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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (357) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2013
Pours brown, thick and hazy. Small head, off-white, creamy. Good lacing. Mild aroma, led by sweet chocolate, cookies, vanilla, smoothly fruity. Smooth palate, medium body, balanced finish. Taste is licorice, vanilla, amazing balance, deep and compex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (354) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Aroma is nice, dark fruit. Earthy, oak. Appearance is very dark brown almost black. Small head. Not impresive. Looks like a glass of Coca-cola. Taste is dark fruits first, then coffee, chocolate, then oak. English esters present but fighting through all the other flavors. Many strong flavors, but not overly complex. Palate is medium. Oak and roastiness linger. Slight hotness, but barely. Overall, I like this beer. It is different and enjoyable. Very smooth. Not a typical strong ale as it brings in more roasty flavors than I am used to. Definatelly worth a try, but I will not buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a smokey/sweet aroma. But the appearance is deceiving - I expected something a bit stronger but this ale has a light taste with a syrupy/peat aftertaste. Seems like a combination of a strong scotch ale and a barleywine.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABT_S54 (351) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
33cl bottle poured in a Trappist glass. Pours a very translucent dark amber colour with minimal head and a few bubbles of carbonation. Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Aroma is subdued however, hints at a malt dominated brew. Taste is the same as the aroma with toffee and spicy notes join the malt domination. Very average.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2003
This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Not bad at all, but a little to strong in the tart department.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 24, 2001
Very pretty, dark brown to red, very light, but creamy looking head. Smells of red wine, with a slight buttery/alcohol (butterscotch) aroma. Tastes like a nice dry red wine with subtle carbonation. Medium body, light taste. I imagine this is what a carbonated red wine would taste like, different, but good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Nice malty aroma, a dark brown/ruby color, and a thin head that dissapated until it eventually looked like flat Coca-cola. Malty sweetness in the flavor, and very minimal hopping compared to what im used to in the Pacific Northwest. Palate was actually fairly smooth, and could drink it again, but it cost $5.50 a bottle here, so probably not.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Cloudy amber. Long creamy head. Aroma: Caramel, barley. Flavor: Caramel malt, roasted barley, fruits. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (340) - Oulu, FINLAND - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (340) - 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


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