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95
style
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: 1340   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Red amber ale with cashew hues and a thin white head. Vinous port aroma with woody notes. Light sweet malt with alcohol warmth and subtil whiskey peat notes. Rich and warm in mouth. Tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Dumdum would swim in traquair.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13146) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Chocolate brown pour with an almost nonexistent head. Earthy, oaky aroma. Very dry taste with hints of oak and vanilla. The lightest hint of dark fruits if I really strain to look for them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13073) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Very dark copper colour with a lasting off-white head. Delicate toasted malt aroma, with some dark dried fruits in play. Malty sweet flavour with dried fruit, and a dark malt and hop bitterness that barely balances the sweetness. Vineous and rich sweetness

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12925) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an average off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, roasted malt, hops and fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12878) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
This is a rich Scottish ale with a dark brown color light white head. Is slightly spicy with a hint of oak and vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12788) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2002
Bought in 1985 and hidden in my cellar all those years. Alc % on the label: 6%. Overwhelming porto aroma. Carbonation has almost disappeared. Porto taste with blackcurrant, raisins and pure chocolate. A bit metallic and buttery aftertaste. A very special beer that has survived 17 years of storage under less than ideal circumstances well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12532) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Deep brown color with a bit of beige foam. Malty aroma with caramel, lots of nuts and some toastiness. Rather sweet malty flavor with nuts, caramel, biscuits and a drier finish with light bitterness, slightly herbal. Medium-bodied, rounded mouthfeel. A well-made beer - very malty but not overly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mohogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, and a little toasty. Bitter with a metallic finish. Sour, smoky, oak and caramel notes also. Medium palate and somewhat rough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12273) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2000
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 clear and bright dark reddish-brown colour, fine head, complex aroma of licorice, wood and alcohol, slightly roasted, sweet and full-bodied with a toasted bitter malty finish - this beer seems to have a huge ageing potentiel

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12270) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Smell is very malty and sweet - a bit woody. Good head with a few mm staying there a long time. Taste is powerful stoutish with strong tones of chocolate and roasted malts with a clear smokiness. A bit alcoholic in the taste. 3.3

[2nd rating]
1984 Vintage bottle bought at Kulminator, Antwerp. A light muddy deep red amber with a thin bubbly beige film head. Aroma is extremely port mixed with caramel and oak, some prunes, lots of raisins and a little chocolate. Very low carbonation, making it extremely oily and again very similar to a port. Flavour is sweet, strong, sticky, port, wood, toffee, lightly roasted and a chocolate finish. So much better than a fresh one! 4.6


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