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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: 1187   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2002
Bought in 1985 and hidden in my cellar all those years. Alc % on the label: 6%. Overwhelming porto aroma. Carbonation has almost disappeared. Porto taste with blackcurrant, raisins and pure chocolate. A bit metallic and buttery aftertaste. A very special beer that has survived 17 years of storage under less than ideal circumstances well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2121) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Sweet malts, full aroma, spicy finish. A full flavored, mild nosed Scottish Ale with some tobacco pepper back. Delicious and genteel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
I prefer the Orkney Skullsplitter, personally. Decent flavor and very complex. A bit bitter. Strong and very malty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Heady, indulgently fruity aroma. About the darkest but still distinguishable red/brown color Iíve seen. Extremely fine carbonation, interesting effervescence for a beer of this style. Served at approx. 60 F in a brandy snifter, Iím convinced this is the way to go. Slightly smoky, rich fruit flavor in the malt, and just a touch of light hops for the finish. Overall, a bit on the sweet side, but well balanced. Some alcohol to be noticed here, even though the % is lower than expected. Definitely a terrific strong Scottish style ale, the most complex Iíve had to date.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
Smells like homemade wine. Looks like brewed ice tea. Strong and malty. Thick, good mouthfeel. Very nice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Amazing!...Find it, but it, savor it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Great drink. Warming, refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. The aroma is breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
Heavy, Malty big brew. Good with steak or any red meat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla and sherry, hint of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Doesnít do much for me, but who the hell knows how fresh it is?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2002
This is a darn good ale and a fine Scottish ale. Extremely malty and peaty in the nose and on the tongue. Dry enough not to be cloying. Very alcoholic, but it is well hidden and reminiscent of a fine barleywine. Deep auburn to mahogony color with a medium sized, quickly dissipating head. Very good.


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