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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 1347   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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2.6
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
Dark red color with a creamy head. Aroma is fruity alcoholic. Not very "beery". Flavor diasappoints me. It’s quite thin and alcoholic. Like watered down portwine.

4
Graham77 (515) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2016
330ml bottle. Small head, minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, chocolate, a little alcohol and wood. The taste is medium sweet and light bitter, dry on the finish with notes of pepper and wood. The palate is medium bodied and chocolatey smooth. Carbonation is light. This is a full flavoured and very good brew.

2.7
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Fluffy white head. Very malty. Sweet carmel taste. Very flat makes me believe I might have a bad bottle. Try again?

4
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Auburn brown hue with tan creamy diminishing head with not much lacing, a little hazy, smells like the oak barrel or cask it was stored in, tasted primarily like oak and a little malty, sweetened and syruped as it warmed, nice balance slight creamy texture with light carbonation, minimally dryness. I liked it.

3.6
MOboy (510) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2002
Damn fine ale. One of the best scotch ales I have been privelaged to try. Thick malt taste and molasses/carmel after taste. Absolutely wonderful. Even got some smokiness from it.

3.4
mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2008
Poured a very earthy brown with a very thin off white cap. The nose was very complex with spicey toffee, milk chocolate and a touch of caramel. The flavor started with deep caramel flavors and spicey toffee with huge chocolate notes rounding it off. Hop balance is slightly off. There was a minor amount of smokiness taste above the hops in the finish. This beer is huge with taste and body. It’s a tough ale to get into but once your there you’ll be glad you stuck it out.

3.4
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Malty, a little sweet. Not much hops. It seemed unbalanced to me and somewhat bland.

3.3
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with little head or lace. Earthy, musty, peaty aroma. Rich, burnt, peaty and astringent flavor. Decent brew, but definitely not worth the $$$.

4.3
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2009
11.2 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Dark brown pour with a small white head. Fruity, oaky aroma. Nice chewy mouthfeel with a sweet flavor. Dark fruit notes in the flavor with a bit of oak coming through. Sweet, smooth finish with the fruit lingering on your tongue.

3.7
jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2007
Pours very dark cloudy brown with nearly no head. Aroma is very similar to a heavy red wine, very fruity and deep but also very malty. Palate is quite interesting, very smooth, low carbonation, but has just enough to avoid the sensation of flatness. The flavors are not nearly as fruity as the nose might indicate and are surprisingly light. The most dominant is a bitter roastiness that arises after about 5 seconds and lingers through the long finish. Slightly burnt tasting. Quite smoky, like a Scotch Ale or Rauchbeer. Interesting, would go well with some nice red meat. Too expensive though.


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