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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: 1344   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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1697) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. Its a flattering comparison, yet both are so different from one another. Unlike Backwoods Bastard (or countless other barrel brews), Traquair House is medium-bodied and extremely smooth. Aroma is malty and rich with hints of syrup. Flavor has dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Aging has given the beer some oak smells and tastes, but the influence is smartly subdued. Bout time I had a Scotch Ale from Scotland. Damn glad I started with this one.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martinbach (1) - - MAR 12, 2016 does not count
A brown dark color. A lot of sirup caramel and a nose of coffee. The taste is long and despite the 7.2 in alcoholic there is almost no taste of it. Perfect balance

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2002
Very, very good stuff. Nice and dark, extremely malty, warming, thick, and with a slight madeira quality. About as good as an ale can get. My only complaint is, why $5 a bottle? Its very good, but I feel that I am being taken advantage of when I buy this stuff. Its like I can see someone at the brewery counting his money and laughing. MacAndrews Scotch (now Stock) Ale is just about as good, and priced more reasonably. I dont usually complain about a beers price, and will gladly pay $5 a bottle for something different, but this beer does not have any special characteristics to justify the steep price. Its just very good, but there are other very good beers out there. And the bottle isnt even 12 oz! Rating down two points for being overpriced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Tastes like Oak barrels and smoked planks of wood. Deep rich red/black color. Malty textures with a hint of tannic acid.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Dark maroon. Tan head dissipates rapidly but leaves persistent lace anyway. Complex; raisiny, malty, smoky, and woody flavors are apparent, along with a slight bitterness. Full-bodied. Smells more of malt and dried fruit than of hops. After a weekend of crappy lagers this was much needed, and on sale at Donderbak's for $3 per bottle, I'm going to stock up...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
One of my all time faves. for one thing I'm particularly fond of a strong scotch ale, and this one is really well done. not something you drink much of at once, but more of a boutique piece for a special occasion, as last night was!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Smokey chestnut brown color, diminuitive head. Strong smell of malts and caramel. Flavor is wonderful, the somewhat sweet heavy flavor belies a dry rather clean aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (7063) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Rerate, 330 ml cellared bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Still an excellent beer, I get some differences in aroma and flavour: "old sherry" notes in the aroma are stronger I dont get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (dont get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridges, London. Beautiful brown to ruby colour, good beige head. Complex aroma of oak and sandalwood, some pine too, old sherry, leather, pipe tobacco, sour cherries, prunes, hints of smoke . Flavour is woody with a pronounced roastiness, coffee notes, strong tea, hints of bitter chocolate, excellent hoppy bitterness. A truly delightful beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2007
Ruby Color, medium head. Aroma: Complex, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. Palate: Malt, caramel, oak, liquoricey, roast, bitter. Complex too. Very good beer!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarcher2828 (5) - - MAR 15, 2012 does not count
Dark and tasty, hints of a dark coffee. Perfect mix of a heavy beer that is easy drinking.


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