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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours dark orange / red to light brown in color with a decent beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is so earthy it is almost worm-like, with a little peat smoke and dark malt. Roasted malt, a little coffee, and some toffee or licorice in flavor. A little more hop bitterness than I expect for this style. If the aroma was so overpowering earthy, I would like this one alot more, but still pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ingevara (886) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2005
Deep dark red, syrupy. Dense head that quickly disappears. Thick, massive aroma and lots of flavors in a delightful mix. Lots of malt, smoke and coffee, well disguised alcohol. A fraction too sweet. Drink it, don’t complain!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2005
Has a red-brown almoust black colour with a off-white head. The aroma is complex. It has aroma from chocolte and plums. Little earthy as well. The taste is little bitter, smoky and malty. Great ale!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with a small white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Average plum and spice aroma. Medium body with a oily texture. Good fruity flavor with mild smoke finish of an average duration.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
Bottled. Very dark red-brown, with tiny off-white head. Typical barley-winesque sour aroma, plum, spices, red wine. Fairly complex flavor of plum, cinnamon, liquorice, malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Smooth palate. Surprisingly mild, not as "heavy" as I’d expected. Short, slightly bitter/sour finish. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3936) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 It was not that special, I do not know why people like this kind of Ales that much, but it was alittle boorgin, the colour was good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9929) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle. Dried apricot/raisin and strong hops aroma. Cloudy orangish brown color with little head. Sweet dried fruit malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Hops and alcohol flavor well balanced - neither one comes through too strongly. An easy drinking strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle into a chilled glass at the Red Coat Tavern on Woodward Ave. Chilled glass, thick air, and my slightly clogged nose may have diminished sampling of the aroma of this beer, it was nice (roasted malts, a little nutty). Flavour seemed low on hops, high on malty goodness (carmely, nutty, a bit of roasty, very well rounded and deep british ale flavour). Nothing fancy in the palate or anything. Just good, strong, dark brown ale!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Poured from a bottle into an english pint glass. Has a deep chestnut color and a plentiful creamy tan head that mostly diminished. Very little lacing. Aroma was complex: a little sweet, a little vinuous, and later gave way to scotch whisky. The taste was like a sweetened scotch whisky. It had a lengthy earthy finish thatI was I not fond of. Overall it seemed appropriate for the style, but it is not a style I usually really like.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
Dark reddish brown beer, good head. Malty, sweet nose, sweet caramelly, chocolaty tste, finishes a bit empty.


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