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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: 1333   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KennethArd (442) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Dark red / brown with nice white head. Roasted aromas. Light and very smooth with taste of mocca and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (438) - - MAY 17, 2014
Hints of plum and chocolate with a scent reminiscent of scotch makes this a sipping beer to behold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Pours brown-amber and transparent with a decent off-white head; nose is strongly oaked but not in an unpleasant way, with some hops and maple syrup in the background. Flavor and palate are both very soft. The flavor is best described as "earthy", with wooden and herbal hints coming out without a specific dominating flavor. Hops are light and balance the modest maltiness well. Finish is dry and slightly herbal. Not quite excellent but a solidly good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Dark mahogany with creamy off-white head. Molasses and raisins are the most prominent aromas. Sweet malt, burnt toffee with hints of licorice round out the flavor profile. Excellent Scotch ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark red, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma is caramel/maltiness, some alcohol, dark fruits with hoppiness underneath. Flavor is malty, sweet, dark fruitness. Medium bitterness but well balanced. Good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I donít really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnít finish it. My first pour out. grat

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2006
Dark as night. Chewy malts all the way. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste. But very rich and full, complex taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Hazel color with mahogany higlight. Fingerwide beige head on it. Aroma: Definite oaky notes, restrained toasted malty presence with nutty quality. Flavor: Somewhat oaky and roasted malty dryness up front, sweet candy caramel, molasses at the mid-palate, mild english kinda, spicy, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Smooth texture with soft but not died carbonation. Overall: Pleasant brown ale with good toasted malty background, nice oak presence, soft mouthfeel and good drinkability.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Ar: Deep vinous notes, brown sugar, some sherry oxidation. Ap: Clear chestnut brown - small off-white head with moderate retention, leaves a ring of foam and a haze of lacing. T: Treacle and lean dark fruits, low fruitiness - caramel, sherry, toasted malt - low bitterness, mossy - hints of coffee and chocolate. P: Medium-bodied - medium-low carbonation, finish is dry. O: Nice wee heavy - some well-aged flavors, dark fruits, and burnt sugars.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 12, 2001
Iíll go with the concensus here, it does in fact smell like SA Triple Bock, however this is only a moderate-dark brown color, and is carbonated. Thinner bodied (compared to Triple Bock though!), very malty and sweet. This may well be the most complex beer Iíve ever tried...I canít even begin to pick out everything. I definitely detect some vanilla in there, perhaps some maple, a hint of sherry. Aftertaste only becomes more complex while remaining sweet, and the beer itself gets better with every sip. Something you *must* experience - slowly - for yourself. Personally, I enjoyed it very much.


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