Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1253   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   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. Thereís an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but itís 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, thereís 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, Iím more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). Iím 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 doesnít mean it isnít very good, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle at Oak Barrel, Helsinki-V airport. Pours dark brown with a little head. The aroma features creamy fudge, vanilla, oak and caramel, gives an aged impression. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, very malty. Caramel, vanilla, bread and some dark fruitiness appear. The palate is medium bodied, fairly flat, a bit sticky. Nice flavours, could perhaps use a fuller body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (80) - Livorno, ITALY - MAY 17, 2015
Il colore Ť bruno, quasi di corteccia, invitante e sontuoso, con riflessi rubino; la schiuma si presenta fine, ocra e persistente. Al naso si percepiscono nettamente note di miele di castagno, caramello, frutta secca e fave di cacao a cui fa capolino, col passare del tempo, una nota legnosa e di rabarbaro. Líaroma Ť ben strutturato, elegante ed invita a una degustazione puntuale e rilassata. In bocca il corpo Ť medio e la carbonazione lieve, al gusto si distinguono nettamente note di cola, fave di cacao e frutta secca, contrappuntata da una leggera aciditŗ abbastanza tipica in queste birre dai sapori tostati. Il finale Ť rotondo ed offre una bella sensazione di persistenza caratterizzata da cacao amaro e liquirizia accompagnata da una piacevole sensazione di warming che rivela il grado alcolico (7.2%).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (944) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear dar brown beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: roasted malt and chocolate domination. Small grapes finish and small sour notes. Very great nose ! Taste: nice roasted malt well balanced with sour finish and raisin. Notes of plums. Small chocolate finish. Aftertaste: bitterness and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.25 A: Dark amber brown that is constantly changing color based on the amount and angles of light. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a bit below average and not much lacing is left. 4.75 S: The nose on this is incredible. I just had the Jacobite Ale not long ago and I can now smell what was under all that coriander. Powerful, yet supple peat and mineral. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Oaken woodiness. Earthy and outdoorsy. Doesnít have the big, bold aromas of a lot of American brews, but it has the sophistication and integration of the Trappist brews. Really well done. 3.75 T: The taste is very good, but itís only a tenth of pleasurable as the smell. Still, itís a tasty brew. Peat and mineral. Oak and earthiness. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. It comes together well, but just not as well as the nose. Iím picking up a big more tannic astringency than Iíd like as well. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit of tannic astringency on finish. This could benefit from some more creaminess. 3.75 D: Overall itís a pretty damn good brew. I didnít pick up any astringency in the Jacobite, so maybe this is just how this batch turned out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanEric (1108) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
Brown to dark brown colour, minimal head. Aroma is malty, with some caramel. Same in the taste, nice full body, sweetish, low bitterness, nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Great Scottish beer. Light in color and light in taste. This is a smooth look and night finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
330 mL bottle. Clear dark brown pour, thin but fairly long lasting light brown head. Caramel aroma, some wood, light roast. Taste is semi sweet, vanilla, caramel, oak. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1608) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Bottle from Favourite Beer Cheltenham. Deep almost black colour with a tan head. Dried and spiced fruit aroma with a dark toffe sweetness. Taste also has the sweetness, with more dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1957) - Ghent, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Thanks minutemat! Dark brown, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet with notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel. Rather dry bitter finish. Well balanced. Good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (636) - truckee, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
Smells like a light sweet cup of alacholic coffee. Clear brown color with lasting thin head. Malty but thinner then expected, turn a bit fruity rinsed to a light after taste. Really delicious.

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