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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: 1207   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a small ringing khaki head. Strong aroma of dark over-ripe fruits like plums and cherries, along with some bready Belgian yeast. Wonderful sweetness upfront, very cherry like. The oak flavors fade in nicely and take over with an earthy taste that doesn’t linger very long but is pleasant. Nice full bodied flavor and texture.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brugmanneke (278) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
De couleur rousse-cuivrée, elle est limpide. Légers arômes de malt, d’épices et de jello aux cerises-fraises. Légèrement piquante en bouche, on perçoit vite la douceur et l’épaisseur de la bière. Notes de fruits rouge et de malt et une touche d’alcool en finale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Slightly hazed light brown pour with very little head. Looks thick with some fine bubbles rising. Malty sweet aroma with some chocolate found under wet leaves quality. Not a bad thing, really. Starts sweet, but has a spicy bite, noticeable roasted malt and alcohol. Kind of a dry bitter finish, which suprised me after how rich it looked. This beer has a lot going on, most of it good. Good beer, just not 50+ cents an ounce good.

3
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (266) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - SEP 26, 2012
A very earthy beer. A bit spicy. Nutty malts almost woody as if from a cask. Although I simply picked it up at BevMo. Poured transparent brown. Recommended. She is different.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (263) - 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


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