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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2005
nose of dark fruits and spiced woody malts, also a little liquorice i think. medium bodied with a tasty lingering finish. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here! Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh. Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries... Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed. Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Rich, dark ale with a thought of a head, this has a malty, smokey, woody aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. This has quite the robust feel in the mouth, well-bodied and well carbonated. Peaty malty tastes backed up by the beginnings of an alcohol presence, this is a slowly warming drink. Dark, woody, peat bog finish. Good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2005
fruity, and yeasty aroma with notes of pear, alcohol, and oak; heavy malt flavor with some earthy and musty highlights, maybe some dark fruits in the background, definitely winey and portish; thick and oily palate with a slightly bitter/sour finish; the alcohol is there, no doubt; this beer has alot of flavors that, overall, don’t seem to blend very well: decent at best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
A very nice candlelight contemplation beer. wonderful balance with a hint of peaty smoke an nice roasted caramel with a touch of vanilla. A world class brew from THE whisky country.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Brown/red colour, slightly hazy cloudy. Light white head. Spicy scent with bready malts and some oaking. Smooth with a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty body mixed in. Slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5990) - 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 don’t get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (don’t get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
gentle roasted/smokey aroma. foam diminishes to a little. really nice brown color. great flavors of mild chocolate, tootsie roll, smoked malt and lingering bitterness. finishes dry and soft on the palate. my mouth has been bathed in some beautiful malt. classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
Lovely ruby brown in colour, with a lasting beige head. Woody musk aroma, with caramel, berries and some unidentifiable fruits. Medium bodied. Interesting flavour. Very woody, with some caramel, and lots of dark fruits and chocolate. Sherry notes are there too. Quite a warming alcohol sensation, which was suprising considering its only around 7. Some smoky/roast flavours crop up in the aftertaste once you get into it. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.

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