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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1281   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.

WesKBob's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a clear dark red. Thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong, sweet aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is raisins, dried cherries, toast and just a hint of vanilla. A little more alcohol burn than usual for the style. Medium body. Slightly slick, oily finish and very mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5584) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: SBWF 2015.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Vinous, caramel, malt, hops, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Vinous, dried fruit, alcohol, caamel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
A little watery. Not much of the expected Scottish flavor. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
One2remeber (215) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle, best before June 2018. Metallic, old English malt character, could easily mistake malt profile as a doppelbock (optimator). Light brown malt with a chewy, nutty flavor. Low Co2. Nuttiness of boiled peanuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (923) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours dark chestnut brown, almost no head white. Aroma: sweetish, roast, toffee, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is sweetish, slight smoke sourness, caramel, burnt wood, Medium body. Sweet-bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1240) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, candy sugar and sweet cask oak. Taste is sweet malts and dark fruits with slight bitterness that dissipates. Smooth consideringvthe abv though. The full body does sadly taper off. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains somewhat poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mario_giri (230) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Kurze Review von Untappd: Not as tasty as their Jacobite Ale, still quite smooth and easy drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (601) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is sticky red bananas, dark cherries, cherry liqueur, herbal bitters / orange bitters, Old Fashioned. Taste is whiskey and coke, dark fruits (sugary cherries), something boozy and bourbon-y with herbal bitters. Reminded me very much of an Old Fashioned.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17720) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Mail order bottle. Clear maroon color, scant head. Aroma of plums, raisins, dates. Taste has lightly burnt espresso, dark fruit. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (935) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. It’s a flattering comparison, yet both are so different from one another. Unlike Backwoods Bastard (or countless other barrel brews), Traquair House is medium-bodied and extremely smooth. Aroma is malty and rich with hints of syrup. Flavor has dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Aging has given the beer some oak smells and tastes, but the influence is smartly subdued. ’Bout time I had a Scotch Ale from Scotland. Damn glad I started with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1163) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. A- Dark cherries, dark fruits, molasses, subtle vinegar. A- Black color, black liquid, tan head. T- Dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, malty, subtle booze, raisins, plums. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly medicinal finish. O- Finally a scotch ale from their homeland. Full of dark fruits and cherry and smooooooooth. A bit of a medicine tasting finish which hurt a little but still very tasty.

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