Brewer – Innis and Gunn
This is their firstborn brew, whose accidental discovery started the story in 2003. Its originality also lies in its singular taste – notes of biscuity malt and vanilla swirling within a creamy, mellow character.
A pioneering beer, its flavour finds favour with brewing juries, blind tasting panels and barflies alike
ABV – 6.6%
Color: Golden honey
Smell: Caramel and rich roasted malts
Taste: Incredibly smooth with a delicious toffee character and a light hop fruitiness
Finish: Creamy and warming
Brewer – Traquair House
Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.
TRAQUAIR House Ale
ABV 7.2% (Bottled)
The original ale first brewed in 1965 and now sold all over the world. Perhaps the most distinctive Scottish ale on the market and with its rich dark oakiness, this is a serious winter ale.
Ratebeer Overall rating: 97
Beer Advocate: World Class Beer
Top 50 World Beers – International Beer Competition 2006 and 2007
What The Experts Say: “Serious alcohol and fruity malt on the nose and delicous plum pie and vanilla flavours with a little oak and amontillado sherry character” Andrea Gillies World Guide to Beer.
Brewery – Orkney Brewery
A perfect beer.
Dragonhead is a legendary stout: dark, intense and fully-flavoured, it is our tribute to the Vikings and their cultural legacy in Orkney.
On the nose, this black stout has a smooth roasted malt aroma giving bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and Smokey notes balanced by hints of spicy Goldings hop.
On the palate, the dark roasted malts combine to give a rich, rounded palate with chocolate, toast and nut flavours, with a satisfying spicy hop finish.
A black stout, with a deep copper-brown tint, displaying a tight, smooth, tan-coloured head
Bitter chocolate, roast coffee, smokey flavours, moderated by spicy dark fruits
Dark roast malt flavours with hints of chocolate, coffee and toast; a big, rich, sweet, round mouthfeel balanced by a lasting hop bitterness
Roast barley, chocolate malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied roasted character; Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the lasting almost smokey bitterness