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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: 1163   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2007
Murky looking. Aroma of dried fruit, toffee and a little alcohol. Big mollases and treacle flavour, malt and more fruit too. Not much bitterness, sweetish, slightly woody. alcohol hidden well in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin light tan head. My mouth is near watering in anticipation of this brew after going into a fit and waxing all poetic about Jacobite. These folks are masters, toasted malt scent was perfect. The smooth, smokey understated malted flavor had perfect carbonation and once again the brew evaporated before my eyes. I do favor the Jacobite but this is splitting hairs and the House Ale is a majestic brew. But why, oh why, does it have to be so damn expensive?

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - SEP 30, 2007
Dark amber colour with a bubbly pour accompanied by a small bubbly head. Aroma consists of citrus and yeast. Flavor of citrus, lime, and tangy hops. Quite a bitter finish which is the only negative, to my tastes at least. Might make a nice beer for a cold day. Id have another.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2008
What else can I say but wow. Very nice beer pours a dark red with hint of brown. Nice off white head. Nose of light malt, some fruit. Flavors were great, matly bit of hops very smooth palate. Can tell this brew has taken years to perfect.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 7, 2002
nice chocolate color with malt aroma nice fruit and malt flavours with a nice warming finnish

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoju777 (136) - FRANCE - AUG 14, 2013
Smells like maple syrup caramel. Dark red. Very dark red. Smooth and metallic. Rich. If it was colder it might taste better

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
pours an almost dirty brown with no head. nice sweet smell. nice malty flavor good finish as well. pretty good but not worth 5 bucks for a 12oz bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Malty and spicy. Maybe even a little bit of a caramel characteristic. But at $5 for every 11.2oz, your going to have to take out a second mortgage just to get hammered.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Tastes like Oak barrels and smoked planks of wood. Deep rich red/black color. Malty textures with a hint of tannic acid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muffel (130) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown-reddish color with a thin beige head that leaves lacing. Medium carbonation. Smells malty, nutty and when a bit warmer I also noticed notes of raisins and coffee. Aroma is very malty, chocolate and caramel. It has a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but a little less carbonation wouldve been better. Still very easily drinkable and well balanced. It has a sweet, malty aftertaste with notes of dark fruits. Very good beer, I liked it a lot. Probably better than most other beers Ive had from this style.


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