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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1254   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle, pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, oak, chocolate, berries and nuts. Flavour of bittersweet chocolate, oak, nuts, and some spice. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8722) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8676) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (8526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle from Nelson Wines. It pours hazy dark brown with a red hue and a thin fizzy white head. The nose is sweet caramel, dried fruit, milk chocolate and toffee. The taste is vanilla, caramel, wood, liquorice, toffee, leather, smoke, tobacco, lactose, plum, dried cherry and milk chocolate, with a fruity finish.Very well balanced. A bit like a Scotch Ale-Belgian dubbel cross. High quality stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8497) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The Market Cross brewpub was nice enough to share this one with me at the HBF. Pours amber, with aroma of malt, fruit, and spice. Tastes fruity, with caramel, chocolate, nuts, bourbon, and hops at the finish. Very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 I woke up this morning with visions of vanilla curtains and raspberry jam counters…I walked up to the living room to see chocolate floors and a whisky smoke coming out of the air-conditioner…Dizzy, I sat down on my bowl of fresh fruit and inhaled the most wonderful grape, plum, grapefruit and mango juice…To me, that’s a sign I liked the beer I had yesterday…

Addendum : Aging does not seem to help this beer at all, maltiness subsides, bubbles although small become prickly and roasted malt seem to be toppling the previously predominant fruit. I hope my other bottles don’t go down the same path.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8334) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8290) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8218) - 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.

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