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


on tap

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RATINGS: 429   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 15/20
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle and cask. Pours dark amber, nose is malty toffee, taste is sweet, rich, fruity, toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2549) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2014
Off white head, golden brown beer, decentralized lacing. Aroma; toffee, prune, herbal sweet hops. Taste; toffee, brown syrup, fermented prune, fruit bread. Moves slightly towards mild bitter hops in finish, with some warmth. Good body, smooth carbonation. Overall alright evening sipper. [50cl brown bottle, abv7%, 16°, B@Alko Kemi for 5€, T@höme]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (9730) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
12 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bubblegum, caramel malt, and syrup. Flavour brings out scotch malts, caramel, and dry bready malts. Very dry, Scottish-tasting and bready. Not overly complex, but still quite decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8103) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle - Rich sweet caramel and very light twig. Clear copper with almost no head. Sweet and rich caramel, light twig and a nice sweet finish. Quite nice and malty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Courtesy of Ferris
Hazy dark amber color with small compact head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with vegetables, asparagus, there are some cereals, and some alcohol. Unexciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1435) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2014
Hazy copper body with a small, beige, long-lived head that laces the glass well. Moderate aroma that is very malty, but also with hints of hops. I get dark dried fruits with citrus and spices in the back. Quite strong flavour of dark dried fruits, spices and sweet caramel, and alcohol and citrus in the back. The moderate to light sweet initial taste is well taken care of by the moderate bitter long-lasting finish. Mid-bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. A nice one.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1756) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 15, 2014
Couleur ambrée trouble, très légère mousse blanche. Nez malt toasté et caramel doux. Gout malt toasté, caramel doux, notes de raisin et miel. Fin amère et herbeuse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2880) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle, 11C. Dirty amber with a pale beige head.Aroma of toffee, spice, flowers, surprisingly strong citrus - oranges, grapefruit. Slightly solventish. Lowish carbonation is nice, quite creamy textured. Sweet caramel, peach. Spices, light floral. Quite hoppy, but the citrus disappears. Gentle finish with a little bitterness. Well in date, but maybe didn’t travel that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4753) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy coppery brown body with a small white head. Nose is banana, butterscotch (in a non-diacetyl-ish way), caramel, raisins and hints of red fruits and grains. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, raisins, nuts and hints of grains and raisins. Medium body and carbonation. Pleasant scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (750) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Orange-brown pour with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, oak, licorice, and a touch of bread. Licorice comes out more in the flavour, with some toffee and a light smokiness. ABV is very well masked, and the mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Very nice flavour though, and overall a tasty scotch ale.

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