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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: 1232   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bright92 (9) - - NOV 10, 2012
A really dark coffee colour with one finger head which leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is much the same as the nose. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (1875) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle kings head Huddersfield. Dark red thin head. Aroma is red fruits malts taste is lots of sweet treacle malts red fruits currants some coffee choc good long hoppy bitter finish. Nice smooth body slight carbonation. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
magicmn (75) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Malty aroma. Good scottish malted taste without any smoked or toffy notes. Jacobitwe is more interesting IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4169) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Toffee, vinegar, toejam, and oak smell, thankfully not strong. Clear chestnut brown, medium tan head. Oak and toffee. Finishes with charred oak. Medium body, cask-like softness. Excellent balance. I don’t know what is going on with the aroma, but the beer tasted fine. Maybe it was my glass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2066) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2015
33cl bottle bb AUG2022. Drier than a DE Bock, more reticent than a BE strong ale, yet suavely in between, this Scotch "potent liquor": woody brown malts, earthy old raisins, aged caramels, with an understated Worcester sauce savoury complexity, made palatable by more treetrunk chtonics, cured vanilla wood and even some smokiness. Easy sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (743) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Pullo @ Baltic Princess Pub. Kaatuu lasiin tumman mahonginruskeana ja hieman sameana, noin kahden sormen paksuisella vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on pähkinää ja paahdettua sokeria tai siirappisuutta, kuivattua hedelmää ja suklaata. Maussa on paljon tummaa hedelmää ja suklaata, pähkinäisyys ja mausteisuus on taustalla tukemassa. Suutuntuma on keskitäyteläinen ja hieman makea, humalan puraisu on kevyttä. Hyvä old ale/english strong ale, mukavan tasapainoinen ja ei onneksi liian sokerinen.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (157) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Good flavor, a nice rich flavor. A bit of honey and caramel. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (493) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
Had this months ago. Lighter shade of dark brown, a bit of foam. Aroma is sweet, sticky, caramel, coca-cola. Quite nice, reveals some barleywine character. Taste is not so sweet, burnt sugar, caramel, dryly sweet without excess sweetness. Aftertaste is dry. Remind me upgraded version of Innis & Gunn. Definitely Scottish. Slow drinker but has actually some good drinkability.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshRaburn (56) - - DEC 25, 2014
Barley wine. Seems not to be bottle conditioned, which doesn’t help this beer (or any ale). Alcohol in the nose, Molasses and roasted flavours and alcohol flavour. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (166) - - DEC 24, 2014
Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out. Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast. Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. It’s fermented in oak, but I didn’t pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Really old backlog rating. 33cl bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milano. It pours a brown color with ruby edges and a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, boozy, rich, sticky, with vanilla, molasses, persimmon, maramalde. Taste is slightly smoky, fruity, malty. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, sweet but delicious


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