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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1163   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
sweet tobacco smell, with a bit of the alcohol making it to my nose, too. it tastes like smoky/burnt chocolate, with a trace of a berry sweetness. the bitterness prevails in the end, making for a nice lingering aftertaste. melikes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of. Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke. Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Reddish-brown, deep’n’dark coke-like color with creamy and lacy, beige head. Aroma is syrupy, roasty malty and fruity with mild hoppiness. Flavor is very smooth and sweet, also sugary, roasty malty and fruity with moderate hoppiness. Quite full-bodied and oily palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle from Systembolaget. Iíve got to be honest - after the first sniff and sip of this beer I hated it. I even contemplated a drain pour, but Iím glad I didnít because this beerís aroma transformed remarkably so many times during the 30 minutes I sipped it. Upon opening I was hit by bubblegum (just like the gob-stoppers I used to buy as a child) and a distinct metallic nose. The beer poured a red tea colour with fizzy sepia head that foamed and frothed itself out in under a minute. My first sip reminded me of busgrogg, a Swedish ídrinkí where you mix a cheap low strength beer with a dash of moonshine. The alcohol is very obvious, dominating the very thin palate and leaving a sensation like youíve just garggled with mouthwash. What saved this beer from certain 2-point-something was the way the aroma evolved in the glass. From bubblegum it shifted to sweet porridge and oats, then caramel and finally delicious butterscotch. Iíve never experienced such a transformation before - which lifted this otherwise strange brew out from the very ordinary to the rather intriguing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
bottle. I have been wanting to try this for a while but was unable to stomach the price...but I caved, and am happy I did. poured an amber murkey color with a small whiteish head with good lacing. A caramel, sweet malty aroma leads into a superbly balanced taste. the malt is semi sweet and just rightly sized for the bitter hop complement. The malt is smokey, toasted, dry with a nice bitter end. the smoke tatse is pleasantly prominate. Really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with. Very thin head, but plenty of lacing around the edges. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, some nice subtle oaky notes. Taste is pleasant bitterness which is off set by a sweet malty backbone some alchohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (209) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Dirty brown pour, exquisite off-white head, clinging to brandy snifter. Nice legs, smokey alcohol nose, hint of dark fruit, maybe date. Sweet, wood, biscuit, and alcohol flavor. A bit of tart on the thin finish. Slight bitter lingering on my tongue. Really changes as it gets some air. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle -- A ruby-tinged brown with next to no head and only tiny touches of lacing. No sediment at all. Aroma of sweet malt with a vaguely harsh edge of peat and/or wood. Smooth palate . Flavour is just like the aroma, with some dark fruit flavours coming through with some nice alcohol warmth in the background. I can imagine this would taste even better in some quanit old English pub in the middle of winter, but itís very nice in Oz too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby port color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with an aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood. Taste is creamy and full, with an initial flavor of warming alcohol, dark fruit, and caramel giving way to a long finish of roasted malt and chocolate. A delicious brew thatís both complex yet well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
amber color, a bit of spice, some sour notes. Dry. OK, though not the jacobite

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