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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 392   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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13106) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle. It pours a more or less clear body, dark amber in color and with a minimal sized off-white head. There’s a lot of dried fruits in the aroma, with toffee and a faint note of paint remover.Some bitterness in the flavor, far from as much as I get the impression there would be judging from the description, but at least enough to prevent it from being cloying. There’s some higher alcohol or paint remover in the mouth as well, a bit more than in the aroma actually, and especially in the end. There’s toffee sweetness, some nuts and dried fruits as well. It’s full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. The finish is quite dry, even though the sweetness can be felt, guess the alcohol and bitterness does their bit of palate cleaning. Overall, I would like this much better without the paint remover touch, as it’s a quite pleasant one if you manage to ignore that. 131119

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (2272) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
Flaske fra polet: fint skum som ender opp med litt kniplinger. Mild og behagelig aroma av malt og julekrydder med litt humle. God munnfølelse og en ganske sammensatt men lett smak. Allikevel er hovedinntrykket litt intetsigende. Tror ikke jeg kjøper denne igjen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2143) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
07.11.2013. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Haugesund. Dark amber brown colour with white head. Floral summer light hoppy aroma. Strong rich flavours of malt. A little sharp with some kind of acidic notes. Aftertaste is soft bitter with malt and rather good body. Very soft and good tasting ale-

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (1875) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 08.11.2013, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, caramel malts, almond cake, honey, dried fruits, hay, sugar, nuts. Taste is harsh and neutral, almond essence, light malts, harsh hay, light malts, some dried fruits. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Next!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (432) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2013
0.5 bottle. Coppery color with a red tinge and an off-white, creamy head on top. Malty aroma, some caramel, alcohol and a touch of coffee with nuts. Somewhat bitter taste composed of dark fruits, caramel, nuts and traces of chocolate with spices. Medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finish is relatively long, as bitter as the taste and emphasizes the dark fruits even more. Overall a good beer, quite drinkable and climatic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (624) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
Couleur rouge opaque avec un petit col tan. Un arôme prononcé de fruits avec un peu de malt et un peu de scotch. L’arôme est beaucoup plus forte que la saveur, ce qui est de malt, un peu de douceur que de caramel, et du scotch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1077) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
Third of a pint at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Red-brown with little head to speak of. Fruity, smooth, with a hint of alcohol menace. Nice red fruit aroma, but a bit boozy. Nice and clean, but certainly has no business being in a pint glass!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. A dark amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes is similar, sweet, malty, caramel, a little dark fruit. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
On tap at Gbbf 2013. Brown beer lasting cream head. Sweet bit flat. Good biscuit malt. Fairly true to style. Ok

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (2467) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Hazy copper color. Medium size off-white head, stays Caramel, grainy, bit of hay and malt in aroma. Alcohol, malty, bit of dark chocolate, plums in flavor. Nice one.


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