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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: 1216   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Dark murky brown color, nearly opaque. Looks almost like melted chocolate. Complex malty aroma smells carmel, chocolate, and even a little burnt but mostly sweet. Head quickly dissapates. Very rich, full, malty, nutty body... smooth. Coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste is a bit rough, quite acidic and alcoholic. With every sip that rough aftertaste comes through stronger and stronger... must be the alcohol. A great beer, but loses points in the follow-through.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Smells a bit funky, but nice grape, malt and chocolate. Rocky, brown head, fairly quickly dissipating with a bit of lacing. This was incredibly smooth, too smooth actually; it was a bit oily and could have used more carbonation. It also could have had a bit more substance to cover the alcohol. However, the balance was quite good for a Scotch ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Amber, offwhite head. Malty aroma, with notes of toffee and nuts. Brings a nutty, malty flavor, some toffe and creamy notes. Somewhat vinous and very complex. Great body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Quite a malty nose with notes of caramel and toffee. The flavour was malty as well with caramel notes. The alcohol, even though it was only 7.2, was quite noticeable, however if I was to drink a few of these I don’t think I’d care much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
08.12.04 bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown; small head. Aromas of dirt, peat, chocolate. Flavors are complex and balanced - peat, green grapes, oak, caramel. Predominance of earthy flavors and smells throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
Bottle best before 2007. Chose this over the 2013. Flat appearance, a few loose bubbles. Red copper colour. Aroma of malt, spice and port-like alcohol like a Barley wine. Thin body but nice texture and mouth feel, ether-like. Malty flavour. Like a love child of an Old Ale and a Barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
duvel tulip; compliment to a hot chocolate dessert: complex and smooth. caramel, burning, spice, citrus. reminds me of jacobite in an odd way. traquair is unique.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2004
Nice dark ale with good fluffy head. It has fine complex aroma of malt, nuts; buttercakes and fine Kent Goldings hops. The taste is rich and has hints of fine malts, burnt caramel, cacao and sweet spices. It end with a rich taste and a complex bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque brown- shines a deep red when held up to the light. Pretty neat looking. Aroma is very smoky, a bit sweet, nutty, malty, bakers chocolate, toffee... very complex! Wow, flavor is deeply smoked, burnt steak, full bodied maltiness, some more chocolate, fairly sweet toward the finish. Ends dry and begging for more! Mouthfeel is quite creamy, smooth. Very enjoyable! Best scotch ale I’ve had yet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Copperish color with a slight head. Malty aroma, malty flavor with slight hoppiness, a bit of nuttiness, a little alcohol taste, and...oak, possibly? A little pricey (paid $6 for 11.2 oz), but a good brew.


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