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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2004
Nice dark ale with good fluffy head. It has fine complex aroma of malt, nuts; buttercakes and fine Kent Goldings hops. The taste is rich and has hints of fine malts, burnt caramel, cacao and sweet spices. It end with a rich taste and a complex bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque brown- shines a deep red when held up to the light. Pretty neat looking. Aroma is very smoky, a bit sweet, nutty, malty, bakers chocolate, toffee... very complex! Wow, flavor is deeply smoked, burnt steak, full bodied maltiness, some more chocolate, fairly sweet toward the finish. Ends dry and begging for more! Mouthfeel is quite creamy, smooth. Very enjoyable! Best scotch ale I’ve had yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Copperish color with a slight head. Malty aroma, malty flavor with slight hoppiness, a bit of nuttiness, a little alcohol taste, and...oak, possibly? A little pricey (paid $6 for 11.2 oz), but a good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Red clear body with a three finger off-white head is quite attractive in my goblet. Despite having pre wetted the glassware there was excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma was sweetly fruity and a bit oxidized. The taste was vinous and peppery with definitely warming, liquor like, alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel was full bodied rich, but a bit rough around the edges. The hops were surprisingly strong for a Scotch Ale and dried the palette nicely. A good hearty offering from across the Atlantic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Slightly hazed light brown pour with very little head. Looks thick with some fine bubbles rising. Malty sweet aroma with some chocolate found under wet leaves quality. Not a bad thing, really. Starts sweet, but has a spicy bite, noticeable roasted malt and alcohol. Kind of a dry bitter finish, which suprised me after how rich it looked. This beer has a lot going on, most of it good. Good beer, just not 50+ cents an ounce good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Almost black, deep brown w/creamy head. Nose of banana, fig, date, tootsie roll with sweet roasted flavors. Large sparkle on the tongue with dark chocolate, toffee, tootsie, earth, long lingering finish with some wood notes and persisting flavors. Wow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Deep amber/brown color, tan head. The beer was malty, a little caramelly, with a touch of smoke. Nice fuller body, very drinkable. It wasn’t the greatest, but no mistakes were made and was pretty solid all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
Brown color, thin, white and medium laced head. Nice aroma of burnt caramel and alcohol. Very good flavor of roasted malt, alcohol and burnt caramel. I prefer its sister, Jacobite, which I think is far more complex but it’s a very good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5196) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Very dark brown body with small bubbles. Has a small head. The aroma make me think of milk chocolate and apples. It also has a musty dankness to it that I find extremely pleasant. The taste is amazingly rich with chocolate, coffee and some smoke. Finishes sweetly like pecan pie. This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6408) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Aroma, slightly stale, smelly feet come to mind , but it is redeemed by a lingering peppermint aroma. Dark, mahogany, sparkling pour, bubbly off white head, sticks around for a while. Has some Christmas spice notes to it, with a back end of pine. Some smoky notes in there as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Alcohol is apparent, not overberaing though. Overall a decent ale.

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