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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1247   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
Peaty aroma and malty/smoky-sweet flavor. As a hop-lover, I was a little put off by the flavor of this beer. There was almost no head, the color was a lovely rich and welcoming brown. The flavor was too malty for my taste, though. Too jarring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Molasses-brown with an immediate aroma of malt and rich fruit. Flavor of currents and toffee, pleasant and complex--but not so complex as to overwhelm. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2013
Rich aroma of sweet toffeeish malt with raisin and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Flavor adds a mild sweet coffee note and a nice hint of bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2006
Very reddish-brown colored brew, and an amazing head! Long-lived and off-white, it is still as tall as when I poured the glass! The aroma is sweet, clean, and malty! The taste is initially a bit bland to me but the malt takes over very quickly and it turns into a scotch-like finish, very pleasing! The alcohol content is deceptive, and it *feels* stronger than 7.2 percent! The finish is clean and a bit sticky, especially on the lips. This a complex brew, and I can imagine it tasting differently at different times. I’ll definitely try it again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Dark brown color. Creamy, light head that lingers long after the pour. Aromas of smoke, raisins, and plums. Full in the mouth. Chocolate, vanilla, and raisins flavor. Light alcohol finish. Nice beer. A little expensive. But nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Poured from a bottle into an english pint glass. Has a deep chestnut color and a plentiful creamy tan head that mostly diminished. Very little lacing. Aroma was complex: a little sweet, a little vinuous, and later gave way to scotch whisky. The taste was like a sweetened scotch whisky. It had a lengthy earthy finish thatI was I not fond of. Overall it seemed appropriate for the style, but it is not a style I usually really like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours with a beautiful deep red brown body with a small white head. Aroma is dark fruits with some caramelly sweetness. This is definately a "liquid bread" tasting beer with notes of dark dried fruit. I also tasted a bitter yeastiness in the finish that took away from the overall effect. Very nice creamy palate. Reminiscent of some of the best Belgians, but not quite as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Nice dark amber pour but devoid of head. Sweet aroma but not overwhelmingly so. Flavor is good but not very deep. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark amber with fine tan head. Nose of caramel and toffee. Very vinous hops upon tasting, nice tart caramel quality makes for a new taste, and a pleasant one. Almost winelike in its palate, smooth, and filling. Im a big fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Has most of the qualities that you’d want in a Scottish Ale. Nice dark brown color. Flavor is a good balance of malt and hops with more on the malt side.

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