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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: 1163   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Good Scottish ale. Smokey malt and oak flavor. Finishes with a smooth bitter flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Interesting. Woody aroma. Deep brown color. Little head that was gone almost immediately. Initial flavor was sweet but then it started to focus into more of a bar-b-que flavor. medium to light body. Short finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
Ruby colour with disappearing head. The taste is very complex: it's malty, with light traces of caramel and wine flavour and it's a bit salty. Very particular, but not really my favourite beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2003
This almost-black beer has ruby glints and a nice, medium head. The nose is of coffee, burnt grains, raisin and light alcohol. The palate is richly malty and accentuated by caramely and chocolatey nuances. As the palate moves toward the finish there is a moment of winey-like fruit which results in a very port-like beer. The finish is long and nutty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
Amber coloured beer with a medium creamy head. Fruity and woody aroma. Rather sweet, sharp taste. Bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
This is one of the ales that I have had in the past, forgot about because of the price, but wanted to revisit. Dark brown thick (hazy and chunky) liquid with a thin lid of beige bubbles that disappear quickly. Strong malt aroma reminiscent of many eisbock/barley wines. Initial malt and peat float through the mouth merging with caramel, toffee, and smokey salt pork. "This is a hearty brew made to be imbibed while wearing a kilt with smoked meats and sausages grilled over an open flame and brandishing a tankard and grunting manly thoughts." - Oops, maybe a little carried away there. Brandy qualities come out as this one warms. Thick malty flavors continue through to the finish. Ugh - Beer Good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2003
Deep brown with reddish hints, thin but long lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, chocolate hints. Sweet, nutty, a bit oaky, slides on a thin acidity and finishes on a dryer, woody note.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 Malt! Yeah it’s sweet but not cloying. The sweetness seems to be balanced out by the alcohol’s dryness and a mild nutty flavor. Just a great beer in this style but at the money it cost it will remain a rare treat

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
dark brown in color, nice cream head that lasts. Aroma, is nutty, slightly smokey and some fruit notes as well. The flavor is complex, starts nutty, the middle has some sweet fruit like flavors, nice hop presence helps to finish great.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.


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