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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1225   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
Bottled. Very dark red-brown, with tiny off-white head. Typical barley-winesque sour aroma, plum, spices, red wine. Fairly complex flavor of plum, cinnamon, liquorice, malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Smooth palate. Surprisingly mild, not as "heavy" as Id expected. Short, slightly bitter/sour finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours dark mahogany with little off white head into a pint glass. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, cherries. Tastes of cherries, currents, vanilla, caramel malt, treacle, raisins. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel, medium body. Good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unstablefable (227) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with. Very thin head, but plenty of lacing around the edges. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, some nice subtle oaky notes. Taste is pleasant bitterness which is off set by a sweet malty backbone some alchohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Iced tea brown, off-white head. A little wet smelling, prunes, brown sugar, some yeast. Malty with a slight meat flavor, which reflects the interesting aroma. Quite lightly carbonated, and a lingering mildly bitter finish. Interesting and decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Strong, mulchy aroma with a taste that suits its scent. Sour tasting. Raisins. Like a sour, thick expresso. Not bad, but not worth its $5 per bottle price tag (and only 11.2 ABV!) The Traquair Jacobite Ale is much, much better!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (224) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Dark brown pour. Earthy, breadlike on the nose with a bit of fruit. Malty toffee flavors with discernible warming alcohols and medium-low carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
sweet tobacco smell, with a bit of the alcohol making it to my nose, too. it tastes like smoky/burnt chocolate, with a trace of a berry sweetness. the bitterness prevails in the end, making for a nice lingering aftertaste. melikes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of. Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke. Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Reddish-brown, deep’n’dark coke-like color with creamy and lacy, beige head. Aroma is syrupy, roasty malty and fruity with mild hoppiness. Flavor is very smooth and sweet, also sugary, roasty malty and fruity with moderate hoppiness. Quite full-bodied and oily palate

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