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Blackfriar - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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BA SCORE
88
very good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

This poured a translucent copper with a thin white head that dispersed quickly. The nose has a strong dark fruit, prunes, figs and dates, nose as we'll as some dark sugar and malt notes with zero hops to be found. A lot of those same flavours are in the taste along with some roasted nut and bready notes. There is a hint of bitter hops in the back end of the finish. It had a nice medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A nice scotch ale that was quite enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, day 13 of the 2014 Craft Beer Advent calendar - so this is a sort-of monk-adjacent Scottish ale?

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, lazily foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some low-lying rocky shoreline lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, sugary fruit - kind of like that stuff they jam into fruitcake - semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a bit of yeasty phenols, muddled bruised drupe fruit, a touch of sour cherry, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of toffee pudding, broad black fruit notes - plum, date, and maraschino cherry - subtle bittersweet cocoa and cafe au lait, a hint of butterscotch, orange marmalade, faint smoked peat, and more staid leafy, herbal hops.

The bubbles are quite engaging in their coy frothiness, the body a dense medium weight, and mostly smooth, perhaps a bit of acrid fruitiness, and burgeoning booze warmth taking it down a notch. It finishes off-dry, the complex malt and various aged fruit essences swirling about a musty hoppiness.

An interesting, and generally drinkable Scottish Ale, with lots going on, and even doing a few Old Ale impressions along the way. I'm guessing that the dark monks of titular lore would find this appropriately braw 'n nae peely-wally.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

I will begin with a caveat - I love this style of beer, but this is the first one that is actually brewed in Scotland. The packaging is great and it looks very nice - perhaps lighter in color than I expected. The head dissipated quickly and it remained active throughout my sampling. There are many layers of flavor here - dark fruit, caramel
malt and a toffee sweetness. Another winner from my Craft Beer Advent calendar!

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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mlkluther
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 13 of the BeerAdvent calendar.

Pours a nice copper colour with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lace ring.

Nose has candied fruit, plum, sour cherry, and spice.

Taste is smooth and follows the nose. This tastes like Christmas pudding.

Outstanding!

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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

M - high carbonation, sharp, slight dry aftertaste

O - enjoyable and warming. this one crept up on me

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
88 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.