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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1345   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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Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s, Toronto. Poured a deep syrupy looking brown, very little head. Strong malt and whiskey flavours, very little carbonation. As it warmed, flavours and alcohol became more intense. Slightly bitter finish but again, this is overshadowed by the alcohol. I thought it tasted a little stale as well, like it was sitting in the bottle for a little too long (even though that shouldn’t have affected this sort of beer). Not bad, but maybe a little disappointing.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown color with an off white head. Strong chocolate aroma. Tsate was nice and malty with a smokey finish. Great for a Scotch Ale.

Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
good beer, very impressed, pours a dark cloudy brown color, rich and chocolatey taste, strong aroma, very malty.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2004
Bottled. Dusty, dead tasting. Not worth my time or money. What saves it and gives is a few points is that it goes down easy, despite the rather high alcohol content.

khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.

skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
This was beautiful to the eye (a nice burnt orange color), and appealing to the nose, but the flavor was too sour and vinegar-like. The oak mustiness of this may make it more complex, but less appealing in my book.

harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2004
a slightly smokey yet peaty aroma that follows into the taste. Lots of nice flavors, but a little thin. A great scotch ale and definitely one of the best example of this style that I have ever had.

brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
This awesome brew poured muddy amber/brown with no head at all. Aroma is rich molasses with green apples. Heavy and satisfying complex flavors. Chocolate, apples, molasses, figs and smoke. This is hands down the best scotch ale I have ever had. Cheers to Traquair!

Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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