Brewed by Inveralmond
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%
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, its actually more of a deep burnt sienna than black, but "Deepburntsiennafriar just didnt 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 youll agree.
malt: pale, crystal, chocolate, wheat
hops: pilgrim, cascade, fuggles
OG: 1066
EBC: 45

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a thin off-white head, that dies quickly. Nose is slightly fizzy malt, some hops and caramel. Touch of sweetness and alcohol. Mouth is much more bitter, slightly grating hoppiness, which is a shame, because look closely and theres some peat and heather hidden away. Palate is roasted malt and some of that peat shows through. Nice, if it werent overhopped.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
bottle sampled with stegosaurus pours a clear mahogany with a foamy head aroma of sweet carmel malts & a hint of toffee flavor was sweet bitter and a lingering hoppy taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours brown with a nice size tan head. Aroma of roast and caramel. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, roast, smooth, and a fair amount of hoppiness. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Cloudy brown with notes of orange, thin white head. Malty aroma with hints of roastiness. Rich maltiness with caramel and alcohol. More hopiness than usual in a Wee Heavy. Full bodied and warming. A nice, rich, warming, sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
I love scotch whiskey. Black Friar is a malty, quaffable Lagavulin. Pairs awesomely with a nice rare steak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 19, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head a particulate mater suspened in the beer. The aroma has a strong caramel and roasted malt aroma. The flavor is malty with caramel, toffee, roastedness, peat, and smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
#962, Bottle, sampled at the Champaign Urbana Beer Club meeting in December of 2006. Clear copper, thin brown head. Nose is malty, yeast with a lagerish flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
500ml bottle from ber Tavern in Seattle, WA. Pours somewhat of a cloudy amber with subtle red tones and an off white head. A very nice caramel malt and toffee perfume hits the nose. Subtle hints of figs and alcohol are also present. Starting off with the caramelized malt, the brew moves very smoothly into a deep and rich toffeed and roasted body. Ending the brew comes a nicely done alcohol punch intertwined with a plummy fig note. I really liked this one! A great example of a Scotch ale. Glad ber got ahold of some of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 11, 2006
brown, toffee colored beer with floating specks and almost no head. caramel and chocolate in aroma. flavor is all caramel. light-med bodied. lightly bitter, dry, chalky finish with a tangy citrus twist. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. A strong malty aroma with ripe dark fruits in the flavor. Slightly metallic. Rating from December 2005 notes.

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