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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1260   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
dark brown in color, nice cream head that lasts. Aroma, is nutty, slightly smokey and some fruit notes as well. The flavor is complex, starts nutty, the middle has some sweet fruit like flavors, nice hop presence helps to finish great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (357) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2013
Pours brown, thick and hazy. Small head, off-white, creamy. Good lacing. Mild aroma, led by sweet chocolate, cookies, vanilla, smoothly fruity. Smooth palate, medium body, balanced finish. Taste is licorice, vanilla, amazing balance, deep and compex.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpkeskinen (356) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Nice, strong and slightly sweet taste. Quite a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (355) - 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.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvhemert (351) - 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 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (346) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Good flavor, a nice rich flavor. A bit of honey and caramel. Very good.


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