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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: 1197   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mohogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, and a little toasty. Bitter with a metallic finish. Sour, smoky, oak and caramel notes also. Medium palate and somewhat rough.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Brown Coloring. Small Head. Smokey. Malt. The flavor was either mildly complex or just not distinctive. Will Try again...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The Market Cross brewpub was nice enough to share this one with me at the HBF. Pours amber, with aroma of malt, fruit, and spice. Tastes fruity, with caramel, chocolate, nuts, bourbon, and hops at the finish. Very complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2983) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2004
Beautiful brown/ruby body with a thin off-white head. Vinous nose with evident hints of caramel, chocolate, raisin and cherries. Taste is complex and well balanced. Caramel, chocolate and fruity flavors are followed by a long and bitter oaky final. Thank you very much, PrimeMinister!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s, Toronto. Poured a deep syrupy looking brown, very little head. Strong malt and whiskey flavours, very little carbonation. As it warmed, flavours and alcohol became more intense. Slightly bitter finish but again, this is overshadowed by the alcohol. I thought it tasted a little stale as well, like it was sitting in the bottle for a little too long (even though that shouldn’t have affected this sort of beer). Not bad, but maybe a little disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown color with an off white head. Strong chocolate aroma. Tsate was nice and malty with a smokey finish. Great for a Scotch Ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
good beer, very impressed, pours a dark cloudy brown color, rich and chocolatey taste, strong aroma, very malty.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2004
Bottled. Dusty, dead tasting. Not worth my time or money. What saves it and gives is a few points is that it goes down easy, despite the rather high alcohol content.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.


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