Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 Advent Beer 13: Blackfriar Scotch Ale

Back across the pond to Scotland for this evening's entry, a scotch ale named for the cloister where King James I was assassinated back in 1437. Blackfriar brings a deep reddish-amber to the glass, and a number of intriguing aromas to the nostrils: sweetness from the alcohol, but complete,enter by an earthiness I wouldn't want to call peaty, but then again, it is a scotch ale...

It is smoother than many of the 'wee heavies' I've sampled in the past, and makes good use of the hops to keep things sharp. A great Christmas beer, with hints of fruit, bread, and even a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. It increases in complexity as it warms, which is why the label notes the brewmaster's suggestion of drinking Blackfriar only lightly chilled.

Another excellent winter warmer, and I will certainly keep an eye out for more beers from The Inveralmond Brewery of Perth!



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