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Traquair Bear Ale

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


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RATINGS: 172   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9152) - 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 (2579) - 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 (904) - 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 (1268) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (230) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Full flavoured malty ale not as complex as some but with good depth of flavour and a nice viscosity and carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (361) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
Nose is malt and sweet, slight treacle, a little leather; nice but without depth. Taste is treacle, hazelnuts, a tiny bit of smoke and roast, leading to a woody, nutty, tacky finish. Mouthfeel is a bit slick. A decent beer, but a little underwhelming.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hansen (6480) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
Amber and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Hoppy aorma, spicy and herbal. Sharp too. Flavor starts heavy sweet, light acid, moderate bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShivanDragon (1441) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
helder caramel bruin/rood met minimale witte kraag. Met matige zoetigheid, redelijk bitter, matig sterk, matig gemout, redelijk kruidig, medium en ietwat waterige body, dun van textuur. Ben helaas niet zo weg van deze variant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (352) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Malty aroma with notes of toffee, caramel and nuts, hints of over-ripe fruits. The flavour is also malty but not very sweet, some fruity notes, hints of oak, nuts and caramel, fairly bitter and slightly roasty finish. More "contemporary" in style than Traquair House Ale and Jacobite Ale, but this one is also a fine beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (4540) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2013
light malty aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, dry bitter finish.

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