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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: 1163   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Bottle. Amber hue with average head that looks cool as it pours. Rich, nutty, oaken aroma; slightly worse taste than smell though and the mouthfeel is rather thin. A bit of a disappointment considering how popular this is.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2003
This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Not bad at all, but a little to strong in the tart department.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Dark red/amber color and small-medium head. Nice complex aromas including smoke, earth, cloves, and toasty caramel. Flavors of fruity, rich malt and almonds plus a nice hop bitterness. Smooth, woody palate. This is a high quality beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
Dark ruby/brown with a nice creamy head. Deep and smooth aroma of sweet malt, tobacco and some chocolate. Taste: Very smooth and malty; dried dark fruit, butter, mocca and some sweetnes from alcohol. Well-balanced finish of hops, oak and some roastiness. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
One of my all time faves. for one thing I'm particularly fond of a strong scotch ale, and this one is really well done. not something you drink much of at once, but more of a boutique piece for a special occasion, as last night was!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 2008-09-28. Very dark brown body with a decent sized beige head. (3+) Aroma of malt with a bit of a tang to it, light herbal character. Flavour is sweet, light herbal notes return with tangy malt and light bitter touches in the finish. Average palate is a bit thin for the beer which calls for more heft. Decent but I remember it being better. Having said that, the bottle is at least a year old. 6+/4/7/3/13-14 3.1 Bottle Shared by Mabel of unknown vintage

Rated Aug 2006 Very dark brown body with a small cream tan head (3+). Big sweet malt aroma with a spice I can’t place – nutmeg perhaps or something akin to it perhaps – in both the flavour and aroma. Very nice malt centric flavour. Medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/3+/8/3+/18 - 4

Rated Nov 2004 - Ruby brown body, with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, slightly earthy and vaguely smokey. Hint of peat? Sweet malty flavour with a touch of alcohol in the finish, some notes of brown sugar. Palate is fairly smooth. Nice but a bit underwhelming. 6/3/7/3/16 - 3.5 <P>Rated Dec 2001 - Mildly sweet, full bodied, strong and fruity. Would be a good one to share and sip, or with a dinner of roast beef. Quite enjoyable. 5/3/7/4/17 - 3.6

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Poured dark brown, with a little head. Aroma is malty and a little hoppy. Flavor is bitter and malty, almost like brown sugar, and a little roasty, with a nice bitter finish. This was thick bodied.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
One of my all time favorite beers. I had the fortuante pleasure of staying at Traquair a couple years back and met with the brewer. Amazing! My homebrewery in my basement is about as big. Truly an awesome beer experience seeing the 200 year old oak beer fermentaion vessels!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
A very malty, smooth ale with a smokiness that a man can love like a mother. THis ale did seem a little old, so I could only grasp how it would be on tap.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2003
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.


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