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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1333   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2005
A very nice ESA. I liked the smoothness and how well the alcohol was hidden. There was a complexity of flavors that added to my enjoyment. Dry nut not over dry finish, I did not find it overly sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Pour is dark ruby brown with a thin tan head...smell is very malty and sweet...some caramel too...peat flavor for sure...sweet dark fruits...finish is a little vegetal...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a nice beige head. Rich aroma of malt, vanilla, plums. Malt, licorice and a light fruit flavor. Slight peat and alcohol. Finishes medium dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Very dark and slightly hazy garnet brown pour with dark red highlites supporting a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, malt, brown sugar, vanilla and ripe plums. PLenty of sweetness in the flavor but not as much as suggested by the aroma. Layers of lightly roasted malt, spiced biscuits, toffee and maple syrup. Even without any noticable hops, the sweet flavors felt well balanced. Firm and moderately lingering finish with just a nod of pepperry alcohol warmth. This isn’t often available around here and I was glad I grabbed a bottle when I saw it. even at the pricey $5 US, it was worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
a pour the color of teak and burnt orange peel, like a tincture of marinating cedar mulch. the head is minimal and just blandly biege-- some dotty lace seems to mimic a star chart depicting a lonely corner of night sky. traquair house ale has a potent nose of earthy malts, both boiled and then browned. if steeped barley malts were plums, these would be in noble rot. the gummy ooze would threaten to clog the pipes, and harried assistant brewers would scour the muck with a cleansing bath of spring water and scotch whiskey. that is what it tastes like they have done; there is a maple aspect, perhaps as much decomposing autumn maple leaves as the sticky maple resin itself. the feel is moderate to watery, with brisk carbonation than becomes sedate as the drink spans a half hour. it’s a big enough drink to savor and sip (it seems particularly satisfying after a comparitively bland odell 90 shilling). the tart, peat-roasted malts are tasty, the alcohol is pleasantly evident, there is carob and roasted carrot, and finally a cherry, copper and orange-peel kind of finishing bitterness. i savored and enjoyed it, but came away a bit disappointed. it may be an acquired taste, but at four-fifty for a puny bottle, i doubt i’ll get the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a dark rosewood color with afat tannish head. Aroma is carmel, toffee, and raisins. Creamy mouthfeel with an oily finish. Flavors are carmel, spices, and lots of raisins. Alcohol almost nonexistant. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours a hazy cola/chocolate brown, nice smaller head on top. Aroma is great. Toffee dominates, with touches of honey, citrus, and pepper. Flavor is also pleasantly toffee-ish, low carbonation, a good grassy, smooth finish. Not sweet, but not dry, either. A nice treat for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
amber color, a bit of spice, some sour notes. Dry. OK, though not the jacobite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2005
Very dark red appearance with a thin creamy head.Really good malty aroma with a slightly toffee,but fruity flavour.Sourish finish,but good.Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Well. 4.99 a bottle (O_O). Damn good thing this stuff was good or else I would have been out the next morning with a bottle of Johnny Walker trying to win the Americas Cup. Pour was dark leather brown with some red hints. Malt leads you along, picking some darker fruits along the way...covered in caramel. yum The bottom ades into a bit of a sour note replaced by the last remnants of alchohol. Who says it’s shite being sco’ish?!

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