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

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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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Mildly hazy, ruby color with irregular large form head; slightly lighter in color than I expected. Caramelly aroma. Nutty with a bit of alcohol of alcohol but not so memorable. A little bitterness in the finish, just a bit metallic. Oily, low carbonation, simple palate.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pwrhouse (4) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005 does not count
I enjoyed this brew. It has a rich taste that is a little sweet but still has a nice hoppy bite. Hard to compare it to another beer, it’s not like anything else I know.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
This was actually quite a tasty craft! I paid 5 bucks for one bottle pint though!!! that was at a liqore store too, im sure if this was sold at a bar anywhere it would be about double that. FOr a higher alcie hol brew, it doesnt show it. very nice balance and taste, would buy again if i have some extra bucks...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours turbid brown with little off-white head. Aroma of caramel cabernetish malt, some nuts, some port and fruit. Tastes very caramel malty, with some fruit, molasses, and nuts in the finish. I didn’t get much hops out of this, but a sweetness. The palate was medium for a true scotch ale, and it lacked complexity, especially as it warmed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4125) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 Doughy, sweet, fruity, yeasty ale aroma. Overwrought label, dark tea brown, thin head. Tart, tannic, fruity - a strange yeasty candy. Finish is a bit of a mishmash. Too stron for its backbone. Finishes musty malt and alcohol bitter. needs polish. Drink warm. Almost artificial fruitiness at times. Bottle at David Copperfield’s, NYC, 3rd HHR trip.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, fruits and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel, pine needles, grape fruit and hops. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a dark amber brown color with a medium white head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is very nice and malty and the warmer it gets the better. a good example of a scotch ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
orange brownish color, malty smelling and taste. not bad, im not keen on the style ,but this is a pretty drinkable, easily likable beer. something id recommend to any lover of the style, however not something i would seek out to buy again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
Mellowed scotch taste. Nice colour, some scotch aroma. Hops there, but needs more X to enrichen the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1417) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2005
A beautiful ruby amber color tops off with an antique linen colored small bead head that lasts thinly atop this ale. Each sip yeilds another ring of lace. Faint hop malt aroma, but the taste is assertive. Bitter hops dominate from first to last along with a sweet roasted malt character with hints of the yeast, even though it is filtered. Doesn’t quite hit the Wee Heavy range for me at only 7% ABV, but a truly delicious Scottish Ale none the less.


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