matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2003 Traquair House is
a nice smooth Scottish Ale. This ale has a medium body, and a small but lacy head. The aroma is very earthy, like grass, dirt, a musty damp room. The color is also a dirty, murky, rusty brown. The flavor of this ale is nutty, toffee like, and malty. The finish is vaguely dry and bitter. Overall, this beer is nicely put together, although it is a bit pricey at $5.25 for an 11.2oz bottle.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark burgundy color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are chocolate. Plums and other dark fruit sort of dominate the flavors. There is also a touch of soy sauce amongst the smoke and peat. Hints of the 7.2 % alcohol sneak through at time. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very malty choc flavoured brew. Love the full maltiness of the flavour and the pleasing mouthfeel. Mild flavour of raisins and plums.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thin ruby brown with very little head or carbonation. Complex chocolate plum and brown sugar aroma leads into a light body with a variety of flavors including dark fruits and soy sauce. The body is a little watery, but overall satifying. The alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes dry and woody with a faint touch of milk chocolate.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark maroon. Tan head dissipates rapidly but leaves persistent lace anyway. Complex; raisiny, malty, smoky, and woody flavors are apparent, along with a slight bitterness. Full-bodied. Smells more of malt and dried fruit than of hops. After a weekend of crappy lagers this was much needed, and on sale at Donderbak's for $3 per bottle, I'm going to stock up...
boto (1763) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in color, with a tinge of red. Very little head and carbonation. Malty and somewhat smokey taste. Some of the fruitiness and oak flavor that you might associate with an oak aged wine. Very interesting, very good, but a little expensive for what it is.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Deep garnet-brown hue. Sticky off-white head. Nose of malts, light smokiness. Big malt body, sweet, cherries, chocolate, caramel, well rounded with a smokiness in the backdrop.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep brown. Malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt with smoky wood tones and distinct warm alcohol flavor (like a brandy). Nice mild hops finish. Excellent, but very pricey.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a murky brown with a tan head. aroma is a little hoppy but mostly fruity. flavor is very malty with a woody flavor from the oak cask fermenting. has kind of a sweet apple taste to it. very interesting and good.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark malt fruit aroma, prune especially noticeable. Dark fruitiness also strong on the palate but has a clean fresh minty balance in the second half and drying hoppiness in the finish. Licorice notes appear in the aftertaste.