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96
style
Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Rich mahogany color with a soft head and silky lacing. Fine malty aroma with cherries, dried fruit and touch of sherry. Malty and fairly sweet, toasty caramel with chocolate and a little butterscotch in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, very smooth and seemed a little oily on the tongue. Lightly bitter and warm in the finish. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Spiced raisins, dates and a good bit of alcohol and peat in the aroma. Poured rum brown with a sliver of a white head. Molasses-like texture and the flavors of bourbon spiced bread pudding. Very malty and full. The alcohol flavors actually would lead me to believe it was 10% rather than 7.2% but I have noticed many Scottish brews often taste more alcoholic than they actually are. it is kind of the inverse of the Belgian trademark of masking alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured into a snifter. Appeared a deep cloudy garnet hued brown with a small head that quickly faded and left a thin ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma was of sherry and malt and figs/dates with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet crystal malt and toffee and a bit of harsh charcoalish roasted malt and some peat comes through as well. Dried fruit definitely has a large role in the flavor of this beer: raison, fig, date and cherry. Some peppery spiciness too. Some hop bitterness is apparent though no hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well but slightly apparent in the dry finish. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, I would like to have it again to further anaylze. It would be great aged. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth and adequately carbonated. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9977) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. There was an initial chocalate flavor with a slightly bitter finish. A very pleasant and interesting example of scotch ale, which had mellowed from 2 years of aging.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15453) - Snderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Malty aroma, slightly roasted. Chestnut colour, small head. Flavour is malty, sharpish. Aftertaste is also a bit sharp.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6564) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) At Le Select Bistro. This one smelled extremely yeasty - beyond bread dough - still in the bottle - I thought maybe it was off. Poured with very little head, rich and cloudy amber colour, cloudy but fast-settling. Aroma of and mild yeast. Not much carbonation. Tastes to me like a very pleasant blend of a good ESB and a good scotch ale. I want to buy a case!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2005
A very nice ESA. I liked the smoothness and how well the alcohol was hidden. There was a complexity of flavors that added to my enjoyment. Dry nut not over dry finish, I did not find it overly sweet

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Pour is dark ruby brown with a thin tan head...smell is very malty and sweet...some caramel too...peat flavor for sure...sweet dark fruits...finish is a little vegetal...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a nice beige head. Rich aroma of malt, vanilla, plums. Malt, licorice and a light fruit flavor. Slight peat and alcohol. Finishes medium dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Very dark and slightly hazy garnet brown pour with dark red highlites supporting a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, malt, brown sugar, vanilla and ripe plums. PLenty of sweetness in the flavor but not as much as suggested by the aroma. Layers of lightly roasted malt, spiced biscuits, toffee and maple syrup. Even without any noticable hops, the sweet flavors felt well balanced. Firm and moderately lingering finish with just a nod of pepperry alcohol warmth. This isnt often available around here and I was glad I grabbed a bottle when I saw it. even at the pricey $5 US, it was worth it.


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