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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1281   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured deep, deep red with a great frothy head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is a little light at first, but takes off as it warms ... toffee, cherry, licorice, fig and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. In fact, there is no astringency at all. Flavor, like the aroma, takes off as it warms. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, licorice and molasses all dominate, but they play nice. Iím not really sure what it is, but this one is greater than the sum of itís parts, and is really a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Bottle. Dark amber beer, touch of burgundy. Medium head. A great balanced aroma, toasty, dark bread, vanilla wafers with just the right hop aroma. The taste was a little one dimensional. Some roast or smoke, caramel. Has a malt liquor like taste late. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvhemert (363) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
AROMA: dark chocolate, hint of espresso, light caramel APPEARANCE: dark brown, clear, pours brown frothy head that disappears quickly TASTE: light sweetness, lightly bitter, little bit savoury PALATE: full body, thick feel almost creamy, lively, long finish going from bitter to leaving light sweetness in on the lips OVERALL: one of my favourite Scottish ales, has almost the qualities of a Belgian Trappist (still lacks the balance of flavours)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Very tasty. Looks a little light after the pour. However the taste was incredible. Nice dark malty taste with a medium mouthfeel. A nice bitter finish. A great scotch beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2005
Raisiny brown. Clear. Dense, pale head. Smells of malt, dried plums, raisins, pepper forest mushrooms. Slightly smokey. Tastes burnt, bitter, a bit sourish, metallic. Itís cooling yet hot and liquor-like. I like it, the flavour was a surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
dark brown to orange. slightly long head. melissa is my love. oh. off topic, umm.. the beer, yea. ugh its not as good as i expected. i thought it was the jaquibte ale that i purchased. or however you spell it. yea but it tastes good. the people next to me are talking much shit about my rating. but i showed em up. bc i have testicles large than grape vines. i love ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle from Utobeer. Pours mahogany / reddish colour with thin beige head. Aroma is of liquorice, malts, dark fruits, plum. Taste is caramel, coffee, chocolate, fruits, some alcohol, roast malts too. Overall this is very much like a Belgian style beer. Very nice beer indeed.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KennethArd (358) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Dark red / brown with nice white head. Roasted aromas. Light and very smooth with taste of mocca and chocolate.

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