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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: 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrGGen (319) - ITALY - APR 20, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Un ale di colore marrone scuro,con schiuma biancastra che aderisce lievemente al bicchiere.Aroma dolce di malto e caramello.Il sapore è di malto,liquirizia e un pò affumicato.Per una birra così l’alcool si percepisce appena.Discreta,e comunque la meno interessante,se vogliamo definirla così,tra le birra di Traquair

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (317) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
This awesome brew poured muddy amber/brown with no head at all. Aroma is rich molasses with green apples. Heavy and satisfying complex flavors. Chocolate, apples, molasses, figs and smoke. This is hands down the best scotch ale I have ever had. Cheers to Traquair!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée dans une SAQ. Dégustée le 30 juin 2003. Bière brune. Mousse très peu, pas de formation de col. Très très peu effervescente. Arôme de "barley wine". Goût de café marqué, très amère en finale. Gagnerait à avoir un peu plus d’effervescence. Bien équilibrée, pas trop sucrée, alcool ne ressort pas trop.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle from Mort Subite, Altrincham. Rich red/brown with generous tan head that fades a little but leaves pleasant lacing. Rich, complex aroma with butterscotch, liquorice, spice, alcohol, malt and fruit all coming through. Roast malt flavours with more butterscotch/liquorice and a beautiful touch of coffee and chocolate. A touch of hops lead to a drawn out, bitter finish. Surprisingly low carbonation gives a wonderful smooth palate. One of the very, very best.

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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (305) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
Strong and thick, but surprisingly drinkable for it’s greasiness, from flavour to aftertaste goes from roasted to licorice, and a pack-a-punch and fizzy aroma


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