The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13 – Invernalmind Blackfriar Scottish Ale


The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13

Blackfriar Scotch Ale – Invernalmond Brewery, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Perth, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland, was known in the Middle Ages for its great monasteries. One of these, the Blackfriars cloister, had a famously bloody past; it was there that King James I was assassinated in 1437. Our homage to the Blackfriar monastery is this hearty Scotch ale. This beer is as dark and complex as its legendary namesake, starting with a rustic earthy character then unfolding in smouldering, chocolatey notes and fruity, spicy flourishes.”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Caramel toffee malt mild apple boozy sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent

Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with virtually no head, barley any retention, way too much suspended floaties.

Nose: light boozy, toasted caramel malts, (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-flat/micro fizzy

Mid-palate: bitter alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, toasted caramel malts, brown sugar/molasses

Finish: soft tangy, malty sweet-light cola finish.

Summary: Thick and heavy light typical scotch ales, this one is decent although the relatively low ABV is easily detected.