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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
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RATINGS: 1190   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (941) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Hmm, not quite as sweet as American Scotch’s. It has a great deep dark pour with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is slightly faint with a hint of malt. The taste is also subdued. It’s clean and well balanced but there’s no real flavor explosion here. It’s decent but not exactly what I was hoping for!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1440) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2013
donker rood/bruin helder met schuimige kraki kraag
aroma: zoetige caramouten, smaken: matig tot redelijk zoet, matig bitter, normale sterkte, licht fruitig, redelijk caramoutig
medium body, glad van textuur, laag co2, afdronk kruidig en zoetig,
volle karamel moutig smaak, mooi pittig kruidig, goed spul !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (2396) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2013
Rating from 2008: Die Flasche sieht sehr edel aus; gefunden hab’ ich es bei Maruhn in Darmstadt. Haltbar bis 2016! Das Bier im Glas ist schön dunkelbraun mit rötlichem Ton. Der Geruch ist vollmundig-süß, malzig und geht schon in Richtung Rotwein. Der Antrunk ist im ersten Moment neutral, aber schon nach nicht ganz einer Sekunde wird ein fruchtig-vollmundiges Aroma freigesetzt. Trotz den 7,2% ist das Bier äußerst süffig, im Hauptteil stehen fruchtig-schokoladige Aromen im Vordergrund. Ich schmecke Trockenpflaume, dunkle Kirsche, Rosinen. Dazu ein schönes Espresso-Schokoladenaroma. Der Nachgeschmack ist mittellang, angenehm röstmalzig-dezent süß und gar nicht herb. Auf der Zunge verbleibt eine trocken-leicht süße Röstmalznote!
--> Sehr leckeres Spitzenbier! Probierenswert! --> 13+13+12+13 = 12,75

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
petewhitley (325) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (619) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Appearnace was clear reddish black with diminishing creamy beige 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are caramelized roasty malts then deep fruits come out to play with smooth clean English yeast nose. No alcohol yet. Taste was fruits of plum, raisin, date, cherry then the slight woody toffee malts, mild alcohol present. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting fruity woody balanced finish. A good solid wee heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared on the train from Inverness to Plockton, from Tomlinsons, 19/10/13. Chestnut brown with reddish hues and a moderate light tan covering. Nose is dark fruit, figgy jam, sherry notes, woody tones, fruit loaf, brown sugars. Taste packs a little boozey vein, caramelised muscavado sugars, Xmas cake, dates, prunes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finale with a little lacing of booze. Ok stuff, drinkable and lightly warming.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kristall-König (2191) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2013
Geruch dunkelmalzig, schokoladig, röstig, fruchtig, Waldbeeren. Süßlich-malziger Beginn. Mitte bitterschokoladig, malzig-röstig, weinartig, Holzfaß. Abgang malzbitter, Röstnoten. Gutes Bier.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2091) - 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 (950) - 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.


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