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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 1354   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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3.3
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2008
A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.

3.7
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2010
brownish clear color with a small white head. Smell is of malts and raisins/plums. Taste is malty with very little hops. Notes of raisins, brown sugar, and bread. Good beer with a hidden kick of alcohol.

3.7
TH28 (447) - - DEC 24, 2014
Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out. Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasnít noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast. Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. Itís fermented in oak, but I didnít pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

3.5
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Deep beer bottle brown coloration. Nose is deep with malt. Coffee spice and cheese rind notes. Mouth is plums and carmel, a light concord sweetness. Lasting bitter finish, firm yet smooth feel.

3.6
CMUBEERMAN (440) - - APR 5, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a bit of red...leaves a nice white head with tons of lacing. Aroma is sweet cream, spice, and malt. Flavor is very rich, sweet, and creamy malt. ..delicious. There is also a bit of acidic fruit and some nice finishing spicey bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Though less interesting than the jacobite...II still dig it.

3.7
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Pours brown-amber and transparent with a decent off-white head; nose is strongly oaked but not in an unpleasant way, with some hops and maple syrup in the background. Flavor and palate are both very soft. The flavor is best described as "earthy", with wooden and herbal hints coming out without a specific dominating flavor. Hops are light and balance the modest maltiness well. Finish is dry and slightly herbal. Not quite excellent but a solidly good beer.

3.7
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark red, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma is caramel/maltiness, some alcohol, dark fruits with hoppiness underneath. Flavor is malty, sweet, dark fruitness. Medium bitterness but well balanced. Good beer.

3.1
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I donít really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnít finish it. My first pour out. grat

4.2
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2006
Dark as night. Chewy malts all the way. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste. But very rich and full, complex taste.

3.6
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Hazel color with mahogany higlight. Fingerwide beige head on it. Aroma: Definite oaky notes, restrained toasted malty presence with nutty quality. Flavor: Somewhat oaky and roasted malty dryness up front, sweet candy caramel, molasses at the mid-palate, mild english kinda, spicy, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Smooth texture with soft but not died carbonation. Overall: Pleasant brown ale with good toasted malty background, nice oak presence, soft mouthfeel and good drinkability.


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