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


on tap

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - 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).

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10210) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Aroma:Wort,very malty.... Appearance:Clear amber,cool lasting white head... Flavor:caramel,very malty,butter....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Robe cuivrée très claire sans mousse. Arômes de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de caramel, de houblon amérisant et de mélasse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3261) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2006
Pours a dark red/brown. Aromas of dark roasted malt and fruity aroma(cherries?). Sweet, malty flavors with a hint of wood. Finishes with a touch of hop bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2006
From a attractive labeled 1pt. 9oz. brown bottle with no bottled freshness date. Made a decent appearance, poured a cloudy apple golden hued amber with a fizzy, bubbly beige head that settled into a semi-sticky thin lacing, medium carbonation. Figs, raisins and a sweet caramel malty nose with a herbal hoppiness. A crisp, smooth and textured medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. A sweet toasted grainy and lightly roasted maltiness, a mildly peppery and herbal dry hop bitterness, a warm alcohol presence in the palate, a buttery yeastiness and a burnt sweet malt flavor showing up towards the end and a dry sweet toasted grainy finish.A very good Scottish Ale, tasty and mildly bitter, well worth seeking out and trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2006
500ml bottle. Brownish color, not quite black, but certainly deep brown...served to me much too cold, poured w/ very little heading that faded quick...low carbonation...smells a bit musty & tinny at first, but it is much too cold...I wait...eat some fish and chips...A good body on this malty beer...Dough & nougat aromas come out...a bit of fruitiness maybe...beefy beer with a good dose of bitterness in the end...somewhat like dark chocolate. Succeeds in pulling together all its parts into a very enjoyable whole...and ended up being excellant with the fish & chips!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - APR 1, 2006
caramel, nuts, brown, hazy, frothy, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body,

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