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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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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1246   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (314) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Good flavor, a nice rich flavor. A bit of honey and caramel. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2003
Deep brown with reddish hints, thin but long lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, chocolate hints. Sweet, nutty, a bit oaky, slides on a thin acidity and finishes on a dryer, woody note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2007
well, i was going to call it burgundy until i saw the light hit the glistening, deep dar, but unhazy brown. the pour off the 11.2oz (330ml) bottle yields a beautiful above average (1.5-2") head that slowly erodes to reveal a quite respectable bubbly head. luckily, this does not mask the aroma in any way. even with a rather stuffy nose, i can still pick out the malts - quite pungent indeed. tart fruit, citrus to be exact, maybe even close to the fruits in a monk’s cafe - complimented by the lemongrassy hoppiness coming across in most ipas and i2pas that i have sampled recently, leave a lsting distinct impression that this will not be a typical esa. the tasting reveals a very well balanced ripe fruity, slighty toasted hop character as well as a chewy, peaty, and seaweed (most likely from the geographic region of brew) malt flavor. the finish is a bit dry, but somehow leans towards the balance i spoke of earlier. the finish is about average. remaining is a tart finish without being either sweet or sour, while still supporting the character of the aromas. congrats to the brewers. worth the price? no, but close, 2 bucks cheaper and i’d buy a case

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours a dark, opaque amber with a tan head. Slight citrus aroma. Flavor: roast/caramel/citrus... very nice tasting beer. Overall an enjoyable beer to drink... I was excited about this one when I bought it and it definitely did not let me down. 11.2 oz. bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2008
pours dark brown with a thin tan head, the aroma is caramel, toffee and raisins. Great malty flavor, very sweet and subtle flavor. My favorite thing about this is the flavor it packs and the overall mouth feel is very light and it goes down silky smooth, a great experience i highly recommend.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
Ruby colour with disappearing head. The taste is very complex: it's malty, with light traces of caramel and wine flavour and it's a bit salty. Very particular, but not really my favourite beer.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I'm pretty sure I had a bottle way past its prime, but I'm going to rate it nonetheless... The Beer poured with virtually no carbonation. The flavor was almost like drinking a Tootsie Roll. Disgusting! I'm not too sure what was going on with it, so I'll give it another try sometime.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (301) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Aroma is nice, dark fruit. Earthy, oak. Appearance is very dark brown almost black. Small head. Not impresive. Looks like a glass of Coca-cola. Taste is dark fruits first, then coffee, chocolate, then oak. English esters present but fighting through all the other flavors. Many strong flavors, but not overly complex. Palate is medium. Oak and roastiness linger. Slight hotness, but barely. Overall, I like this beer. It is different and enjoyable. Very smooth. Not a typical strong ale as it brings in more roasty flavors than I am used to. Definatelly worth a try, but I will not buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Had a good head.AROMA WAS malty.color was a medium amber.Had a distinct flavor.Creamy.Oak flavor.Good.I will buy again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark barley, slightly garnet, with amber edges and thin white head. Aroma was woody, licorice root, strong maltiness, and chocolatey scotch. Flavor was smokey peat, oak, vanilla, port, raisins, licorice root, very strong malt, a little caramel and a little chocolate, and a strong peaty finish . Palate was a little heavy but very enjoyable and ended with a little burn atop the tongue. Very enjoyable.


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