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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1161   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
locarboy (129) - USA - NOV 22, 2006
From a 33 cl. bottle poured dark amber color with smallish head. Carbonation is low. Malt aroma along with smell of fermented dark brown sugar. Very smooth and well balanced. Can smell the alcohol, but no overwhelming alcohol taste. I detect a bit of peat/iodine appropriate for the scots style. Very nice. Iíll have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
I donít know how good this bottle is, it seems to have set there for about a year. Pours a beautiful head that slowly dissapates leaving a little lacing behind. Color is bright and dark amber to brown. Smells very nutty and creamy, very nice. It has a very bready taste and aftertaste. Taste is a little creamy, nutty, and smooth. It has a coffee undertone and a slight hint of smoke. Itís also slightly sweet and malty. It has a smooth mouthfeel thatís a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dado93 (123) - ITALY - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 One very good beer, one of my first english ale ever drink (Jacobite ale), dark colour with tan head, charachteristic aroma, bitter and dry taste, with good coffee and dark chocolate notes in the long final, very soft carbonation. I like this beer style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured into a snifter. Appeared a deep cloudy garnet hued brown with a small head that quickly faded and left a thin ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma was of sherry and malt and figs/dates with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet crystal malt and toffee and a bit of harsh charcoalish roasted malt and some peat comes through as well. Dried fruit definitely has a large role in the flavor of this beer: raison, fig, date and cherry. Some peppery spiciness too. Some hop bitterness is apparent though no hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well but slightly apparent in the dry finish. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, I would like to have it again to further anaylze. It would be great aged. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth and adequately carbonated. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle into a chilled glass at the Red Coat Tavern on Woodward Ave. Chilled glass, thick air, and my slightly clogged nose may have diminished sampling of the aroma of this beer, it was nice (roasted malts, a little nutty). Flavour seemed low on hops, high on malty goodness (carmely, nutty, a bit of roasty, very well rounded and deep british ale flavour). Nothing fancy in the palate or anything. Just good, strong, dark brown ale!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2001
Beautiful color, with garnet highlights. Massive malt aroma and flavor. Worth every penny.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (114) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2008
Donít usually like any UK beers, but my favorite beer store pushed it on me. Very pleasant malty brew. Very well-balanced. This could grow on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
33 cl bottle. Reddish brown with a small, tan head that quickly vanishes. Moderate to heavy malty notes - bread, burnt caramel and chocolate. Very fruity with aroma of raisins, plum, cherry and cassis, much like a port. Taste is initially sweet and acidic, and finishes off surprisingly quickly on the sour note with the slightest hint of bitterness. LIght-bodied with a soft and very plain mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertGBG (109) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
An acid smell but an sweet taste with some fudge, alcohol and bitterness. Minus on the smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Pours a dark brown hue with a thin creamy caramel head. Smells of sweet caramel, raisin and roasted malts. Taste semi sweet with a caramel, toffee and raisin background. Has a flavorless finish with almost no aftertaste. Good but not great.

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