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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: 1161   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Nice malty aroma, a dark brown/ruby color, and a thin head that dissapated until it eventually looked like flat Coca-cola. Malty sweetness in the flavor, and very minimal hopping compared to what im used to in the Pacific Northwest. Palate was actually fairly smooth, and could drink it again, but it cost $5.50 a bottle here, so probably not.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2002
Bottled. Deep chestnut colour, moderate head with good condition. Barley wine nose with hints of licorice and roast malts and nostril stripping alcohol. Roast malt and coffee in the mouth and a good level of hoppiness that tasted a little like cascade but I cant be sure. Dry, roasty finish. This beer does not taste like its 7.2% abv and can easily catch you out

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2002
sweet smokey aroma, thick brown head, creamy mouthfeel, smokey roasted malty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tonka99 (4) - USA - JUL 29, 2002 does not count
Had this as a birthday beer and enjoyed it very much. It pour well and held its taste until I finished it. The color was a dark brown and there was very little head when the beer was poured. There was a strong smell of alchol but the taste of it was very mellow..

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2002
I just didn’t go for this one. Out of the bottle I got a murky brown, headless concoction - not flat or stale, though. Strong earthy chocolate-coffee aroma. Flavor continued the coffee-chocolate direction, also woody w. dried fruit and herbal elements. The strong bitter finish just didn’t wash...it came on like a dessert beer and finished dirty and bitter. Not a favorite, will try again.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4176) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2002
A beer with a thick head. It has an overriding cocoa powder aroma and a chocolate flavour. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2002
1/02 Bottled, unsure of date. Nice dark-brown translucent color, with thinnish head. Nose is very strong and whiskey/caramel scented. Flavor just as powerful, with a slight smoky/mustiness that at first struck me as odd but later seemed right. Earthy, oaky, darkly spicy/fruity (figs? cardamom? maybe even a hint of black pepper?); very complex and ’full’; great body with a finish that might be just a bit too sour. Just about as good as the Jacobite, I’d say; wish this brewery was more widely distributed in the USA. 7/02 Alcohol a little too prominent in this sample; maybe a touch too bitter also. Slightly less impressive 2nd time around, but still very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Dark coppper color.Aroma of toasted malt. Tastes rich and full. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2002
very vinous nose. too many malt flavors to count. Deep brown and burgundy color. complex malty flavor that makes my head spin. Brillance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2002
not too strong but solid like pressed kief hash, and it did cause me to spill all over my rating sheet


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