K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Balanced strength. Not overpowering like the typical Scottish; this genre is hard to calibrate well, I suppose. This is a good example of it being done well. Explodes in the nose.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle. This scottish ale pours clear, dark brown with a thin tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is wonderfly complex, but not overpowering with ripe plum, berries, molasses and spice. On the sweet side of balanced with smoke, chocolate, apples and toasted malts. Quite malty. Medium-full body, moderately carbonated and warming. Very well-made beer that I will certainly buy again.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma. Very well balanced and elegant flavor. Floral and fruit notes behind a nice malt foreground of caramel. Alcohol is there, undisguised, but is not unpleasant. Expensive, but well-worth checking out.
KennethArd (285) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red / brown with nice white head. Roasted aromas. Light and very smooth with taste of mocca and chocolate.
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Quite a nice wee beer from Traquair house (the oldest inhabited house in Scotland!). Pours a ruby red body, little to no head, quite a peaty aroma. Liquorish and malty taste with a light spice and warming finish. Lovely!
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a small ringing khaki head. Strong aroma of dark over-ripe fruits like plums and cherries, along with some bready Belgian yeast. Wonderful sweetness upfront, very cherry like. The oak flavors fade in nicely and take over with an earthy taste that doesn’t linger very long but is pleasant. Nice full bodied flavor and texture.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De couleur rousse-cuivrée, elle est limpide. Légers arômes de malt, d’épices et de jello aux cerises-fraises. Légèrement piquante en bouche, on perçoit vite la douceur et l’épaisseur de la bière. Notes de fruits rouge et de malt et une touche d’alcool en finale.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed light brown pour with very little head. Looks thick with some fine bubbles rising. Malty sweet aroma with some chocolate found under wet leaves quality. Not a bad thing, really. Starts sweet, but has a spicy bite, noticeable roasted malt and alcohol. Kind of a dry bitter finish, which suprised me after how rich it looked. This beer has a lot going on, most of it good. Good beer, just not 50+ cents an ounce good.