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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1225   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.


rubbishystuff's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
I loved this. Roasted/a bit smoky/a bit peaty I didnít see it in the other reviews but I picked up just a bit of sour tartness that I quite liked. Well done. Serving: Bottle


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshRaburn (48) - - DEC 25, 2014
Barley wine. Seems not to be bottle conditioned, which doesnít help this beer (or any ale). Alcohol in the nose, Molasses and roasted flavours and alcohol flavour. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (150) - - DEC 24, 2014
Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out. Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasnít noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast. Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. Itís fermented in oak, but I didnít pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3031) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Really old backlog rating. 33cl bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milano. It pours a brown color with ruby edges and a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, boozy, rich, sticky, with vanilla, molasses, persimmon, maramalde. Taste is slightly smoky, fruity, malty. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, sweet but delicious

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukasmh (249) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a intense ruby red with big creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet and very malty and lot of dried fritid. Burnt figs and raisins. Portíish. Taste is toasty nuts and bit portish with rather thin body. Slight dry finish. Bad aftertaste with booze. Think itís too old or stores bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is nutty, chocolate, taste is similar, toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3712) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and yeast. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and yeast. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie. Pours a deep dark brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma is cocoa. Taste is fruit cake, chocolate, caramel and malts, very smooth with no single element over-powering. Lovely stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, quite sweet nose. Banana flavour, belgian yeast, malts, brown sugar. Finish yeast, banana, caramel, cloying sweet. Feels quite like a sweet Belgian Style Ale.
(From 33cL bottle shared @ The Autumn Gathering Formerly Known as RBBAG (I) Mons, Gent 2014)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
25/X/14 - 33cl bottle @ The Autumn Gathering formerly known as RBBAG Mons (Gent) - BB: VIII/2022 (2014-1265) Thanks to Martinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark purple brown beer, small irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, dried fruits, very malty, hay, cow fodder, bit sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: hoppy, bit of citrus, caramel, bitter, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: some chocolate, bitter hops, pretty watery, spicy, coriander notes. Meh, no idea what all the craze is about. :(

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear darker brown color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose has some caramel and a bit of yeast, and hints of wood to it. Taste is only slightly sweet with a bit of nutty caramel, and feels extremely smooth. Decent brew.


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