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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1348   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay. S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. Theres an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but its not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant. T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, theres a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease. M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly. O: Personally, Im more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). Im also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesnt mean it isnt very good, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2017
0,33 bottle @ The Oak Barrell, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Appearance is dark brown with a small head - looks like coffee. Taste reminds me somewhat Irish coffee a cold one. Coffee like malts combined with taste of alcohol, but in balance. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (3265) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2017
Flaska. Klar mrkbrun med rda inslag. Smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, tr och vermogen frukt. Smakinslag av karamell, vanilj, tr, lder och stade krsbr. Medelstor kropp. Ltt beska i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arcanor (383) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
330ml bottled 2016-06-28, best before 2026-06-28. Pour dark reddish brown wit a fast disappearing foam that stays as a ring. Aroma of classic Scottish Old Ale plus wood, roasted malt and caramel. Taste caramel, scotch liquor tickling and dark malt. Medium body and high carbonation for the style. Sweet and slick feel. Long scotch finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (171) - ITALY - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2017 Virra dal bruno. Schiuma grossolana e poco persistente. All?olfatto sentori di legno e malto. Al palato corposa co note di malto, miele e legno liquoroso. Nel dinale rimane lievemente amara. Una vuona birra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (451) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Mycket vackert rubinrd med medelstort skum, I doften finns: en underton av kaffe och russin, men mest mrka krsbr och fruktkola. I smaken finns en aning kaffe och torkade frukt men mest mrka br och frukter, lite vins, strva ekfatstoner, liten balanserande beska. Stor, rund och mjuk munknsla, En suvern Barley wine som trots sin fruktstma inte blir sliskig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark ruby-red. Very malty, sweet, dark-fruity, strong ale. Treacly roast malt, lighter caramel, molasses, bitter chocolate balanced by hop bitterness. Whiskylike, smooth, warming. Great beer. (2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3263) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Pale dark brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Raisin, caramel, malts, herbs, ripe fruits and grain. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle from a Mitra store in Eindhoven, Netherlands!
Bought in 2009! Bbe date 11/2017. Pours deep black with a nice white head. Aroma has caramel, nutes, licorice and toffee. Taste is sweet caramel, hazelnut, toffee and some chocolate. Well aged oak notes in Finish! Wow, amazing beer!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4350) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown-black color, smooth beige head that stays at 1", stripes of lace. Taste is toasted malt that blooms through medium fizz to a toffee and light hop finish. Full-bodied, rich, complex, whats not to like?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RatingsProfessor10 (3) - - DEC 6, 2016 does not count
Love both Traquair House and Traquair Jacobite equally. Cant pick between the two.

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