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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1330   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Iím giving it my first perfect score. I was amazed at the wonderful malt flavors, almost like a red wine. Perfect balance, beautiful deep red/garnet color. Rich aroma (yes, pretty close to the SATB). This was actually served to me at room temp (note: *not* cellar temp, *room* temp) and it was wonderful, with all the various flavor notes at their best, showing off the amazing complexity of this beer. Updating with more specifics: Dark cloudy brown, with thick dense head. Rich plummy aroma. Flavor full of dark fruit, figs and plums. Lingering warm and alcoholic finish. Not as stunning as my previous tasting, but Iíll leave the 5.0 score alone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Amazing!...Find it, but it, savor it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
gentle roasted/smokey aroma. foam diminishes to a little. really nice brown color. great flavors of mild chocolate, tootsie roll, smoked malt and lingering bitterness. finishes dry and soft on the palate. my mouth has been bathed in some beautiful malt. classic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle from Mort Subite, Altrincham. Rich red/brown with generous tan head that fades a little but leaves pleasant lacing. Rich, complex aroma with butterscotch, liquorice, spice, alcohol, malt and fruit all coming through. Roast malt flavours with more butterscotch/liquorice and a beautiful touch of coffee and chocolate. A touch of hops lead to a drawn out, bitter finish. Surprisingly low carbonation gives a wonderful smooth palate. One of the very, very best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madchemist83 (249) - USA - FEB 7, 2011
Absolute ecstasy ... everything is perfect even better when conditioned in bottle. I had 2003 and it was like a cognac of beers. Amazing

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Had two sips and the glass fell off the back of the car at lake wedding ton.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2001
One of the finest beers Iíve ever tasted. Strong butterscotch flavor/aroma - normally an off-flavor, itís anything but in this brew. Caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate blend in a beer with suprisingly drinkable body - not heavy or cloying. I obviously had a bottle that was in good condition. I will seek this beer out again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2002
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Damn. This was good. Smooth flavors of caramel/butterscotch and the like. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reid (2300) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great. The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma. Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice. Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round

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