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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1354   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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asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Darkish ruddy amber thatís almost clear, with a cream cover that just barely covers the top. Aroma is roasty and toasty and melanoidiny with notes of grain and raisin. The taste and aroma is kind of aged, with all the raisin and spicy melanoidins. The mild bitterness may come partly from hops, but there is definitely a contribution from the dark malts. Good amount of residual sweetness that may be a little much for me without some more bitterness. Medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a small tan head. Light roasted raisin aroma and a sweet raisin light roasred dry bitter taste. Medium body and a sweet bitter dry finish.

Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
This was intriguing. Well, the aroma of raisin and malts was right there. Poured dark, with little head. taste was cherry/oak and some sour and coffee. Finished strong. This was a pleasant surprise.

frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Heavily malted aroma from this brown beer. Lively effervescense keep the tan head from fading. Sublime malt presence in the flavor with woodsy undertones. Medium bodied with an alcoholic-dry texture and light astringency. Quite tasty, and the wife enjoyed it, too!

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GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2005
nose of dark fruits and spiced woody malts, also a little liquorice i think. medium bodied with a tasty lingering finish. very nice.

Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that Iíd just tried it. Wow, weíre off to a great start here! Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh. Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries... Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. Iím very impressed. Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you havenít had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.

Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Rich, dark ale with a thought of a head, this has a malty, smokey, woody aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. This has quite the robust feel in the mouth, well-bodied and well carbonated. Peaty malty tastes backed up by the beginnings of an alcohol presence, this is a slowly warming drink. Dark, woody, peat bog finish. Good drink.

ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2005
fruity, and yeasty aroma with notes of pear, alcohol, and oak; heavy malt flavor with some earthy and musty highlights, maybe some dark fruits in the background, definitely winey and portish; thick and oily palate with a slightly bitter/sour finish; the alcohol is there, no doubt; this beer has alot of flavors that, overall, donít seem to blend very well: decent at best.

aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
A very nice candlelight contemplation beer. wonderful balance with a hint of peaty smoke an nice roasted caramel with a touch of vanilla. A world class brew from THE whisky country.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Brown/red colour, slightly hazy cloudy. Light white head. Spicy scent with bready malts and some oaking. Smooth with a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty body mixed in. Slightly sweet finish.

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