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Blackfriar - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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BA SCORE
88
very good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 12-02-2003)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - slightly hazy dark copper pour, 1/2 finger of sparse big bubbled head, fairly fast dissipation into decent lace ring

S - fruity, pear, grape, melon, a bit of sourness, malty

T - strong dark fruits to start with plums, black cherry, pear, some sour grape, some pepper and spice in the middle to a rather clean and slightly dry finish

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second brew from the Inveralmond Brewery is Blackfriar, and firstly I must say I love the sound of this ale - dark, brooding and powerful like a good beer should be. Plus there's a picture of a druid making shit in a pot, implying that druids might kick back and sip this brew whilst preparing for their next animal transformation... who doesn't like druids? No one!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A deep murky amber body with a sticky off-white head that dissipates to a lace ring.

S: Brandy note upfront followed by dark fruits such as; plum, raisin and fig. Finishes with buttery diacetyl and a hint of herbal hops. So far it's a festive ale we have here.

T: That buttery diacetyl is very prominent in the flavour, along with tastes of macerated figs, caramel malts, Brandy, bread yeast and the finish is a slight herbal hop note. Smooth, balanced and with more butterscotch than you can fit into a packet of Werther's Originals.

M: Medium bodied with a light UK pub style carbonation.

D: Top marks for fitting this much diacetyl in a brew. The flavours mix well and it's a decent Scottish ale. Does it compete with the likes of Skull Splitter? Depends on if you like more of a butterscotch flavour or more of a stronger more balanced ale. My money is definitely with Skull Splitter though this is a semi-reasonable substitute.

Food match: Did someone say butterscotch pudding? No, it's not sweet enough for that, however it would match a nice Medieval banquet with roasted pheasant, terrine of game meats, confit of duck and spiced roasted pig on a spit.

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A- Two-finger off-white head atop a walnut colored body. Active carbonation, long retention, great lacing. Fine looking beverage.

S- Surprisingly tangy, roasted malts. Aromatic but not too floral.

T- Roasty, sweet malt body. Tangy, tasty.

M- Rich, smooth body with a bit of a carbonation tang.

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A: Pours a dark copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, bit of nuts and spice.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness, dark fruit, trace of spice and chocolate. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Moderate body, smooth and warming. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Pours a dark brown mahogany body with a two finger fluffy white head. Head stays for a while lovely clingy lace.

Aromas of butterscotch caramel roast malt toffee. All to style.

Taste is a malt driven version of all of the above. Starts well but begins to fade in mouth and become slightly watery and too light of flavour for the ABV.

Mouthfeel light carbonated and somewhat watery

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Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.