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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: 1326   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Pours dark brown and a fine light brown head. Aroma is malty and grassy with a sweet tone of brown sugar and light spices. Lots of malt in the flavor as well with a pickling spicy note and a warming tone of alcohol. A bit thin in the body, but very Scottich and pretty nice.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
Dark red color with a creamy head. Aroma is fruity alcoholic. Not very "beery". Flavor diasappoints me. Itís quite thin and alcoholic. Like watered down portwine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2005
Raisiny brown. Clear. Dense, pale head. Smells of malt, dried plums, raisins, pepper forest mushrooms. Slightly smokey. Tastes burnt, bitter, a bit sourish, metallic. Itís cooling yet hot and liquor-like. I like it, the flavour was a surprise.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Pours a dark brown with a trace of bubbles. Smells of oak, cherry, port, juniper berries. Tastes woody with elements of a fine cognac. Some chocolate and grapey notes as well. Tingling mouthfeel and a full sherry like finish. This is delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1067) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours clougy red\brown with a quick disipating short tan head. Nose of brown sugar, raisin, tart and lightly sweet with a good dose of spice. Some berries. Palate at points allows the alcohol and harshness to show a little strong. Finish is warming and in the end the beer is essentially balanced despite some flaws eminating from the centre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle from Vermont: thin slightly dark brown body, almost no head. Aroma is malty, but not very impressive. Hops are you there? Caramel and chocolate malts are there, but overall it was weak. The flavor is much better - huge caramel and chocolate flavoring. Alcohol is hidden well although I didnít like that there was absolutely no lacing on the glass. This bottle was normally $7.50 but was on the house. Thank God!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3384) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Smells a little like scotch. However, not an offensive aroma. Taste is heavily fortified with malts. Very smooth beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper colour, small foamy head. Sweet caramellish malty and hoppy flavour and aroma. Also grapes and fruit in flavour. Long, bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1844) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A sweet malty nose with a hint of tangy cherries complements this dark chestnut brew. A small tan head quickly dissipates hardy diminishing this emminently satisfying strong ale. Complex smoky malt texture with leathery notes pervade the body with a short hoppy bite at the end to accent the finish. Amply hefty in the alchohol department, this beerís smoothness belies its strength. More please!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 21, 2005
The aroma is malty sweet with an alcohol backgqound. Traquair House Ale is a rich reddish brown and has a decent tan head. Traquair starts off with a malty sweetness and continues on with a complex character of roasted malt and caramel. The finish is bitter with a subdued alcoholic taste.


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