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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: 1211   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Dark brown with a descent head. The aroma is weird, and the association I get is a dirty, wet dog! The mouthfeel is semi-oily. The flavour is complex, the notes are earthy, basement, wet, dirty dog, raisins soaked in rum and port wine, myrtle, oak and tannic acid. A very "alternative" beer that is a challenge to the taste buds.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9984) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mohogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, and a little toasty. Bitter with a metallic finish. Sour, smoky, oak and caramel notes also. Medium palate and somewhat rough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9630) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2000
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 clear and bright dark reddish-brown colour, fine head, complex aroma of licorice, wood and alcohol, slightly roasted, sweet and full-bodied with a toasted bitter malty finish - this beer seems to have a huge ageing potentiel

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (9423) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle @ home. Pours a deep reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. A bit smoky, rich toffee, caramel malty, light chocolate, a bit fruity aroma. Big burnt sugar, toffee, dark caramel malty, light chocolate, somewhat smoky, herbal flavor. Pretty interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared on the train from Inverness to Plockton, from Tomlinsons, 19/10/13. Chestnut brown with reddish hues and a moderate light tan covering. Nose is dark fruit, figgy jam, sherry notes, woody tones, fruit loaf, brown sugars. Taste packs a little boozey vein, caramelised muscavado sugars, Xmas cake, dates, prunes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finale with a little lacing of booze. Ok stuff, drinkable and lightly warming.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle... This beer rocks!... An incredible, sparkling dark amber hue with a small, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing. The aroma is thick with malt and caramel. Chocolate and toffee notes. Plenty of alcohol in the nose as well. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Heavily malty and lightly tangy up front, the flavor is a swirl of alcohol, dark chocolate and caramel flanked by perfectly balanced malt and hops on the backside. A lengthy, somewhat dry and bitter finish with undertones of sweet, sweet alcohol. A very nice Scotch ale. World class beer! I look forward to trying the Jacobite ale as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle, total wine. brown color with a whitish head. Aroma is fruity and malty...seems like it might be sweet. And it is a bit sweet. I get some good fruity notes and some wood too. Not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Poured a darker, reddish brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Light and subtle aromas and tastes of caramel and other malts. Nutty. Dark fruits. Smooth to drink. Complex flavors that work well. I liked this one.


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