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


on tap

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RATINGS: 432   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

Ringo's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
I love malty Scotch ales. This one is malty, but also has a bit of a hop bite which, to me, is not a good characteristic for a Scotch ale. There are enough hop monsters out there; while this is no hop monster, I was hoping for a malt monster ala’ Macandrews or Traquair House. This is still a mighty fine ale though, probably the best balance of malt and hops that I have tasted if you want to look at it that way. The ABV is pleasantly warming, as you would want from a Scotch ale on a cold winter’s night by the fireplace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NallePalle (327) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle, 50 cl, Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala. Well balanced, smooth still huge taste (high ABV). NB. Last bottle of Scotch ale at this pub. before (sadly) closing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe (1344) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2015
500 ml bottle at Brasserie sjökanten Lysekil. Amber with off white head. Grain, malt, bread, caramel and dark fruit, dried fruit. Semi sweet with drier finish with low to medium bitterness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1609) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
330 ml bottle. Unclear dirty copper, fading off-white foam. Malty sweet aroma and taste, caramel and toffee, faint herbal citric hop. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2720) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 26, 2015
500ml bottle. @home 26-08-2015.
Courtesy of Michaelawesome. Thanks a lot!.
BBD: Dec 2015.
In short: malty robust ale.
Pours little hazy amber with nice oiff white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Malty, toffee, caramel nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is sweet malty, spicy, caramel, liquorice, ripe fruit. Robust mouthfeel, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1794) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at some random Scottish place in Tallinn. Pours dark opaque amber with beige head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt. Flavor follows mostly the nose, but also has some bitterness. Overall: nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1948) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Cask at Congress, Longton. Pours dark chestnut. Sweet barley wine style, not particularly boozy enough. It’s OK just a tad too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (5935) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Eigentlich sagt die Nase nichts ausser etwas Holzfaesschen. Dahinter versteckt sich jedoch eine ordentliche Portion Whisky und Fass. Recht trinkbar, schwer, etwas angetrunken und getreidig. Ganz ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (5963) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle from Britische Biere in Düsseldorf. The beer has got a quite clear amber-brown colour with a small head and medium to smooth body. Aroma of barley, wine, caramel and malt. Taste of wine, sherry, barley, malt, caramel and vanilla. Smooth to drink, tastes like there is a lot of alcohol in it. Malty finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13005) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2015
KØLF 141114. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, spices, apple, malt. Flavour is fruit, spices, hop, pine, caramel, malt, dried fruits. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (633) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Very solid scotch ale....i get an almost butterscotch or caramel taste...a real nice tasting beer....(#478)

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