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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1187   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2006
330ml bottle (bb.Dec.2014!) bought at Utobeer, Borough Market in Sept.05. Creamy, off-white head over a dark brown body. Rich flavours of black coffee and chocolatly maltiness. Vague bitter ending. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The Market Cross brewpub was nice enough to share this one with me at the HBF. Pours amber, with aroma of malt, fruit, and spice. Tastes fruity, with caramel, chocolate, nuts, bourbon, and hops at the finish. Very complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 I woke up this morning with visions of vanilla curtains and raspberry jam counters…I walked up to the living room to see chocolate floors and a whisky smoke coming out of the air-conditioner…Dizzy, I sat down on my bowl of fresh fruit and inhaled the most wonderful grape, plum, grapefruit and mango juice…To me, that’s a sign I liked the beer I had yesterday…

Addendum : Aging does not seem to help this beer at all, maltiness subsides, bubbles although small become prickly and roasted malt seem to be toppling the previously predominant fruit. I hope my other bottles don’t go down the same path.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2007
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget) Clear darm reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet sirup and raissin scent, also light vinous. Caramelly malty and sweet taste with lots of warming alcohol. Big and full body. High co2 mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Aftertaste is chocolate and roasted malt mixed with coffee beans.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 2008-09-28. Very dark brown body with a decent sized beige head. (3+) Aroma of malt with a bit of a tang to it, light herbal character. Flavour is sweet, light herbal notes return with tangy malt and light bitter touches in the finish. Average palate is a bit thin for the beer which calls for more heft. Decent but I remember it being better. Having said that, the bottle is at least a year old. 6+/4/7/3/13-14 3.1 Bottle Shared by Mabel of unknown vintage

Rated Aug 2006 Very dark brown body with a small cream tan head (3+). Big sweet malt aroma with a spice I can’t place – nutmeg perhaps or something akin to it perhaps – in both the flavour and aroma. Very nice malt centric flavour. Medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/3+/8/3+/18 - 4

Rated Nov 2004 - Ruby brown body, with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, slightly earthy and vaguely smokey. Hint of peat? Sweet malty flavour with a touch of alcohol in the finish, some notes of brown sugar. Palate is fairly smooth. Nice but a bit underwhelming. 6/3/7/3/16 - 3.5 <P>Rated Dec 2001 - Mildly sweet, full bodied, strong and fruity. Would be a good one to share and sip, or with a dinner of roast beef. Quite enjoyable. 5/3/7/4/17 - 3.6

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
I found this one tucked away in a box in the loft. God only knows how long it had been there - nearly 10 years I reckon. No "drink by" date on the bottle. Colour was a rather murky deep red/tawny. Strong malt on the aroma, but also a pronounced woody whiff. A bit musty. Tell tale cardboardy oxidised flavours although there was black treacle/toffee/liquorice lurking in there too. Finished sweet with syrupy molasses, not much hop and a metallic tang. Past it I'm afraid. Must get a fresher sample and re-rate. Bottled, December 2003.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle. Dried apricot/raisin and strong hops aroma. Cloudy orangish brown color with little head. Sweet dried fruit malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Hops and alcohol flavor well balanced - neither one comes through too strongly. An easy drinking strong ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle picked up from Evesham farm shop, 28-05-07, best before date of May 2016. Poured very dark ruby colour some carbonation but very little head. Had this after the Traquair House Jacobite and whilst another great beer it wasn’t quite in the same class as it was a little rougher and far less refined that the Jacobite. Rich fruity and nutty aroma tasted a bit like a Barley Wine but not quite as sticky. Some warming alcohol notes and tastes not as well disguised as they were in the Jacobite, finishes well and despite the sweetness there was some malts and bitterness. Very very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Pours a thin ruby brown with very little head or carbonation. Complex chocolate plum and brown sugar aroma leads into a light body with a variety of flavors including dark fruits and soy sauce. The body is a little watery, but overall satifying. The alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes dry and woody with a faint touch of milk chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
A Mes rate: Dusty old tobacco aroma with some malt too. Great dark ruby red body topped with a tan head that settles quickly to a thin film but lasts well. Slightly smokey with some caramel, toffee and more tobacco in the flavour. Strangely meaty too. Pork maybe? Slightly metallic in the finish which I dont like and a little bit thin in the mouthfeel. Not a patch on the awesome Jacobite which is at this time the only other beer I have tasted from this brewer. Still a damn fine ale though.


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