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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1187   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours with a beautiful deep red brown body with a small white head. Aroma is dark fruits with some caramelly sweetness. This is definately a "liquid bread" tasting beer with notes of dark dried fruit. I also tasted a bitter yeastiness in the finish that took away from the overall effect. Very nice creamy palate. Reminiscent of some of the best Belgians, but not quite as good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Nice dark amber pour but devoid of head. Sweet aroma but not overwhelmingly so. Flavor is good but not very deep. Well worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark amber with fine tan head. Nose of caramel and toffee. Very vinous hops upon tasting, nice tart caramel quality makes for a new taste, and a pleasant one. Almost winelike in its palate, smooth, and filling. Im a big fan.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Has most of the qualities that you’d want in a Scottish Ale. Nice dark brown color. Flavor is a good balance of malt and hops with more on the malt side.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours dark mahogany with little off white head into a pint glass. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, cherries. Tastes of cherries, currents, vanilla, caramel malt, treacle, raisins. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel, medium body. Good, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
Bottled. Very dark red-brown, with tiny off-white head. Typical barley-winesque sour aroma, plum, spices, red wine. Fairly complex flavor of plum, cinnamon, liquorice, malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Smooth palate. Surprisingly mild, not as "heavy" as I’d expected. Short, slightly bitter/sour finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Iced tea brown, off-white head. A little wet smelling, prunes, brown sugar, some yeast. Malty with a slight meat flavor, which reflects the interesting aroma. Quite lightly carbonated, and a lingering mildly bitter finish. Interesting and decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Strong, mulchy aroma with a taste that suits its scent. Sour tasting. Raisins. Like a sour, thick expresso. Not bad, but not worth its $5 per bottle price tag (and only 11.2 ABV!) The Traquair Jacobite Ale is much, much better!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unstablefable (224) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with. Very thin head, but plenty of lacing around the edges. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, some nice subtle oaky notes. Taste is pleasant bitterness which is off set by a sweet malty backbone some alchohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.


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