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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: 1345   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 Pours muddy brown w/ a medium sized creamy pancake spattered froth that reduces to a dusty film and ring around the glass. Aroma is tart and musty like worn socks. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Flavors are thick and malty w/ a defined half baked biscuit persona. Other flavors of roasted coffee bean and cocoa persist w/ a hint of sweetness. A slightly earthy tropshire with a bit of dark wood. A little bitter on the finish w/ slight tart, musty alcohol. Overall a complex brew that goes well w/ highly seasoned food.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Lots of caramel in the nose, with a hit of the alcohol. Flavor is malty and sweet, with little bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6750) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2006
Melasses, spices, fruit, all packed into a brew with no added ingredients but hops, yeast, malt and water. Must be the water!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (6020) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
The Jacobite Ale is one of my favorite beers, so I was expecting great things from the House ale as well. Sadly it didnt live up. This is a simple beer that lacks the complexity of the Jacobite. The aroma has malt and light smoke. A dark brown beer and a fairly thick cream colored head, but no sediment at all. Flavor is simple: roasted malt and smoke. Of course the dominant quality of the beer is the malt, and in that it is good enough, but for a very expensive beer; and this surely is at $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle, it is a disappointment.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Prepare to quaff history! With its notes of slightly fruity chocolate, molasses and a bit of dry spice, this rich, palate filling ale is a superb example of the brewers art. Yet it is so much more! This is a libation of history, of tradition, a recipe steeped in ancestral pride. To sip it is to be transported in time. Bonnie Indeed!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a deep amber with a small sustained off-white head. Dont know that I have ever smelled a more caramelized nose in my life, some dried fruits, but mostly caramel. Body is not as thick as I expected but its fine. Flavors are just as caramelly. Very fine complexity of malt with little to no hops. Like the crust of creme brulee. Finishes sweet and warming with no sense of dryness or bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Sampled from bottle. This scottish ale pours clear, dark brown with a thin tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is wonderfly complex, but not overpowering with ripe plum, berries, molasses and spice. On the sweet side of balanced with smoke, chocolate, apples and toasted malts. Quite malty. Medium-full body, moderately carbonated and warming. Very well-made beer that I will certainly buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
another fine brew had on my birthday celebration. very dark brown color with a tanish medium head. tart licorice and rasberries in the aroma. very thin and tart in the body. i like it, its weird and has some tart to it, hell ya.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Red amber ale with cashew hues and a thin white head. Vinous port aroma with woody notes. Light sweet malt with alcohol warmth and subtil whiskey peat notes. Rich and warm in mouth. Tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Dumdum would swim in traquair.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a very nice mahogony color with a small sand colored head. nice lacing. nose consisted of saw dust, roasted barley, raisins, and a ripe fruits. flavors consisted of raisins, caramel, spices, brwon sugar, and mollasses. excellant warm for a cold night.


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