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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1345   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 16/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
11.2 oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours dark chocolate with very small off white head, really almost none at all. I get chocolate, coffee, slightly bread malt. Very smooth and sweet, no bitterness at all. I like it, a very pleasant surprise.

Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Feb 2008

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It's been years since I had this:

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch.

The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended!

j.hi (29) - - OCT 9, 2017
Clear light amber, attractive. Few bubbles. Smells like European ale. Soft smooth bubbly taste. Long finish with increasing ale coating on tongue. Ales are not my favorite beer but this is pretty drinkable. I’d order in Scotland! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ianwelby (1534) - SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Clear red-brown beer with a thin head. Smells of malt, fruit and caramel. Taste is dried fruit, malt, toffee, a touch of citrus, a little alcohol-y and with a sharp, dry aftertaste.

ivangoal (17) - - 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 (2917) - 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 (1334) - 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 (9778) - 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 (1653) - 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 (1828) - 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!

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