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


on tap

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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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RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer introduces itself with a sour prune smell that has a hint of banana lingering in the background. It is Appalachian brown in color and has a small white head that dissolves rather quickly. This beer is thin and watery and only produces a mildly bitter yeasty taste after it is swallowed. (

Geiserich (4499) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 28, 2006
Aroma is sourly, light smelly with light sweetness and fruitiness. Flavor has notes of cough candy with light to medium sweetness. Light alcohol notes. Dry and bitter finish.

dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2006
This beer pours a deep red amber with a 1/4 in. tan head. Lots of fruit in the smell. Very roasty malty flavor! Very nice beer. The roasting is not overwelming. This is a very fine beer I will be happy to drink again! Cheers!

HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Clear dark red with a white head and some lacing. Nice fruit and licorice in the nose. Dried fruit, roast, some smoke, and an earthy bitterness in the flavor. Medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Good beer. I like the Jacpbite Ale a little more.

LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Very fruity aroma with a heavy overtone of alcohol.Fruit flavor followed by malt for taste.

mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark ruby/brownish color. Aroma is of sangria and dark fruit, a little sweet. Flavor is dark fruits and roasted malts.. Bitter malty finish.

mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Pours almost opaque with a smallish head that quickly dissipates to a thin bubbly film that lingers around the perimeter of the glass. Nose of malt and subtle dates with very little (none that I was able to detect) hop presence. Strong roasted malt flavor with hints of alcohol. There is a bitterness as well as more dark fruit taste in the finish. A complex brew. Liked it better than the Jacobite Ale.

bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a fairly dark brown, with a smallish head. Aroma is mostly matl with a hint of sournsee which is not at all present in the flavor. Flavors are of roasted malt. Very little in the way of hop bitterness or flavor. Not at all overly sweet. A very tasty brew that I would have to recommend.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Enjoyed this one with my brother on Christmas Day. A rather sweet brew with toasty notes and a malt crunch in there. Very little hops and this is one of those beers that gets better as it gets a bit warmer. If you see it grab it because it’s a solid beer.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours a deep brown, approaching an opaque almost black color that shows a clear beer as I pour it into my glass. The head is frothy and a light brown color, which dissapears to a ring of foam with a dusting of a light layer on top. The aroma is fairly rich, in a fairly thin way, if that makes any sense. The aroma reminds me of fermented dates, some definite toffee and coffee, and a ligthly sour note that reminds me of tamarind.

The taste of this beer is lightly tart up front, with a rich malt character that has notes of toasted malt, a dry biscuit-like note with lots of rich toffee on top. The taste is quite light up front, which is what I expected. The taste is fairly dry, which seems to accentuate the tart tamarind notes. I really like the malt notes in this beer, they are rich and satisfying despite the beer being light; something that seems to be missed on this side of the pond.

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