Traquair House Ale

Dirty brown pour, exquisite off-white head, clinging to brandy snifter. Nice legs, smokey alcohol nose, hint of dark fruit, maybe date. Sweet, wood, biscuit, and alcohol flavor. A bit of tart on the thin finish. Slight bitter lingering on my tongue. Really changes as it gets some air. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.


Barley wine-style "Scotch ale" produced in a tiny brewery at Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Traquair is a pure-malt ale that can accompany or replace pure-malt whiskey. The original 18th century recipe was discovered by Peter Maxwell Stuart, 20th Laird of Traquair, in the mid 1960’s.

Traquair was brewing a famous strong ale when Mary Queen of Scots visited in 1566. For 200 years the brewery remained idle until restored in 1965 by the 20th Laird of Traquair.

Deep reddish-golden in color; full, velvet-like body; medium dry and powerful, with an earthy hint of peat character.
Pâté de foie gras and other rich appetizers. Good to soak a Stilton in or to serve with Stilton or other blue cheese. Can accompany fruit and fruit tarts or as a morning pick-me-up with coffee and brunch. Excellent with fruit and cheese or as a winter warmer. Enjoy with a fine cigar. Serve in brandy snifter.

House Ale, Gold Medal: 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000 World Beer Championships; Platinum Medal & World Champion Scotch Ale—1996 & 1997 World Beer Championships."World classic." —Michael Jackson.Four stars, "Exceptional," BevX, Jan. 2010.


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