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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: 1331   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.


3.9
   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.

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.

3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (458) - FINLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Dark brown, almost opaque. Aroma has nut, caramel, malt. Flavor is little roasted, malty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 23, 2015
Light brown with a frothy average head. Aromas of caramel, liquorice, sherry, alcohol. Sweet, with a tart and bitter touch, and an alcoholic finish. Soft carbonation and watery to oily mouthfeel. A bit cloying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. Hazy red colour with a weak, off white head. Aroma has a fruity and wine-like base coupled with some alcohol and a little caramel-ish malts. Some plums as well. The whole deal is finished off nicely by fresh hops. Taste is very sweet with berries and wine, coupled with the sweet malt. A little fresh mint and spices can are traceable as well. Also a tiny bit of smoke and faint roast, providing a modest bitterness. Some faint, dry hops in the finish as well. Low carbonation, medium-big body, medium-long duration.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Tostatura leggera leggera. Si sente un pò di prugna e di caramello. L’alcol è presente eccome. Risulta essere anche un pò vinosa. Bevetela!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - AUG 5, 2012
It draws you in and makes you feel like burrowing in amongst the wonders of a woodland. A beer of its place - bier de terroire. Earthy bog swamp and blackberry aromas, breaking into a treacley burnt sugar aspects with complicated mushroom and liquorice vanilla complexity. Very thought provoking. Is this an ale or a stout? How do they make this taste this way?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Great Scottish beer. Light in color and light in taste. This is a smooth look and night finish.


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