beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales. Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great.
The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma.
Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice.
Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Superb. Malty. Do not serve too cold; the best swallow was the last when it had warmed up a bit. A great ale to enjoy after a hard day of fighting Englishmen. CanCrusher (1074) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle 0,33L. Black colour with fizzy brown head, that falls quickly in a nice circle. Very malty aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cherries and oak cask barrels. There is also some alcohol note, but it’s well hidden. Taste is moderate sweet at first, but turns into a moderate bitter aftertaste and long lasting finish feel. Full bodied, oily ale with almost no carbonation. Excellent beer, very close to perfect! lovibond (115) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2001
Beautiful color, with garnet highlights. Massive malt aroma and flavor. Worth every penny.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
One of my all time favorite beers. I had the fortuante pleasure of staying at Traquair a couple years back and met with the brewer. Amazing! My homebrewery in my basement is about as big. Truly an awesome beer experience seeing the 200 year old oak beer fermentaion vessels! obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Almost black, deep brown w/creamy head. Nose of banana, fig, date, tootsie roll with sweet roasted flavors. Large sparkle on the tongue with dark chocolate, toffee, tootsie, earth, long lingering finish with some wood notes and persisting flavors. Wow Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2008
Traquair House Ale is a beer of huge complexity, interesting oak characters and roasted malt flavours, subtle nuances of PX and dry oloroso sherry, caramel, winey sometimes port like levels, chocolate and coffee and good hop bitterness. Carbonation is not too high, balance of sweetness and hops works wonderfully (some lovely caramelisation in the copper) and leads to a dry finish. Great with cheese, after dinner and although a great sipper, the mouthfeel can lend itself to being drunk awfully quickly. That’s (heaven forbid) not to say it’s easy drinking and not complex however - this is a beer of subtlety. It deserves a much higher rating in my opinion and another gem in the quest for skill and subtlety in brewing to be recognised alongside extreme, easy to pick out flavours. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Taste is very malty, but not as sweet as a lot of Scottish ales. Woody flavors, oaky, tastes like it was probably barrel aged. Traces of molasses, some smoke, ashy, a touch of scotch and the barest hint of buttered toffee. Finishes dry with a very faint mild alcohol burn in the afters. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
Smells like a light sweet cup of alacholic coffee. Clear brown color with lasting thin head. Malty but thinner then expected, turn a bit fruity rinsed to a light after taste. Really delicious.