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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1281   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of. Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke. Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark brown/mahagony color wiht a slim head. Nice malty nose with some raisin's and toffee in the aroma. Nice smooth taste. Not too overpowering. Malty, hint of hops, leaves you wanting more. Very glad I bought this bottle at McScrooge's Wine and Liquor in Knoxville, TN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
This stuff is pretty darn good. Dark in colour and brown with a thin brown head. Lots of malts in the nose but concentrated chemical thing going on. The taste is malty with a slight kick of hops. Side note: I have this professor who is scottish (well, not really, hes south african) and he says trachea like traquair. Just a side note.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottled. This was rather boring. Tasted and looked like a Scottish Ale but that was it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Interesting and rich, an excellent example of Scottish ale. Makes me wish I had a thistle. Kind of the doublebock of the ale world. Nice drying finish, good balance of malt and hops. Great body and perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 (Bottled) Quite clear, very dark reddish brown color with a small, creamy and tanned head. Caramely, very malty, roasty, oaky and fruity aroma with pear and plums. Roasted-malty, toffee-caramely, vinous flavor with dried fruit, oak, and hints of chocolate. Dryish, slightly harshly bitter-oaky finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to full-bodied, very smooth palate with medium, soft carbonation. Very nice and enjoyable, but not quite as good as Belhaven Wee Heavy or Traquair Jacobite Ale!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Pours a nut brown color with excellent clarity and head. Mild toffee, robust malt nose. Smells like I'm in for a treat. Great beer, excellent flavors that tingle your mouth. Sweet and very, very malty. Cannot tell at all its 7%. I wish I had another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Coppery brown w/ minimal off white head, but laces well. Lightly smoky and very malty aroma. Chocolate aroma appears as it warms as well as caramel and some woody notes. Light alcohol and hints of diacetyl as it warms as well. Caramel malt and alcohol seems to dominate flavor as well as some green apple and woody notes mid palate. Very well balanced w/ a mildly sweet caramel finish and dry, light hop flavored aftertaste. Medium bodied w/ low level of carbonation, slightly astringent, and warming alcohol mouthfeel. I've had this before, but haven't rated it. I seemed to remember this being complex in a different and better fashion than this bottle. I don't remember the diacetyl from past bottles, nor the hop flavor in the finish. Probably a very fresh bottle that could stand some aging?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Dark red or garnet with a thick, fluffy tan head. The aroma is both grainy and fruity. Nice whole grains and nuts accompanied by dark, ripe plum, raisin, fig and sweet apples. A nice, silky body with a pleasant feeling on the tongue. A little warming with the alcohol. Nice combinations of fruity malt last throughout the bottle and really give a nice feeling for the entirity of the experience. A well-crafted and tasty beer from the folks at Traquair House.

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