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


on tap

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RATINGS: 436   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (534) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Grape-wine like malty aroma, orange amber color and it appears that the bubbles are almost suspended. High alcohol content evident, with nice maltiy-grape like flavor and a nice hoppiness on the side of the tongues.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
Cloudy deep amber,small short lived tan head.Whiskeymalt butterscotch nose promises more than the flavor delivers. Sweet, nearly flat malt profile, noticeable hops,.Medium alcohol heatin finish, nicely hopped.Nothing special, not sure what all the fuss is about.Perhaps not supposed to be this flat?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby-red with a small head and nice lace. Aroma of dark fruit - sweet red grapes without tartness, sweet cherries - slight at first but eventually full-bodied. Fruity, malty taste - instantly glissandos into an amazing peppery hop taste that rides right out through the lingering aftertaste. Fuggles? Thick body transitions into a creamy finish with slightly low carb. Finally, a Scotch ale worthy of the distinction. Tastes like somebody combined everything I like about dubbels with everything I like about ESB and made a KILLER Scotch ale. A rival for the Fuller’s Vintage any day. Bravo!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Dark amber and a moderate head. The aroma is malty with notes of fruit and the flavour is sweetish, malty and fruity with notes of roasted malt and a bit of smoke. The bitterness is present in the finish, where it develops nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
The aroma had dark fruits, butterscotch, molasses, and toasted malt. The appearance is deep burnt sienna with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma but bitter and burnt without the peat like character I was hoping for. It does however have a certain earthiness as well as some paper. The palate is dense with a long bitter finish. The alcohol makes a strong presence from start to finish. Overall I’m disappointed but it’s not a terrible beer. Maybe I got an old bottle?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a burnt orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruitiness, and toasted malt. Flavor of toffee, berries, mild hops, and cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2007
550ml - Dark brown with yeasty cloudiness, notes of whisky malt on nose. Smoky notes and malt on plate. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20464) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark color with a longlasting off-white head. Fruity malty aroma with some hoppy hints. Malty hoppy flavor with some hints of licorice and chocolate. Dry malty finish with lots of chocolate and a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2007
No to go against the grain here, being biest or that banter, but everyone at the tasting thought this was amazing. Aroma gives really fruity malts, candy sugar, honey spice, yeast, belgium and i also talked about it being great divide dbl ipa without the hops. Taste gives everything the aroma has to give but with grassy hops and a bitterness in the finish, making it a fuckin amazing scotish beer, probs my fav so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a thin off-white head, that dies quickly. Nose is slightly fizzy malt, some hops and caramel. Touch of sweetness and alcohol. Mouth is much more bitter, slightly grating hoppiness, which is a shame, because look closely and there’s some peat and heather hidden away. Palate is roasted malt and some of that peat shows through. Nice, if it weren’t overhopped.

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