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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crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Very nice brown color. Full of rich malty flavor with a touch of smokey flavor that gives it that scottish flavor. Not really any noticable hop flavor, basically all malt.

SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured deep, deep red with a great frothy head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is a little light at first, but takes off as it warms ... toffee, cherry, licorice, fig and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. In fact, there is no astringency at all. Flavor, like the aroma, takes off as it warms. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, licorice and molasses all dominate, but they play nice. I’m not really sure what it is, but this one is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and is really a fantastic brew.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle. Look s exactly like cola. Nose-kind of a malty mildewy weird nose. Taste-some peaty smoke, brown ale fkavors, unsweetened toffee, unsweet honey, dry, bland malt, cereal, and artificial grape. Not bad, but not good on it’s own. Would probably go with food rather well. If I blindly tatsted this and was asked to name the style, I would say that it was a very strong brown ale.

larsga (7668) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2006
Medium beige offwhite creamy head with larger bubbles. Dark red-brown body. Sweetish musty aroma rather like whipped cream. Sweet, smoky, lightly roasty taste with notes of licorice. Sweetish, dry aftertaste. Good, quite interesting.

Svesse (8825) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2006
(Bottled) Colour is dark brown with notes of copper, off-white head. Roasted and fruity nose with coffee, spices (clove?) and dark chocolate with orange zest. Full and round taste with some sweetness (brown sugar), dark roasted coffee, dried fruit and dark, bitter chocolate and/or toffee. Some bitterness and a lot drier towards the end. Long finish with a brown palate (don’t know why, but it just feels ... brown). Lots of taste, the alcohol is well hidden, which makes this is a very well balanced and constructed beer. Absolutely brilliant!

smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).

biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours deep red with a 1/2", stable tan head. Musky, dank, slightly cheesy aroma with some floral and caramel notes. Sweet, clean and caramelly. Has some notes of whiskey and smoke. Finishes drier than the flavor would suggest, with some puckering bitterness. Nice beer that would be good with roast duck.

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly. Great mix of dark fruits and sweet malts in the aroma. The flavor was mainly dark fruits but had a nice milk chocolate tone to it also. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, and a smoky aftertaste. An excellent ale!

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 (4636) - 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.

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