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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2002
I just didn’t go for this one. Out of the bottle I got a murky brown, headless concoction - not flat or stale, though. Strong earthy chocolate-coffee aroma. Flavor continued the coffee-chocolate direction, also woody w. dried fruit and herbal elements. The strong bitter finish just didn’t wash...it came on like a dessert beer and finished dirty and bitter. Not a favorite, will try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2002
A beer with a thick head. It has an overriding cocoa powder aroma and a chocolate flavour. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2002
1/02 Bottled, unsure of date. Nice dark-brown translucent color, with thinnish head. Nose is very strong and whiskey/caramel scented. Flavor just as powerful, with a slight smoky/mustiness that at first struck me as odd but later seemed right. Earthy, oaky, darkly spicy/fruity (figs? cardamom? maybe even a hint of black pepper?); very complex and ’full’; great body with a finish that might be just a bit too sour. Just about as good as the Jacobite, I’d say; wish this brewery was more widely distributed in the USA. 7/02 Alcohol a little too prominent in this sample; maybe a touch too bitter also. Slightly less impressive 2nd time around, but still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Dark coppper color.Aroma of toasted malt. Tastes rich and full. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2002
very vinous nose. too many malt flavors to count. Deep brown and burgundy color. complex malty flavor that makes my head spin. Brillance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2002
not too strong but solid like pressed kief hash, and it did cause me to spill all over my rating sheet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Very complex, raisin/plum esters, alcohol very noticable, peat-smokiness good contrast to fruit overtones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 I woke up this morning with visions of vanilla curtains and raspberry jam counters…I walked up to the living room to see chocolate floors and a whisky smoke coming out of the air-conditioner…Dizzy, I sat down on my bowl of fresh fruit and inhaled the most wonderful grape, plum, grapefruit and mango juice…To me, that’s a sign I liked the beer I had yesterday…

Addendum : Aging does not seem to help this beer at all, maltiness subsides, bubbles although small become prickly and roasted malt seem to be toppling the previously predominant fruit. I hope my other bottles don’t go down the same path.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pilsnerrogge (2485) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2002
Sweet black currant-flavour. Some alcohol-flavour. The oak cask-fermentation gave me a headache! Nope, didn’t like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Beautiful dark red color, large head that quickly drops, strong malty aroma, roasty flavor, some caramel, very slightly smoky, medium body. I was expecting a little more body and a little less roastiness. Still, this is an excellent Scotch Ale.

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