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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9140) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark amber colour with some ruddy tones as well. Thin but creamy light tan head. Malty aroma with prominent molasses and coffee notes. Light roasted barley, slight fruitiness of dates and apricots, some coffee and just enough bitterness to bring it all together. Very creamy mouthfeel. Finish reminds me of tawny port and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A well-balanced and delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8916) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2002
This beer has a fantastic burnt coffee and dark chocolate taste with a long dry finish. Belgians would be proud of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2007
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget) Clear darm reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet sirup and raissin scent, also light vinous. Caramelly malty and sweet taste with lots of warming alcohol. Big and full body. High co2 mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Aftertaste is chocolate and roasted malt mixed with coffee beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8776) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2008
(33cl bottle) Hazy, dark brown colour with a short, light-beige foamy head. Sweet and moderately alcoholic toast-malty nose with caramel and traces of dark, dried fruits. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a light to moderate carbonation. Strong, dark and toasted malty taste with caramel and dark chocolate; sweet and faint bitter toasted malty finish with a whiff of fruitiness. Strong but not an overwhelming brew (05.03.08).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. A dark purply-brown coloured beer with a warming aroma with creamy vanilla hints and Christmas berries. The taste also has vanilla with nice spices and currants all mixed in. A very nice very drinkable very well balanced beer which warms the cockles

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2012
11.2 oz bottle. My first-ever ale from Traquair, poured into a snifter. Minimal sort of khaki head. Khaki web of head floating on the surface. Small bubbles on the side of the glass. Hazy dark red-brown color. Little lace. Nice, light crisp carbonation, drier texture. Nice, dark fruity malty estery aroma, very interesting. Kind of like molasses, but not sticky or heavy, kind of somehow fresh tasting, actually. Light hops. Nice sweet taste, light bitter. Pretty interesting and tasty ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
330 ml bottle. BBE Aug/22. Ukkometso, Tampere, Finland. Dark ruby red colour with a tiny off-white head. Berries, malt, sweetness, mild hops and mild alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is sweet malt, alcohol, berries, mild bitterness and mild vinous elements. Smooth and rich. 7.2% kicks slightly in after couple of sips. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 2008-09-28. Very dark brown body with a decent sized beige head. (3+) Aroma of malt with a bit of a tang to it, light herbal character. Flavour is sweet, light herbal notes return with tangy malt and light bitter touches in the finish. Average palate is a bit thin for the beer which calls for more heft. Decent but I remember it being better. Having said that, the bottle is at least a year old. 6+/4/7/3/13-14 3.1 Bottle Shared by Mabel of unknown vintage

Rated Aug 2006 Very dark brown body with a small cream tan head (3+). Big sweet malt aroma with a spice I can’t place – nutmeg perhaps or something akin to it perhaps – in both the flavour and aroma. Very nice malt centric flavour. Medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/3+/8/3+/18 - 4

Rated Nov 2004 - Ruby brown body, with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, slightly earthy and vaguely smokey. Hint of peat? Sweet malty flavour with a touch of alcohol in the finish, some notes of brown sugar. Palate is fairly smooth. Nice but a bit underwhelming. 6/3/7/3/16 - 3.5 <P>Rated Dec 2001 - Mildly sweet, full bodied, strong and fruity. Would be a good one to share and sip, or with a dinner of roast beef. Quite enjoyable. 5/3/7/4/17 - 3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Deep red and brown appearance. Sweet, apple and cinnamon spice aroma. Sublte flavors initially in the mouth, then appearing smooth, with some honey, apple, and wood. Weak yes... not much there.

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