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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1322   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005
Brown with ruby hues, off white head. Malty aroma. Sweet malty taste with dark fruits, raisins, caramel. Full bodied, , moderate carbonation, creamy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
A bonny strong Scots ale, best appreciated in small quantities. Poured a nut-brown colour with a short, lasting head. Thickly alcoholic aroma, dank and fetid like truffles marinated in treacle. Earthy character, similar to one or two lambics. Full, creamy palate. Full-flavoured, with plenty of sweet malt upfront, then some raisins, spice and a peppery astringent finish. Complex but a little too tart in the finish for my taste. (Bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005
From A Bottle.Auburn in colour with a small head,aroma is malty, taste is sweet,malty with some yeast and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
I know I’ve heard some people say that this beer really rocks...and I absolutely loved the Jacobite, so I was readying for an overwhelming beer. Expectations set too high, perhaps. But I think the current average (3.73 in April 2005) is right on target. It poured a deep ruby with brown hues and a yellow spectrum at the edge; a moderate off-white head on my pour. Dark fruit, caramel aroma, with some alcohol effervescene and a richly woody-cherry aroma, like a good Flemish Sour perhaps. Big sweetness filled my mouth at first, marking this out as a beer with Scottish roots. There was a strongly vintage quality, though this bottle isn’t that old, I think. I was pleased by the raisin, woody, fruity flavors, but struck by a metallic astringent finish that didn’t please. The palate was rich of malts and had an early frothiness but it seemed to lose life quickly and as it went limper the astringency took hold. So, overall, there is lots to like but I think the overall effect was a bit less than desired. Still, overall satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2005
Brown with a white head. Aroma full of cherries and malt, there is something else in the background that I just can;t put my finger on. Body is on the fuller side, flavor filled with fermented cherries, malt, caramel, and alcohol. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2005
Bottle @ Gabriella, Viking Line ferry Helsinki-Stockholm Backlog 3 April, 2005
Dark ruby, almost no head. Dark fruits in taste, like christmas pudding. Complex. Rich. Long lingering aftertaste. A contemplating drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
Dark amber colour. Malty buttery nose. spicy roasted flavour. A little sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Darkish ruddy amber that’s almost clear, with a cream cover that just barely covers the top. Aroma is roasty and toasty and melanoidiny with notes of grain and raisin. The taste and aroma is kind of aged, with all the raisin and spicy melanoidins. The mild bitterness may come partly from hops, but there is definitely a contribution from the dark malts. Good amount of residual sweetness that may be a little much for me without some more bitterness. Medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a small tan head. Light roasted raisin aroma and a sweet raisin light roasred dry bitter taste. Medium body and a sweet bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
This was intriguing. Well, the aroma of raisin and malts was right there. Poured dark, with little head. taste was cherry/oak and some sour and coffee. Finished strong. This was a pleasant surprise.

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