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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: 1330   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13854) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle, pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, oak, chocolate, berries and nuts. Flavour of bittersweet chocolate, oak, nuts, and some spice. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
330ml bottle. Mostly black, but with a strong light you’ll get red glints. Sweet sticky and spicey malty aroma - some fruits - banana maybe? Taste is delightful - a very mellow combination of richly roasted malt, though without the bitterness that roasting can impart, and sweet dark fruits. Sweetness and spicines gave me hints of soemthing like cherry coke or dr pepper! All mellowed with a wonderful oaken woodiness. This is a masterpiece.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (13021) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12962) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2006
330 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of cola, some fruitiness, hint of molasses and light smoke. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet malt, dark fruit, a hint of wood and some light cola with a smooth finish. A good beer but not as complex as I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12935) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (12919) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
Bottled, Filtered, 330ml, aged 4.5yrs. Ruby to brown with beige head. What a beautiful looking beer, it has the appearance of a rich burgundy, but with a head. It is smooth, the ageing has worked particularly well, fusing the parts into one luscious, rounded, full beer. There is a blackcurrant and winey raisin note to it, warming in the alcohol, there is a sweetness on the finish. Very, very good

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12797) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Dark brown color with a nice dark red glare coming through, medium to full sized beige head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is quite faint, don’t get much really. Taste is malts, a bit thin, lightly a hint of roastyness, a hint of raisins and dark fruits, lightly bitter. Decent body, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12702) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Red amber ale with cashew hues and a thin white head. Vinous port aroma with woody notes. Light sweet malt with alcohol warmth and subtil whiskey peat notes. Rich and warm in mouth. Tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Dumdum would swim in traquair.


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