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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1161   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
Wonderful sweet malty aroma, a wee bit of brandy sneaking through. The flavor is rich and complex, the maltiness combined with fruitiness, mild smokiness and some chocolate. Alcohol flavor shows through just a little bit. Aftertaste a bit cloying, but otherwise an excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010
Date: December 25, 1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: total beverage, DC
Appearance: deep cloudy rusty amber, whispy fine head
Aroma: rich sweet carmel malt aroma with just a touch of floral hops
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, underlying bitterness, lasting through the finish
Overall: tasty but not worth $7 for 11 oz

Date: February 09, 2010
Mode: bottle
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: muddy brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet brown sugar and caramel aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, gritty brown sugar sweetness, dark caramel, touch of ripe fruit, just a hint of bitterness to rein in the sweetness
Overall: much better than years past

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: December 08, 2004
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 1996
Score: 3.1
Aroma: big sweet alcoholic aroma with some earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity ripe plum character, nice mellow sweetness, slightly thin, a bit oxadized contributing to a light bitter finish
Overall: age has helped this beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Very dark copper colour with a lasting off-white head. Delicate toasted malt aroma, with some dark dried fruits in play. Malty sweet flavour with dried fruit, and a dark malt and hop bitterness that barely balances the sweetness. Vineous and rich sweetness

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Smell is very malty and sweet - a bit woody. Good head with a few mm staying there a long time. Taste is powerful stoutish with strong tones of chocolate and roasted malts with a clear smokiness. A bit alcoholic in the taste. 3.3

[2nd rating]
1984 Vintage bottle bought at Kulminator, Antwerp. A light muddy deep red amber with a thin bubbly beige film head. Aroma is extremely port mixed with caramel and oak, some prunes, lots of raisins and a little chocolate. Very low carbonation, making it extremely oily and again very similar to a port. Flavour is sweet, strong, sticky, port, wood, toffee, lightly roasted and a chocolate finish. So much better than a fresh one! 4.6

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (10605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
bottle BBF 2017, tasted late 2009 not sure how old this bottle is, but i think this sample have had better days - the "old stale hops" and "old beer" flavors are too much in the foreground. very very dark amber, smooth fine small yellow light brownish head. stale hops, caramel, toffee. flavor is kinda strange, never think i’ve had a beer like this. will try to put words on it : Faint woody sourness, red berries, sort of sawdust, toffee, sweet caramel, faint very sweet malts. flavors are higly blended. Also tastes a bit of old beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Dark brown with medium off white head leaving laces. Aroma has roasted malt, ripe fruits and liquerice. Flavor is moderate sweet with roasted malt, caramel, spices and ripe fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark fruity aroma. Sort of a hazy pruny color. No noticeable head. Starts with a hint of anise and some sweetness; thinnish mouthfeel; hints of raisin; a chocolate character follows. Finishes dry. Not very bitter. A woody aspect in the very end. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear deep dark brown colour with a good mostly diminishing light brown head. Soft sweet aroma of roasted caramel and malt, dark fruits, some chocolate, bitter hops. and bit of alcohol. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has roasted malt with dark fruits, bit of chocolate, bitter hops and wood. Bitter roasty woody finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10074) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with a small white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Average plum and spice aroma. Medium body with a oily texture. Good fruity flavor with mild smoke finish of an average duration.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10065) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. DArk amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma, rasin and prune notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter nice finish. Fantastic creamy palate. Excellent beer.


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