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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2013 Pours a deep copper amber color with a fat, soapy, tan head. Toffee and fruit nose you get off of a British brown. Moutfheel is very slick with some carbonation scrub coming midway. Seems the quintessential British brown ale. Smooth, easy drinking, and figgy/pruny. Not much flavor from the barrel fermentation. Faint vanilla occasionally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
500ml Bottle. 7.2%. Dark brown/black pour with a bubbly tan foam with medium retention. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee. Taste is quite sweet at first, malt and toffee, full bodied. I enjoyed this beer more as it started to warm. Lingering sweetness with a hint of almonds, chocolate, espressoey bitterness. Simple, sweet, and delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Had two sips and the glass fell off the back of the car at lake wedding ton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (636) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle @ home. profumo di malto tostato con interessante richiami alla nocciola , al caramello, ed al legno. Colore rosso rubino, anche se filtrata lascia apparire una leggera sedimentazione. Schiuma giallognola compattissima. Gusto ancora più deciso, rotondo, avvolgente e pastoso. Si avverte di più la tostatura e un piacevole luppolato fresco e morbido. Il gusto più intenso è quello del legno. ottima con cibi saporiti e salata per il suo gusto pieno e fresco contemporaneamente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdan (258) - USA - JUN 26, 2013
Dark ruby with small head. Aroma thin with dark fruits, malt, chocolate. Taste Malty with dark fruits and bittersweet chocolate. Medium palate, carb aver. Finish bittersweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (768) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Very dark pour that’s almost opaque. Quite a bit of head that is leaving some very appealing lacing. The carbonation actually sticks to the side of the glass (you can really see it in the sadly fuzzy pic I got. Smells boozy. Malty, raisins and maybe a touch of cherry. Not nearly as boozy in the mouth. Caramel. Something just a touch smoked that hits in the back of the throat. Oh there’s the boozyness, all in the finish. It’s rich and warming. There’s something bitter in the aftertaste. Woody. Rather complex. Very good but a bit much. Glad I only have one. Not a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Best Before June 2018, 500mL bottle from BevMo near Liberty Station. No idea in hell how I’ve not rated this like six years ago. Clear medium reddish brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, thick with pretty good retention. Malty aroma of toasted malt, some raisin, prune, and ripe sweet cherry notes, some minerals. Flavor added a bit of stale graham crackers (though not sweet) and a slight fruity tang. Not necessarily picking up on any oak, though according to the description it was only oaked for seven days of fermentation. No trace of alcohol noted, semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a twoish. Medium body with light prickly carbonation. Good, but not a beer I"ll seek out often. On cask, however, I’d definitely give it another go (as unlikely as I’d ever find it).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a nice head. Smooth mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavor and a rich caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brugmanneke (278) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (429) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from 33cl bottle. Dark brown with off-white head. Deep dark red fruit aroma with some caramel and roast. Same taste, but pretty thin texture.

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