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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: 1190   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RD400F (177) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Borrle into Chimay glass... Aroma: Faint liquorice breadyness, fruitcake, toasty malts, alcohol, dried apricots and a sour funky note. Not a very aromatic beer but thereís lots going on. Appearance: Transparent red color with minimal head on pour. BOOOOO Taste: Itís quite watery and lacks depth. Slight cough syrup, roasted malts and a yeasty finish. Palate: Disjointed and boring. A little light in body for a darker beer I think and thereís no carbonation. Flavours seem transparent and passive minus the funky yeast finish. Overall: Disappointed, the Jacobite is better. This isnít horrible by any means...but not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (177) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled - Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy fast disapating head... aroma is lots of malts with a hint of hoppiness..... Flavor is dark fruits and a slight bitterness... overall a great beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - OCT 19, 2001
i love scotish ale,this one made me almost cream my pants with joy,best scot ale next to old jock.harsh at first but going down repays all the harshness.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Superb. Malty. Do not serve too cold; the best swallow was the last when it had warmed up a bit. A great ale to enjoy after a hard day of fighting Englishmen.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
11.2 oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours dark chocolate with very small off white head, really almost none at all. I get chocolate, coffee, slightly bread malt. Very smooth and sweet, no bitterness at all. I like it, a very pleasant surprise.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
While pouring it is a milky brown, with a strange greenish almost iridescent hint only seen while pouring [weird]. Get a strong whiff of nice Scottish malt. medium dark cream colored head that stays very thin but present through the enjoying glass. A strong lace that only appears while tipping the glass. A woody nutty aftertaste thatís very pleasant. Good mouth feel. Nice wee heavy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (164) - HONG KONG - JUN 14, 2014
Tasted at Craftissimo. Quite light and drinkable for a scotch ale. Malt, dried fruit, slight oak. Very smooth palate.


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