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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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3.5
ChrisTurner (209) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle -- A ruby-tinged brown with next to no head and only tiny touches of lacing. No sediment at all. Aroma of sweet malt with a vaguely harsh edge of peat and/or wood. Smooth palate . Flavour is just like the aroma, with some dark fruit flavours coming through with some nice alcohol warmth in the background. I can imagine this would taste even better in some quanit old English pub in the middle of winter, but it’s very nice in Oz too.

3.5
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - SEP 30, 2007
Dark amber colour with a bubbly pour accompanied by a small bubbly head. Aroma consists of citrus and yeast. Flavor of citrus, lime, and tangy hops. Quite a bitter finish which is the only negative, to my tastes at least. Might make a nice beer for a cold day. I’d have another.

3.5
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Poured a deep dark brown color with a light brown half finger of head. Very similar flavor to the Jacobite, but not as good, in my opinion. The flavors are more subdued than the Jacobite, but very similar. Bitter smooth finish, medium body. Average lacing.

3.5
OleR (4849) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2007
330 ml bottle. Pours clear nut brown with a low dense beige head. Moderate aroma of sweet malt, raisins and caramel. Malty flavors with notes of ripe dark fruits, toffee/caramel and wood. Light bitterness towards the finish. Good body. Soft and smooth in the mouth. Dry ending. A good one.

3.5
adrian910ss (2593) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a dark brownish red with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of red wine, nuts and vinegar. Taste is slightly nutty with malt undertones and a red wine like finish.

3.5
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine. I read the description on the label and was too intrigued to pass this up. Pours a dark ruby/brown with loose lacing and almost no head. Nose is molasses, caramel, grains, and a hint of oak. Flavors include toast, biscuits, more molasses, Cheerios, grains, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and the distinctly subtle aftertaste that all Scottish ales have that I can’t quite identify. Maybe it’s kilt...I don’t know. Medium carbonation. Decent beer.

3.5
ghawener (1614) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUN 29, 2008
bottle: oak and whiskey woody earthy. greta complexity good balance. during euro 08 final. germany down one....

3.5
wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle, Barleycorns, Nantwich. Poured a dark browny ruby colour with a lingering thin tan head. Earthy, woody, malty aroma . Flavour was sweetish, lightly smoky, caramel, peaty, with more malt. Dryish finish. Good, not great.

3.5
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Clearish purple brown with a tan froth. Nose is sticky raisin, toffee and grape. Light body; a little thin and fizzy. Taste is burnt sugar, peat and grain. Kind of like sweet watery scotch. Just OK for me.

3.5
unclemike (3163) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small off white head. Not getting the complex aroma that all the other raters experienced but all I could detect was some sort of metallic smell. Flavor didn’t seem to be impacted by the aroma though as it tasted fantastic. Full mouth feel with an initial sweet flavor that was reminiscent of honey that finished into a nice toasted malt


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