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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1261   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Pours a muddy blackish brown color with some dark burnt orange tinges. Small if any head that is a similar but lighter brown. There is no cloudiness and the bottle had no sediment in it. Why did they filter this? Aroma is of sweet malt and not overly strong. Some nice alcohol notes. Smells old and mature. Begins very flavorful with plenty of sweet malt flavor that you would expect from a scottish ale. Nice alcohol tones with a grainy earthy texture. Alcohol is well masked and there is a bit of a scotch malt flavor and some dark sugary fruit flavor. Body is medium. There is a peculiar dry salty flavor as the finish approaches. Finish is balanced and fairly round, with no acidity and little sweetness. A pleasant lingering malt/alcohol flavor on the finish, but other than that, quite uneventful towards the end. A good beer, to be sure, and one that I will try again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the ugly color - it poured a deep brown that seemed to be tinted with almost a green color. The head was unattractive too - kind of a sickly brown in color. The aroma was unenjoyable also - stale, musty (but not oxidized). The flavor was even worse. There didn't seem to be any obvious infection or oxidation problem - it just tasted old, grungy and bad. Maybe I need to try this one again - if it's better, I'll update the review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2003
33 cL bottle, goblet. Small, off-white head is short lived. Red-brown body looks to be somewhat thick and has no visible particles or carbonation. Richly sweet aromas. Nutty and caramel malt aromas. Hop smell is non-existent. Earth yeast aroma. Brown sugar, cola aromas. Sweet, sugary, alcohol rich flavor. No bitterness or acidity. Sweet, but dry wine-like finish. Smooth, lightly carbonated body is of medium density and oily. The bottom line is: smooth and rich, a nice after dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2003
Murky dark brown w/ small, beige head. Very sweet aroma of molasses, licorice & light oak. Full bodied. Rich malt flavour of caramel & molasses. Slightly roasty & smokey. Finish is earthy, woody and peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andrew196 (1102) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
I was very disappointed in this beer from before I opened the bottle to the end. There was aluminum foil wrapping around the bottle cap that was black, but the black paint rubbed off and got all over my hands. It was almost as if it was silver foil that was colored black with a crayon. The aroma gave me some hope with a pleasant licorice and fruit notes. The taste was an absolute trainwreck! Complex, but very bitter throughout....nothing came together for me here. This beer is jacobite's bitch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Wow!! A wonderful brew. Strong, a bit smokey. Definitely not a beer for the poor man.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
Dark brown colour. Powerful, fruity and malty aroma. The flavour is sweet honey, strong and complex with some roasted and smoked notes and some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2503) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Deep amber in colour. Aroma is really malty, sweet, caramel, quite floral, fruity and alcohol. The flavour is really malty, sweet(toffee, caramel), smokey and complex. The finish is warming and very smooth with a slight alcohol sting. Thanks PhillyBeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Bottle. Amber hue with average head that looks cool as it pours. Rich, nutty, oaken aroma; slightly worse taste than smell though and the mouthfeel is rather thin. A bit of a disappointment considering how popular this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2003
This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Not bad at all, but a little to strong in the tart department.

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