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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1306   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Light aroma of sweet malt, caramel and some floral hops. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head that soon dissipates. Flavor of roasted barley, sweet malt, finishes with a chocolate bitterness. Medium carbonation, robust. Little aftertaste. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2010
brownish clear color with a small white head. Smell is of malts and raisins/plums. Taste is malty with very little hops. Notes of raisins, brown sugar, and bread. Good beer with a hidden kick of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2008
A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (448) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Deep beer bottle brown coloration. Nose is deep with malt. Coffee spice and cheese rind notes. Mouth is plums and carmel, a light concord sweetness. Lasting bitter finish, firm yet smooth feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Pours brown-amber and transparent with a decent off-white head; nose is strongly oaked but not in an unpleasant way, with some hops and maple syrup in the background. Flavor and palate are both very soft. The flavor is best described as "earthy", with wooden and herbal hints coming out without a specific dominating flavor. Hops are light and balance the modest maltiness well. Finish is dry and slightly herbal. Not quite excellent but a solidly good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Dark mahogany with creamy off-white head. Molasses and raisins are the most prominent aromas. Sweet malt, burnt toffee with hints of licorice round out the flavor profile. Excellent Scotch ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpkeskinen (433) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Nice, strong and slightly sweet taste. Quite a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark red, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma is caramel/maltiness, some alcohol, dark fruits with hoppiness underneath. Flavor is malty, sweet, dark fruitness. Medium bitterness but well balanced. Good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I don’t really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldn’t finish it. My first pour out. grat


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