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Traquair Bear Ale

Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Old Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland


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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A rich amber colored old ale with hints of oakiness and strong malty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (530) - SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Clear, reddish beer with a decent bubbly head. Sweet, spicy aroma. Flavour is richy, fruity and malty with a touch of toffee and a surprisingly gentle finish. There’s almost a wine-like quality to the aftertaste. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
12th October 2014
Crystal clear deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. Smooth lights malts, trace of caramel. Light dried fruits. Mild floral bitterness. Light finish. Fine but I want more from an Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (4219) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2014
500ml bottle at brew night. Pours clear copper, decent head. Aromas of light spice and toffee. Very malty toffee taste, faintest bitterness at the back, Bit thin on the finish. Not their best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark amber color, small off-white to beige head. Aroma is malts and a bit sweaty. Taste malts, a bit sweet, lightly caramel, slightly raisins. Average body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Clear copper colour with a small to medium sized off-white head. Smells like horrible smelly cheese, sweaty, tuinbonen. Tastes sweet, malts, hint of caramel. Tastes better than one would expect from the smell. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (418) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2014
500ml bottle pours a dark ruddy ale with an off-white fairly lasting head. Aroma, malt, some spicy notes. Taste, malty, dry, earthy with a mature spiciness, all rather ’grown-up’. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 24, 2014
500ml bottle (Kultura, Kaunas) BB2014/02, drunk 2014/06
Watery aroma, dishwatery, dishcloth. Pleasant brown, nice tight off-white head. Thinnish palate. Some aged papery aspects. Malty, but concretely aged beyond its BB. Pub done wrong. However, a proper old ale should have longer legs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (2967) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 24, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear copper color. Medium size, white head, stays. Dirty cloth, malts, wort in aroma. Dirty, dusty, caramelly taste. Dry malts in aftertaste. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (995) - SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2014
500ml bottle from Aldi Supermarkey (UK):
Malty with a earthy notes coming through & plenty of bitterness. Roasted notes appear around the middle & some subdued fruits as well but the earthy smells & strong malts dominate from the off with a strong nutty aroma backing this up. There is some spice but some off-notes seemed to appear throughout as well.
Dark caramel brown with a clear body & thin, patchy lacing on top of the beer builds up a little around the circumference but leaves a lot of bare patches in the centre.
Thankfully this one picks up a little in the taste department and doesn’t seem to have the same seemingly off notes that the nose featured. There was a strong and quite malty flavour coming through with a nutty taste too and some lighter fruits as well. There was a nice bitterness to this one with some caramel as well but this is fairly light.
Medium bodied with low carbonation and a very smooth feel with a soft and slightly bitter and dry mouthfeel.

The aroma was quite poor but the taste was a lot better with a lot of malts and some light fruits offset with a solid bitterness throughout and the beer proved an easy one to drink and turned out a lot better than I thought it would after the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (1562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle from Traquair House brewery shop. Clear amber/brown body with a thin off-white head. Average carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown bread, wood and dirt. Subtle flavours of earth, nuts, peppery biscuit and a faint metallic note to finish. Thin body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Dull but perfectly drinkable.

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