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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1327   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1426) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, candy sugar and sweet cask oak. Taste is sweet malts and dark fruits with slight bitterness that dissipates. Smooth consideringvthe abv though. The full body does sadly taper off. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains somewhat poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mario_giri (255) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Kurze Review von Untappd: Not as tasty as their Jacobite Ale, still quite smooth and easy drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (817) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle from Willowís Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is sticky red bananas, dark cherries, cherry liqueur, herbal bitters / orange bitters, Old Fashioned. Taste is whiskey and coke, dark fruits (sugary cherries), something boozy and bourbon-y with herbal bitters. Reminded me very much of an Old Fashioned.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20273) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Mail order bottle. Clear maroon color, scant head. Aroma of plums, raisins, dates. Taste has lightly burnt espresso, dark fruit. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1245) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. Itís a flattering comparison, yet both are so different from one another. Unlike Backwoods Bastard (or countless other barrel brews), Traquair House is medium-bodied and extremely smooth. Aroma is malty and rich with hints of syrup. Flavor has dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Aging has given the beer some oak smells and tastes, but the influence is smartly subdued. íBout time I had a Scotch Ale from Scotland. Damn glad I started with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1520) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. A- Dark cherries, dark fruits, molasses, subtle vinegar. A- Black color, black liquid, tan head. T- Dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, malty, subtle booze, raisins, plums. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly medicinal finish. O- Finally a scotch ale from their homeland. Full of dark fruits and cherry and smooooooooth. A bit of a medicine tasting finish which hurt a little but still very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Some oak and basement musk. A hint of caramel and smoke. Pours dark brown with good head. Some bitterness in finish. Ok. Bottle from outlet liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2015
Dark red-brown color. Aroma of caramel, alcohol hints. Taste: warming, berries, light caramel, wine, rich & complex. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3477) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2015
16.9 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and oak. Taste is toffee, plums, and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rodabod (3) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Waiitrose in Edinburgh. Aroma is caramel/toffee and slight butterscotch. Hops are very subdued which helps the other flavours to shine. There are also slight stewed/dried fruit aromas like prunes and figs. Appearance is dark like maybe a porter. Not a huge amount of head which is off-white. Taste is medium-sweet. This is basically a classic Wee Heavy, and own of the last remaining real examples of the style. Body is medium, but feels quite viscous. Carbonation is medium. Iím glad itís not too strong as it doesnít suit this style. Overall, Iím so glad to have found this classic. Iíve tried Founderís - Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues - Old Chub, and Brewdog Dogma which all love, but itís great to try a real old time classic of the style. Fantastic.

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