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


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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Nice slight reddish-brown color. A subdued aroma of dates, malts and other assortments if grains. Initial taste is bold, taste of hops and malts combined. Alcohol is noticeable. Bitter hops try to overpower that leads to a sharp aftertaste. Flavor is lingering, couriously keeps bringing you back for a another sip.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 1, 2004
16.9 oz. / 500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a light brown color. I don’t know what everyone else is seeing, but it’s not red by any means. Minimal white head fades quicker than cheap blue jeans. Aromas are of Ringwood yeast, sweet caramels, and not much else. Tastes are about the same as the aromas. Too sweet, cloying to a fault. Not a good Scottish ale by any means.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6224) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
Dark red colour, fine head. Floral aroma. The flavor is the special thing about this beer: It’s powerfull, mostly bitter and hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Appearance: a clear, bright cherry red is the color, and the head exists briefly as a thin, white layer of foam, then disappears. Aroma, subdued, though giving off malty, nutty characteristics. Taste: full flowering malt all over the palate, with very small showing from hops. Lavish fruit, cherries most dominant, but also some peach, banana, sweet and tasty, but arching towards a darker, even burnt feel, putting one in mind of a cognac, or a sherry. The body is medium, flavor develops sharper, stronger, and the finish clings, lingering on the palate. Rich, maltiness remains the prevailing tone in this flavor profile,toffee, caramel, and the sweet fruit factor returns and pleases the senses with every new sip. Part of me wanted something fuller and thicker, for it feels a bit mild in texture and body at times, resulting in easy drinkability, for sure. Part of me, too, is just pleased aspunch by this beer as it is. (Though for $5 per 500ml bottle, I do feel that I over paid on this item, and probably won’t go back for more.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. Medium brown colour. Slightly sweet, OK bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2392) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Damnit! This friar is hardly black. The lying bastard is dark red! Red, damnit, red! White head that leaves a strip of lace or two behind when sipped. Nose is malty and a bit citric, which threw me a bit as I wasn’t expecting any citrus notes. Flavor doesn’t have such a vibrant hop presence or much of a hop presence at all but it does take on a sweet character with some mineral overtones with notes of raisin and plumb. Thick on the palate with very mild carbonation and very smooth despite it’s gravity. This beer isn’t exceptional but quite good. Scotch ale isn’t my favorite style but I think I’m going to be visiting some more soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Purchased from Blue Max on 9/15/04 for $5.09/btl. Nice sturdy malt aroma. No off aromas, actually smells quite fresh. Deep amber color, clean and clear. Very light carbonation, medium tan head that lightens up a bit, but manages to stick around for the whole bottle. A nice blend of malt and hops here. This has a bit more hops (a bit more everything, actually) than their beer that I sampled previous to this, LIa Fail. Still this is an impressive beer, and tastes about as close to a cask conditioned beer as one would hope from a bottle. Nice clean finish, hops and malt are balanced nicely. Categorized on this website as a Scotch ale, it might be a bit hoppy for that designation. Maybe an ESB or Old Ale (because of the alcohol) to push it a bit. Nonetheless, this is an ale, I don’t mind having in my glass one bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Copper. Mildly aromatic, unpleasant, meaty, hearty, earthy nose with notes of dark fruits, clean supplies, toasted malts and bread. Quite malty and dry but very hoppy as well with notes of various dark fruits, pine, toasted malts and deep caramel. Odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
I love malty Scotch ales. This one is malty, but also has a bit of a hop bite which, to me, is not a good characteristic for a Scotch ale. There are enough hop monsters out there; while this is no hop monster, I was hoping for a malt monster ala’ Macandrews or Traquair House. This is still a mighty fine ale though, probably the best balance of malt and hops that I have tasted if you want to look at it that way. The ABV is pleasantly warming, as you would want from a Scotch ale on a cold winter’s night by the fireplace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours a rich amber color with a generous frothy head that hangs around for the drinking. Nifty roasted caramel malt aroma, some bitterness. It’s got a medium mouthfeel but is deep in caramel malts, light fruits, a dasch of spiciness, and a nice bitter hop balance. Amazingly, little alcohol presence in the aroma or flavor. Finishes on a pleasantly bitter note.

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