Blackfriar - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
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Reviews by cambabeer:
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
This is a good ale. The deep brown color has a head that sticks around. The smell is malty for sure, with some hops in the background. Definitely smells sweet. Big taste, malty and sweet, with the hops and alcohol taking off the edge of the huge malty character. The alcohol is prevalent in the middle and the aftertaste is bitter yet fruity. Buy this, it's good. Not world class, but good.
07-29-2012 07:07:10 | More by cambabeer
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4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a nice bronze color with a light soapy head,great fruity aroma,fruit just bursting real nice.Taste is more malt tilted wich I expected nice and fruity with a light hop bitterness that comes thru more as it warms along with a light earthiness.Seems to be a tad watery but really drinkable for the alcohol content,a nice find.
02-23-2004 19:26:06 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
Appearance: Cloudy brown. Hazy. Looks more like a wheat beer than a Scotch Ale. Little to no head when poured which is expected. As with the style, little carbonation noted.
Aroma: Malty aroma with mild alcohol undertones. Sweet caramel also detected.
Taste: VERY sweet, malty flavor. Overly sweet IMHO. Alcohol very evident which lends a slightly harsh aftertaste. Slight hop flavor detected.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Thicker than expected. Slightly cloying. Does have a semi-crisp finish.
Drinkability: Medium to low drinkability. A bit too clying & alcohol notes make it a slow sipper. Could only drink one at the most.
Comments: Not my favorite of the style. Too thick & cloying. The alcohol notes are overly present.
06-22-2006 20:05:43 | More by JMD71
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
$4.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:
Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Dark tawny color shows it has dropped bright, excellent lacing clings to the glass like a champ.
Smell: Steely malt with a mild caramel sweetness, faint diacetyl and a ghost like figginess. Mild hopping though enough to take on the heavy malt profile.
Taste & Mouth Feel: A subtle mix of toasted and roasted malt more toasted. A kiss of buttery diacetyl with a long drawn breadiness. Black pepper and herbal hop, warming alcohol and a hard toasted grain in the end.
Drinkability & Notes: Close to a meal in a bottle, certainly a malt lovers brew.
06-29-2004 01:28:16 | More by Jason
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks to jkwalking for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a murky orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is sweet fruit with some caramel malts. The flavor is very sweet with some caramel and toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-05-2010 22:34:21 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
Clear and lightly reddish brown. The head is slightly weak, kind of gives up after a few seconds. Stringy lace. Smells of maple sugar, malty in most aspects. Starts light in mouthfeel, gets heavier in the stomach, a weird sense of released carbonation to me. Taste is fine across the board, malt-defined and moving in a spiced caramel direction. Finishes up at the back with a touch of crocus-like bittering. A bit of cashew nutiness on later sips. Pretty good, the texture seemed a bit off for me, and its a little on the one note side.
06-04-2004 15:01:20 | More by ADR
4.3/5 rDev +10%
Pours a thin creamy off-white head over a deep amber body. The head dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma jumps out of the beer before I even raise my glass. It smells of raisins, caramel and sweet malt with a slight herbal character too. An impressive malt complexity made up of light biscuit, caramel and a slight roasted character. There is a nice supporting herbal hop bitterness to boot. A smooth full body.
A nice higher-shilling ale, with well-hidden alcohol. As with any good Scottish ale the emphasis is definitely on the malt, but not to the point of excess or total lack of balance. Great complexity and smooth drinking.
11-27-2006 22:11:46 | More by Shovelbum
3.18/5 rDev -18.7%
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a hazy glowing deep copper body with a chunks of yeast suspended with a strong carbonation. The head is a bubbly light tan that last for a few sips.
S- The aroma of cooked apples and malt has some fruity qualities and some light toffee notes underneath but the aroma is otherwise very clean.
T- The tart bitterness in the finish is the stronger flavor although even that is soft. There is a softer sweetness of malt with some dry biscuit and honey malt notes followed by a water wort flavor. There is a solventy alcohol tasted in the finish but the bitter flavor lingers after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish and some alcohol burn that grows a bit as the beer opens.
D- The bitterness of hops dominates and that doesn't even have the hop flavor to support it. The malt has some floral cleaner quality with the alcohol heat and that makes this a bit tough to get through.
01-04-2011 03:39:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Nice orangey copper color which boasts a soapy head of cream that drops generous lace splotches on the glass.
Big grainy malts lend quite a candy/taffy-like element to the aroma, while some fruit and spice creep in, as well. At 7%, I'm surprised to get some of boozy warmth in the nose, which is a little too strong but brings out some nice toffee/caramel characteristics. A direct, captivating smell, but it would be better if the aftershave element were diminished.
Roasted grains don't take over in the flavor, but they're there, letting the spicier elements come through. Spices are soft and kind of dessert-y, neither sharp nor overly sweet. Has a hint of roughness like a darker, grainier bread, and some mild flashes of fruit and vanilla. A surprising hop presence starts with the typical bitterness of hops but ends up in the finish as a tart, nearly sour character. Medicinal touches in the nose don't really appear in the flavor save for a distant hint of scotch whiskey in the background.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy but with plenty of carbonation to keep it from feeling flat. If I couldn't taste or smell, but only feel, I'd guess that was an IPA or Double IPA.
Drinkability seems just a tad lower than everything else, as it's got a roughness that edges out the milder elements...and that hop bitterness is strong for the style. It's almost like a Scottish Ale/IPA hybrid. No matter, it's plenty enjoyable, and I wouldn't think twice about picking it up again.
05-25-2008 19:29:09 | More by Metalmonk
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Shadow-laden bronze with a capping of beige cream.
Aromas of cranberries and black cherries slathered in a caramelized peat glaze.
Begins by flaunting its malt muscle as it cycles through toffee, butterscotch, raspberries, and cherries. All of this laid upon a toasty caramel base. Tangy peat arrives by the midsection. Ah yes, the wonders of a tradtional Scotch Ale.
Hops arrives late, but quite loudly. Savory, dried herbs twisted with orange rinds and cold metal. The mouth is slapped clean of its malt gluttony. At this point, it seems equal parts ESB and Wee Heavy. Completely coalescent, if shocking at first.
Seemingly as a reminder of why you came in the first place, toffee and peat reassert themselves post-swallow.
A bit waif in the mouth initially, but this fattens nicely as it gains temperature. Pert near full as the glass empties it final gulp.
This is too damn drinkable given that I don't have another waiting.
Similar yet very different that I had expected, but it still covers the required topics. The extra hopping is merely a bonus. Find it if you can. And buy a few.
12-11-2003 23:29:20 | More by cokes
3.2/5 rDev -18.2%
Mellowed scotch taste. Nice colour, some scotch aroma. My mates liked it a bit, but not very much. 2002 bottle moving from big stores to small stores. Moderate representative of the style. Had hops, but could use more something to enrichen taste. Light mouthfeel.
10-24-2005 02:17:20 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
Blackfriar's perfumey, hop-laced aroma welcomes you to a magical elixir that's almost equally akin to an American ale as it is to its Scottish brethren. And that is the magic of the tiny Inveralmond brewery! But there's more...
It's hazy dark-chestnut body has a deep ruby cast and reveals glowing crimson highlights beneath it's frothy head of tan. The head retention is quite good (especially considering it's alcohol content), and it leaves some very nice spots and splashes of lace about the pint. Smooth and mildly creamy across the palate, it's very fine and natural carbonation helps to enhance it's maltiness. It's firm bitterness, however, is wide and unyielding - anchoring it and leading to a drying, semi-sweet and bitter finish that lingers with notes of burnt caramel. Floral, grassy, and leafy hops swirl here-and-there throughout it's deeply caramel accented, toffee-ish, toasty, nutty, slightly candy-sweet, and subtly roasty maltiness; bringing it to life and lending it a delicate charm that leaves it amazingly drinkable. It's not overly complex, but the interplay between the hops and the rich maltiness is exquisite. Finally, fruity notes from the yeast surface almost immediately as it warms, and lend another level to it's character; leaving it as an almost perfect session ale! And the only thing that hinders that is it's alcohol content of 7%, which is entirely cloaked throughout the first serving at the very least. Impressive!
12-13-2004 22:42:04 | More by NeroFiddled
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Review based on notes
Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of tan head. clears half way through the bottle. Good head retention & lacing
S: Plums, other dark fruit & cinnamon
T: Plums, leafy hops, figs& & orange slices up front. Charred malt & dark fruit show up as this warms, plus grapefruitty hops??? Finishes dry & fruitty with a touch of honey
MF: Medium body with low carbonation
Drinks pretty easy, This drinks more like an American Strong Ale IMO. Still a nice one to sip one cool December evening
12-29-2008 02:09:28 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
Thanks to bruskiator for letting me try this one. Lots of smoke, lighter color than expected, nice tan head, burnt roasted malts noticeable in the taste and smell. lots of maltiness (peat?). not one of my favorites of this style, a bit hard to finish a pint.
10-16-2007 01:36:24 | More by Backer2004
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle with somewhat amateurish labeling. Notched best-before November 2007.
Pours lightly-sedimented dull copper after a very careful decanting. No head and sparse lace. Smells of rich and slightly smoky caramel malts with a strong and spicy alcohol base. Heavy with complex flavors. Nuts and caramel lead the way, but are balanced with earthy and leafy yeast notes. Finish is laced with peppery dark fruit alcohols. Oily and syrupy thick body with minimal carbonation.
12-03-2006 17:56:13 | More by dgallina
4.88/5 rDev +24.8%
This beer is hellfire, just about a perfect Scottish 'Wee Heavy' in my opinion. The bottle label on this one is hard to read from any distance because it allegedly was printed on shiny paper by mistake.
Anyway, the beer is darkish-amber-coloured with a grey-tinged head. Fresh peat and malt is big on the nose. The flavour is complex and satisfying with plenty of earthy malt, smoke, balanced with caramel and a bit of butterscotch. Hops are way back in the background, but gain prominence as the other flavours subside.
12-24-2003 15:50:38 | More by Imbiber
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
Scottish malty goodness is what I find in this amber to light brown ale. This ale has a wonderful biscuit-like aroma. It smells like my homebrewery does while I'm mashing the grain. The head falls to about an eighth-inch collar of foam enhancing the appearance. The body is full, which to me, is an important quality in a stronger Scottish ale. The brew is all about the cookie or biscuit-like malt flavors mixed with a nutty character and a touch too much bitterness for the style but I'm guessing some of that might come from amber or roasted malts. Despite some style issues and possible over-hopping, this is a damn fine ale.
10-28-2005 02:43:24 | More by marcobrau
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
From the 500 ml. bottle marked 2310. Sampled on December 16, 2012. The label is very nice so I expect I will add this bottle to my collection.
It pours a very milky amber-copper with a soft mocha head that sticks around for awhile.
The aroma has all of those Scottish Wee Heavy sweet esters including caramel malts, toffee, bubblegum, and brown sugar.
The body falls into the medium range.
The aroma is sweet but the taste is significantly more bitter with caramel hops evolving into a lingering hop finish. Biting to a degree but very nice.
12-16-2012 19:19:31 | More by puboflyons
2.65/5 rDev -32.2%
Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of grain and cereal with some dry notes and limited sweetness. Taste is also dominated by dry cereal with lightly unrefined grain notes and minimal residual sugars. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry and grainy for my taste.
07-07-2010 16:59:48 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours into my nonik glass, which is the perfect size for 500 ml of beer and a nice sized head, a burnt sienna colored brew. Very nice looking. The white head stays pretty well for a while, but then all but disappears. Caramel malt and sweet orange citrus in the aroma along with a toasted character. Hop crispness is ever-present as well. Caramel and lots of grain on the tongue, plenty of crisp hop bite too. Hints of peat are noticeable here and there. Hops are of rind-like character, and they come out a bit more than the malt in most places, making for a very crisp brew all around. This kind of hopping you don't find often outside of the States. A very enjoyable beer, but I'd pick Belhaven's over this one for the style (out of what I've had, we don't get many Scottish ales here in Arizona, or Scotch ales for that matter, much to my chagrin). Actually, this is almost more like an ESB. Disregarding that, a pleasure to drink. Recommended.
01-16-2004 06:42:21 | More by hyuga
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
This is the first new Scottish Ale Ive seen in a long time, and a style I find quite drinkable, but one that seems to be getting rarer by the year!
The beer debouches from the 500ml bottle an unclouded burnished copper color with a planetary size head that is creamy in texture, the color a light tan, as it evaporates, and the lace forms a sticky and clinging sheet upon the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet, crisp and fresh, hints of caramel, a tad earthy and the start nicely malted, somewhat sweet, top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity, the hops forceful in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a quite nice Scottish Ale.
01-11-2004 18:40:52 | More by Gusler
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
This beer poured a cloudy brown/burnt orange color. It had a big rocky head which quickly dissipated. The smell is malty with caramel and smoke aromas present. The taste is mostly of malt. There are some hints of bitterness and slight smoke as well. The mouthfeel is full and seems quite appropriate. Overall, this is a nice flavorful brew that Id consider solid.
09-21-2007 22:37:58 | More by barefootbrewer
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Presentation: 500ml bottle (best by date of 11/07) in a classic pint glass
Sweetened malts on the nose, a creaminess, crackers, light oak quality that grows as it warms, some florals, caramel, a mild citrus scent, wet rocks, soil.
Rich, full, rudy, sherry casked, dark cherry amber hue with noticable sediment held in suspension, almost lava lamp like in its very lazy circulation...odd, yet somewhat hypnotic. A solid 2 fingers worth of tight, French vanilla like foam, almost a little nitro like, creamy, sporadic lacing that settled to a 1/8" of final covering.
Its smooth and creamy on the tongue, a pleasing bittersweetness of rich malted sugars, oak, a little earthy, the caramel building up on the palate, it grows richer in maltiness as it warms and melds. The finish is more of the same, leaving a pleasing bittersweetness behind that coats the mouth in a warm, alcohol enfused, slightly caramel taste that is pleasant.
A well done Scottish Ale, and a nice example of the genre. Aside from the unusual suspended sediment, its very easy to drink but not one that you want to drink fast anyway. I fould myself slowing down and enjoying the subtle qualities and allowing it to warm and change, which is nice. Its comforting, like hanging out with old freinds, listening to jazz on Saturdays, or that favorite sweatshirt that makes you warm, comfortable, relaxed, at ease. This could easily be sessioned, but at a leasurely pace. I'm enjoying the downshift.
A very nice example of the genre. Would certainly recommend it and will make sure to have a couple bottles around for those Saturdays in, listening to smooth jazz while relaxing in that old sweatshirt. Check it our & chill out.
02-25-2007 00:45:50 | More by BuckSpin
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a nice red mahogany coulour with a tight two fingered, off white head that retains very well.
S - A little bit of hop and malt but not massive.
T - Nioce toffee flavours and complimented by some small hop and roasted malt.
M - Medium body and carbonation
O - A solid Ale without being spectacular
11-19-2011 16:18:02 | More by eric5bellies
Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.