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

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RATINGS: 418   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2571) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. A strong malty aroma with ripe dark fruits in the flavor. Slightly metallic. Rating from December 2005 notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1095) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Nice bottle. The beer seems a little different from a normal Scotch Ale, but it was worth trying. A little too much alcohol for me. It was right up front and not concealed by the boatload of sweet notes- molasses, toffee, caramel. Then, it went spicy, almost peppery. A good choice, but not a great choice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Very nice Scotch Ale offering... Pours a deep pecan hue, with a nice head that leaves a thin ring all the way down the glass, with light suds lacing. Molasses, liqueur and toffee to the nose. Bitter toffee flavors to the forefront of the tongue. I pick up vanilla mid-pull, and burnt toast leaning toward the back-palate. This is lightly hopped, well-balanced, accenting the toast aspects of the finish. The mouthfeel is nutty, with slight alcohol notes after the pull has concluded (in the aftertaste that permeates the nose). All-in-all, a good brew here. This is well-integrated, an imposing Scotch Ale, and quite chewy. Prost!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Light copper, with an enormous big thick foamy head. Aroma is surgary molasses, with a thick malty, bready note. Smoky earthy flavors up front, then a toasty, bready note, with crisp, peppery finish. Alcohol is apparent, too, almost intrusive but not quite. Purchased at Weinhaus, Asheville.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy orange caramel with off white head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, malt. Flavor is malt, pine, molasses, caramel. Dissapointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottled. Pours a hazy copper surmounted by a ring of foam. There are hundreds of small red specks suspended within. The aroma is sweet and heavy with prunes, figs, caramel and molasses, with a dash of vanilla in there somewhere. The body is medium with light carbonation. The taste is not syrupy sweet as the nose led me to believe, but it does start lightly sweet and you will find some nuts, molasses, fruit, citrus and burnt toast. The lingering finish is dry, spicy and grapefruit bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark, ruby amber color. The head is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that quickly disappears to a ring of froth. The aroma is rich with candied, caramelized malt notes that evoke thoughts of dark, concentrated fruit. Notes of prunes, raisins and figs are prominent, in fact these seem to be the dominant aromatic notes. The fresh malt is not to be left out though, notes of molasses, a touch of maple syrup, and rich caramel. I really like the caramelized dark fruit character of the aroma. Such concentrated notes of malt and fruity are quite a welcome aural greeting.

Rich fruit notes greet my taste buds from the get go, sweet concentrated notes of plum move to full on prune as well as enticing notes of fig. The beer finishes with rum like notes of alcohol and sweet, yet fermented molasses. Something here definitely reminds me of a sticky, yet fully caramelized sticky bun. I also can’t help but think a dark, darker than I have ever had, brown sugar. While the malt notes are rich and concentrated, this beer still manages to finish a bit on the thin side, though only at times. A touch of roasted, slightly burnt flavors add a touch of balance and even bitterness to the finish of this beer.

<font size=-4>Purchased: <a href=http://www.58degrees.com/>58 Degrees & Holding Co., Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 17, 2006
I thought this was both an excellent beer for the style and in general. A very nice aroma, with a pretty red, not black, color. Initial taste is a little chewy and malty; then it gets a very very dry finish. A nice Scottish beer (the wee heavy’s usually are).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2006
Deep amber colour with a tan head. Light roasted malty aroma with a caramel sweetness. Caramel sweet flavor with a light fruityness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Caramel, toffee, tea and subtle smoke aroma. Good balance in flavor. Caramel and light smokey malts up front with plenty of bitter, herbal hops taking up the rear. Full-bodied and creamy with middling carbonation. Lengthy, bitter finish.


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