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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mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor beige head. It’s aroma is that of burnt rubber ans syrup. It tastes EXACTLY like a loaf of bread that they produce in Ostrobothnia in Finland "Malax limpan or Maalahden limppu". It ought to be interesting to combine the two of theese. I have to try it out! Syrup and malts are the main ingredients.

DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Clear dark brown, medium fine beige head. Malty nose with some roasty aromas and an almost vinous character. Medium full body, very light carbonation for a wonderful feel. Earthy, roasted flavors with hints of raisin and prune. Background of spiciness transitions into a light peppery, and balanced dry finish.

joergen (27983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits. Flavour of dried fruits and liquorice with light roasted notes.

rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Dark mahogany hue, with a shy tan head, the nose has some notes of yeast, very malty, with a winey accent, hint of oakiness in the aroma follows through on a raw malted full bodied palate, with a dark roasted malt, touch of pepper spiciness, black bitter chocolatey note, leading towards a robust malty accent and a delightful mild dryness finish.

MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
20 year old bottle from Logan. A murkey deep brownish color w/ no head to speak of. Super sweet aroma big and malty carmel notes and some dark fruits, fig & plum. weak palate some coating. Flavor is very sweet carmel light grains and a smoke componenet. Seems to have held up well for a 20 yr old beer. Pretty good.

anders37 (26227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2005
Dark brown colour with creamy off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of caramel. Some hints of smokey arome too. The flavor is malty with hints of caramel and licorice. Nice aftertaste with some hints of bitterness.

1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 The beer pours to a a dark brown body with light red highlights. Looks like a nice wood color. The beer has a creamy off-white head. The aroma kinda reminds me of a Thomas Hardy’s Ale. I get dark fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, grapes, licorice, and peat. Like a fine wine. Very complex. The flavor is nice. Also similar to Thomas Hardy’s. Even though they’re different styles, they’re similar in most aspects. The flavor has licorice and tobacco with smooth dark fruits and syrup/molasses. rosemary? The mouthfeel is coating and medium bodied with that winey feel. This is a good brew and well worth the $4.79.

Was able to try a 20 year old bottle from DenverLogan. Thanks!

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Robe brune claire aux reflets roux surmontée d’une mince mousse beige. Arômes de noix, de bois et d’épices. Saveurs de malt brun, de noix, de bois et de houblon amérisant.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Smell is liquoicey and a bit cloying. Dark colour with a weak head. Smoky flavour with standard dark ale characters. Not a bad example of the style, but I’ve had better.

harrisoni (18436) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle. Deep ruby colour with thin beige head. Liquor like aroma with deep brown sugar and black treacle. Smooth in mouth though and strength doesn’t dominate too much. Perfect to watch a game of rugby with on a winter’s afternoon. Good quality with lasting dry hop treacle finish. Seems odd mix, but it works well

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