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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: 1333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2008
Poured a very earthy brown with a very thin off white cap. The nose was very complex with spicey toffee, milk chocolate and a touch of caramel. The flavor started with deep caramel flavors and spicey toffee with huge chocolate notes rounding it off. Hop balance is slightly off. There was a minor amount of smokiness taste above the hops in the finish. This beer is huge with taste and body. It’s a tough ale to get into but once your there you’ll be glad you stuck it out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2009
11.2 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Dark brown pour with a small white head. Fruity, oaky aroma. Nice chewy mouthfeel with a sweet flavor. Dark fruit notes in the flavor with a bit of oak coming through. Sweet, smooth finish with the fruit lingering on your tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
Lovely almost-black yet transparent. Somewhat thin but lovely and lacy head. Smoky, salty sausage and caramel aroma. Salty flavour of malt and sausage but not much smoke. Very nice touch of hops in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Garrafa. Coloração avermelhada, com um creme bege denso, mas não tão persistente. Muito bem balanceada. Álcool equilibradíssimo. Refrescante, o que não é comum numa cereveja desse tipo. Excelente retrogosto. Média carbonatação. Cerveja ímpar!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2013
Dark ruby red pour with a thick beige head which dissipates. Malt, bread, berries, booze, caramel, vinous, pepper, dank. Slightly dry with medium carbonation. The flavours and aromas are mostly balanced with the hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness and alcohol quite pronounced on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Pour into trappist glass deep red/brown/black with a dissapearing tan head. Smell alcohol, malt, apples, raisens, very nice. Taste is raisens, wood, medium alcohol finish, nice medium body. Very nice, wood comes through more as it warms up and it becomes a little cloying.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2007
Pours very dark cloudy brown with nearly no head. Aroma is very similar to a heavy red wine, very fruity and deep but also very malty. Palate is quite interesting, very smooth, low carbonation, but has just enough to avoid the sensation of flatness. The flavors are not nearly as fruity as the nose might indicate and are surprisingly light. The most dominant is a bitter roastiness that arises after about 5 seconds and lingers through the long finish. Slightly burnt tasting. Quite smoky, like a Scotch Ale or Rauchbeer. Interesting, would go well with some nice red meat. Too expensive though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (496) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Auburn brown hue with tan creamy diminishing head with not much lacing, a little hazy, smells like the oak barrel or cask it was stored in, tasted primarily like oak and a little malty, sweetened and syruped as it warmed, nice balance slight creamy texture with light carbonation, minimally dryness. I liked it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
Brown bright appearance with the right little creamy head. Very strong notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, ripe fruit, little wood, little smoke, very smooth. Very nice palate, very complex, fantastic dry end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Very heavy, earthy aroma from the barrel. Smells more like other barrel aged liquor than beer. Nice head on pour, Quite dark, brown on the edges, maintains some fine lacing but mostly just around the edge. Very soft on the tounge, A shallow sweetness met evenly with the yeast flavour, it finishes with the barrel and goes on for a bit. This is quite nicely balance, just a bit of sharpness at the end of it all to pique your tounge. I also just mowed the lawn so this goes great!


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