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Blackfriar - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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BA SCORE
88
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
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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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

matt_duthie, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Gakusei, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

afsdan, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kiro, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tkdchampxi, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

danielfda, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

the_danish_swede, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

harpus, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

doktorhops, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Hanglow, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

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.

O- I didn't describe this beer well. It's good, but it's hard for me to tell you why.

Murrhey, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

O: Enjoyable beer. Goes best with a cold evening.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Proclarush, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rao2100, Dec 27, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

puboflyons, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

pin, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB Jan 13

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

Not sure if this wants to be a Big Beer or a sessionable beer. The ABV should say big, but the end result is a sessionable tasting ale, at a non-sessionable ABV

heygeebee, Aug 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

petluo, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of codyhotel
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with a large, thick head that holds well which I very much enjoyed. Clear, orange-ish to amber colour.

S - More hops than I expected, fruitiness. Good amount of toasty malts, bit of yeast.

T - Lots of sweet caramel malts and honey, some earthy fruits, and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Hops give it a nice dryness and tartness for balance, but the flavour isn't really there.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth feel. Dry finish, leaves the palate fairly clean.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Very drinkable, great to sip on.

codyhotel, Aug 10, 2012
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Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.