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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1334   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhewitt (7) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004 does not count
When put on the counter the cashier asked me, "this is beer?". Classy, expensive beer with an amber hue and (I found) a very clean, balanced palate which almost tasted like what I expected it to while being promoted as one of the better Scottish ales. If I was a millionaire i’d probably drink it all the time...... sigh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2007
From an 11.2 oz bottle (thanks to my fellow beer-loving boss for bringing this to dinner ... he makes more than I do!). A deep mahogoney brown that doesn’t let the merest hint of light escape. The thin white top invites you in. Although the aroma is light in nature, it’s nice musty caramel flourish draws you in even more. Finally ... I get to taste it! Nice. Exceptionally well designed, this is a beauty. Deep and tantalizing in it’s roastiness with a full complement of oakiness, caramel, toffee, dark plum and buttery finish ... but done in such a manner as to not offend anyone. God, I love beer. (#2668, 1/28/07)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 330 ml in pint glass pours a gorgeous, uncloudy mahogany with red tones. Small, light brown head settles to thin film with sugary lace. Aroma is a deliciously spiced date-raisin liqueur aged in oak, then baked in a bread. Flavor is the same, with some chocolate spice cake added to the front for good measure, and perfect balance of bittering hops finish that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with an overall dry palate that balances the rich flavors well. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2007
bottle. dark mahogony pour iwth thin frothy head. beautiful looking beer. nice moderate aroma. dark fruits, raison and plum. sugary sweetness. oak. mollasses. a bit of maple and faint yeast. I was excited to drink it. smooth creamy mouth. mild chocolate. nice sour malts. oak and sugar. balanced yeast. roasted nut and plum. lively peppery bitter finish. great balance and power of flavors. wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
Bottled, Filtered, 330ml, aged 4.5yrs. Ruby to brown with beige head. What a beautiful looking beer, it has the appearance of a rich burgundy, but with a head. It is smooth, the ageing has worked particularly well, fusing the parts into one luscious, rounded, full beer. There is a blackcurrant and winey raisin note to it, warming in the alcohol, there is a sweetness on the finish. Very, very good

   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 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
An oaky beer, but balnced by nutty maltiness. The finish is acidic and makes you want to keep drinking more. A great beer. Scotland will continue to be a place to watch as their beers are finally showing up more and more here in the sates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10249) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015 very malty, smokey, and slicker than snot on a glass eye!!! this is a great beer. one of the best of this style, i highly recomend it. it’s a little pricey for the tiny bottle, but totally worth it. 2015 - bigger size for roughly the same price I paid for 10 oz before. takes a while to open up...next time I’ll just slightly chill it. Too cold, it’s good. Near room temp it’s still phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (2932) - NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Dark copper in colour, head disapearing quickly. Aroma of prunes, maple syrup and dark caramel. Wonderful taste. Aftertaste of dried fruit, toffee, dark caramel balanced with hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (4909) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff: lakris og vanilje (gjæret på eikefat!), mykt, velbalansert og innsmigrende med stor munnfylde. Et fantastisk øl helt uten skarpe kanter. Lurer på hvordan en ufiltrert utgave ville smakt...

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