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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mainly available filtered in bottles, though part of the production goes unfiltered into cask.
The traditional brewing process used in the production of Traquair House Ale consists of the following; 1. Traditional infusion mashing process. The wort is then drawn off and boiled during which process the hops are added. 2. The wort is now cooled and pitched with top fermenting yeast under controlled temperature. It is then fermented in oak over a period of seven days. The beer is then transferred into cold storage tanks or barrels and matured over a period of weeks. After maturation the beer is filtered prior to packing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
From notes: Poured clear brown with a touch of orange, and a 1-finger bone-colored head. Vanilla, woody aroma with a touch of caramel. Medium body with a brief finish. Woody vanilla flavor, with a note of leather at the back. Caramel and nutty notes appear in the taste as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (583) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle@Voldby Ølmesse. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Malty aroma with chocolate and some fruits. Taste is malt, chocolate, dark fruits. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (5865) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle @ Voldby ølmesse. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits. Flavor is malt, caramel, earth, wood, dark fruits, light coffee. Medium body, average carbonation. 310813

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1135) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
330ml bottle. Dark brown ruby tinged colour, foam off-white head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of doughy malt caramel, chocolate & dark fruits. Taste is sweetish biscuity malt, treacle, dark fruit with chocolate, alcohol and a light bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, some residiual sweetness at the finish. Quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorkogrlo (119) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle, 0.33. Medium head, with lacing. Black-red colour. Aroma: chocolate, bread, wood, some dark fruits. Flavour: mostly coffe with choclate, plums, not so bitter. Overall: good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoju777 (145) - FRANCE - AUG 14, 2013
Smells like maple syrup caramel. Dark red. Very dark red. Smooth and metallic. Rich. If it was colder it might taste better

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martinrumsam (510) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark reddish brown. Sweet aroma like molasses. Taste is sweet malty and some burnt sugar. Medium carbonation. Tan head. Hides alcohol well

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (2935) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
I’ve had another Traquair beer a few years ago. That one was decent enough for me to try another that was offered me from the source - Scotland. That said it is pretty tame. If I saw it on the shelf at the local store I would probably skip rest past.

Aroma / Appearance - The caramel colored base is ringed with a dask of eggshell hued head. The pair looks nice in the glass as it releases waves of rich chocolate, caramel, and dense heady malts. Black cherries and a hint of vanilla add to the texture of a heavy red wine.

Flavor / Palate - Malt vinegar, baker’s chocolate, and fresh tea ruin what could have been a great experience with tastes all over the map. The funky aspects take a promising scotch ale and send it to the land of "never again." You should too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (693) - Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2013
A deep brown color with ruby highlights but still clear. Has a substantial khaki head made up of tiny bubbles that is creamy with good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of figs and plumbs as well as molasses some oakiness. Taste is malty with molaases and the dark fruits again. Flavor has a woody character as well as a bit of peat and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with a slight bitterness and some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel borders on being sticky with a medium body and a nice moderate carbonation. Really nice Scotch ale that, while its not overly complex, provides the flavors and aroma that I appreciate in the style. Plus it has a really cool history that.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
At Epic Beer Fest 2013. Clear dark muddy copper under a thin beige head. Aroma is faint but earthy and darkly sweet. Flavor is peaty and earthy sweet with some dark Scottish toffee and a toasty aftertaste.


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