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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1199   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle. Meh... not sure what all the hype is about. Nice nose of sweet malt a d candied dark fruit. Pours a rich, oily brown with minimal head. Quite dry flavor with some salt, dark fruit and molasses. medium bodied with average carbonation. Decent but far from spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - JUL 21, 2014
Way to estery and vegemity for me to fully appreciate, though this did come towards the end of a tasting. Along with the aforementioned flavours included dark fruits, some nuts and chocolate. Will likely need to revisit, though it will have it’s work cut out to impress, based on this outing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2002
I feel this is a huge ripoff. Maybe I cracked it open too warm, maybe the oak cask flavor, but this one did me wrong. I prefer a Robert the Bruce or Old Jock any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla and sherry, hint of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Doesn’t do much for me, but who the hell knows how fresh it is?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
this dark mohagony colored brew has a slightly sweet malty aroma with some fruity and spicy notes in the background. the flavor is malty with a hint of smokey nut flavor and hops. the beer is slightly dry with a bite of alcohol deep in the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5591) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
Bottled. Chestnut colour with almost no head. A smoky aroma. Soft palate with alcohol-feel. Sweet with flavour from dried fruit. Almost porter-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
The picture does it about right: dark brown/slightly amber with a thin white head. A little malty and some smoke, but nothing to prevelant. Kind of bland. Not necesarily watery, but just not full of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
This was beautiful to the eye (a nice burnt orange color), and appealing to the nose, but the flavor was too sour and vinegar-like. The oak mustiness of this may make it more complex, but less appealing in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Brown Coloring. Small Head. Smokey. Malt. The flavor was either mildly complex or just not distinctive. Will Try again...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
An acid smell but an sweet taste with some fudge, alcohol and bitterness. Minus on the smell.

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