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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1280   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Overall a decent brew but lacking in character. I am surprised to find this one as many places as I do. +++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head that fades quickly. There is a faint sweet and fruity aroma. The palate is thick. The flavor is an off malt with a heavy essence of molasses. The molasses lingers on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Dark nut brown colour. Very malty beer (toffee, chocolate) with hints of oak and brandy. The palate was quite flat (lowly carbonated) and somewhat disappointing. Strong and medium bitter finish. All in all a fine Scotch ale and I hate myself for drinking it too cold. Rerate (previous rating: 3.7): This time I noticed some rather unpleasant spices. Ill choose the wonderful Jacobite Ale any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Aroma is malty with a slightly sour/vinous funk. Flavor is of mild chocolate, cookies, a bit of caramel and is balance by a fair bitterness. Pretty good, easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Aroma is sweet, dark and malty, vinous, plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Deep, rich, opaque brown body with off-white head that recedes to cover. Flavour is fairly simple - dark malt, slight pleasant, smoky sourness in the finish. A bit more bitter than your usual scotch ale but does not seem out of place. Body is medium full but mouthfeel is a bit thinner than that fat aroma led me to expect. Alcohol not apparent in either the aroma or flavour. Bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2004
Local store had this one, surprisingly, and thank Bacchus they did. Wow, a strong, full-flavored Scotch Ale. Warming with a long, full finish. Cant wait to try the Jacobite Ale they make. A bit pricey for the size bottle, but worth it all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
Brown, red color. Coffee notes in the flavour. One of the strongest and best Scotch ales i have tried. Extremely pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CEZ (406) - Milano, ITALY - APR 29, 2004
Brown-reddish body, looks like caramel. Nice head, off-white, mostly lasting. Strong and attractive aroma of coffee, fruit, hazelnut, with some woody notes. Also some liquor-like alcohol in the nose, not unpleasantly. Complex taste. Caramel sweetness together with warm, dark, dry, earthy flavours. Very smooth and balanced, medium bodied. Drinkable for its 7,2% ABV. I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Color: a beautiful, bright brown body, showing reddish at the sides. Head is slim, and of a tannish hue. Aroma: something else! The fruit of the vine is on good display in this nose, massive fruit up in here, but its a sophisticated, complex mix: dates, figs, grapes, a bit o nuts, earth, wood, and a touch of pepper here and there. On palate, it arrives in full promise, a fine blend of hop and malt, bitter and sweet seem to patch up any differences, make amends, and create a perfect coupling. Hops continue a pretty, spicy ride upon the tongue, all the while backed up by solid and tasty, sweet malt. Wherever this is the House Ale, Im coming over more often!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
(330ml bottle) Pours beautifully. You can see the ale travelling up the sides of the glass. A thin, white head briefly appears on top of a near opaque red body. Nose of brown sugar and whiskey, very powerful. Initially tart, this ale travels a path of an oily, earthy and roasted flavour. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with little head or lace. Earthy, musty, peaty aroma. Rich, burnt, peaty and astringent flavor. Decent brew, but definitely not worth the $$$.

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