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

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RATINGS: 1239   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2028) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a lovely maroon with off white head. Aromas of bubblegum, dark fruit, and vanilla. Nice balanced malts, bubblegum, dark fruits and a nice bitter finish. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (906) - - FEB 22, 2015
Pours a clear reddish brown color. Aroma and taste are sweet caramel and some oak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1122) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep dark mahogany, with a creamy head. Aroma is nice roasted malts, with bread and toffee. Medium body with creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts with bread and toffee, with nuts and dark fruits, as well as some dry burned wood sticking through the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (932) - HONG KONG - FEB 19, 2015


500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear, deep burgundy black colour; One-quarter finger head and soapy off-white beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Pretty good sticky lacing and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Ale malt, with strong plums, strong caramel, strong toffee, cream, light vanilla, sugar and light straw.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with light metallic, strong caramel, strong sticky toffee, burnt toast, vanilla, fairly light plum, molasses, very light alcohol, strong wood barrels, lime, bitter hops and grass. <pBody: Mid to light body, slick palate. Mouth Feel: Full maltyness yet the body is light. Intense strong caramel and sticky toffee with burnt toast echoing. Wow! Light vanilla and dark fruits, molasses is appropriately light for such sweet nose, mixed with very strong barrel and nice liquorice-like hops. Beautifully rustic! Hoppiness: Straw in nose. Lime, neat liquorice and grass in taste. Bitterness is fairly strong for a long lasting medium bitter-sweet sweet finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Toffee-ish and bitter sweet to mouth.

Comments: A very rustic Wee Heavy, with such strong toffee and malty character without being forced and showy. Every elements fall into place and works wonderfully. This is simply marvelous!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TychoJames (298) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2015
Flaska Bishops arms. Mörkbrun kulör med smutsvitt skum. Rostad doft med blöt kartong. Maltig smak med torra kaffetoner. Bra beska och klibbigt torr i gommen.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (640) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
33cl bottle @ brauhaus, Edinburgh. Body is clear ruby brown, head is medium, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is roasty liqueurish, aroma is chocolate, vanilla, herbs, spices, woody. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter, light sourish alcohol flavor. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Tasty, easy dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (960) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Large sample pour of dark burnt sugar color with plenty of sweet aroma. Loads of caramel throughout aroma and flavor. Almost an oaky smoke flavor it it in the finish. Faint hop notes, maybe, but that could be in my head...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle kings head Huddersfield. Dark red thin head. Aroma is red fruits malts taste is lots of sweet treacle malts red fruits currants some coffee choc good long hoppy bitter finish. Nice smooth body slight carbonation. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
magicmn (95) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Malty aroma. Good scottish malted taste without any smoked or toffy notes. Jacobitwe is more interesting IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4226) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Toffee, vinegar, toejam, and oak smell, thankfully not strong. Clear chestnut brown, medium tan head. Oak and toffee. Finishes with charred oak. Medium body, cask-like softness. Excellent balance. I don’t know what is going on with the aroma, but the beer tasted fine. Maybe it was my glass.


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