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

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2007
Very sweet nutty malts, toffee and fruity esters in the aroma. Hazy amber-copper coloured body is topped by a large bubbled off white head that recedes rapidly to a thin partial cover but leaves some nice lacing. Surprising bitterness is quite up front. Malt sweetness and some dark malt complexities linger in the aftertaste. Yeast contribution is quite subdued. Medium body is surprisingly dry but carbonation is perhaps a bit low. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Best Before end of Nov. 2007, Brewery Creek, May-07).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
500ml bottle. English Pint. Dark brown with a medium head. Aroma was sweet smokey malt. Taste was sweet with notes of malt, caramel and smoke. Lightly carbonated with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 27, 2007
[Bottle from Blackfriars] Red/brown colour with a moderate head. Powerful malt aroma, cakey notes, dried fruit, figs, caramel, plum, berry fruit. Full bodied, with a touch of citrus fruit in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Hazy copper colour with thin beige head. Mild citric hop nose. Well balanced malt and hop taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3932) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Sweet and malty. Aromas of toffee and warming alcohol. Some fruityness (a plum and prunes mix). Nice fruity finish with warming alcohol. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours amber with a thin head(poured slowly).Sweet malty nose with some toffee evident. The taste is malt again, toffee with a medium bitter finish, some floral hop flavours. An average scotch ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21037) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Bright clear ruby coloured ... rich sweet complex aroma ... rich ... warming ... syrupy... honey malt ... with a full mouth bitter linger ... touch of chocolate ... touch of burnt malts.(3.2) Tk2 Cask at Edinburgh Beer festival 2008...Nice copper red ... lots of fruity toffee ... again toffee a little thin quite a lot of vanilla. Very reminicant of Alesmith Numbskull.(3.6) cask in cloisters ... copper ... thin bubbly off white head ...sweet melon toffe .. little fig nose ...swee toffee malts ... juicy fruit ... light over bitter linger ... ok 3.6

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle from Root Cellar. Poured clear brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Good caramel spicy aroma. Medium body with sticky texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a spicy sweet finish of average duration. Very enjoyable brew.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
Cloudy dull dark tan/chestnut colour. No particular head to speak of. Big aroma shows abundant caramelly/earthy malts, big phenols (nail polish remover), and light peat. Chewy, oxidized earthy malts, dull footy yeast, astringent late alcohol and nondescript, lightstruck hops. Argh...another muddled Britbrew. These things travel worse than Bohemian pilsners.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (554) - 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.


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