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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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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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4.6
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, toffee, wine, hint of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a thin head.

4.6
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12 330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA. A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds. T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer. P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness. O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!

4.6
Lele (562) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.

4.6
MetalNHopHead (2182) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. It’s 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
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
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? It's very good, but I feel that I am being taken advantage of when I buy this stuff. It's 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 don't usually complain about a beer's 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. It's just very good, but there are other very good beers out there. And the bottle isn't even 12 oz! Rating down two points for being overpriced.

4.5
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
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
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
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!!!!


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