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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: 1205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Color is a of a chestnut brown, no real head appeared as I poured it slowly into a 10 oz tulip, just a few big bubbles, no real lace either. Aroma is all malts, loads of caramel, sweet, dark, with a earthy undertone of tobacco and wet wood. Taste is super mellow of caramel, dark toffee, some dark fruit notes of plum and banana, the malts are provided all over the place, but not thick, more so of a very clean and softly calming chewyness, thinnish to the point of becoming non-existent really. Not very flavorful. Some notes of hazelnut and molasses poke through as it warms but nothing sticks out really. Kinda boring and plain. Feel is a bit thin, the front of this is like water, nothing there, but luckily it picks up some and renders some light heft over the middle and has a smooth lightly sticky, calm, malty sweet finish that doesn't last all that long. Not something I'd buy again, nearly forgetable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Amazing beer. Pours DARK amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malty, a little fruit (plums?) with toffee/caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet. Very complex flavor. Chocolate, caramel, maple. I'm not sure what else, but it is good! Little hop flavor. The alcohol does the job to balance the malt. A slight astrigent/alcohol aftertaste. A very good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Probably not only I'd have again real soon, but still glad I tried it. Deep brown color with a wispy head. Attrative overtones of smoke on the nose and palate. Thick mouthfeel with a sour start and a bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5611) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
Bottled. Chestnut colour with almost no head. A smoky aroma. Soft palate with alcohol-feel. Sweet with flavour from dried fruit. Almost porter-ish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Strong, mulchy aroma with a taste that suits its scent. Sour tasting. Raisins. Like a sour, thick expresso. Not bad, but not worth its $5 per bottle price tag (and only 11.2 ABV!) The Traquair Jacobite Ale is much, much better!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Sweet nose to this brown pour with off white head. Very sweet off the start with a big bitter finish. I liked the balance to this beer a lot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
Nice but not noteworthy. Very chocolatey and almost stout like in taste and mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2003
Color is brown with a nice white head. The taste is sweet malts with hints of chocolate and berries. Finishes strangely bitter/sour but not unpleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Wondwerful champagne aroma, molasses crrent like taste, loses a little sweetness as you go along, lots of setiment on bottom

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Poured out of 11.2 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/18/03. Pours to tight, slight head that turns to a thin whisp like an espresso. Mostly opaque, dark caramel color with a hint of redness. Subtle but delicious nose-- just wish it were stronger-- some cherry, some sour apple, lots of raisin, and slight malt. Smooth and substantial mouthfeel, medium body. Initial taste is lightly sweet with green raisin and slightly sour with an edge of dark malts. Very nice, light fizz in the mouth and lovely smooth finish. A little more complex finish would be nice, but it's mostly bitter and slightly glowing, with moderate length. Nice and clean. Hops? Strange to find them mostly in the finish. Others mention chocolate, and now that I think about it I guess it's there, but I sense mostly raisin and hold this up there with the Raison D'Etre. I bet it'd go nicely with some good dark chocolate, though. Very nice brew.


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