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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1339   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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edgallow (4218) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2015
16.9 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and oak. Taste is toffee, plums, and coffee.

rodabod (3) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Waiitrose in Edinburgh. Aroma is caramel/toffee and slight butterscotch. Hops are very subdued which helps the other flavours to shine. There are also slight stewed/dried fruit aromas like prunes and figs. Appearance is dark like maybe a porter. Not a huge amount of head which is off-white. Taste is medium-sweet. This is basically a classic Wee Heavy, and own of the last remaining real examples of the style. Body is medium, but feels quite viscous. Carbonation is medium. I’m glad it’s not too strong as it doesn’t suit this style. Overall, I’m so glad to have found this classic. I’ve tried Founder’s - Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues - Old Chub, and Brewdog Dogma which all love, but it’s great to try a real old time classic of the style. Fantastic.

mR_fr0g (12641) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Paul and JackL for these.

2011 vintage. Aroma is nice raisin dried fruits, figs nutty malts, some alcohol. Light caramel brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Flavour is composed of woody, booze, dried fruit, jam, little tang, some sugars. Palate is light / medium body, little age, lowish carbonation. 7,3,7,3,14

1991 vintage. Aroma is woody, soy, jammy fruits. Flavour is more jammy and dried fruit. Boozy fruit cake. Better. 6,3,8,3,15

1985 vintage. Aroma holds more sherry note, little tart, nutty soy. Flavour is composed of jam, earthy wood, little musty wood. 6,3,7,3,13.

1977 vintage. More umami, soy. Rasisn and booze, tart berry, jammy fig. plum. Still some carbonation on this bottle.

Zlotta (3425) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2015
0.33 l bottle from FIRMA BIER, bottled in august 2014 (one year old). Clear, dark red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of raisins, blackcurrant, plums, molasses and licorice. Sweetish-malty taste of molasses, cane sugar, licorice, raisins and blackcurrant, followed by a short, slightly bitter, coffeish finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Quite tasty but also not that interesting. Decent brew without any surprises.

poolstar (43) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
dark beer, malts . liquorice, some dark fruits,strong boozy aftertaste, decent beer

colui72 (1063) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
Excellent ale. Dark amber-brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Taste adds caramel, roasted dark malts and the oak left a smoky-woody aroma. Low bitter ending. Smooth and easy to drink.

Oscbert (1313) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUL 31, 2015
~Sweet bready, aroma. Hard to pinpoint what I’m smelling. Oak, raisin,vanilla, coconut. ~Pours a dark amberish brown with small lasting creamy light tan head. ~Sweet flavor as well with some strong oak flavor and slight roast, earth hop character of wood and leaves. ~Medium bodied, medium co2, lingering bitter roastiness. ~Enjoyable beer, would love to enjoy with friends on a cool evening, but doesn’t particularly stand out to me.

ruigo (3074) - PORTUGAL - JUL 29, 2015
33cl bottle Dark brown colour with a small thin tan head. Caramel, dates, raisins and toffee in the aroma. Soft carbonation and full body. Taste is medium sweet at front with bitter notes coming forward. Overall, a very good beer.

ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 23, 2015
Light brown with a frothy average head. Aromas of caramel, liquorice, sherry, alcohol. Sweet, with a tart and bitter touch, and an alcoholic finish. Soft carbonation and watery to oily mouthfeel. A bit cloying.

jackl (8217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2011 vintage @ Croydonia. Deep reddish amber with a modest head. Red apple and cocoa. Rich malty punch. Taste of tobacco Infused liquorice. Toast. Brown bread and cocoa. Still pretty hot! Oily and soft. Decent.

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