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


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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 19, 2012
Pours brownish black with little head and some lacing. Nice malty aromas, chocolate, nuts, and the smell of baking bread. Bready notes in the mouth too, together with licorice, chocolate and a very faint smokiness. Little evidence of hops, but nicely balanced. Very enjoyable, actually went back and gave this a higher overall because it went down sooooo easy.

ivangoal (15) - - SEP 6, 2017
Little but malty aroma. Nice head. Great Warming mouthfeel an very nice malty and alcoholic taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

gripweed57 (2738) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2017
From old tasting notes. Bottle from the 1980’s. Brew 179; Bottle # 267634. Barely translucent burgundy red color with a small creamy brown head. Superb roasted malt aroma with a mildly complex vinous, sweetish character. Intense roasted malt flavor with a rich semisweet background. Finish becomes tart and fruity with a hint of dryness. Delicious, long, pleasing subtle Malty aftertaste. Rich, full bodied and well rounded. A classic.

cmacklin (1247) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a medium, fluffy, long lasting, beige head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, overripe fruit and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, overripe fruit, licorice, vanilla, light roast and oak with a dry, bitter, alcohol warming finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. Decent.

daniele (9463) - ITALY - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle bb 12/18 mogano schiuma mediadiscreta persistenza ferro forse ossidata liquorosa morbida malto leggero caramelo note erbacee mielosa poconamara un filo riscaldante ma non fastidioso marzapane

monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Not very good. Pours a nice deep Amber color with a thin white head. Smells of sweet, maraschino cherry. Taste is far too malty right off the bat, with lots of sweet cherry, and cough syrup in the finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

redders1974 (1553) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2017
Ruby brown with a thin silky film . Taste port oak hint of toffee quite smooth suprisingly light in body nice but prefered the jacobite ale from here.

Beerhammaren (1794) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2017
. 33l bottle @Bomb. Pours dark mahogany brown with low head. Aroma is nuts, caramel, brown sugar, dark malts and brown sugar. Flavor is mostly same but some syrup and alcohol notes. Swell!

jjsint (3351) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe,near Kings Lynn. Drunk at home. Light to mid-brown with a reddish hue. Translucent with a small white head. Toffee aroma with light whisky notes in the aroma. There’s also a slight whiff of sulphur. Strong, sweet taste with some peppery hops. Long finish starts sweet but the sweetness fades leaving a trace of dry hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste of dates and rye bread with more whisky. This is pretty special.

Kittenbieer (240) - LYON, FRANCE - MAY 22, 2017
Découverte dans un verre "3 loups",belle robe brune aux reflets rubis surmontée d’une mousse ivoire peu persistante avec une bonne carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des arômes chocolatés qui disparaissent rapidement pour laisser la place à des notes boisées et vineuses.La bouche nous amène sur des saveurs à l’image du nez avec des pointes de whisky tourbé,une fine amertume et légère sécheresse qui restent en finale,sans aucune lourdeur.Un ensemble assez complexe ,bien réussi! Vive l’écosse !18/20

appiantiqua (240) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAY 22, 2017
Dégustée dans un verre "Les 3 Loups". Température de début 9 à 10°. Belle robe brun sombre à reflets roux presque opaque. Mousse ivoire assez persistante; carbonatation moyenne. Nez très subtil fruité et chocolaté avec de discrets arômes de houblon. Le goût est tout aussi agréable avec douceur et amertume qui se bousculent en un bouquet de saveurs riches et complexes: notes florales et de café avec des touches boisées et de malts de whisky. La finale est longue et douce mais sans aucune lourdeur avec le retour du chocolat. Encore une grande réussite en provenance d’Ecosse ... je vais me mettre à la cornemuse!!!! 18/20

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