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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: 1221   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.


sneevel's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 19, 2012
Pours brownish black with little head and some lacing. Nice malty aromas, chocolate, nuts, and the smell of baking bread. Bready notes in the mouth too, together with licorice, chocolate and a very faint smokiness. Little evidence of hops, but nicely balanced. Very enjoyable, actually went back and gave this a higher overall because it went down sooooo easy.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - 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 (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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1878) - 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 (3051) - 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 (3794) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2062) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (341) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Gorgeous dark red colour. Aroma is ’boozey’ rich, very nice. Gorgeous lacing. Lovely ale for the winter months. Caramel, molasses, hay, resin, alcohol, vanilla. A strong ale, that’s what it taste like.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABT_S54 (197) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
33cl bottle poured in a Trappist glass. Pours a very translucent dark amber colour with minimal head and a few bubbles of carbonation. Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Aroma is subdued however, hints at a malt dominated brew. Taste is the same as the aroma with toffee and spicy notes join the malt domination. Very average.


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