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95
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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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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3.6
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Light aroma of sweet malt, caramel and some floral hops. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head that soon dissipates. Flavor of roasted barley, sweet malt, finishes with a chocolate bitterness. Medium carbonation, robust. Little aftertaste. Nice.

4.5
Beesbeer (450) - WALES - AUG 5, 2012
It draws you in and makes you feel like burrowing in amongst the wonders of a woodland. A beer of its place - bier de terroire. Earthy bog swamp and blackberry aromas, breaking into a treacley burnt sugar aspects with complicated mushroom and liquorice vanilla complexity. Very thought provoking. Is this an ale or a stout? How do they make this taste this way?

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 (448) - 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.

3.5
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.

4.3
jvhemert (438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
AROMA: dark chocolate, hint of espresso, light caramel APPEARANCE: dark brown, clear, pours brown frothy head that disappears quickly TASTE: light sweetness, lightly bitter, little bit savoury PALATE: full body, thick feel almost creamy, lively, long finish going from bitter to leaving light sweetness in on the lips OVERALL: one of my favourite Scottish ales, has almost the qualities of a Belgian Trappist (still lacks the balance of flavours)

4.2
lgklotet (437) - 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
rodbod (436) - Motherwell, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with. Short lived pale tan foam. Nose is intense and rich, very malty, with fruity estery notes. Taste is sweet, malty, with lightly bitter hop notes. Palate is full bodied, very smooth. Carbonation is a wee bit coarse. Very good.

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.


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