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

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RATINGS: 414   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


maltydogs' rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltydogs (3) - USA - MAR 20, 2005
overall impression is good with big malt flavor. finish is somewhat dry and nicely balances the big malty taste.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kliggerwar (136) - - DEC 16, 2014
Color of a brown ale with a thin white head. Aroma is of a raisin. Taste has some caramel with a mild liquor bite little bitter at the beginning with a clean finish. To be honest its pretty good enjoy it quite a bit more then any other scotch ale I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
koppertone (59) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours with a thin head, very pleasant almost orange appearance. A very nice aroma of plum, sweet malt, caramel and spice. Taste is medium sweetness. A bit of caramel. Doughy and a hint of citrus. Alcohol is hidden though perceptible and lingers in the aftertaste. Very warm. Overall very good and unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1989) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with light ot moderate head. Aromas of sweet malts, bread, and golden raisins. Flavors of dusty malts, breadcrusts, burnt caramel, and old apples. Bitter finish. Odd for a Scotch Ale - more a strong Amber. 13

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cruzer (14) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Reminded me of a slightly bitter Innis & Gunn, with a fruity, caramel, malty aroma. Had a hoppy, malty smoky flavour. A bit malty for me, but a good beer nevertheless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
330ml brown bottle, Craft Beer Advent Calendar, day 13. Hazy orange, small beige head with creamy edges and small lace rings. Caramel malt nose, some fruitiness. Taste is peat, earth, bread and caramel sweetness. Bitter end with peaty notes and light alcohol. Medium body, soft mouthfeel. Pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainwafer (20) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Quite a buttery and doughy nose to it. Pours up a clean copper color..not as scotchy as id expext from scotland.. extremely buttery dough taste.. not bad at all I do admit for a 7% .. nice cresmy feel on the pallet would drink again..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1074) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (506) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (71) - 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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (402) - 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)


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