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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


4.1
   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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle; hazy brown with small beige head; aroma-cooked vegetable, roasty, molasses; moderate sweetness, mild bitterness and carbonation. Interesting and simple

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12 330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA. A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds. T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer. P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness. O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!

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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (312) - 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

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.


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