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

bottled
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2006
A dark walnut brown pour with a very slight tan head. Roast caramel aroma and some mild malt and dark fruit. Taste is, again, roast caramel and some dark fruit. Palate is exceptionally smooth, outstanding. Overall an unoffensive ale that has broad appeal.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zarrach76 (217) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 26, 2017
Trs belle bire ambre sombre avec de beaux reflets pourpres et une trs fine mousse ivoire... Nez sur le caramel et le malt Whisky avec un alcool qui me semble plutt relev malgr ce "petit" 7.2% abv. Un trs joli ct vin cuit avec des effluves puissants de Porto, de Pineau des Charentes ou de Muscat de Rivesaltes. Du fruit donc, avec ce raisin ferment, des notes de pruneau, de prune et de mirabelle. En bouche, texture souple, soyeuse, presque huileuse. Alcool efficient, amertume lgre mais astringence tannique plutt leve avec une belle scheresse au palet qui contrecarre le ct soyeux sur la langue, levures en arrire-bouche, terreuses et boises. Les sucres sont assez lgers tandis que ce sont les esters qui donnent cette puissance lalcool. Les notes boises, terreuses, tourbes combines aux malts et de bonnes saveurs de noix font de ce breuvage totalement dans lesprit dune Scotch Ale. On dcle aussi en rtro-olfaction de grosses notes de tabac et de fume que je retrouve en particulier dans la Tequila et surtout le Mescal. Je ne mattendais pas un jour retrouver des notes de Mescal dans une bire ! Mais bon, elles sont bien l pour mon plus grand plaisir. La longueur est moyenne, le final est justement sur ces notes de bois fums et de tourbe. Pas dune grande complexit, pas des plus gourmandes, mais cette bire propose de trs belles flaveurs quon ne rencontre pas dans toutes les bires commencer par les Scotch Ale dont elle se rclame ( juste titre). Une bire race et lgante. Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrve.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2017
0,33 bottle @ The Oak Barrell, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Appearance is dark brown with a small head - looks like coffee. Taste reminds me somewhat Irish coffee a cold one. Coffee like malts combined with taste of alcohol, but in balance. Very smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (3267) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2017
Flaska. Klar mrkbrun med rda inslag. Smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, tr och vermogen frukt. Smakinslag av karamell, vanilj, tr, lder och stade krsbr. Medelstor kropp. Ltt beska i avslutningen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arcanor (389) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
330ml bottled 2016-06-28, best before 2026-06-28. Pour dark reddish brown wit a fast disappearing foam that stays as a ring. Aroma of classic Scottish Old Ale plus wood, roasted malt and caramel. Taste caramel, scotch liquor tickling and dark malt. Medium body and high carbonation for the style. Sweet and slick feel. Long scotch finish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (172) - ITALY - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2017 Virra dal bruno. Schiuma grossolana e poco persistente. All?olfatto sentori di legno e malto. Al palato corposa co note di malto, miele e legno liquoroso. Nel dinale rimane lievemente amara. Una vuona birra.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (451) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Mycket vackert rubinrd med medelstort skum, I doften finns: en underton av kaffe och russin, men mest mrka krsbr och fruktkola. I smaken finns en aning kaffe och torkade frukt men mest mrka br och frukter, lite vins, strva ekfatstoner, liten balanserande beska. Stor, rund och mjuk munknsla, En suvern Barley wine som trots sin fruktstma inte blir sliskig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark ruby-red. Very malty, sweet, dark-fruity, strong ale. Treacly roast malt, lighter caramel, molasses, bitter chocolate balanced by hop bitterness. Whiskylike, smooth, warming. Great beer. (2008)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3276) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Pale dark brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Raisin, caramel, malts, herbs, ripe fruits and grain. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from a Mitra store in Eindhoven, Netherlands!
Bought in 2009! Bbe date 11/2017. Pours deep black with a nice white head. Aroma has caramel, nutes, licorice and toffee. Taste is sweet caramel, hazelnut, toffee and some chocolate. Well aged oak notes in Finish! Wow, amazing beer!!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4355) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown-black color, smooth beige head that stays at 1", stripes of lace. Taste is toasted malt that blooms through medium fizz to a toffee and light hop finish. Full-bodied, rich, complex, whats not to like?


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