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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1330   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
Dark ruby red with a whispy tan head. Aromas of ripe cherry, nasturtiums, smouldering campfire and alcohol. Tannic, earthy flavours with hints of licorice, vanilla and smoke followed by a pronounced but balanced saltiness. Alcohol is apparent. The finish has a porto quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
This one followed a Hair of the Dog Adam so it had a tough predecessor - and even a tough setting. Had at the Brickskeller in poor lighting and maybe smelling conditions. Even so, got scotch, alcohol, oak, nuts from this ruby-brown beer. Kinda port-like falvours - sweet, rich and fairly full flavoured with some caramel sweetness and hazelnut in the lingering finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3429) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Traquair has a deep garnet color which supports a thin, off white head. It gives off a bready, smoky, burnt toffee aroma. The flavor is toasted marshmallows with hints of chocolate. Smores? Nice Scotch Ale, but at over $5/bottle, I'll buy something else with the money next time. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Smokey chestnut brown color, diminuitive head. Strong smell of malts and caramel. Flavor is wonderful, the somewhat sweet heavy flavor belies a dry rather clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
If this were a beer that I could get by walking in to my local pub and throwing down $2, it would be a perfect beer. It has the feel of an old standby. It is terribly welcoming with its caramel sweetness which is given definition by light elegant chocolate. You won't taste the alcohol, but you knonw it's there, charming you into saying nice things about the beer in your review. I probably won't buy it again--too expensive. And MdV is once again to blame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a small tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Rich malt flavor with a hint of smokiness and a light touch of cocoa. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Creamy texture with some tangy carbonation. Nice, but pricy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Dark brown with small head. Malty, coffee-ish?, dark fruits and dark chocolate, earthy (complex!)... sadly there is something funny (fishy!) about the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Thin, off-white head above a cloudy red-brown. Sweet nose. Felt thick at first, but thinned out after the carbonation came through. Hints of toast. Chewy and malty-sweet, with fruity notes (raisin) and some bitterness to balance things out.

   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.

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