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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: 1199   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Dirty brown pour, exquisite off-white head, clinging to brandy snifter. Nice legs, smokey alcohol nose, hint of dark fruit, maybe date. Sweet, wood, biscuit, and alcohol flavor. A bit of tart on the thin finish. Slight bitter lingering on my tongue. Really changes as it gets some air. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle -- A ruby-tinged brown with next to no head and only tiny touches of lacing. No sediment at all. Aroma of sweet malt with a vaguely harsh edge of peat and/or wood. Smooth palate . Flavour is just like the aroma, with some dark fruit flavours coming through with some nice alcohol warmth in the background. I can imagine this would taste even better in some quanit old English pub in the middle of winter, but itís very nice in Oz too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby port color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with an aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood. Taste is creamy and full, with an initial flavor of warming alcohol, dark fruit, and caramel giving way to a long finish of roasted malt and chocolate. A delicious brew thatís both complex yet well balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
amber color, a bit of spice, some sour notes. Dry. OK, though not the jacobite

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2002
I just didnít go for this one. Out of the bottle I got a murky brown, headless concoction - not flat or stale, though. Strong earthy chocolate-coffee aroma. Flavor continued the coffee-chocolate direction, also woody w. dried fruit and herbal elements. The strong bitter finish just didnít wash...it came on like a dessert beer and finished dirty and bitter. Not a favorite, will try again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 5, 2001
A damn fine beer. I expected a bit more. But it was nice. Iíll probably only be able to drink this on special occasions due to the price. Anywho... a great Scottish ale. Strong. Malty. Smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours dark woody brown, with a slight haze, and red notes when held to the light. Aroma is very roasty, but with some fruity/estery notes, and hints of pepper. Flavor is roasty, with licorice character, and some dark fruits (figs and raisins). The dark malts dry it out quite a bit, but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste is more licorice, and dark malts, expressing as coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. A nice beer, but I remember it being much more floral and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (198) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 20, 2012
Dark brown, almost black colour. Minimal white head that fades away quickly. Great aroma, spice and malt. Nice mouthfeel, soft with very little carbonation. Very refreshing taste with slight bitterness in the end. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
the aromas are intoxicating... molasses, toffee- sweet malts and some alcohol... pours dark with good head and lacing. the taste is a little lighter than expected. thereís some savoury characters that linger nicely on the palate, as well as the sweet malt notes. not hugely complex but a lovely ale.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pours a transparent mahogany brown with a beige head and smooth slippery lace. Head retention is low. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with an earthy/roasty, yet astringent background. Taste is of malt, molasses and caramel with an astringent hop finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a smooth start and a tart biting roasty finish. Notes: Lighter bodied than I expected. Smoothes and mellows as it warms.


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