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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
Dark ruby/brown with a nice creamy head. Deep and smooth aroma of sweet malt, tobacco and some chocolate. Taste: Very smooth and malty; dried dark fruit, butter, mocca and some sweetnes from alcohol. Well-balanced finish of hops, oak and some roastiness. Awesome!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Really nice red orange dark color, tan head. Lovely aroma of malt and fruit. Big malty, meaty flavor. Chewey thick. Some smokey undertones. One of the best scottish ales that I have had, period.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Pours a nut brown color with excellent clarity and head. Mild toffee, robust malt nose. Smells like I'm in for a treat. Great beer, excellent flavors that tingle your mouth. Sweet and very, very malty. Cannot tell at all its 7%. I wish I had another.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhewitt (7) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004 does not count
When put on the counter the cashier asked me, "this is beer?". Classy, expensive beer with an amber hue and (I found) a very clean, balanced palate which almost tasted like what I expected it to while being promoted as one of the better Scottish ales. If I was a millionaire i’d probably drink it all the time...... sigh.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nramsburg (257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Very dark amber pour, small head. Smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry to me, yet there’s almost an overture of vanilla in there somewhere as well. Great mouth feel that’s much less overpowering than I expected -- so smooth and definitely helped by having a fairly low alcohol (I guessed initially that a beer like this might have been up in the 9 range). Nice finish. Strong overall .

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
An oaky beer, but balnced by nutty maltiness. The finish is acidic and makes you want to keep drinking more. A great beer. Scotland will continue to be a place to watch as their beers are finally showing up more and more here in the sates.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 very malty, smokey, and slicker than snot on a glass eye!!! this is a great beer. one of the best of this style, i highly recomend it. it’s a little pricey for the tiny bottle, but totally worth it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (652) - NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Dark copper in colour, head disapearing quickly. Aroma of prunes, maple syrup and dark caramel. Wonderful taste. Aftertaste of dried fruit, toffee, dark caramel balanced with hop bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (2275) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff: lakris og vanilje (gjæret på eikefat!), mykt, velbalansert og innsmigrende med stor munnfylde. Et fantastisk øl helt uten skarpe kanter. Lurer på hvordan en ufiltrert utgave ville smakt...


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