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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1333   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Hazel color with mahogany higlight. Fingerwide beige head on it. Aroma: Definite oaky notes, restrained toasted malty presence with nutty quality. Flavor: Somewhat oaky and roasted malty dryness up front, sweet candy caramel, molasses at the mid-palate, mild english kinda, spicy, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Smooth texture with soft but not died carbonation. Overall: Pleasant brown ale with good toasted malty background, nice oak presence, soft mouthfeel and good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Ar: Deep vinous notes, brown sugar, some sherry oxidation. Ap: Clear chestnut brown - small off-white head with moderate retention, leaves a ring of foam and a haze of lacing. T: Treacle and lean dark fruits, low fruitiness - caramel, sherry, toasted malt - low bitterness, mossy - hints of coffee and chocolate. P: Medium-bodied - medium-low carbonation, finish is dry. O: Nice wee heavy - some well-aged flavors, dark fruits, and burnt sugars.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (430) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Great colour - deep ruby red, looks like ribena, unfortunately it has about as much head as a ribena too. Aroma is malty, cereal, some biscuit, port, alcohol. Flavour is mild sweetness, a bit of bitterness, well balanced, but definately missing something. The texture is slick, but very thin. Drinkable, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 12, 2001
I’ll go with the concensus here, it does in fact smell like SA Triple Bock, however this is only a moderate-dark brown color, and is carbonated. Thinner bodied (compared to Triple Bock though!), very malty and sweet. This may well be the most complex beer I’ve ever tried...I can’t even begin to pick out everything. I definitely detect some vanilla in there, perhaps some maple, a hint of sherry. Aftertaste only becomes more complex while remaining sweet, and the beer itself gets better with every sip. Something you *must* experience - slowly - for yourself. Personally, I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours dark orange / red to light brown in color with a decent beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is so earthy it is almost worm-like, with a little peat smoke and dark malt. Roasted malt, a little coffee, and some toffee or licorice in flavor. A little more hop bitterness than I expect for this style. If the aroma was so overpowering earthy, I would like this one alot more, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 5, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a bit of red...leaves a nice white head with tons of lacing. Aroma is sweet cream, spice, and malt. Flavor is very rich, sweet, and creamy malt. ..delicious. There is also a bit of acidic fruit and some nice finishing spicey bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Though less interesting than the jacobite...II still dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Gorgeous dark red colour. Aroma is ’boozey’ rich, very nice. Gorgeous lacing. Lovely ale for the winter months. Caramel, molasses, hay, resin, alcohol, vanilla. A strong ale, that’s what it taste like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a sour prune smell that has a hint of banana lingering in the background. It is Appalachian brown in color and has a small white head that dissolves rather quickly. This beer is thin and watery and only produces a mildly bitter yeasty taste after it is swallowed. (

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - APR 29, 2004
Brown-reddish body, looks like caramel. Nice head, off-white, mostly lasting. Strong and attractive aroma of coffee, fruit, hazelnut, with some woody notes. Also some liquor-like alcohol in the nose, not unpleasantly. Complex taste. Caramel sweetness together with warm, dark, dry, earthy flavours. Very smooth and balanced, medium bodied. Drinkable for its 7,2% ABV. I loved it.

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