Their House Ale is a Scotch ale, a variety that's rather difficult to find on our side of the pond. It weighs in at a hefty 7.2% ABV and pours a beautiful dark brown which shows tantalizing tints of ruby and sports a healthy tan head. One's nose is greeted by notes of dark fruit and a promise of malt, and it's difficult to keep in mind that this isn't a very cheap beer, and perhaps it shouldn't be guzzled with any urgency. Anyhow, I luckily managed to slow myself down while sampling this excellent beverage. It has a thick, rolling mouth feel and a really strong malt flavor reminiscent of caramel and fruit. The heat of the alcohol also makes itself known. At first, it seems as though this beer is a rather delicate brew, and it takes a few sips for the flavors to really emerge. When they do, they're worth it.
This excellent beer is on the pricey side, but if you're interested in giving yourself a treat, it's hard to go wrong with a Traquair House Ale. It deserves its four stars.