Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay. S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There’s an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it’s not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant. T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there’s a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease. M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly. O: Personally, I’m more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I’m also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn’t mean it isn’t very good, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (2890) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukasmh (230) - 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. Port’ish. Taste is toasty nuts and bit portish with rather thin body. Slight dry finish. Bad aftertaste with booze. Think it’s too old or stores bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3549) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is nutty, chocolate, taste is similar, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3705) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3054) - 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)

   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. :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3801) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (830) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Encore meilleur que sa petite soeur. Peu de mousse, peu de CO2. Arômes de whisky, de bois fumé. Excellente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2064) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, & some fruit; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and some vanilla; Nicely balanced; Good brew.

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