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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1333   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1431) - 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 (1700) - 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 (7627) - 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 (423) - 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 (3639) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Paul and JackL for these.

2011 vintage. Aroma is nice raisin dried fruits, figs nutty malts, some alcohol. Light caramel brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Flavour is composed of woody, booze, dried fruit, jam, little tang, some sugars. Palate is light / medium body, little age, lowish carbonation. 7,3,7,3,14

1991 vintage. Aroma is woody, soy, jammy fruits. Flavour is more jammy and dried fruit. Boozy fruit cake. Better. 6,3,8,3,15

1985 vintage. Aroma holds more sherry note, little tart, nutty soy. Flavour is composed of jam, earthy wood, little musty wood. 6,3,7,3,13.

1977 vintage. More umami, soy. Rasisn and booze, tart berry, jammy fig. plum. Still some carbonation on this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2161) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2015
0.33 l bottle from FIRMA BIER, bottled in august 2014 (one year old). Clear, dark red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of raisins, blackcurrant, plums, molasses and licorice. Sweetish-malty taste of molasses, cane sugar, licorice, raisins and blackcurrant, followed by a short, slightly bitter, coffeish finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Quite tasty but also not that interesting. Decent brew without any surprises.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poolstar (43) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
dark beer, malts . liquorice, some dark fruits,strong boozy aftertaste, decent beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (662) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
Excellent ale. Dark amber-brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Taste adds caramel, roasted dark malts and the oak left a smoky-woody aroma. Low bitter ending. Smooth and easy to drink.

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