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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: 1208   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.


3.1
   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.

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 (1500) - 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 (3844) - 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.


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