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 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 18, 2009
Dark fermented fruit with caramel, whiskey, and alcohol on nose. Taste is similar with oak cask and vanilla notes and a touch of cola. No hop presence except for bittering hops at the finish, which is woody and slightly tart(?) and leaves a dry feeling on the tongue and a bad breath aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (337) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Interesting and rich, an excellent example of Scottish ale. Makes me wish I had a thistle. Kind of the doublebock of the ale world. Nice drying finish, good balance of malt and hops. Great body and perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. A nice dark pour with an aroma of malt and spice. A lot of malt in this. Quite a nice taste but very thin, watery finish. Your typical Scottish ale but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (326) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
Strong and thick, but surprisingly drinkable for it’s greasiness, from flavour to aftertaste goes from roasted to licorice, and a pack-a-punch and fizzy aroma

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChtiBreizh (324) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 23, 2015
Light brown with a frothy average head. Aromas of caramel, liquorice, sherry, alcohol. Sweet, with a tart and bitter touch, and an alcoholic finish. Soft carbonation and watery to oily mouthfeel. A bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrGGen (323) - ITALY - APR 20, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Un ale di colore marrone scuro,con schiuma biancastra che aderisce lievemente al bicchiere.Aroma dolce di malto e caramello.Il sapore è di malto,liquirizia e un pò affumicato.Per una birra così l’alcool si percepisce appena.Discreta,e comunque la meno interessante,se vogliamo definirla così,tra le birra di Traquair

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Traquair House Ale Pours medium brown with a thick white head, looks nice. Subtle aroma of vanilla, malt and cookie dough. Taste is a malty, more flavorful version Newcastle. We felt we could serve this at a party and people would drink a lot of it. Very approachable but not as good as their Jacobite ale.

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