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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: 1187   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Smokey chestnut brown color, diminuitive head. Strong smell of malts and caramel. Flavor is wonderful, the somewhat sweet heavy flavor belies a dry rather clean aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
If this were a beer that I could get by walking in to my local pub and throwing down $2, it would be a perfect beer. It has the feel of an old standby. It is terribly welcoming with its caramel sweetness which is given definition by light elegant chocolate. You won't taste the alcohol, but you knonw it's there, charming you into saying nice things about the beer in your review. I probably won't buy it again--too expensive. And MdV is once again to blame.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a small tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Rich malt flavor with a hint of smokiness and a light touch of cocoa. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Creamy texture with some tangy carbonation. Nice, but pricy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Dark brown with small head. Malty, coffee-ish?, dark fruits and dark chocolate, earthy (complex!)... sadly there is something funny (fishy!) about the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Thin, off-white head above a cloudy red-brown. Sweet nose. Felt thick at first, but thinned out after the carbonation came through. Hints of toast. Chewy and malty-sweet, with fruity notes (raisin) and some bitterness to balance things out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of. Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke. Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark brown/mahagony color wiht a slim head. Nice malty nose with some raisin's and toffee in the aroma. Nice smooth taste. Not too overpowering. Malty, hint of hops, leaves you wanting more. Very glad I bought this bottle at McScrooge's Wine and Liquor in Knoxville, TN.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
This stuff is pretty darn good. Dark in colour and brown with a thin brown head. Lots of malts in the nose but concentrated chemical thing going on. The taste is malty with a slight kick of hops. Side note: I have this professor who is scottish (well, not really, hes south african) and he says trachea like traquair. Just a side note.


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