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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1221   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Pours dark brown with a thin layer of creamy head and some lacing. Malty aroma with some wood. The wood comes out more in the flavor with hints of oak, a bit earthy as well, and some malt. A sharp finish with a small alcohol bite. Alcohol is hidden rather well. Though I do have to agree with previous ratings on the salt flavors being a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2003
Dark brown, ok head. Aroma with lots of malt. The flavor is to salty for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
I found this one tucked away in a box in the loft. God only knows how long it had been there - nearly 10 years I reckon. No "drink by" date on the bottle. Colour was a rather murky deep red/tawny. Strong malt on the aroma, but also a pronounced woody whiff. A bit musty. Tell tale cardboardy oxidised flavours although there was black treacle/toffee/liquorice lurking in there too. Finished sweet with syrupy molasses, not much hop and a metallic tang. Past it I'm afraid. Must get a fresher sample and re-rate. Bottled, December 2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Nice dark reddish/brown like color,small white head that lasted for a short time but managed to leave a decent lace behind.Sweet malt taste with a decent hint of fruit,caramel and lightly hoppy.This is a malt lover dream IMO,very well done,not as good as the jacobite as i remember but very close and nicely flavorful.The finish is malty and sweet with a mild hop punch.This is definately a must try brew for folks.Especially for the Scotch ale buffs which i am.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Deep red, small white head left a lasting ring. Aroma reminds me of the fudge swirl ice cream I remember from my childhood, the kind with that nice, gooey strand of fudge that was almost liquid, not that thin ribbon of brown food coloring that some inferior creameries tried to pull off. Yeah, and there were some hops too. Aroma is nicely malty, and I'm still drawn back to my fudge ripple comparison. In a way, this has more in common with a barley wine than many Scottish Ales I've had. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2003
A dark red beer, with an off-white head and moderate lacing. Strong apple aroma, with darker fruits evident. Apple and raisin flavors overpower traditional "twigs 'n berries" notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Amber-brown body under tan head. Complex woodsy and sweet aroma. Similarly complex taste but very, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
#175: Beautiful bunt oak color with a thin white head. Sweet and slightly pungent aroma, reminiscent of a lambic. Strong oaky taste that envelops your tongue with malty goodness and leaves behind a woody aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Good, but not as good as previous times I've had it. I prefer their jacobite over this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Deep red and brown appearance. Sweet, apple and cinnamon spice aroma. Sublte flavors initially in the mouth, then appearing smooth, with some honey, apple, and wood. Weak yes... not much there.

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