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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1340   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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mjg74 (3141) - 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 (4214) - 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.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 Pours muddy brown w/ a medium sized creamy pancake spattered froth that reduces to a dusty film and ring around the glass. Aroma is tart and musty like worn socks. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Flavors are thick and malty w/ a defined half baked biscuit persona. Other flavors of roasted coffee bean and cocoa persist w/ a hint of sweetness. A slightly earthy tropshire with a bit of dark wood. A little bitter on the finish w/ slight tart, musty alcohol. Overall a complex brew that goes well w/ highly seasoned food.

jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Lots of caramel in the nose, with a hit of the alcohol. Flavor is malty and sweet, with little bitterness.

KnutAlbert (6763) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2006
Melasses, spices, fruit, all packed into a brew with no added ingredients but hops, yeast, malt and water. Must be the water!

JK (6240) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
The Jacobite Ale is one of my favorite beers, so I was expecting great things from the House ale as well. Sadly it didn’t live up. This is a simple beer that lacks the complexity of the Jacobite. The aroma has malt and light smoke. A dark brown beer and a fairly thick cream colored head, but no sediment at all. Flavor is simple: roasted malt and smoke. Of course the dominant quality of the beer is the malt, and in that it is good enough, but for a very expensive beer; and this surely is at $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle, it is a disappointment.

Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Prepare to quaff history! With its notes of slightly fruity chocolate, molasses and a bit of dry spice, this rich, palate filling ale is a superb example of the brewer’s art. Yet it is so much more! This is a libation of history, of tradition, a recipe steeped in ancestral pride. To sip it is to be transported in time. Bonnie Indeed!

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