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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1334   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Almost black, deep brown w/creamy head. Nose of banana, fig, date, tootsie roll with sweet roasted flavors. Large sparkle on the tongue with dark chocolate, toffee, tootsie, earth, long lingering finish with some wood notes and persisting flavors. Wow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Deep amber/brown color, tan head. The beer was malty, a little caramelly, with a touch of smoke. Nice fuller body, very drinkable. It wasn’t the greatest, but no mistakes were made and was pretty solid all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
Brown color, thin, white and medium laced head. Nice aroma of burnt caramel and alcohol. Very good flavor of roasted malt, alcohol and burnt caramel. I prefer its sister, Jacobite, which I think is far more complex but it’s a very good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Very dark brown body with small bubbles. Has a small head. The aroma make me think of milk chocolate and apples. It also has a musty dankness to it that I find extremely pleasant. The taste is amazingly rich with chocolate, coffee and some smoke. Finishes sweetly like pecan pie. This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Aroma, slightly stale, smelly feet come to mind , but it is redeemed by a lingering peppermint aroma. Dark, mahogany, sparkling pour, bubbly off white head, sticks around for a while. Has some Christmas spice notes to it, with a back end of pine. Some smoky notes in there as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Alcohol is apparent, not overberaing though. Overall a decent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Smells yeasty, peaty -- the initial whiff out of the bottle smelled like old gym shorts, but it became palatable after it was poured and aired. Functional label, medium dark transparent beer. A certain spiciness and medicinal quality to the brew, tannic, rather dry. Lightish bodied, low carbonation, a somewhat vacant roasty finish. Technically a decent beer, but it didn’t really light me up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Rating #200- Butterscotch, red wine, malt, in the aroma. Quickly dissapating head. Dark amber body. Taste is slightly watery, with alcohol, chocolate, malt. A decent beer, but nothing great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mohogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, and a little toasty. Bitter with a metallic finish. Sour, smoky, oak and caramel notes also. Medium palate and somewhat rough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Brown Coloring. Small Head. Smokey. Malt. The flavor was either mildly complex or just not distinctive. Will Try again...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The Market Cross brewpub was nice enough to share this one with me at the HBF. Pours amber, with aroma of malt, fruit, and spice. Tastes fruity, with caramel, chocolate, nuts, bourbon, and hops at the finish. Very complex.

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