If It’s Not Scottish, It’s Crap, Part Two!
Name: Traquair House Ale
Style: Ale Fermented In Oak Barrels
Brewery: Traquair House Brewery
I was recently having dinner in Newport, RI at one of my favorite restaurants, The Moorings. We decided to eat at the bar, and this proved to be a good choice, as there was a nice bartender and considerable opportunities for people watching.
They have a decent beer selection, some standards, some locals, but one stood out due to the newness to me, and the soft spot in my heart for things Scottish! It also stood out because most of the selections of bottled beers were around $6, but this was about $12. I assumed that because this was outside the normal range of most of their selection, that maybe the person responsible tasted something special, and felt that it was worthy of a try.
The pour was pretty dark, and the head was very thick. It almost reminded me, visually, of a stout. The head wasn’t as pronounced as a Guinness, but still pretty impressive for an ale.
This beer has tons of flavor, and a complexity that you don’t typically see. The oak barrel’s influence is obvious and appreciated. It doesn’t hit you in the face, but is more of a trailing flavor that keeps you thinking about it as you contemplate your next sip.
I found this ale to be fairly sweet, and it reminded me of a Newcastle Brown. In fact, I’d say it was one of the sweeter beers I’ve had in awhile. I may have been avoiding them, but upon review, I shouldn’t. Referring to The Hitchens Taste Scale, this would be around a -7 on the scale.
I truly enjoyed every drop of this elixir. I don’t remember having an Ale that was aged in oak barrels, and if you’re wondering if it makes a difference, it does. The trailing oak flavor was a perfect compliment for a cool evening in a warm bar, and I look forward to an opportunity to try it again in the near future. I strongly recommend giving this a try.