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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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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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3.7
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
Dark ruby red with a whispy tan head. Aromas of ripe cherry, nasturtiums, smouldering campfire and alcohol. Tannic, earthy flavours with hints of licorice, vanilla and smoke followed by a pronounced but balanced saltiness. Alcohol is apparent. The finish has a porto quality.

3.9
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a very nice mahogony color with a small sand colored head. nice lacing. nose consisted of saw dust, roasted barley, raisins, and a ripe fruits. flavors consisted of raisins, caramel, spices, brwon sugar, and mollasses. excellant warm for a cold night.

4.2
Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Prepare to quaff history! With its notes of slightly fruity chocolate, molasses and a bit of dry spice, this rich, palate filling ale is a superb example of the brewer’s art. Yet it is so much more! This is a libation of history, of tradition, a recipe steeped in ancestral pride. To sip it is to be transported in time. Bonnie Indeed!

3.4
j.hi (37) - - OCT 9, 2017
Clear light amber, attractive. Few bubbles. Smells like European ale. Soft smooth bubbly taste. Long finish with increasing ale coating on tongue. Ales are not my favorite beer but this is pretty drinkable. I’d order in Scotland! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2008
This beer pours to a very dark amber color, has a light smell of roasted barley, tastes like a nut brown ale, something like samuel smith’s nut brown. A medium body that finishes a little bitter, not bad, just enough to keep you coming back for more. A great beer turly

4.7
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2008
Traquair House Ale is a beer of huge complexity, interesting oak characters and roasted malt flavours, subtle nuances of PX and dry oloroso sherry, caramel, winey sometimes port like levels, chocolate and coffee and good hop bitterness. Carbonation is not too high, balance of sweetness and hops works wonderfully (some lovely caramelisation in the copper) and leads to a dry finish. Great with cheese, after dinner and although a great sipper, the mouthfeel can lend itself to being drunk awfully quickly. That’s (heaven forbid) not to say it’s easy drinking and not complex however - this is a beer of subtlety. It deserves a much higher rating in my opinion and another gem in the quest for skill and subtlety in brewing to be recognised alongside extreme, easy to pick out flavours.

3.5
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle, from Gravity Nose is unexceptional, but the rich amber/copper color and small head is appealing. The flavor is molasses and cola, finishing with bread and coffee. No overwhelming maltiness, and it’s quite smooth overall. There’s no one component that’s really outstanding, but the overall package is nice - not as nice as the Jacobite, but I enjoy it.

3.3
paul_the_frog (35) - FRANCE - MAR 15, 2014
ok ok. strong ale nice bitterness that comes after the first sweet malty-caramel taste

4.2
CountDrugula (35) - - APR 15, 2016
Color caoba con poca espuma. Aroma muy intenso y complejo lleno de frutas pasas, caramelo, notas de madera, levadura y algo de regaliz. En el trago no es tan densa como prometen el aroma y el volumen alcohólico, pero todas sus notas se ven ensalzadas y complementadas por un dulzor complejo y nada empalagoso. Sencillamente genial.

4
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2002
fantastic. exciting fruity aroma. dark brown, nearly opaque. mouthfeel very satisfying. sit back, and take your time.


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