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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1267   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Red-auburn color. Head is large and white, formed of many small, tightly-grouped bubbles. Head falls after a few minutes, except for a thin film and thick, frothy ring. Caramel malt, alcohol, and red grape aroma is somewhat merlot-ish at times. Flavor is of thick, sweet malt and wheat bread. Chewey and full palate, this stuff seems to get thicker the longer you savor it in your mouth. Alcoholic and astringent finish, and only here is the oak evident.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Dark brown crystal clear body and a quickly fading head. A nice nuttiness and roastiness to the flavor. A tad of sweetness with the many malts present. You can definetly taste the oak. The finish is a little thin with a tad of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5396) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
This is actually quite similar to the jacobite ale - dark ruby appearance, almost no head, low carbonation - aroma of brown sugar, port - flavor is very similar to jacobite, with caramel, herbs, oats, earthiness - these flavors, however, are not as well developed or pronounced as in the jacobite, and the body and palate are much thinner - some oak in the finish - decent, but not worth the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Clear dark ruby, light tan frothy head. Lots of malt in the nose, some brandy also. Flavor is massive caramel malt with some oak. The body is medium and slightly syrupy. Some alcohol in the aftertaste but mainly sweet malt and oak. Pretty decent scottish ale overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2004
Bottled. BB '97; Brew no. 217, bottle no. 313521 (for what it's worth). Very dark red-brown, no head (nothing). Strong rye aroma, roasted malts and notes of port. Flavour of roasted malts, brown sugar and some port-notes. Long lasting bittersweet finish. Takes a little getting used to, but (at least at this age) it's pretty good. Btw my bottle indicated 6.00%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Pours like reduced beef stock with fine bubbles and trailing lacings. Smells like smoke, malt, and fruit. Tastes of bubblegum, malt, some earth, and an understated sweetness. Nice, nearly chewy swallow. Pretty good. Worth your try.

   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 (7684) - 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 (7513) - 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.

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