is very malty, but also with hints of hops. I get dark dried fruits with citrus and spices in the back. Quite strong flavour of dark dried fruits, spices and sweet caramel, and alcohol and citrus in the back. The moderate to light sweet initial taste is well taken care of by the moderate bitter long-lasting finish. Mid-bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. A nice one.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (627) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 15, 2014
Couleur ambrée trouble, très légère mousse blanche. Nez malt toasté et caramel doux. Gout malt toasté, caramel doux, notes de raisin et miel. Fin amère et herbeuse.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2414) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle, 11C. Dirty amber with a pale beige head.Aroma of toffee, spice, flowers, surprisingly strong citrus - oranges, grapefruit. Slightly solventish. Lowish carbonation is nice, quite creamy textured. Sweet caramel, peach. Spices, light floral. Quite hoppy, but the citrus disappears. Gentle finish with a little bitterness. Well in date, but maybe didn’t travel that well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy coppery brown body with a small white head. Nose is banana, butterscotch (in a non-diacetyl-ish way), caramel, raisins and hints of red fruits and grains. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, raisins, nuts and hints of grains and raisins. Medium body and carbonation. Pleasant scotch ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (360) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Orange-brown pour with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, oak, licorice, and a touch of bread. Licorice comes out more in the flavour, with some toffee and a light smokiness. ABV is very well masked, and the mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Very nice flavour though, and overall a tasty scotch ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (7194) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Orangebraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, fruchtig, reife Früchte. Geschmack fruchtig malzig, hopfig, blumig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkydodson (197) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAY 9, 2014
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hoppy and wine notes... the taste is rich, rather sweet, with shades of herbs and chocolate... aftertaste is sweet and bitter...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Graham77 (233) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2014
A rich darkish ale with a lovely complex depth of flavour. Toasted malts, noticeable wheat, chocolatey sweetness, spicy notes and floral hops. Lovely beer, very easy drinking for a 7%er.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2682) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
Very nice brew for the cold weather. A traditional ale with tons of malt balanced with some hops. I would love to try this with spruce or heather.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
Light brown, almost no head. Sweet oak honey aroma, taste full but too sweet finish.


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