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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1486) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Aroma of scotch, malt, and caramel. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin, off white head, an occasional bubble and a few tiny particulates. Even though, thin, with low effervescence, retention is pretty good. Taste is scotch, peat, malt, bread, and moderate late bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (943) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
CBAC Day 13: Medium amber pour with a creamy foam head. Mid bodied with flavours of malts and some hops. Slightly earthy and smokey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (264) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear amber colour. Aroma is sweet malt with with some piney earthy hops. Taste is sweet malt with enough bitterness to balance out. Decent beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (1128) - CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
2014 Advent Calendar #13, 330ml, best before April 2016. Pours clear deep amber with one finger of loose light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, minimal patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark boozy fruit, brown sugar, possible diacetyl, slight smoke. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium to full body, moderate to low carbonation, boozy and dry sharply bitter astringent finish. (3/5) I found it difficult to rate this one, since I’m not a fan of the style in general, but I tried to keep the rating fair to the style. However, there are some characteristics of this one that I’m fairly sure are not indicated, like the faint buttery diacetyl. The BJCP guidelines say hops and bitterness should be low to medium-low, but I’m tasting a strong astringency that, while it may not be a hop bitterness, is certainly bitter. I’m finding this to be unbalanced and generally not my cup of tea. (10/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a somewhat clear light brown with a thin spotty white head and good legs. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, earthy, and some mild fruity esters. Flavour is rich malt, caramel, touch of alcohol, earthy, faint bitterness, nutty and light smokey notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5190) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
330ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and pine with some herbal notes. Taste is a pine and herbal hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A decent scotch ale that is worth sampling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (931) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Brown colour, slightly see through with a thinly layer of white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is smoke, bread, and caramel. Taste is light smoke up front, followed by caramel sweetness, finish is bitter with a bit of smoke. Solid scotch ale, a bit watery but overall an interesting take with the hop profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1376) - - NOV 20, 2014
Draft. Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma and taste are sweet caramel and malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of red apples, caramel, some fruitiness and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, some floral notes and slight pear. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (8341) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle and cask. Pours dark amber, nose is malty toffee, taste is sweet, rich, fruity, toffee.

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