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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: 1205   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (168) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Chestnut brown, little head. Aroma of strong malt and caramel, with hint of liquorice and trace of soy sauce. Similar taste, like an earthy cola with a bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly oily with low carbonation.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
having tried the jacobite version prior to tasting this one, i was not all that impressed. pretty much a ’dressed down’ version of the jacobite ale. fruity, vinious aroma, lovely ruby brown color, but the FLAVOR just wasn’t there.

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 that’s very pleasant. Good mouth feel. Nice wee heavy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to gonzobeer. Dark brown color, thin beige head with red reflection. Smoked malt, alcohol and something like wood (pleasent) aroma. Very creamy mouthfell with taste of malt, scotch, smoke with robust taste. Very nice. Bière de couleur brune foncé avec des reflets rouge et un mince collet beige. Odeur de malt fumé, alcool et quelque chose comme le bois (acajou) qui n’est pas déplaisant. En bouche, elle est vraiment crèmeuse, moelleuse avec un goût de malt, scotch, fumé et elle est également corsé. Très bien réussis.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
pours a murky brown with a tan head. aroma is a little hoppy but mostly fruity. flavor is very malty with a woody flavor from the oak cask fermenting. has kind of a sweet apple taste to it. very interesting and good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Interesting. Woody aroma. Deep brown color. Little head that was gone almost immediately. Initial flavor was sweet but then it started to focus into more of a bar-b-que flavor. medium to light body. Short finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
An oaky beer, but balnced by nutty maltiness. The finish is acidic and makes you want to keep drinking more. A great beer. Scotland will continue to be a place to watch as their beers are finally showing up more and more here in the sates.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Cloudy and dark brown with minimal head. Very malty taste , maybe a little too sweet, but I like the smooth creamy texture. The finsih is not so sweet, very long and bitter. A good beer, but way too expensive for what you get.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
One of my all time favorite beers. I had the fortuante pleasure of staying at Traquair a couple years back and met with the brewer. Amazing! My homebrewery in my basement is about as big. Truly an awesome beer experience seeing the 200 year old oak beer fermentaion vessels!


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