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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1207   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Very odd after taste. I didn’t like this partcular ale, but some people obviously do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2012
A malty, caramel aroma. Pours quite thin with a deep brown colour. Taste is a fairly basic malt body, with a fairly quick drop off leaving a insipid, washy bitterness. As the beer warms there is another sour bread flavour which is tantalising but seems to dissipate rapidly and doesn’t last long in the mouth. It is really a surprisingly dry for what has the appearance of a hearty malt. As a result, I suspect that it would do better as an accompaniment to food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tomy63 (190) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2013
Bière noire assez simple mais bien faite, caramélisée, café, qui se boit assez facilement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RD400F (185) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Definitely a winner... you can tell that this is a bottom fermented beer, it tastes very clean and has somewhat of a lager "greenness" to it... not very hoppy, but the malt and the oak meld together nicely. Mostly dark dried fruits for flavor, with the oak in the background. The aftertaste really has the peaty flavor that some have mentioned. Does anyone know if this is new oak they ferment in? or if possibly it was once used for scotch? There is definately a hint of scotch (islay mainly) but it doesn’t seem strong enough to be in re-used casks... whatever... good stuff...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick and lacy head. the aroma consists of vanilla, woody, caramel, chocolate, raisin, and a little licorice. The taste is fairly sweet with little bitterness and a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours a beautiful dark brown with mahogany highlights and a surprisingly almost whitish head which does not last too long. Nose: sweet malt with some vinous and heather like notes Taste: Tangy vinous dark fruits and heater like almost comes across like soy sauce and dr pepper combined finishing with a lovely touch of smoke and Hop bitterness and flavor in the background coming across slightly spicy. As the beer warms up some raisin like flavors show up with chalky notes as well Mouthfeel for the alcohol and malt richness still finishes nice and light with a long lingering raisiny and smoky finish Overall: Still a classic so much complexity with a such a simple grain bill. The magical smokiness is wonderful a great beer to warm up to on a blustery fall evening

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled - Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy fast disapating head... aroma is lots of malts with a hint of hoppiness..... Flavor is dark fruits and a slight bitterness... overall a great beer

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