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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1353   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (500) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Black with a medium frothy head. Smells of sulfur, roots, and coffee. Sweet malt up front and a long hop dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Pour into trappist glass deep red/brown/black with a dissapearing tan head. Smell alcohol, malt, apples, raisens, very nice. Taste is raisens, wood, medium alcohol finish, nice medium body. Very nice, wood comes through more as it warms up and it becomes a little cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
Brown bright appearance with the right little creamy head. Very strong notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, ripe fruit, little wood, little smoke, very smooth. Very nice palate, very complex, fantastic dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorgosh (489) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
Redan p William Wallaces tid hade skottarna frstnd att stta sig upp mot verhgheter och lorder som frskte f det strvsamma folket att foga sig. Man visste ven att ett stop l passade sig i stort sett nr som helst oavsett tid p dygnet och dag i veckan, och traditionsenliga som skottarna r har inte den vanan ndrats nmnvrt. I ljuset av det knns ngot s hr attitydslst och fogligt som ett skottskt misslyckande. Ett l som dansar efter den vanliga vntade (sck)pipan r inget som kommer att f fste i historiebckerna. Drucket i dag, glmt i morgon, knns inte som en nordbrittisk attityd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Very heavy, earthy aroma from the barrel. Smells more like other barrel aged liquor than beer. Nice head on pour, Quite dark, brown on the edges, maintains some fine lacing but mostly just around the edge. Very soft on the tounge, A shallow sweetness met evenly with the yeast flavour, it finishes with the barrel and goes on for a bit. This is quite nicely balance, just a bit of sharpness at the end of it all to pique your tounge. I also just mowed the lawn so this goes great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Roasted malt aroma with notes of molases. Large bubble head. Ruddy brown liquid. Flavor is burnt toast and a little coffee. Very smooth but still not very pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that Id just tried it. Wow, were off to a great start here! Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh. Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries... Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. Im very impressed. Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you havent had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2006
Pours a black beer with a nice white foam. A complex, medium bitter flavour and a long dry finish. Hard to find anything special taste, it simply tastes good. I really liked this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter. Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings. A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and some coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth. Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character in the mouth. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs. Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation. A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer.

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