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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13000) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2004
Dark ruby brown, small brown head. Dark malty, sweetish, portwine-like nose. Medium-bodied, crisp and smooth, liquerish. Hdes alcohol very well, dangerously easy to drink. Chocolaty, roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2004
An excellent ale. Pours a very dark amber with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, maybe a touch of smoke and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich andmalty with a touch of caramel and chocolate. Sweetish and mildly fruity. Thin bodied and very smooth. I liked it quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Poured a darker, reddish brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Light and subtle aromas and tastes of caramel and other malts. Nutty. Dark fruits. Smooth to drink. Complex flavors that work well. I liked this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Fairly ordinary and spicy. Lightish body. Pasteurized. Not really worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Pours a dark burgundy color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are chocolate. I suppose dark fruit dominate the flavors. There is also a touch of soy sauce amongst the smoke and peat. Hints of the 7.2 % alcohol sneak through at times. Even so, it has a smooth taste along with a decent mouthfeel albeit it is a little bit thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. I didnít find this all that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -dark brown coloured, small head, malty and caramel taste with some fruit notes, nutty maltiness in the palate, woody touches in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Lots of musty smoke notes in the nose with some sweet malty hints as well. A touch of licorice, chocolate in the nose. Ruby/garnet mahogany color that is transparent with a small off-white head. Vinous, malty, smoked malts with some large amounts of chocolate malts in this guy. Slight corn notes as well. Slightly thin. Iím trying to determine why I spent close to $6 on this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4068) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours a very dark red/brown with a thin creamy head. Smells like dried figs. The taste is pleasant, toffeish and malty, similar enough to Jacobite that itís obvious that theyíre coming from the same brewery, but much thinner and with far less taste.. Some alcohol showing through, and some nice hoppish bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of a dissapointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Looks like something from a certain Doobie Brothers song.River water.No head at all.Almost a Barleywine nose off this.some berry,fruit tones and a Caramel cinnamon roll.Strong alcohol for only 7.2 i do not enjoy English Ales but this is much better than any of the Gales I have had.Fruity and woody.Body is nice and thick.Has a lingering flavor that is fruity and almost Belgian like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Pours a murky brown with a tin layer of head. Smells of faint toffee, nuts, chocolate. This just smells like a dessert. The taste is initially grassy, somewhat crisp malt feeling. Then there is a plum and berry moment before it shifts gear back to the lovely toffee flavor. The end mouthfeel is somewhats roasted and rather rich.

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