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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1334   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Chocolate brown pour with an almost nonexistent head. Earthy, oaky aroma. Very dry taste with hints of oak and vanilla. The lightest hint of dark fruits if I really strain to look for them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Poured a darker, reddish brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Light and subtle aromas and tastes of caramel and other malts. Nutty. Dark fruits. Smooth to drink. Complex flavors that work well. I liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2005
Bottled: Amber coloured. Light brown dense head. Malt, sweetness and fruit in the aroma. Flavour is fruity as well. Alcohol notes and some malt. Ends on a sweet note with a light alcoholburnt. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2006
330ml bottle (bb.Dec.2014!) bought at Utobeer, Borough Market in Sept.05. Creamy, off-white head over a dark brown body. Rich flavours of black coffee and chocolatly maltiness. Vague bitter ending. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11264) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of overripe fruit, light caramel, malt, bread and raisins. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle, total wine. brown color with a whitish head. Aroma is fruity and malty...seems like it might be sweet. And it is a bit sweet. I get some good fruity notes and some wood too. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010
Date: December 25, 1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: total beverage, DC
Appearance: deep cloudy rusty amber, whispy fine head
Aroma: rich sweet carmel malt aroma with just a touch of floral hops
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, underlying bitterness, lasting through the finish
Overall: tasty but not worth $7 for 11 oz

Date: February 09, 2010
Mode: bottle
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: muddy brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet brown sugar and caramel aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, gritty brown sugar sweetness, dark caramel, touch of ripe fruit, just a hint of bitterness to rein in the sweetness
Overall: much better than years past

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: December 08, 2004
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 1996
Score: 3.1
Aroma: big sweet alcoholic aroma with some earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity ripe plum character, nice mellow sweetness, slightly thin, a bit oxadized contributing to a light bitter finish
Overall: age has helped this beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is nutty, chocolate, taste is similar, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle. Dried apricot/raisin and strong hops aroma. Cloudy orangish brown color with little head. Sweet dried fruit malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Hops and alcohol flavor well balanced - neither one comes through too strongly. An easy drinking strong ale.

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