Blackfriar, Scottish Ale, The Inveralmond Brewery (Perth, Scotland)
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Dark and elusive, Black friars were from the ancient Dominican order of the 12th Century and became known as such because of the black cappa or cloak they wore.


Blackfriar is a bold “wee heavy” dark brew; a classic Scottish strong ale. A caldron of flavours and smells, Blackfriar is hazy brown in colour with sweet honey aromas. Brewed like the witches of Macbeth, Blackfriar stirs through generous English malts and bunches of hops. Black friar melts your tongue with unique flavours of orange, cumquat combined and sweetness from honey and burnt toffee. A toasty, earthiness from minerals linger on the palate, a charateristic of Scottish ales, finishing with noticeable spices.

Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,

Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,

— For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Much like brewing… William Shakespeare 1564-1616



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