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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1161   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
having tried the jacobite version prior to tasting this one, i was not all that impressed. pretty much a ’dressed down’ version of the jacobite ale. fruity, vinious aroma, lovely ruby brown color, but the FLAVOR just wasn’t there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RD400F (157) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Borrle into Chimay glass... Aroma: Faint liquorice breadyness, fruitcake, toasty malts, alcohol, dried apricots and a sour funky note. Not a very aromatic beer but there’s lots going on. Appearance: Transparent red color with minimal head on pour. BOOOOO Taste: It’s quite watery and lacks depth. Slight cough syrup, roasted malts and a yeasty finish. Palate: Disjointed and boring. A little light in body for a darker beer I think and there’s no carbonation. Flavours seem transparent and passive minus the funky yeast finish. Overall: Disappointed, the Jacobite is better. This isn’t horrible by any means...but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 20, 2012
Dark brown, almost black colour. Minimal white head that fades away quickly. Great aroma, spice and malt. Nice mouthfeel, soft with very little carbonation. Very refreshing taste with slight bitterness in the end. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
moderate-dark brown color, medium body, complex taste and aromas - nutty, caramel,smoky and rich fruit flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Wow!! A wonderful brew. Strong, a bit smokey. Definitely not a beer for the poor man.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lorenasa (153) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a dark translucent amber with a beige head that quickly disappears. woodsy and malt aroma. Goes down smooth. Taste is of malt and I detect something else but everytime I think I will get the full taste the bitterness takes over. I really like this, but could have done with less bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Landmonger (153) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug, dark brown with reddish hints, the aroma is malt and a little oak, some smoky flavor with mild tang and some bitterness, the feel is thin and nice wamth at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Great drink. Warming, refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. The aroma is breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2007
Murky looking. Aroma of dried fruit, toffee and a little alcohol. Big mollases and treacle flavour, malt and more fruit too. Not much bitterness, sweetish, slightly woody. alcohol hidden well in the mouth.

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