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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (378) - CROATIA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle at Scout pub, Samobor. Actually was a bit disappointed with this one, didn’t like sweet malty taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1728) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
330ml bottle @L´Europe, Madrid, 2010. Pours hazy dark copper with nice off white head. Poor head retention, some lacing. Malty, spicy, caramel, some roasty aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is caramel, wood, roasty, ripe fruit, some berries. Alcohol noticeable. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (179) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
Strong and thick, but surprisingly drinkable for it’s greasiness, from flavour to aftertaste goes from roasted to licorice, and a pack-a-punch and fizzy aroma

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (998) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2014
Small bottle. Dark copper body. Medium tall creamy head. Aroma has toffee, prunes, some rum. Similar to Jacobite. Taste is also similar to Jacobite - sweet raisin chocolate with some rum. Rich and oily mouthfeel. Finish has some oak. Very good, but Jacobite Ale wins by a small margin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (1432) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
A dark brown head with an almost medium and beige head. The nose of toffeeish malts, dried fruits, some sweet berries and dry wood. Taste is dryer than aroma, dark bread, dry and wooden bitterness, some herbs and dried fruits. Medium bodied but feels slightly too light, smooth and low carbonation. The great aroma but otherwise slightly dull. Not bad but I expected more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (385) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Ar: Deep vinous notes, brown sugar, some sherry oxidation. Ap: Clear chestnut brown - small off-white head with moderate retention, leaves a ring of foam and a haze of lacing. T: Treacle and lean dark fruits, low fruitiness - caramel, sherry, toasted malt - low bitterness, mossy - hints of coffee and chocolate. P: Medium-bodied - medium-low carbonation, finish is dry. O: Nice wee heavy - some well-aged flavors, dark fruits, and burnt sugars.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2013
Bouteille 33cl BB 08/2022. Cuivrée-ambrée, col blanc cassé. Arôme est fruité noir, malt pâle, caramel sur un léger bouquet mélasse. Le tout reste très caractéristique anglais. Pointe houblonnée arrive en rétro-nasal offrant une touche citronnée. Palais est ici très anglais, et tant mieux. De belles notes fruitées noires se font présente oscillant entre prune et raisin sec. Notes maltées de caramel, léger sucre brun, biscuité et ce côté mélasse. Amertume arrive quant à elle en fin de bouche. On reste ici dans une tradition bien anglaise, le tout superbement bien exécuté et sans doute, avec l’age, le profil fruité noir et caramel ne pourra que s’amplifier.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2591) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2013
Ruby red, tiny yellow head. Aroma: toasty, lots of malt, some prunes, some decent hoppiness too and nutmeg. Flavour: sweet and malty, lots of bitterness and hoppiness with caramel and a sticky mouthfeel, long raisin finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (2009) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2013
330ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Small size, brownish color head, stays. Not much of aroma. Mild roast, sweet, hint of berries, plum liquor, earthy taste. Very easy to drink. Bit too thin and emotionless. As it warms up whole another beer. Breadiness comes out and caramels too. Gave it upgrade.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tomy63 (172) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2013
Bière noire assez simple mais bien faite, caramélisée, café, qui se boit assez facilement.


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