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


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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 17/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
The aroma is heavy on the malts, which carry through to the flavor with an addition of a vinegary sourness. It poured a dense amber, almost black, with a little head that left a pretty lacing. It was thin and heavily carbonated making my mouth tingle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - MAR 9, 2006
dark brown with small beige head. creamy and sweet; the aroma is of malt and caramelt. sweet and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a muddy looking brown color with a thick slightly off-white head. Sweet caramel nose is inviting. Flavor reminds me slightly of a doppelbock with it’s malty sweetness and hints of caramel and toffee. Finish is a little watery and there’s a strange bitterness at the end that’s not exactly the most pleasing thing in the world. Decent offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Poured hazy deep mahogany-brown with a large foamy lasting tan head. Thick aroma of oats, malt, restrained UK hops, sharp yeast tang - god that’s nice. Taste is surprisingly bitter - solid oaty malt, a little sweet, plenty of mild UK hops to balance it out, the medium-long linger sorts itself out to nominally bitter by the end. Mouthfeel is thick, grainy - really nice brew, wish we could decent Scottish Ales here in Ontario!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Small white head. Amber hazy appearance. Very malty aroma with lots of caramel. Flavor is malty too, with hops up front, and slight bit of alcohol in the finish. Finish is roasty as well. A little flat, but unusually hoppy flavor for a Scottish offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 500 ml bottle. Murky, dark orange pour with a brief, slight, creamy white head. Aroma of currants, raisins, some spices - cinnamon perhaps. Tart, tangy flavor with hints of raisins, baked brown bread, and overripe oranges. Flavor gets better as it warms and it takes on a slight smoky flavor with hints of fruitcake and bread pudding. Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as expected considering the style and the bold flavor but will do in a pinch. Decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2006
500 ml bottle, from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY (Dec 2005). BBD Nov 2007. Pours a husky, translucent reddish-brown, some fine yeasty bits, largish head diminishes to a thick ring, lots of lacing...big peaty-smoky-caramel aroma, lots of scotch whiskey, prunes and raisins, and a Belgian quality to the yeast....smooth, lightly alcoholic body offers a light whiskeyish profile, surprisingly strong, dry hoppiness, burnt sugar/molasses, somewhat caustic and harsh throughout though not so much as to be unpalatable....fairly wet and sweet through to the finish, dried fruits mixing with that burning hoppy/woody character....might be excellent but for the oddly thin, watery body that just doesn’t adequately support the complexities that are trying to emerge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5325) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
After drinking this beer I could almost feel a Scottish brogue in my speech. What a unique looking beer. It was a kind of tea colored but with a hint of amber. Nice tan head that never quite game up. Some of it remains on the empty glass. Plenty sweet, it also featured some coffee and caramel. Some fruit was buried deep down. Very tasty! Also, what a cool label on the bottle. It was almost 3D in design and very eye catching.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3743) - 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.

   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.

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