Blackfriar | Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

BA SCORE
87
very good
166 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Scotland, United Kingdom
inveralmond-brewery.co.uk

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by daledeee on 12-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of Leperstone
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hanyuu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacPhergus
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ke1
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walu
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of -DF-
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shadman
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Svingjo
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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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sborycki
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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, 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".

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Photo of Bunman3
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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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sathanas
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mlkluther
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Corson
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BogAl
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ZacharyReichardt
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Blackfriar from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
3.9 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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