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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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


3.4
   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....

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - 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.

4
   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.

3.5
   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!

3.6
   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,

3.6
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAR 9, 2006
dark brown with small beige head. creamy and sweet; the aroma is of malt and caramelt. sweet and hoppy.

3.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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!


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