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

bottled
common

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unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle: Very strong cocoa smell along with some fruit. Pours a hazy dark orangish-brown with virtually no head and slight lacing. Flavor is malty with dark chocolate the initial flavor then finishes bitter. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. I like the chocolate flavor but itís not quite balanced with the bitter finish to my liking. Still a pretty good beer though.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I donít really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnít finish it. My first pour out. grat

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Pours brown - almost opaque with a thick off-white head. Garnet colors show up when held to light. Aroma is roasted malts, subtle dried fruits and peat. Flavor is nice, figgy, a bit of molasses toasted malts and light hoppiness. Full body and gentle carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Overall a decent brew but lacking in character. I am surprised to find this one as many places as I do. +++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head that fades quickly. There is a faint sweet and fruity aroma. The palate is thick. The flavor is an off malt with a heavy essence of molasses. The molasses lingers on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Dark nut brown colour. Very malty beer (toffee, chocolate) with hints of oak and brandy. The palate was quite flat (lowly carbonated) and somewhat disappointing. Strong and medium bitter finish. All in all a fine Scotch ale and I hate myself for drinking it too cold. Rerate (previous rating: 3.7): This time I noticed some rather unpleasant spices. Iíll choose the wonderful Jacobite Ale any day!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Aroma is malty with a slightly sour/vinous funk. Flavor is of mild chocolate, cookies, a bit of caramel and is balance by a fair bitterness. Pretty good, easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Aroma is sweet, dark and malty, vinous, plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Deep, rich, opaque brown body with off-white head that recedes to cover. Flavour is fairly simple - dark malt, slight pleasant, smoky sourness in the finish. A bit more bitter than your usual scotch ale but does not seem out of place. Body is medium full but mouthfeel is a bit thinner than that fat aroma led me to expect. Alcohol not apparent in either the aroma or flavour. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2004
Local store had this one, surprisingly, and thank Bacchus they did. Wow, a strong, full-flavored Scotch Ale. Warming with a long, full finish. Canít wait to try the Jacobite Ale they make. A bit pricey for the size bottle, but worth it all the same.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
Brown, red color. Coffee notes in the flavour. One of the strongest and best Scotch ales i have tried. Extremely pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - APR 29, 2004
Brown-reddish body, looks like caramel. Nice head, off-white, mostly lasting. Strong and attractive aroma of coffee, fruit, hazelnut, with some woody notes. Also some liquor-like alcohol in the nose, not unpleasantly. Complex taste. Caramel sweetness together with warm, dark, dry, earthy flavours. Very smooth and balanced, medium bodied. Drinkable for its 7,2% ABV. I loved it.


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