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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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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
sweet tobacco smell, with a bit of the alcohol making it to my nose, too. it tastes like smoky/burnt chocolate, with a trace of a berry sweetness. the bitterness prevails in the end, making for a nice lingering aftertaste. melikes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1498) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2003
color of generic tea. slight head at best. aroma is malty as hell and quite chocolatey. chocolate in the flavor as well with some hop bitterness in the finish (which surprised the hell out of me).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2003
I had to give this one a high mark on the smell simply because I sniffed it for about 15 minutes, and still could not come up with a good description. The closest I can get is to say it smells like a rasin fruit rollup. Dark red color with a a white head that quickly diminished. Dried fruits and malts up front. Alcohol at the finish. Overall, really really good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2003
A dark ruby hue with a big, but short lived tan head. Sweet malty nose with toffee tones, the alcohol is noticeable. Sweet taste with bitter hop finish, clean considering how sweet it smells. A great find over here!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2003
Bottled. Dark brown/reddish colour. Vineous, iron-like aroma. Juniper berry background in the flavour with chocolate notes and quite vineous too with a slight smokey finish. Long aftertaste!

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 (2609) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Good Scottish Ale. It was priced about the same as the Jacobite, but was not as good.


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