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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: 1257   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.


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   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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KennethArd (296) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Dark red / brown with nice white head. Roasted aromas. Light and very smooth with taste of mocca and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2009
Pours brown with red highlights and a thin off white head. Nose has substantial dark fruit with dark treacle-like malt. Palate translates well, with the addition of a slight woody character, Finishes with significant licorice spice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours medium dark like an opaque brown ale. Aroma is indistinct to my nose but inviting, a bit of breadiness. Taste is pretty good, not much on the front end, mild maltiness, a bit of bitterness and dryness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%. It took most of the 12oz bottle for me to really start noticing the sweetness. I prefer the Jacobite but this is interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2001
Balanced strength. Not overpowering like the typical Scottish; this genre is hard to calibrate well, I suppose. This is a good example of it being done well. Explodes in the nose.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Sampled from bottle. This scottish ale pours clear, dark brown with a thin tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is wonderfly complex, but not overpowering with ripe plum, berries, molasses and spice. On the sweet side of balanced with smoke, chocolate, apples and toasted malts. Quite malty. Medium-full body, moderately carbonated and warming. Very well-made beer that I will certainly buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Malty aroma. Very well balanced and elegant flavor. Floral and fruit notes behind a nice malt foreground of caramel. Alcohol is there, undisguised, but is not unpleasant. Expensive, but well-worth checking out.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Quite a nice wee beer from Traquair house (the oldest inhabited house in Scotland!). Pours a ruby red body, little to no head, quite a peaty aroma. Liquorish and malty taste with a light spice and warming finish. Lovely!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.


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