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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 7, 2013
Bottled 0,33L. Dark brown color, deep and solid aspect with an elegant clear nut head of long resistance. Liquor and alcoholic nose, complex and equilibrate nose, notes of smoked wood, cortex, barley and marsala. Pleasant equilibrate mouth, little smooth palate with a long and perfumed final.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12 330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA. A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds. T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer. P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness. O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (921) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours a clear deep brown, with ruby highlights, a nice creamy half inch of off white head that slowly shrinks though stays full, dense and with good legs. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramel, earthy, peaty, oak, some dark fruity esters and light alcohol. Flavour is caramelized sugars, rich maltiness, oak, vanilla, nutty, earthy, a touch of alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins and plum esters. Absolutely loving this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4478) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from Corral. Clear dark brown with amber highlights. A thick one finger head. A sweet aroma of dark fruit with brown sugar and oak. Complex fruit is tasted along with a slow growing sour bitterness. Raisins. This is like a fruit cake in liquid form. It is so complex. Some chocolate is a surprise but this beer has a few of those. Toffee. Just a bit of alcohol warming and some chemical flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Earthy fruit bread, black cherry and woody booze aroma. Medium brown color, thick looking. Very sweet flavor, mild bitterness, surprise dryness. Plenty of toffee, yet it seems to me more a Belgian brown winter offering. Not heavy, has aftertaste and feel of black iced coffee. Pretty substantial for moderate strength.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a reddish brown ale with a slight cream Color head. The aroma is of mocha and a hint of cherry the taste seems unusual with a netaluc taste That resonates bitter on the palate

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
From an imperial pint bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a thick tan head. Aroma of light chocolate notes. Flavors of cocoa and toffee. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Crisp, mildly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Bernstein/braun, leicht alkoholig im aroma, süsslich malziger antrunk, feinherb im abgang, nachklang leicht klebrig und bittere, mässige rezenz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (200) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Dark brown pour. Earthy, breadlike on the nose with a bit of fruit. Malty toffee flavors with discernible warming alcohols and medium-low carbonation. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (423) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2013
Dark ruby red pour with a thick beige head which dissipates. Malt, bread, berries, booze, caramel, vinous, pepper, dank. Slightly dry with medium carbonation. The flavours and aromas are mostly balanced with the hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness and alcohol quite pronounced on the finish.


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