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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
dark brown in color, nice cream head that lasts. Aroma, is nutty, slightly smokey and some fruit notes as well. The flavor is complex, starts nutty, the middle has some sweet fruit like flavors, nice hop presence helps to finish great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
Dark reddish with small brown head. Aroma is malty and sweetish with lots of dark fruit. Taste is the same add lots of bitterness. The beer has a full body and feels good to wirl in your mouth. I also like the alcohol wich is warming yet never sticky. Only bad thing is I was having a cold drinking it, thus might be missing several aspect of it. None the less a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a smokey/sweet aroma. But the appearance is deceiving - I expected something a bit stronger but this ale has a light taste with a syrupy/peat aftertaste. Seems like a combination of a strong scotch ale and a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2003
This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Not bad at all, but a little to strong in the tart department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 24, 2001
Very pretty, dark brown to red, very light, but creamy looking head. Smells of red wine, with a slight buttery/alcohol (butterscotch) aroma. Tastes like a nice dry red wine with subtle carbonation. Medium body, light taste. I imagine this is what a carbonated red wine would taste like, different, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Nice malty aroma, a dark brown/ruby color, and a thin head that dissapated until it eventually looked like flat Coca-cola. Malty sweetness in the flavor, and very minimal hopping compared to what im used to in the Pacific Northwest. Palate was actually fairly smooth, and could drink it again, but it cost $5.50 a bottle here, so probably not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Cloudy amber. Long creamy head. Aroma: Caramel, barley. Flavor: Caramel malt, roasted barley, fruits. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (340) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Aroma is nice, dark fruit. Earthy, oak. Appearance is very dark brown almost black. Small head. Not impresive. Looks like a glass of Coca-cola. Taste is dark fruits first, then coffee, chocolate, then oak. English esters present but fighting through all the other flavors. Many strong flavors, but not overly complex. Palate is medium. Oak and roastiness linger. Slight hotness, but barely. Overall, I like this beer. It is different and enjoyable. Very smooth. Not a typical strong ale as it brings in more roasty flavors than I am used to. Definatelly worth a try, but I will not buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (340) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Dark and brackish with minimal head. A persimmon bread and grapes aroma. The flavor is one-dimensional, but on multiple levels and has a veg-herb touch. Twigs and berrys galore. A light sweetness. Very good and quite charming. Taxonomically, it must be variety or subspecies of an English Strong Ale, as it is quite unique to be lumped into such a sinful catagory.

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