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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1281   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (305) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnoud (304) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours medium dark like an opaque brown ale. Aroma is indistinct to my nose but inviting, a bit of breadiness. Taste is pretty good, not much on the front end, mild maltiness, a bit of bitterness and dryness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%. It took most of the 12oz bottle for me to really start noticing the sweetness. I prefer the Jacobite but this is interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
Ruby colour with disappearing head. The taste is very complex: it's malty, with light traces of caramel and wine flavour and it's a bit salty. Very particular, but not really my favourite beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABT_S54 (303) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
33cl bottle poured in a Trappist glass. Pours a very translucent dark amber colour with minimal head and a few bubbles of carbonation. Mouthfeel is flat and watery. Aroma is subdued however, hints at a malt dominated brew. Taste is the same as the aroma with toffee and spicy notes join the malt domination. Very average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I'm pretty sure I had a bottle way past its prime, but I'm going to rate it nonetheless... The Beer poured with virtually no carbonation. The flavor was almost like drinking a Tootsie Roll. Disgusting! I'm not too sure what was going on with it, so I'll give it another try sometime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Had a good head.AROMA WAS malty.color was a medium amber.Had a distinct flavor.Creamy.Oak flavor.Good.I will buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark barley, slightly garnet, with amber edges and thin white head. Aroma was woody, licorice root, strong maltiness, and chocolatey scotch. Flavor was smokey peat, oak, vanilla, port, raisins, licorice root, very strong malt, a little caramel and a little chocolate, and a strong peaty finish . Palate was a little heavy but very enjoyable and ended with a little burn atop the tongue. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2009
Pours brown with red highlights and a thin off white head. Nose has substantial dark fruit with dark treacle-like malt. Palate translates well, with the addition of a slight woody character, Finishes with significant licorice spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2001
Balanced strength. Not overpowering like the typical Scottish; this genre is hard to calibrate well, I suppose. This is a good example of it being done well. Explodes in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.

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