Traquair House Ale by Traquair House Brewery

10370970_10101858702986280_3443371439098855350_nRating: 4.75/5

Traquair House Ale by Traquair House Brewery is a 7.2% ABV Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy fermented in oak barrels.

Label:
A handmade Ale Brewed in the ancient Brew House of the Oldest inhabited House in Scotland.

Traquair House Ale is a traditional Scotch ale or “Wee Heavy”, produced at the tiny Traquair House Brewery, located in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Brewed in 1783 copper kettle and fermented in oak vessels, it is a rich, complex and deep with firm but elegant flavor. Brewed by Traquair House, Innerleithen Peeblesshire, Scotland. Best before June 2018.
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This is a beer I had way back in the beginning when I first started trying craft beers. I had this in 2011 after I did beer tasting with my friend Chino. I decided to pick this up to see how my palette has evolved and to give tribute an old ale made in the oldest house in Scotland.

Aromas:
Dark fruit plums, raisins, smoked peat, caramel, molasses, grains, oak, old leather, tobacco, funky notes, licorice, apples, anise, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate and sour dough bread.

Flavors:
Dark Fruit raisins, plums, molasses, anise, funky oak notes, anise, vanilla, old leather, earthy notes, grains, toffee, clove spice, bubble gum, licorice, apples, brown sugar, floral notes, dark chocolate, and toasted sour dough bread.

Aftertaste:
Earthy notes, smoked peat, raisin hints and mild caramel. No alcohol in the taste. Full mouth feel and moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A very good beer that is not overwhelming or offensive. In fact, those that do not drink craft beer may find this one to be a little heavy. For me, it had some nice flavors but nothing super complex. Still kept me interested for sure and the oaky funky notes is definitely something you don’t see in many beers. A great example of its style. A really nice touch and a definite try for all wee heavy fans out there.

Anime Corner:
Hatsune Miku was used in this pairing since I wanted to show something awesome in relation to the old house and classical times. The red flowing dress represents a floral and funky character that was given by the beer. Yes, she is wearing the fermentation process and dancing. Pretty damn fancy. Anyways, I couldn’t think of anything else aside from the fact that it has some Scottish colors too.

Sources:
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Hullabaloo by Hangar 24

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Hullabaloo by Hangar 24 is a 6.5% ABV Scottish ale.

Label:
Experience a world of hearty flavors and aromas with this special winter beer. This brew starts as a Scottish ale featuring European and Domestic malts, giving Hullabaloo intriguing caramel and roast nuances. A blend of American and English hops delivers ample bitterness & unique hop profile. This is a big, rich beer with a nice, underlying complexity – Toast to the Season!
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Never had a Scottish ale but this is one is almost like a smoked amber ale. Aromas are of caramel, toffee, smoke, maple, earthy hops, roasted peanuts and hazel nut. The flavors consist of caramel, toffee, earthy and grassy hops, a little bit of grapefruit, peanuts, hazel nuts, biscuit bread, minor flavors of campfire sweet maple glazed bacon, minor hints of chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is bitter with a slight touch of sweetness and smokey. It is a good beer for the holidays but I think you can probably find some other awesome holiday beers. It is worth a try. People that like smoked beers might like this one

Bitch Please!! Collaboration by Brewdog and Three Floyds

Rating: 4.5/5

Ain’t this a bitch….lol literally. The guys at Brewdog teamed up with Three Floyds to to create a bitchin’ collaboration. This beer is strong and bitter. LOL I assume if Stone made Scottish ales it would be something like this. Special Scottish roasted malts and lots and lots of hops. This is a Scottish barley wine style ale that made me wonder how worthy I really was. Thanks to the practice of 

the bastard and the blessing of deliverance I was able to indulge in this magnificent piece of work. Islay malts and Eclectic hops are fermented and aged in single malt whiskey barrels for 8 months. I don’t wanna say I am a bitch for trying to stay strong as we speak, but damn, it hits your from all sides. It is a bitchin’ 11.5% alcohol. The malts are strong in this one mostly lingering for a bit those really smokey, vanilla and burnt chocolate with fruity hop bitterness. Smooth going down and hits you quite later. LOL that scotch whiskey is sure there and compliments all the ingredients extremely well. Reminds me of the Tactical nuclear penguin but at a lower alcohol content but more bitterness. I enjoyed it to the fullest. The video is quite funny too 😛http://vimeo.com/15087114 . Damn it, and to think this little bottle was super hard to find….ain’t that the real bitch…lol…I want another one

Ain’t this a bitch….lol literally. The guys at Brewdog teamed up with Three Floyds to to create a bitchin’ collaboration. This beer is strong and bitter. LOL I assume if Stone made Scottish ales it would be something like this. Special Scottish roasted malts and lots and lots of hops. This is a Scottish barley wine style ale that made me wonder how worthy I really was. Thanks to the practice of the bastard and the blessing of deliverance I was able to indulge in this magnificent piece of work. Islay malts and Eclectic hops are fermented and aged in single malt whiskey barrels for 8 months. I don’t wanna say I am a bitch for trying to stay strong as we speak, but damn, it hits your from all sides. It is a bitchin’ 11.5% alcohol. The malts are strong in this one mostly lingering for a bit those really smokey, vanilla and burnt chocolate with fruity hop bitterness. Smooth going down and hits you quite later. LOL that scotch whiskey is sure there and compliments all the ingredients extremely well. Reminds me of the Tactical nuclear penguin but at a lower alcohol content but more bitterness. I enjoyed it to the fullest. The video is quite funny too 😛http://vimeo.com/15087114 . Damn it, and to think this little bottle was super hard to find….ain’t that the real bitch…lol…I want another one

BrewDog/Three Floyds Bitch Please

ImageAin’t this a bitch….lol literally. The guys at Brewdog teamed up with Three Floyds to to create a bitchin’ collaboration. This beer is strong and bitter. LOL I assume if Stone made Scottish ales it would be something like this. Special Scottish roasted malts and lots and lots of hops. This is a Scottish barley wine style ale that made me wonder how worthy I really was. Thanks to the practice of the bastard and the blessing of deliverance I was able to indulge in this magnificent piece of work. Islay malts and Eclectic hops are fermented and aged in single malt whiskey barrels for 8 months. I don’t wanna say I am a bitch for trying to stay strong as we speak, but damn, it hits your from all sides. It is a bitchin’ 11.5% alcohol. The malts are strong in this one mostly lingering for a bit those really smokey, vanilla and burnt chocolate with fruity hop bitterness. Smooth going down and hits you quite later. LOL that scotch whiskey is sure there and compliments all the ingredients extremely well. Reminds me of the Tactical nuclear penguin but at a lower alcohol content but more bitterness. I enjoyed it to the fullest. The video is quite funny too 😛http://vimeo.com/15087114 . Damn it, and to think this little bottle was super hard to find….ain’t that the real bitch…lol…I want another one