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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Best Before June 2018, 500mL bottle from BevMo near Liberty Station. No idea in hell how I’ve not rated this like six years ago. Clear medium reddish brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, thick with pretty good retention. Malty aroma of toasted malt, some raisin, prune, and ripe sweet cherry notes, some minerals. Flavor added a bit of stale graham crackers (though not sweet) and a slight fruity tang. Not necessarily picking up on any oak, though according to the description it was only oaked for seven days of fermentation. No trace of alcohol noted, semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a twoish. Medium body with light prickly carbonation. Good, but not a beer I"ll seek out often. On cask, however, I’d definitely give it another go (as unlikely as I’d ever find it).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a nice head. Smooth mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavor and a rich caramel aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brugmanneke (277) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (364) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from 33cl bottle. Dark brown with off-white head. Deep dark red fruit aroma with some caramel and roast. Same taste, but pretty thin texture.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Heck of a beer! Makes me proud to be Scottish. Pours a clear and looks like ice tea out of the bottle. Orange brown with a creamy, off-white head leaving quite fine lacework. Lovely aroma of sherry and overripe fruit. Full-bodied with a very soft and smooth mouth feel. Very complex flavor pattern with woody, mild oak accents and vanilla, caramel, sherry, plenty of fruit and even some vitamin accents and a nice smooth grain finish. The finish is dry. Very complex and pleasant Amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (9831) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
DØE. Dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit and caramel. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, medium sweet, toasted, hop, little wood, little chocolate and a little bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (265) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2013
Pours brown, thick and hazy. Small head, off-white, creamy. Good lacing. Mild aroma, led by sweet chocolate, cookies, vanilla, smoothly fruity. Smooth palate, medium body, balanced finish. Taste is licorice, vanilla, amazing balance, deep and compex.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vinx (49) - ITALY - JUN 1, 2013
Intense brown colour, medium carbonation. Toffee, banana and mature fruit gorgeous aroma. Full bodied taste with some bitterness at the end as we expect from an irish ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarsEngen (346) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours clear red with a very small beige head. Aroma of malts, raisins and caramel. Some weak notes of wood and alcohol. Flavour is sweet and this is a dessert beer. Low carbonation, medium sweetness, slick mouthfeel. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeissGary (276) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Quite a nice wee beer from Traquair house (the oldest inhabited house in Scotland!). Pours a ruby red body, little to no head, quite a peaty aroma. Liquorish and malty taste with a light spice and warming finish. Lovely!


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