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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: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cervmagpt (641) - PORTUGAL - FEB 23, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 17C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: prominent alcohol aroma mixed with moderate malt presence with toasty notes and mild dark caramel. medium-low presence of esters remembering dried plums and grapes. no hop discernible. no diacetyl. APPEARANCE: dark brown color and translucent. moderate-low dark ivory head with medium-low to loe retention. some leg formation. TASTE: malt flavor with notes similar to aroma with medium intensity (toasty, caramel). peppery alcohol present in balance with the malt. esters very faint of dark raisins and plums. low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish. no hop flavor discernible. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. alcohol warmth present but in moderate strength. OVERALL: a wee-heavy with a nice blend of aromas and flavors, with a present alcohol note. would benefit with a bit mode body, carbonation and caramel aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamTheBarrel (770) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2016
330ml brown bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear mahogany brown with a medium sized frothy beige head that reduced quickly. Aroma of caramel, orange marmalade and toffee. Flavours of caramel, toffee, syrup loaf, brown sugar and orange peels. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full-medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. Overall a decent Scotch Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linnet (1627) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2016
Jam, marmalade, dried fruits, plums, figs, alcohol, earthy, grass, herbal. Ruby colour, small tan head. Rather sweet, medium bite, lightly salty. ABV well hidden. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweetish finish.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zgpt (19) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Pours translucent brown with small head. Smell is very nice, malty. Taste is mild copper but smooth, palate is slightly pale for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabobale (440) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - FEB 8, 2016
Appena la si stappa e prima ancora di versarla nel bicchiere, questa birra in stile scotch ale è esplosiva al naso, con tante note caramellate e di pane nero, di whisky e frutta secca (prugna), lievissime le note tostate. Il colore è mogano con bei riflessi aranciati e rubino, con una schiuma non abbondante di color beige e dalla consistenza cremosa, ottima anche la persistenza che accompagna tutta la bevuta. Il corpo è abbastanza strutturato, assai vellutato e dolciastro, con una carbonazione bassa ma con bollicine finissime. Al palato tanto caramello e frutta secca (prugna e albicocca), con sentori legnosi e di whisky. Buono il retrogusto ancora dolciastro e a tratti vinoso. La beva non è facile ma risulta assai calda e avvolgente.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer_est_deus (1112) - örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
Klar, mörkt läder brun, khaki färgat skum. Doft: Malt, lager, äpplen, frukt, frisk höstluften, skogsjord. Smak: Som doft. Lagringsbar i 10år enligt flaskan, och den här behöver några år på sig tror jag. Provade flaskan endast 4mån.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5410) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
330 ml bottle at home. Reddish brown with thin off white head. Aroma is malty, bready and some burnt sugars. Taste is bready, burnt sugar, sweet malt, light hop profile with medium bitterness. Nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dave_Smith (3) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - JAN 26, 2016 does not count
Appearance: dark-brown, clear, minimal head (I poured carefully). Aroma: caramel, coffee, dark bread. Taste: coffe, dark bread, malty Palete: medium to full body, soft carbonation and long finish Overal: very drinkable Scotch Ale as it should be

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftbeersweden (550) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a beige, two finger high, head.

Nose: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, plum, brown sugar and some tea.
Taste: Again caramel malt, nuts, fudge, chocolate and bread. I get some Coca Cola here also! Strange...
Mouthfeel: A bit light... Light carbonation. Medium to light body. A light bitterness at the end.

Smooth and very drinkable!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1406) - CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Appearance: clear deep amber with a short dense light beige head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dark malt, dried fruit, wood. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly creamy body, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. (4/5) Another decent brew from Traquair house. Not overly sweet, and decent depth of flavour. These guys might be able to change my opinion on wee heavies… (14/20)


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