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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: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
Dark reddish with small brown head. Aroma is malty and sweetish with lots of dark fruit. Taste is the same add lots of bitterness. The beer has a full body and feels good to wirl in your mouth. I also like the alcohol wich is warming yet never sticky. Only bad thing is I was having a cold drinking it, thus might be missing several aspect of it. None the less a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a smokey/sweet aroma. But the appearance is deceiving - I expected something a bit stronger but this ale has a light taste with a syrupy/peat aftertaste. Seems like a combination of a strong scotch ale and a barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 24, 2001
Very pretty, dark brown to red, very light, but creamy looking head. Smells of red wine, with a slight buttery/alcohol (butterscotch) aroma. Tastes like a nice dry red wine with subtle carbonation. Medium body, light taste. I imagine this is what a carbonated red wine would taste like, different, but good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2003
This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Not bad at all, but a little to strong in the tart department.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvhemert (345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
AROMA: dark chocolate, hint of espresso, light caramel APPEARANCE: dark brown, clear, pours brown frothy head that disappears quickly TASTE: light sweetness, lightly bitter, little bit savoury PALATE: full body, thick feel almost creamy, lively, long finish going from bitter to leaving light sweetness in on the lips OVERALL: one of my favourite Scottish ales, has almost the qualities of a Belgian Trappist (still lacks the balance of flavours)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Nice malty aroma, a dark brown/ruby color, and a thin head that dissapated until it eventually looked like flat Coca-cola. Malty sweetness in the flavor, and very minimal hopping compared to what im used to in the Pacific Northwest. Palate was actually fairly smooth, and could drink it again, but it cost $5.50 a bottle here, so probably not.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Cloudy amber. Long creamy head. Aroma: Caramel, barley. Flavor: Caramel malt, roasted barley, fruits. Sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Dark and brackish with minimal head. A persimmon bread and grapes aroma. The flavor is one-dimensional, but on multiple levels and has a veg-herb touch. Twigs and berrys galore. A light sweetness. Very good and quite charming. Taxonomically, it must be variety or subspecies of an English Strong Ale, as it is quite unique to be lumped into such a sinful catagory.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 18, 2009
Dark fermented fruit with caramel, whiskey, and alcohol on nose. Taste is similar with oak cask and vanilla notes and a touch of cola. No hop presence except for bittering hops at the finish, which is woody and slightly tart(?) and leaves a dry feeling on the tongue and a bad breath aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Interesting and rich, an excellent example of Scottish ale. Makes me wish I had a thistle. Kind of the doublebock of the ale world. Nice drying finish, good balance of malt and hops. Great body and perfect carbonation.


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