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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1333   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2004
Dark brown with a rich malty aroma. Flavor has notes of caramel wood and smoke, a bit salty. Not as good at their Jacobite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with little head or lace. Earthy, musty, peaty aroma. Rich, burnt, peaty and astringent flavor. Decent brew, but definitely not worth the $$$.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Overall a decent brew but lacking in character. I am surprised to find this one as many places as I do. +++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head that fades quickly. There is a faint sweet and fruity aroma. The palate is thick. The flavor is an off malt with a heavy essence of molasses. The molasses lingers on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle: Very strong cocoa smell along with some fruit. Pours a hazy dark orangish-brown with virtually no head and slight lacing. Flavor is malty with dark chocolate the initial flavor then finishes bitter. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. I like the chocolate flavor but it’s not quite balanced with the bitter finish to my liking. Still a pretty good beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2004
a slightly smokey yet peaty aroma that follows into the taste. Lots of nice flavors, but a little thin. A great scotch ale and definitely one of the best example of this style that I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Pours a brown color with a medium light brown head. Mild aroma, some malts detected, maybe some molasses. Overall, not much going on. Maybe some sweet dark fruits in there too. The taste is definitely quite malty, with just a touch of some hops in the background. A little bit of sweet cinnamon and spice shows up in the finish. The aftertaste was sweet, dark molasses and a slight bitterness. Decent brew, nothing exciting for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2007
bottle. Dark brown color with a fluffy white head that disappear quicly. Aroma is toasted malt and notes of toffee and coffee. Flavor is sweety with a little bitterness, notes of coffee too. Mouthfeel is sweet with a bitterness at finish.

Português: Cerveja Escura com uma espuma fofa que some rápido. Aroma de malte torrado com notas de caramelo e café. Sabor adociacod com pouco amargor e notas de café. Retrogosto é doce com um certo amargor no final

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Pours a clear, dark cola color. A small, bubbly, off-white film settles to a swirly, wispy film with a bubbly edge. Minimal, sudsy lacing drapes itself about the glass. The aroma is reminiscent of flat root beer. Toasted caramel, molasses, oak and vanilla comprise the bulk of the nose. A subtle fruitiness adds a layer of complexity. The flavor is slightly different. Sweet caramel meets overly ripened dark fruits, and a touch of woodsy oak and vanilla. Medium bodied, with a fairly still mouthfeel. A touch of bitter hops bite down at the end, as the beer fades into a quick finish. Decent beer, but I had higher hopes for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
33 cl bottle. Dark brown color, beige head. Malty with caramell, some fruit and hops. (RBNAG’07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Great taste: fruity and malty but left a slight bitter aftertaste. Good for a Scottish ale. Prefer Dutch ales but this was good.

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