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Traquair The Lairds Liquor

Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Old Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Available filtered in bottles.
The Laird's Liquor is a rich dark ale with a hint of liquorice perfect for winter evenings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle split at the Tropical Croydonia tasting on melt day, thanks to Paulo for this .rar Traq, 01/07/15. Chestnut brown with moderate beige spotting. Nose is nutty, spice, toffee, almonds, cake mix. Taste comprises fruit cake, light oxidisation has kicked in but no real detriment, toffee, wood must, dates, trace of liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
1st July 2015
Tropical Croydonia Bottle Share. Thanks to Paul for this old treasure. Almost clear amber beer, a few pale cream colour bubbles. Palate is light and the carbonation pretty low. Caramel and paper oxidised malts. Very mild bitterness on the back end. Trace of ripe - bruised fruit. Light finish. Turning no cartwheels here but it’s always fun to try these old beers and this one is still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5611) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle @ Croydonia. Cloudy deep red with a tiny head. Nose shows some of the beer’s age. Restrained cider vinegar, chocolate and toffee apple. Shag tobacco. Red apples. Taste is similar. Tobacco and hints of cider. Red apples. Coffee crusted red apple. Caramel creams. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 Bottle via trade. Unknown age...It pours ruby-brown with a small bubbly beige head. The nose is soft, woody, lightly oxidized, leather, dark fruits, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, mild vanilla, cocoa, umami and stollen. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, wood, jammy fruit, plum, berry skin, must, leather, toasty, mild charred stuff and light spice with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Smooth, decent depth and fun to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13850) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle shared at Scopey’s - many thanks to Paul. Pours clear russet with a frothy, light tan head. A bit of oxidation suggested by the nose, notes of toffee, bread, cola. Medium sweet flavor with lots of old toffee, bruised banana, dates and figs. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more toffee, caramel, figs, brown bread. Pretty drinkable stuff. Nice aged character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2784) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Clear, very dark ruby with a light, bubbly head, small swirls of lace. Taste is toasted caramel malt that grows neatly through the palate while staying true to the openers, finally adding light toasted bittering at the finish. Not a big brew, but very satisfying. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4578) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle 33cl from Jan many thanks. An amber brown beer with good creamy head. Nose is on yeast, spice and port like notes. Aroma is on grapes and lot of tannins, vinous, oxidized like (best before 2006) with over ripped prunes notes, red fruit touch, light caramel, good beer but not that complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle. 5/19/13. Pours dark brown-red with a fluffy, nearly white head. Aroma is molasses, licorice, touch of peat, sweet, dark fruits, leather. Taste is leather, creamy, raisins, licorice, roast malt, toast. Some nice lacing. Mouth feel is light-medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Interesting, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2416) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2013
33cl bottle - pours dark ruby red with small frothy offwhite head and detectable lacing. Nose is roasted coffee and licorice. Favor adds brown sugar. Light body. Bitter from the roast but also sweet. Earthy aftertaste. I’d like this a lot more if it weren’t for the coffee grind abundance. Has anyone published a serial novel via ratebeer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5035) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
11.2oz bottle picked up in Columbus, OH. Deep, opaque brown, approaching black. Thin, uneven, soapy beige head...steady rolling and lacy. Nutty and sweet, with some vinous grape and licorice notes. Certainly a decent Scottish Ale, but doesn’t quite live up to the greatness of the other Traquair beers I’ve had. Medium bodied, pretty straightforward in body and mouthfeel. Clean despite the interesting fruity tones, very easy to session, Really begins to grow on you as it breaths. Has a lot of mellow dark fruit flavors, without the boozy sweetness of say, a Belgian Ale. Pretty enjoyable beer, Minimal faint, delicate hop balance up front that quickly fades away. This would be a great beer to really get to know, but the cost is a bit prohibitive.

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