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


on tap


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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, 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, - 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.

blackradioboy (223) - SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle. Was expecting something like a McEwans Champion, but this is much more sophisticated. Yes, there's a boozy background, but it's more than balanced by a nice smoothness. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mviljamaa (189) - FINLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Not much head. Color is a bit dirty, clear, orange-brown. Aroma is sweet and malty and has caramel, bourbon vanilla, salt licorice, red wine and wine- or (red) berry-based liquour aromas. Some of the alcohol can also be sensed as warmth. Palate is slightly watery, but it can be interpreted as lightness. There’s also a bit of heaviness to the palate. A lightly dry finish. Taste is malty, typical ale tastes, caramel, aniseed, salt licorice, some faint burnt notes. A very stylish and delicious presentation of the ale style. There are no extra sidetastes. A bit watery, but nevertheless quite good beer.

ozzatoadisback (208) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2017
Dark copper, still slightly transparent. Dense slightly off-white head, good persistence and nice lacing. Aroma shows earthy malt sweetness, notes of chocolate and a bit of spiciness. Not incredibly intense but very nice and clean. Taste is mainly malty sweet with caramel, toffee and slight earthiness. Slightest spiciness and maybe some fruity hints. Bitterness is low, and pretty much just bringing balance. Medium bodied with average carbonation, slightly creamy. Nice scotch ale

Villyzzz (454) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark amber with medium white head. Aroma has malts, oak, yeast and some hops. Taste is malty with oak and bitter caramel. Medium carbonation. Pretty nice.

indrekr (589) - ESTONIA - JUL 24, 2016
Appearance: golden, orange, clear, rocky head, white foam, well lasting. Aroma: sweet, bread, coffee. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour. Palate:light body, creamy, soft carbonation.

HenrikSoegaard (14620) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy powerfull caramellic aroma. Moderate bitter caramellic flavor. Dry and woody. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. NIce.

minihame2 (747) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Clear, deep dark brown colour with a foamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma, a lot of cherries. Slightly bitter taste with some sweet malts. Rich bodied, slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Decent effort but not very memorable.

jampura (195) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2016 Ihan ok täyteläisempi olut. Makea, jopa hieman siirappinen, jättää hieman limasen kielen. Hiivaisuus vaivaa.

adamnase (893) - Kronoby, FINLAND - APR 25, 2016
Bottled. Pours dark rusty copper color, hazy with a mediumsized head fading with some lacing. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, dates and spice. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, slight dryness to finish. Medium body, slick texture.

StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2016
From a bottle. Pours cloudy and dark, minimal head, slight smoke and spice flavours, pretty good stuff.

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