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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1330   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (7174) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -dark brown coloured, small head, malty and caramel taste with some fruit notes, nutty maltiness in the palate, woody touches in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Lots of musty smoke notes in the nose with some sweet malty hints as well. A touch of licorice, chocolate in the nose. Ruby/garnet mahogany color that is transparent with a small off-white head. Vinous, malty, smoked malts with some large amounts of chocolate malts in this guy. Slight corn notes as well. Slightly thin. I’m trying to determine why I spent close to $6 on this beer...RE-RATE.....500mL bottle purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. The aroma is moderately sweet with some caramel melanoidin notes. Light toffee and a bit of oxidation. Transparent cola-colored body with a medium, decent light tan head. Starts with a moderate sweetness. Some toffee notes, and light roast. Becomes tobacco and leathery in the middle. Finishes with a long moderate sweetness and more tobacco. Tasty, lowly carbonated. I wouldn’t really adjust my rating for this over a decade after my first one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4855) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours a very dark red/brown with a thin creamy head. Smells like dried figs. The taste is pleasant, toffeish and malty, similar enough to Jacobite that it’s obvious that they’re coming from the same brewery, but much thinner and with far less taste.. Some alcohol showing through, and some nice hoppish bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of a dissapointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Looks like something from a certain Doobie Brothers song.River water.No head at all.Almost a Barleywine nose off this.some berry,fruit tones and a Caramel cinnamon roll.Strong alcohol for only 7.2 i do not enjoy English Ales but this is much better than any of the Gales I have had.Fruity and woody.Body is nice and thick.Has a lingering flavor that is fruity and almost Belgian like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Pours a murky brown with a tin layer of head. Smells of faint toffee, nuts, chocolate. This just smells like a dessert. The taste is initially grassy, somewhat crisp malt feeling. Then there is a plum and berry moment before it shifts gear back to the lovely toffee flavor. The end mouthfeel is somewhats roasted and rather rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
dark brown to orange. slightly long head. melissa is my love. oh. off topic, umm.. the beer, yea. ugh its not as good as i expected. i thought it was the jaquibte ale that i purchased. or however you spell it. yea but it tastes good. the people next to me are talking much shit about my rating. but i showed em up. bc i have testicles large than grape vines. i love ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Not worth the price... Deep brownish, small head. Sweet alcohol in the nose. taste was plain... lotsa sweet alcohol that really coated my mouth and killed every other flavor that was hidden here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Poured a deep chestnut with dark purple and heavy burgundy melted inside. Fast pour devoloped very little head just a ring around the glass. Slippery lacing fell apart which was a sad moment. Smells insanely strong! Smells of sweet dark fruits covered in sugar and soaked in alcohol. I also noted some barnwood, brown sugar, molasses, spoiled plums, figs, malts and loads of alcohol. At first scent I assumed this was about 9%. It smells strong but wonderful. I can’t wait for the first sip! Seeking more flavor on this one! It’s good but seems a little under-carbonated and lacking some juicy dark fruit flavors that I was hoping for after smelling it. Loads of caramel with some fruits. Some woodiness in the finish that leaves my mouth feeling sticky and hoping for more. Nice lingering aftertaste of juicy hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhewitt (7) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004 does not count
When put on the counter the cashier asked me, "this is beer?". Classy, expensive beer with an amber hue and (I found) a very clean, balanced palate which almost tasted like what I expected it to while being promoted as one of the better Scottish ales. If I was a millionaire i’d probably drink it all the time...... sigh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Dark brown with ruby highlights, light off-white head and lace. Aroma of buttery malts, brown sugar and cinnamon. A very well-balanced beer, rich and malty, a mix of chocolate and brown bread, toffee, and ever so slightly roasted. Lingering sweet finish. Solid overall.

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