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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


Ringo's rating

3.6
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2351) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (311) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Orangebraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, fruchtig, reife Früchte. Geschmack fruchtig malzig, hopfig, blumig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkydodson (154) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAY 9, 2014
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hoppy and wine notes... the taste is rich, rather sweet, with shades of herbs and chocolate... aftertaste is sweet and bitter...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Graham77 (228) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2014
A rich darkish ale with a lovely complex depth of flavour. Toasted malts, noticeable wheat, chocolatey sweetness, spicy notes and floral hops. Lovely beer, very easy drinking for a 7%er.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
Very nice brew for the cold weather. A traditional ale with tons of malt balanced with some hops. I would love to try this with spruce or heather.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1405) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
Light brown, almost no head. Sweet oak honey aroma, taste full but too sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 8, 2014
0.5l bottle. A blurry kinda dark amber almost brown looking one in the glass and it has a medium sized first bubbly then more creamy and lacing (which by the way looks like tiger strips) light beige top. On the nose it gives away sweet malty toffee sweetness with a fudge like present. Also there are traces of yeast and dried dark fruits. It actually smells fairly nice this. It has a mild oily mouthfeel and the carbonation is soft and gentle. Tastes much the same as it smells. It’s malty and caramel sweet, a little bit of wet rocks and yeasty nuts. A little peppery arugula like sting in the finish and aftertaste makes it even more interesting. A little bit of alcohol is also present here. Got way more than I was expecting. 13.11.2013

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (1927) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Nutty brown, clear. Scottish caramels, hazelnuts. Slightly sweet malty nose with herbal hop notes. Full bodied with caramel sweetness, but still ok balanced. Overall quite tasty nice scottish ale.


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