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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4775) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber colour, small off-white head. Smells sweetish, malts, some herbs.. Not a lot of smell. Tastes sweetish, slightly iron/rust, malts, hint of caramel. Not bad. Medium body, aoft carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 21, 2014
Way to estery and vegemity for me to fully appreciate, though this did come towards the end of a tasting. Along with the aforementioned flavours included dark fruits, some nuts and chocolate. Will likely need to revisit, though it will have it’s work cut out to impress, based on this outing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1673) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 29, 2014
Couleur ambrée brune, légère mousse blanche. Bon nez malté caramel, note douce sucré, sucre d’orge. Gout de fruits noirs (raisin sec, prunes), malté caramel (un peu grillé et sucré). Bonne petite amertume en fin de bouche. Bien douce en bouche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (446) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Chestnut brown, little head. Aroma of strong malt and caramel, with hint of liquorice and trace of soy sauce. Similar taste, like an earthy cola with a bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly oily with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2716) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2014
This was poured into a thistle glass. The side of the bottle says "best before June 2018." The appearance was a really dark red close to a hazed over dark brown of sorts kind of color. The head was about one finger’s worth of white foaminess that must have maintained itself for at least a good three minutes before it gently concaved into the body. The lacing was semi-thick and broadened itself all around the glass. The smell had a strong sweet peatiness overpowering some light roasted caramel notes with a sweet nuttiness underneath. Also, there’s a nice light vanilla and dark fruits really underneath. The taste was mainly the sweet caramel notes and a touch of the nuts come back through some woody notes (assuming the oak barrels it was aged in). The aftertaste and finish are dry and sweet leading with the caramel notes. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a slight sessionability to it. The carbonation was extremely subdued but that’s okay as the peat helps to maintain the stability of this beer. Overall, this was a wonderful offering by Traquair for the style and for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
Cola colored scotch ale with a good foam. Fine malty aroma. The flavor of caramel and malt strength of the alcohol. Slightly bitter spicy taste, a bit too strong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (434) - FINLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Dark brown, almost opaque. Aroma has nut, caramel, malt. Flavor is little roasted, malty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (248) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8560) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
330 ml bottle. BBE Aug/22. Ukkometso, Tampere, Finland. Dark ruby red colour with a tiny off-white head. Berries, malt, sweetness, mild hops and mild alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is sweet malt, alcohol, berries, mild bitterness and mild vinous elements. Smooth and rich. 7.2% kicks slightly in after couple of sips. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Sweet smelling molasses and toffee. Pours a dark ruby color with good head. Good carbonation. Rather sweet tasting, somewhat over powering for me. Overall, a rather Scottish beer that is a bit too sweet.

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