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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: 1198   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. A dark purply-brown coloured beer with a warming aroma with creamy vanilla hints and Christmas berries. The taste also has vanilla with nice spices and currants all mixed in. A very nice very drinkable very well balanced beer which warms the cockles

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8444) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2008
(33cl bottle) Hazy, dark brown colour with a short, light-beige foamy head. Sweet and moderately alcoholic toast-malty nose with caramel and traces of dark, dried fruits. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a light to moderate carbonation. Strong, dark and toasted malty taste with caramel and dark chocolate; sweet and faint bitter toasted malty finish with a whiff of fruitiness. Strong but not an overwhelming brew (05.03.08).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark amber colour with some ruddy tones as well. Thin but creamy light tan head. Malty aroma with prominent molasses and coffee notes. Light roasted barley, slight fruitiness of dates and apricots, some coffee and just enough bitterness to bring it all together. Very creamy mouthfeel. Finish reminds me of tawny port and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A well-balanced and delicious beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Chocolate brown pour with an almost nonexistent head. Earthy, oaky aroma. Very dry taste with hints of oak and vanilla. The lightest hint of dark fruits if I really strain to look for them.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours dark brown, almost red in the glass. Nose and taste of alcohol, slight fruits. Decent, but lacked complexity for me. I should re rate this. It’s been awhile. Rated 7/17/2000

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8107) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2002
This beer has a fantastic burnt coffee and dark chocolate taste with a long dry finish. Belgians would be proud of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Deep red and brown appearance. Sweet, apple and cinnamon spice aroma. Sublte flavors initially in the mouth, then appearing smooth, with some honey, apple, and wood. Weak yes... not much there.


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