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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

879 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 111
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000)
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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a dark mahogany, held to light revealed a brilliant clear ruby. Had was 1.5 fingers and dimished to a nice frothy cap.

S - aroma is very sweet, lots of molasses, toffee, buttery, slight canvas.

T - really complex malt forward flavor that has a surprising amount of Bittering hops to even it out. The complex malt is greatly enjoyable with tons of candi sugar, molasses, toffee, and raisin notes. The Bittering hops are spot on for what's needed to support the heavy malt character, surprisingly for something from Scotland, would have figured it would be more subdued. I also feared diacetyl, I sensed some in the nose, however the taste was clean and it's presence was only slight. Oak was also very slight but was present and played well this balanced brew.

M - mouthfeel is on par for the style, ample carbonation.

O - overall a great example of the style, looks amazing and the complex smooth malt flavor is accentuated well with ample hop bitterness. Very drinkable, but still complex and enjoyable.

MaineBrewing, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson-dark bronze with orange accents at the periphery; a truly stunning color when run through with sunlight. The cap is small in size and pale brown sugar in color. It doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, but the rest more than makes up for it. This beer isn't a stunner, but it's definitely a looker.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. My only (admittedly minor) complaint is that it could be a tad more complex. I smell heavily toasted dark malt, along with more than a little dark fruitiness. I expect some smoke and/or peat with my Scotch ales, but don't pick up any here.

Traquair House Ale tastes remarkably like it smells... 'cept better. There's a more than solid malt undercarriage that provides flavors of dark butterscotch, treacle and even cocoa. As in the nose, dark fruits are front and center, with sticky dates, dried figs and raisins leading the way. There's now a wee bit of smoke and a pinch of peat that limns this portrait of a classic wee heavy.

I can also appreciate just a whisper of well-integrated alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least. Port wine notes weave in and out; or at least they would be port wine-like if they were more concentrated and more forceful. The mouthfeel is in the upper ranges of medium with a light (just right) degree of mouthcoating. That ever so slight syrupiness promotes appreciation of the deep flavor profile long after the swallow.

Traquair House Ale is the second best wee heavy (Belhaven) to ever cross my lips. I love this style and I wish more breweries would dedicate themselves to making just such a rich, complex, traditional Scotch ale as the one I just consumed. If you love this style as well, this one should be on your short list of 'must tries'.

BuckeyeNation, May 24, 2005
Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

a77cj7, Monday at 06:52 AM
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

Best Before June 2018

Big pieces of toffee up front. Chewy caramels on toasted malts slowly emerge. Hints of rough, sanded barrel wood. Nose needs time to warm and open, but it's well worth waiting for, as the caramels on a touch of ABV come forward along with notes of sticky, fig-like fruit.

Darker caramels than the nose served on unfinished oak. Malt is well toasted, with hints of a very light roast underneath. Woody bitterness turns up in the finish and leaves the sugars dark and almost burnt.

Overall, just a bit too dark and bitter for my preferences in a Scotch Ale. If only the taste could feature more of the nose of caramel and toffee.

BuckeyeSlim, Friday at 10:14 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 10:33 AM
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

chris826, Nov 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

EddieJoe, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MooseBoose, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle dated BB June 18 (2014?):
Beer appears dark aubun brown (its clarity is obvious later in the drink). Large bubbles lie amidst an otherwise mildly foamy edge head. Nose is dark caramel to molasses sugariness, sugar plum, fig/date, with an obvious if indistinct tart bitterness as well.

Taste follows the nose, but the sweet scents are much more muted. An English bitter flavor lays over the flavors, which to me also adds a thinning feel to the beer. The carbonation is light doesn't add anything (more just preventing flatness), but does prevent a total failure in feel. After half the beer (which also gets it to a better temp), a woody dryness becomes noticeable.

I am seriously wondering about the age. As a wee heavy, I would think it might not matter as much, but I can't see this being rated so highly. The beer is decent, and not being an English bitter beer fan, I am trying to adjust for that. However, the feel really kills this beer for me from being rated highly, even for me.

cjgiant, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Casey3236, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

CUbeerfan, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

sirrobrrbruce, Nov 03, 2014
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woodchip, Nov 02, 2014
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uturn, Oct 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

WVUbrew, Oct 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AlexM, Oct 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

NJB145, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

glinnebur, Oct 26, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

ElGeeH, Oct 22, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

SadMachine, Oct 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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