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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: 1204   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Aroma of stewed prunes and smoked malts. Caramel and slightly bready middle. Peaty with subtle chocolate malt and tangy hop finish. I enjoyed the flavor and aroma, there wasn't an overwhelming amount of either. A good, almost-session Scottish. An expensive beauty for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 2009-12-26, bb 2006-12-31, possibly 6 years old, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Brown color; short head retention. Mild aroma, a bit cheesy. The mouthfeel becomes a bit thinner, but the flavor keeps good caramel qualities; strong bitterness, it’s evident that some of it comes from the roasted malts; the final is probably shorter, surely thinner. Good, but not much complex.

2004-03-22, 8-4-7-3-14=36
Dark amber color. Malt aroma, sweet, mature. Quite good malt and caramel, medium dry, with a light liquorice final. Pleasant, but far less interesting than the Jacobite Ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Roasted malt aroma with notes of molases. Large bubble head. Ruddy brown liquid. Flavor is burnt toast and a little coffee. Very smooth but still not very pleasing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark amber colour with some ruddy tones as well. Thin but creamy light tan head. Malty aroma with prominent molasses and coffee notes. Light roasted barley, slight fruitiness of dates and apricots, some coffee and just enough bitterness to bring it all together. Very creamy mouthfeel. Finish reminds me of tawny port and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A well-balanced and delicious beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
Dark ruby red with a whispy tan head. Aromas of ripe cherry, nasturtiums, smouldering campfire and alcohol. Tannic, earthy flavours with hints of licorice, vanilla and smoke followed by a pronounced but balanced saltiness. Alcohol is apparent. The finish has a porto quality.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
This one followed a Hair of the Dog Adam so it had a tough predecessor - and even a tough setting. Had at the Brickskeller in poor lighting and maybe smelling conditions. Even so, got scotch, alcohol, oak, nuts from this ruby-brown beer. Kinda port-like falvours - sweet, rich and fairly full flavoured with some caramel sweetness and hazelnut in the lingering finish. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Traquair has a deep garnet color which supports a thin, off white head. It gives off a bready, smoky, burnt toffee aroma. The flavor is toasted marshmallows with hints of chocolate. Smores? Nice Scotch Ale, but at over $5/bottle, I'll buy something else with the money next time. Good beer.

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 (764) - 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.


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