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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: 1327   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.


1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the ugly color - it poured a deep brown that seemed to be tinted with almost a green color. The head was unattractive too - kind of a sickly brown in color. The aroma was unenjoyable also - stale, musty (but not oxidized). The flavor was even worse. There didn't seem to be any obvious infection or oxidation problem - it just tasted old, grungy and bad. Maybe I need to try this one again - if it's better, I'll update the review.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2007
Coloração vermelho-escuro, creme bege pouco denso e consistente. Aroma de grelhado. No paladar, uma boa surpresa. Parece uma Stout (café e chocolate), mas é BEM refrescante.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Very fruity aroma with a heavy overtone of alcohol.Fruit flavor followed by malt for taste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpkeskinen (468) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Nice, strong and slightly sweet taste. Quite a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Quite a malty nose with notes of caramel and toffee. The flavour was malty as well with caramel notes. The alcohol, even though it was only 7.2, was quite noticeable, however if I was to drink a few of these I don’t think I’d care much.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 30, 2008
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it during the Eurocup Final 2008. I really liked this, a great surprise. Pours a dark amber with nice creamy head. Medium bodied, spicy, very rum like. Complex, and the alcohol goes pretty much unnoticed. Would like to drink again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Rich mahogany color with a soft head and silky lacing. Fine malty aroma with cherries, dried fruit and touch of sherry. Malty and fairly sweet, toasty caramel with chocolate and a little butterscotch in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, very smooth and seemed a little oily on the tongue. Lightly bitter and warm in the finish. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Dark with a small head and nice lacing. Interesting malty aroma. Chocolate, caramel flavor that is lingering and pleasant. Much more subtle than the jacobite ale. Smooth, balanced, and excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Color is a cloudy, dark amber/brown. Moderate off white head with some very nice lacing. Earthy, dry aroma with roasted grains and a faint hint of dark chocolate. Dry, and hoppy flavor with some smoke. I expected a little bit of a stronger flavor. Finish is clean and creamy with a slight bitterness. A good scotch ale but their are better.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Dark reddish brown in color with a strong aroma of chocolate, raisins and alcohol. The taste mimicked the smell. This had way too much alcohol flavor for a 7.2% ABV beer. It was out of proportion with the other flavors. At $4 + per 11.2 ounce bottle, I don’t think I’ll ever try this again.


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