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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: 1191   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Malty aroma that speaks of a scottish ale. Flavor is clean and dominated by malt. Alcohol is very prevalent in both the aroma and the taste. I had to check the label for alcohol content, I would have guessed higher than 7.2% Not sure what all the fuss is over this beer.... it tasted like a regular scottish to me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnoud (271) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours medium dark like an opaque brown ale. Aroma is indistinct to my nose but inviting, a bit of breadiness. Taste is pretty good, not much on the front end, mild maltiness, a bit of bitterness and dryness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%. It took most of the 12oz bottle for me to really start noticing the sweetness. I prefer the Jacobite but this is interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
#175: Beautiful bunt oak color with a thin white head. Sweet and slightly pungent aroma, reminiscent of a lambic. Strong oaky taste that envelops your tongue with malty goodness and leaves behind a woody aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Dark red color with a nice thick head. Malty aroma with a hint of licorice. Caramel flavor with a light malty finish. Sweet with a woody aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a white head. Aroma is a bit fruity (reminded me of pears) but first and foremost it is loads of spices with a good amount of buttery vanilla caramel and molasses. Flavour is sweet to begin with. Lots of flavours an very spicy. Also some tartness and a hint of peppary alcohol. The finish is bready, spicy and buttery with some bitterness that lingers on in the mouth. I tried this beer almost a year ago and loved it back then. I have to re-try this sometime in the future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (263) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2014
Dark reddish brown, almost like cola, off white fine head. Nice aroma of malts, caramel, plums, raisins and some alcohol. Similar taste, good light bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 Malt! Yeah it’s sweet but not cloying. The sweetness seems to be balanced out by the alcohol’s dryness and a mild nutty flavor. Just a great beer in this style but at the money it cost it will remain a rare treat

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdan (259) - USA - JUN 26, 2013
Dark ruby with small head. Aroma thin with dark fruits, malt, chocolate. Taste Malty with dark fruits and bittersweet chocolate. Medium palate, carb aver. Finish bittersweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nramsburg (258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Very dark amber pour, small head. Smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry to me, yet there’s almost an overture of vanilla in there somewhere as well. Great mouth feel that’s much less overpowering than I expected -- so smooth and definitely helped by having a fairly low alcohol (I guessed initially that a beer like this might have been up in the 9 range). Nice finish. Strong overall .

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Black ruby colour. Sweet fruity aroma. Rather dry taste of dark fruit and cookie dough. Nice, creamy finish.


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