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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: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Light brown dense head. Malt, herbs and sugar in the aroma. Flavour is caramelly and perfumed. Is light hoppy and smoked. Ends on a light bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Brown/Red Coloring with Clear White Ring. Sweet Malt, Lightly Carbonated. Caramel, a Subtle Hint of Smoke...and a Hoppy Ending. The Lighter End of Scotch Ales, but No Less Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
Dark gold color with no head. Aroma of smoke. It tastes lightly smoked with peat (not nearly as much as an Islay whisky) and a solid malt base. Simple and good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltydogs (3) - USA - MAR 20, 2005 does not count
overall impression is good with big malt flavor. finish is somewhat dry and nicely balances the big malty taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
pours a clear, dark deep amber, with a small tan head and some lacing. aroma is malty sweet, floarl. flavor is a malt wonderland...caramel, a little roast? very smooth, most excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle at Moan and Dove. Pours a reddish amber color. Aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor of malt and caramel with subtle hops and a bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
dark brown and ruby body with orange red highlight. with a vigorous pour, a very nice and huge light tan head can be achieved. it seems a bit soapy, but it’s tight, then diminishes into a thick ring around the glass with circular lacing. it looks pretty. the aroma is interesting, also, as well as the flavor. there’s toffee, nuttiness, and an odd fruit mixture that just doesn’t sit too well with me. hmm. i do like it, but the aftertaste is oddly sour, oddly bitter. smooth, but not worth obtaining again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Wow: what a punch, and a great dark fruity taste, and a great nose, and nice body, real substance....oh wait the beer...very nice as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle pours clear reddish brown with a smallish sized tan head. Aroma has a nice peatyness to it along with toast and caramel. Taste has an initial maltiness that is quickly overcome with a nice hop bitterness. I get some molasses as well as the peat taste that I love in a Scotch Ale. Not perfect but nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
The body is a clear, medium reddish brown. The head is thick, dense, and lasting. It’s an attractive beer. The aroma is slightly spicy hops, cake-like malt and a bit of apple. The flavor is very low in bitterness (as it should for the style), with an apple peel flavor that sets off the mellow malt nicely. This is extremely drinkable. Not a bad beer by any means.


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