Blackfriar
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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From:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
Scottish Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
Ratings:
167
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 24, 2018
Added:
Dec 02, 2003
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  7
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours clear copper in color with a thin tan cap that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is caramel, figs and raisins. Feel is a bit thin but well carbonated. Nice beer that I'll look for.

Jun 24, 2018
 
4.5 by Leperstone from Scotland on Nov 28, 2016
 
3.5 by Hanyuu from Finland on May 14, 2016
 
4.15 by thatsmyspot from Italy on May 12, 2016
Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Andrewharemza from Australia

From bottle, Pours murky brown with virtually no head very little soapy bubbles. Aroma dark fruits, plums, butterscotch, figs. Taste toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Very enjoyable.

Jan 17, 2016
 
3.73 by hopnerd from Australia on Nov 01, 2015
Photo of MacPhergus
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MacPhergus from Pennsylvania

Red-ish amber color, big head that falls nicely. Aroma and taste more pine than citrus or other fruit, bitter dry finish. Medium body, style right.

Oct 26, 2015
Photo of ke1
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ke1 from Canada (AB)

Poured 330 mL bottle best before Apr 2016 into a standard pint glass. Copper colored with little head that faded away rapidly. Smell is of dark fruits, dates, plum, raisin. Taste is heavy on the same fruits with nice malts, delicious. Carbonation light-medium. I am sad it is gone..

Aug 23, 2015
 
4.02 by Heeenrik from Finland on May 29, 2015
 
3.47 by Walu from Taiwan on May 20, 2015
 
3.63 by -DF- from Russian Federation on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.87 by Hyperionecta from Australia on Mar 06, 2015
 
3.76 by Shadman from Canada (AB) on Dec 22, 2014
 
4.28 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Dec 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

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.

Dec 16, 2014
 
3.75 by cam477 from Canada () on Dec 15, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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, with perhaps a bit of acrid fruitiness, and a 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 exhibiting 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".

Dec 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

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!

Dec 14, 2014
 
4.24 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Dec 14, 2014
 
3.75 by Sathanas from Canada (AB) on Dec 14, 2014
Photo of Mlkluther
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

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!

Dec 13, 2014
 
3.7 by Corson from Canada (AB) on Dec 03, 2014
 
2.5 by BogAl from Indiana on Nov 17, 2014
 
4 by ZacharyReichardt from Canada (MB) on Nov 16, 2014
 
4 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Nov 10, 2014
 
3.66 by matt_duthie from Michigan on Oct 09, 2014
 
4 by Gakusei from Russian Federation on Aug 08, 2014
 
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Aug 06, 2014
 
4 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Aug 02, 2014
 
4 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 27, 2014
 
3.75 by tkdchampxi from New Jersey on Apr 09, 2014
 
3.5 by danielfda from Italy on Jan 26, 2014
 
4 by the_danish_swede from Sweden on Jan 11, 2014
 
4 by BillRoth from Maryland on Dec 07, 2013
 
3.75 by harpus from Alabama on Sep 23, 2013
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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by doktorhops from Australia

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.

Sep 23, 2013
 
3.5 by Hanglow from Scotland on Sep 04, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Murrhey from Washington

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.

Aug 20, 2013
 
4 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Jun 19, 2013
Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 167 ratings