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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1218   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Dark maroon. Tan head dissipates rapidly but leaves persistent lace anyway. Complex; raisiny, malty, smoky, and woody flavors are apparent, along with a slight bitterness. Full-bodied. Smells more of malt and dried fruit than of hops. After a weekend of crappy lagers this was much needed, and on sale at Donderbak's for $3 per bottle, I'm going to stock up...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
One of my all time faves. for one thing I'm particularly fond of a strong scotch ale, and this one is really well done. not something you drink much of at once, but more of a boutique piece for a special occasion, as last night was!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Smokey chestnut brown color, diminuitive head. Strong smell of malts and caramel. Flavor is wonderful, the somewhat sweet heavy flavor belies a dry rather clean aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5278) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Rerate, 330 ml cellared bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Still an excellent beer, I get some differences in aroma and flavour: "old sherry" notes in the aroma are stronger I don’t get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (don’t get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Beautiful brown to ruby colour, good beige head. Complex aroma of oak and sandalwood, some pine too, old sherry, leather, pipe tobacco, sour cherries, prunes, hints of smoke . Flavour is woody with a pronounced roastiness, coffee notes, strong tea, hints of bitter chocolate, excellent hoppy bitterness. A truly delightful beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2007
Ruby Color, medium head. Aroma: Complex, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. Palate: Malt, caramel, oak, liquoricey, roast, bitter. Complex too. Very good beer!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2316) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Wow traquair has done it again. Might even be better than jacobite. Pours a dark brown cloudy color with a small soapy head. Smell is of berries and caramel malt. Taste is the same but with a smoky roasted taste. Really great and the alcohol content is hidden. Extremely high marks!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarcher2828 (5) - - MAR 15, 2012 does not count
Dark and tasty, hints of a dark coffee. Perfect mix of a heavy beer that is easy drinking.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - AUG 5, 2012
It draws you in and makes you feel like burrowing in amongst the wonders of a woodland. A beer of its place - bier de terroire. Earthy bog swamp and blackberry aromas, breaking into a treacley burnt sugar aspects with complicated mushroom and liquorice vanilla complexity. Very thought provoking. Is this an ale or a stout? How do they make this taste this way?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3293) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Doskonale piwo. Miedziano czerwone w odcieniu ze srednia piana ale znaczaca slady na kufelku. Tradycyjne piwo w smaku. Karmelowe lekki posmak toffi. Figowy aromat. Intensywny. Tradycja i doswiadczenie starego browaru to sama klasa w sobie.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Very dark amber pour, small head. Smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry to me, yet there’s almost an overture of vanilla in there somewhere as well. Great mouth feel that’s much less overpowering than I expected -- so smooth and definitely helped by having a fairly low alcohol (I guessed initially that a beer like this might have been up in the 9 range). Nice finish. Strong overall .


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