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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: 1190   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Dark with a small head and nice lacing. Interesting malty aroma. Chocolate, caramel flavor that is lingering and pleasant. Much more subtle than the jacobite ale. Smooth, balanced, and excellent.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I'm pretty sure I had a bottle way past its prime, but I'm going to rate it nonetheless... The Beer poured with virtually no carbonation. The flavor was almost like drinking a Tootsie Roll. Disgusting! I'm not too sure what was going on with it, so I'll give it another try sometime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Dark, muddy and murky brown, hints of red and a deep purple hue. Aroma consists of alcohol soaked raisins, almond and vanilla extract, and fruit filled roasted nuts dipped in creamy milk chocolate. Velvety mouth-feel with great tingling carbonation. Deeply roasted dark chocolate initially, sweet fresh strawberries, a hint of alcohol, and a thick maltiness, make up a wonderful mix of flavours. Finish has an interesting roasted chocolate hops flavour that lingers lightly on the tongue. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Aroma is of raisins, vanilla, and chocolate. Appearance is a darker brown with a ruby hue. Flavor has a slight alcohol presence. Earthy flavor consisting of raisins, vanilla, plums, with a sour overtone. Its seems to be a lighter version of the Jacobite. A very nice ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Good Scottish Ale. It was priced about the same as the Jacobite, but was not as good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
This is a rich Scottish ale with a dark brown color light white head. Is slightly spicy with a hint of oak and vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Typical scottish ale, except this one is overpriced and not near as flavorful as it should be. Definetly tastes better as it warms. Very watered down and weak tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2003
A nice dark reddish brown color, slightly cloudy, with a quickly diminishing tan head. Nose is somewhat spicy and sweet...reminiscent, to a certain extent, of a Samichlaus. A very deep, rich nose. Flavor is somewhat vineous, and the woody flavor of the casks is apparent. Good malt character as well. This is really a finely crafted Scottish Ale...excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
Tasted in Toronto (acquired from Cario in DC). Brownish red colour, cloudy. Light white head. Slightly spicy scent with malty hints. Taste is very smooth, with a hint of vanilla which combines very nicely with the sweet malty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Pours a muddy blackish brown color with some dark burnt orange tinges. Small if any head that is a similar but lighter brown. There is no cloudiness and the bottle had no sediment in it. Why did they filter this? Aroma is of sweet malt and not overly strong. Some nice alcohol notes. Smells old and mature. Begins very flavorful with plenty of sweet malt flavor that you would expect from a scottish ale. Nice alcohol tones with a grainy earthy texture. Alcohol is well masked and there is a bit of a scotch malt flavor and some dark sugary fruit flavor. Body is medium. There is a peculiar dry salty flavor as the finish approaches. Finish is balanced and fairly round, with no acidity and little sweetness. A pleasant lingering malt/alcohol flavor on the finish, but other than that, quite uneventful towards the end. A good beer, to be sure, and one that I will try again.


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