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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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 dont really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnt finish it. My first pour out. grat

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Great colour - deep ruby red, looks like ribena, unfortunately it has about as much head as a ribena too. Aroma is malty, cereal, some biscuit, port, alcohol. Flavour is mild sweetness, a bit of bitterness, well balanced, but definately missing something. The texture is slick, but very thin. Drinkable, but not great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 12, 2001
Ill go with the concensus here, it does in fact smell like SA Triple Bock, however this is only a moderate-dark brown color, and is carbonated. Thinner bodied (compared to Triple Bock though!), very malty and sweet. This may well be the most complex beer Ive ever tried...I cant even begin to pick out everything. I definitely detect some vanilla in there, perhaps some maple, a hint of sherry. Aftertaste only becomes more complex while remaining sweet, and the beer itself gets better with every sip. Something you *must* experience - slowly - for yourself. Personally, I enjoyed it very much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours dark orange / red to light brown in color with a decent beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is so earthy it is almost worm-like, with a little peat smoke and dark malt. Roasted malt, a little coffee, and some toffee or licorice in flavor. A little more hop bitterness than I expect for this style. If the aroma was so overpowering earthy, I would like this one alot more, but still pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (426) - - 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 wasnt 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. Its fermented in oak, but I didnt pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Gorgeous dark red colour. Aroma is boozey rich, very nice. Gorgeous lacing. Lovely ale for the winter months. Caramel, molasses, hay, resin, alcohol, vanilla. A strong ale, thats what it taste like.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a sour prune smell that has a hint of banana lingering in the background. It is Appalachian brown in color and has a small white head that dissolves rather quickly. This beer is thin and watery and only produces a mildly bitter yeasty taste after it is swallowed. (


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