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Brewed by Inveralmond (Innis & Gunn)
Style: Scotch Ale
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.5
Sigmund (7910) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2007
500 ml bottle, at Blackfriars, Glasgow. ABV is 7.0%. Voted "Champion Beer of Scotland" - was it in 2004 or something? Beautiful dark amber colour, moderate head. Oaky sherry-like aroma with raisiny notes. Oaky / woody flavour where the alcohol is noticeable, but not too sweet. Bitter finish.

3.4
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
500 ml botlte. Pours a light brown with undertones of burgandy, thin to no head. Smoked malt dominates the aroma. Flavor is similiar with toffee and dark fruit highlights. Thin mouthfeel with a suprisingly long hop bitter finish. Decent.

3.9
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2007
(500ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Wine Merchants. Pours a lasting, tan head with a deep amber-reddish hued body. Nose of strong hops. This may be the first Scotch Ale I really like the nose of? Strong caramel and toffee malt flavours. Good texture and lasting bitter finish. I love this stuff

3.4
LinusStick (3506) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Aroma of caramel. Pour was a light brown with a nice 1 finger off white head with no lacing. Taste was caramel with malt and a nice hoppy aftertaste with a dry bitter aftertaste. Nice scotch ale!

3
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2007
Very sweet nutty malts, toffee and fruity esters in the aroma. Hazy amber-copper coloured body is topped by a large bubbled off white head that recedes rapidly to a thin partial cover but leaves some nice lacing. Surprising bitterness is quite up front. Malt sweetness and some dark malt complexities linger in the aftertaste. Yeast contribution is quite subdued. Medium body is surprisingly dry but carbonation is perhaps a bit low. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Best Before end of Nov. 2007, Brewery Creek, May-07).

3.5
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
500ml bottle. English Pint. Dark brown with a medium head. Aroma was sweet smokey malt. Taste was sweet with notes of malt, caramel and smoke. Lightly carbonated with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

3.7
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 27, 2007
[Bottle from Blackfriars] Red/brown colour with a moderate head. Powerful malt aroma, cakey notes, dried fruit, figs, caramel, plum, berry fruit. Full bodied, with a touch of citrus fruit in the finish.

3
Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Hazy copper colour with thin beige head. Mild citric hop nose. Well balanced malt and hop taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.

3.9
sunevdj (4127) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Sweet and malty. Aromas of toffee and warming alcohol. Some fruityness (a plum and prunes mix). Nice fruity finish with warming alcohol. Nice.

3.4
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours amber with a thin head(poured slowly).Sweet malty nose with some toffee evident. The taste is malt again, toffee with a medium bitter finish, some floral hop flavours. An average scotch ale.


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