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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1349   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.

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Scipio (1338) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2018
Pours a clear, very dark amber with a medium beige head. The aroma consists of healthy peaty and earthy elements, toffee, oak, and a bit of whisky. The taste is a little sweet and isn't all that bitter. Toasted malt forms the base of the flavors with the supporting impressions being balanced well. These include floral hops, toffee, oak, licorice, and fig. At the end is a long floral finish. It is light in body, smooth in texture, and quite soft in carbonation. This drinks much lighter that its actual potency. I'm impressed.

glennmastrange (2957) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2018 Bottle from 1995 (old green label). Moderate to heavy cookie, nutty and dark caramel for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops, light to moderate dough and leather for the yeast, with sherry and lots of dark dried fruit in the background. Head is non-existent, and color is murky, dark reddish brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet. Palate is medium, watery, with a no carbonation (23 years in the bottle). I saved this one to the point of becoming a dare, which explains the not so great rating. I'll give it another rating when I try a fresher bottle.

johndoyle (3) - Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2018 caramel, coffee, brown, clear, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, soft carbonation, minimal head,

julesxxl (652) - FRANCE - JAN 22, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2018 (caramel apple & orange confite, first red, puis [liqueur ; fadeur], type badoit-jus d'orange, back curuçao, amer, last cigare)

voyageurmike (525) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle from Beer Yard. Dark ruby colored with trace of head. Caramel malt nose, very little carbonation. Tastes of dark fruit, licorice and oak. Finish is bitter malt.

Bitterbill (2079) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Feb 2008 I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John! It's been years since I had this: It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing. The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch. The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended!

j.hi (39) - - OCT 9, 2017
Clear light amber, attractive. Few bubbles. Smells like European ale. Soft smooth bubbly taste. Long finish with increasing ale coating on tongue. Ales are not my favorite beer but this is pretty drinkable. I’d order in Scotland! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ianwelby (1616) - SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Clear red-brown beer with a thin head. Smells of malt, fruit and caramel. Taste is dried fruit, malt, toffee, a touch of citrus, a little alcohol-y and with a sharp, dry aftertaste.

ivangoal (17) - - SEP 6, 2017
Little but malty aroma. Nice head. Great Warming mouthfeel an very nice malty and alcoholic taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

gripweed57 (3098) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2017
From old tasting notes. Bottle from the 1980’s. Brew 179; Bottle # 267634. Barely translucent burgundy red color with a small creamy brown head. Superb roasted malt aroma with a mildly complex vinous, sweetish character. Intense roasted malt flavor with a rich semisweet background. Finish becomes tart and fruity with a hint of dryness. Delicious, long, pleasing subtle Malty aftertaste. Rich, full bodied and well rounded. A classic.

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