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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%


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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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:03:37 | More by superspak
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has better than average retention. The head is a creamy and very light beige which has a slight rosy tint to it while the body is a mix of chestnut brown and dark maroon that appears as a dark amber to maroon when held up to the light. Some lacing that is close to sheeting near the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very Scotch Ale but also very Traquair in its subtlety. Starts off with caramel, brown bread, raisins, toffee, and some vanilla. All of this is well integrated and seems to portend a beer more sublime than the Jacobite. Light notes of butterscotch and hints of melanoidin from the malt and possibly the oak aging. Perhaps a suggestion of coconut. Some honey.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment after the rich nose- lots of bubblegum that seems derived from the caramel aspects but still overrides it. There are subtle hints of most aspects of the nose but they can be difficult to notice. Some vinosity, a little bit of raisin. Some bitterness on the back end- mostly light oak. Starts to settle and the candy/bubblegum aspects fade while more of the aspects of the nose start to show. Some pepper, a little bit of cinnamon. Brown bread, less caramel and toffee than on the nose. Seems a little bit thinner and not as complex as the Jacobite if my memory serves me correctly. Still a good to really good beer. Some banana- this is a lighter and airier beer such that I begin to forget it is a Scotch ale. Light points of oak along with the pepper seem to punctuate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with appropriate carbonation that has a tiny bit of zip. Some syrup to the texture and a degree of smoothness and creaminess. Fairly solid.

Drinkability- Very easygoing with just enough complexity to keep it from being boring. But while the Jacobite might be worth it's 8 dollar price tag, I'm not sure this is.

Overall- Halfway between good and really good. Very accessible for a Scotch ale so much so that it sometimes does not seem like one. While somewhat lacking in complexity and presence, it's still quite an interesting beer. I wouldn't buy it again but I would put down the 8 bucks to give it a shot. It is subdued enough while maintaining a good amount of character that it might just become one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 08:04:22 | More by artoolemomo
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Landar

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 11/12
Sweet malts and caramel with strong plums and a hint of raisins. Very malty. No hops or diacetyl whatsoever.
As it warms the plums and raisins come out more and balance the malts and caramel out.

Appearance 3/3
Dark reddish-brown but just light enough to see through. Completely clear. Large foamy off-white almost tan head with long lasting retention. A thick layer of foam sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 18/20
Rich sweet malts and strong sugary caramel. A hint of nutiness as the sweet malt/caramel starts to fade at the finish. Just at the finish hints of plum and raisin present themselves. Medium-dry finish with a alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth lingers as the malt sweetness fades and gives way to the plums and raisins until nothing is left but the alcohol warmth and a hint of raisins on the tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit watery and becomes very salty, which starts to push out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium-high carbonation. Medium-dry finish. A littly thick. Smooth. Warm alcohol finish that lingers pleasantly.

Overall Impression 9/10
Excellent beer for this category. It could use less salt in the taste and a touch of smoke or peat in the taste and aroma to balance it out.
Toning down the carbonation just a touch would be advisable - but it could easily just have been the particular bottle I purchased.

46/50

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:28:29 | More by Landar
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a; Clear copper-ruby with an inch tall tan head which receded rather quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with slight dark fruit undertones and significant hop bite at first which fades to let the malt dominate more as it warms.

m: Medium.

o: A tasty brew, although at first surprisingly and lingeringly bitter, moreso than I expected from a top-rated ale of this type.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:30:57 | More by scotorum
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Cervezaconcalor

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Beautiful dark color with a finger high head that leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet scotch with cocoa, oak and dark fruit.

T - The dark fruit nose is the first flavor you get followed by a slightly creamy caramel, toffee and cocoa flavor with a slight bitter alcohol finish.

M - Medium and creamy in the mouth.

O - World class beer that should age well or drink great fresh. Like great food it is not overly complex with to many competing flavors but the couple of flavors that are present are just right and that is what makes it the great beer it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:14:45 | More by Cervezaconcalor
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fellow BA claystation left this one in my fridge, and darn it all, I need a beer, so here goes. ill make it up to him. lovely pour, rich caramel color, deep dark, almost brown, with a dim red orange glow when held to the light. a quick flashing inch plus of just off white head that settles back to patchy spots, but leaves great lace. it smells dusty, timeless, ancient in some way, preindustrial, gorgeous. heavy earthen grain and a bready yeast strain that gives this a very genuine vibe, warming. there is that classic scotch ale sweetness to the taste, but it gives way to bolder roasty flavors, toffee and buttery richness, and a soil quality. its low key for its robustness, and the ale yeast on top really makes it sing. traditional and delicious, exemplar of the style. not sure ive had a wee heavy I like more. drinkably full bodied, warming booze that can be felt and not tasted. perfect for late fall. I have nothing but good things to say about this, and am now curious to try more of their beers. how cool would it be to visit this place? great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:32:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traquair House Ale

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Deep dark brown brew with 2 fingers of tan head that settle to a dusting. Plenty of lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S) Pleasantly sweet and malty. Toffee and a little raisin. A bit of the oak barrel too.

T) Sweet, but not too sweet, as earthy flavors balance it out. A touch of brown sugar, dark fruits, a bit nutty. A little warmth on the finish, but the alcohol is well hidden.

M) Medium bodied, and quite mellow. Perhaps not as heavy as I anticipated, but so smooth. This was a pleasure to sip on.

O) You read aged in oak barrels, but need to keep in mind you are not drinking a barrel aged beer from an American brewery. The intent is different here, and the execution is nearly flawless. This is a top notch Wee Heavy. Glad to recommend...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 05:00:43 | More by RoamingGnome
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Sark

Montana

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- finger of head so luscious it could be caramel itself and just stays forever, dark red-brown hue

Smell- dark toasted grains and sweet caramels, touch of anise, definite bite of oakiness, hop profiles take a back seat but still noticeable

Taste- lighter toffee on the start with a mild fruit hint of cherry followed by some dark grains give a complex finish with just a bit of astringent bite

Mouthfeel- Full bodied yet not of a super heavy consistency on the tongue

Overall- awesome, definitely of the older Scotch ale variety that's not as up front as the U.S. style and most certainly better because it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:52:26 | More by Sark
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle (11.5 ounces) into a snifter.

The beer pours a dark brown, near black with a healthy glug, glug out of the bottle. The head is initially faint, but then surges to form a finger and a half high. There's good lacing and the beer shows a healthy carbonation.

Smell wise, there is a strong aroma of something resembling licorice alongside a spice that to me reminds me of rye. The nose isn't exactly seductive, but the taste offers more complexity and richness. The beer is semisweet, peaty, with a slight tinge of hops then followed by a variety of malt flavors. There's some roasted smokiness and hints of caramel or toffee.

The beer is silky smooth, offers a wide variety of sensations on the tongue, from the spiciness, to a slight bitterness from the hops. It's a fun beer to drink and is really quite good. I'd get more of this in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:41:02 | More by ONovoMexicano
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CaptainStubing

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1st, let me say that I was introduced to Wee Heavies with McEwan's Scotch Ale. To me, that will always be the target to aim for. Others may feel that is not the best example of the Ale to base one's opinion on, but apologies - it's how I was raised.

But this Traquair House Ale... wow! what a superb example of what a Wee Heavy SHOULD be. As Nacho Libre would say, "Let us get down to the neety greety" -

A - Beautiful coloring. Perfect shade of caramel - as dark as the bottle itself. When gently poured into a tulip it produced a rather large head - 3 fingers in height - and soft, compact foam. Dissipated quickly enough to not cause my wife (who can't stand it) not to enjoy a sip.

S - THIS is what a Wee Heavy should smell like. Gentle herbal notes, not overpowering. So gentle in fact, one might have to put their proboscis well into the glass - but it is worth the gamble.

T - Very soft. Sweet, but not sickeningly. Gentle carbonation. Slightly peaty aftertaste.

M - Light enough that it doesn't feel like cough syrup, but thick enough that it doesn't feel like an Anheuser-Busch product.

O - Just the slightest ding in my rating that has nothing to do with the beer itself - the price. At nearly $8, this isn't something I can buy often enough. But as far as the beer, if you enjoy a good Wee Heavy, this is a wonderfully delicious example.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:50:35 | More by CaptainStubing
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

1.79/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I have no idea what to expect from this beer. Based on the little research I have done on this brewery, it's old and they know how to make a good beer. This beer is also fermented in oak barrels, which leaves me thinking I am going to smell and taste a ton of barrel. If not, I will be sad as when I drink a barrel-aged beer (not saying this is BA), I want to smell AND taste the wood.

This beer comes from an old brewery but also the oldest inhabited house in all of Scotland. I like scotch. I just hope I like this beer. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer is thick and has a nice consistency. The head is thick and creamy, too. You know the head you get on a glass of Guinness? That is what I am seeing here. I am already 3 or 4 shots deep, so let's drink!

Nose: What nose? There isn't much aroma here whatsoever. I am smelling a nice faint sweetness that comes in toward the finish, but nothing to write home about. I actually might write home and ask where the aroma is. For a beer that cost this much and has this much history, I expected a much more impressive aroma. I hope it tastes better than it smells!

Flavor: Nope. It doesn't. I mean… it's almost gross. There is no barrel flavor and the consistency is horrible. Yuck. Why would they bottle something that tastes like this? I mean… read the label. It sounds amazing. It's NOT!

Mouthfeel: I don't like Guinness. I hate the mouthfeel of Guinness. This has the same mouthfeel. It is horrible. I mean, it just coats your mouth with a thick fluffy layer of flavor, but it doesn't deliver. I had some pretty high hopes for this beer, too. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale loves this beer. Why? Please, William… Tell us why!

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? I don't want to take another sip for the experience that I had on my first drink. I am hoping this gets better as it heats up, but I just don't see it. This is just a boring flavorless beer. There is 1 more bottle from them on the list… I hope that one managed to deliver SOMETHING!

That is too bad… I wanted this to be good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:43:38 | More by rickyleepotts
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supercodes

Maine

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a bold, delivery of what can best be described as a black ale/wee heavy. With a taste that is milder than a barley wine, and not as smokey or chocolatey as a stout, Traquair House Ale relies on strong flavors of malty caramel that results in a fantastic aftertaste. This is a beer with bold flavor, but with plenty of sweetness without the strong dose of alcohol that accompanies most barley wines.

This is a highly recommended beer for those who want a fantastic sipping beer with loads of flavor, but without the over-powering inebriates.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:48:28 | More by supercodes
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Dark amber brown that is constantly changing color based on the amount and angles of light. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a bit below average and not much lacing is left.

4.75 S: The nose on this is incredible. I just had the Jacobite Ale not long ago and I can now smell what was under all that coriander. Powerful, yet supple peat and mineral. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Oaken woodiness. Earthy and outdoorsy. Doesn't have the big, bold aromas of a lot of American brews, but it has the sophistication and integration of the Trappist brews. Really well done.

3.75 T: The taste is very good, but it's only a tenth of pleasurable as the smell. Still, it's a tasty brew. Peat and mineral. Oak and earthiness. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. It comes together well, but just not as well as the nose. I'm picking up a big more tannic astringency than I'd like as well.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit of tannic astringency on finish. This could benefit from some more creaminess.

3.75 D: Overall it's a pretty damn good brew. I didn't pick up any astringency in the Jacobite, so maybe this is just how this batch turned out.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:10:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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maltyb

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/chestnut colour with a tight and creamy off-white head. The head falls into some lace with a good ring.

Aroma: Estery, roasted malts and vanilla, some molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but surprising carbonation for it's strength. It's a bit a thin. The carbonation leaves a sharp and quick aftertaste with some astringency and a dry feeling after sipping. The alcohol gives a warmth as well.

Taste: Smokiness, reminiscent of good bourbon with a slight peatiness (explains bourbon/smoke combo). Vanilla is there, and the malts come through more, it is quite enjoyable. The aftertaste is fairly clean overall.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer, it's a good representation of the style, and a style I quite like. I wish the aroma was a bit more powerful, and the carbonation could be a bit lower with some some more thickness in the mouth, but I'd definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:09:29 | More by maltyb
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BeerRefugee

Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red. Thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong, sweet aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is raisins, dried cherries, toast and just a hint of vanilla. A little more alcohol burn than usual for the style. Medium body. Slightly slick, oily finish and very mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:39:35 | More by BeerRefugee
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SLeffler27

New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with murky, ruddy brown ale and a quick, thin creamy beige head. Each swirl leaves a viscous film on the glass.

Sweet toasted malt gives way to strong fig and light sherry. Some brown sugar and cashew or hazelnut is also discernible.

Malt is up front with moist wheat bread or perhaps pumpernickel. Fruit flavors are less prominent, followed by milk chocolate that comes out after warming. There is a nice balance to the sweetness of butterscotch and dates in the mild finish.

A medium to full body with cotton texture, fizzy carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a comfortable beer with enough character to be interesting but not so much as to be distracting from other pursuits while consuming. Warmth is a good friend to this beer, which was aged four years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 14:54:26 | More by SLeffler27
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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle on 3-5-2013 - it's no wonder they call me "McCree!" - love this wee heavy.

A decent pour out of the bottle, a nice amber color without much foam on top - a consistent white ring all the way around the glass even towards the end. Also sort of looks like a beer I could make, which is why I don't give it higher marks here.

Smell: oh wow. Sometimes the malt on these Scots is too robust to ever get much of an olfactory kick, but this one has plenty of it. Earthy garden, fresh grass, plenty of floral notes, and tons of freshly baked bread. I really dig that. Makes me feel like a regular ol' Scot.

Taste: fresh, smooth, lighter than expecting, and plenty of kick on the way down. Very easy aftertaste. Not a lot of carbonation, but doesn't feel flat. Just like a wee heavy heavy should be.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't coat the mouth the way I was expecting. That's a very nice thing. Sometimes these malt bombs leave me feeling like I just left the WIlly Wonka factory - this is actually crisp, believe it or not.

Just overall an excellent, excellent beer. Would grab this again in a second. Great representation of a nice, drinkable, malty beer that goes down well at almost time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:16:05 | More by brewsclues
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just drank the second bottle I bought in 2006...WOW!

Dirty, rich, Port-like, smoky, vanilla - slick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Definitely raising my score for taste and overall...this one sat in the cellar for 7 years and showed out well.

2006 review:
A - 1/2" off-white cream colored head. Falls quickly but retains as a cap. Dark brown scotch ale. No lacing.

S - Rich and malty. Tangy aroma. Fruit (fig). Syrupy raisin. Spice?? Sweet. Toffee. Some floral hop aroma hiding back in there.

T - Mellow malt. Hint of smoked malts at first subdued and then begins to blossom somewhere about 1/4 of the way through. A pleasant bitterness creeps up way late in the finish. This beer is somewhat more complex than my review. I have another bottle for later so I can re-visit this review if needed.

M - Between medium and full-bodied mouthfeel. Slick. Low carbonation. Soft (almost delicate) and smooth, smooth, smooth.

D - Very drinkable. So mellow yet with a good deal of complexities. Definitely let this beer warm up some before diving in. Somewhat pricey but well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:05:09 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle states best by June 2018.

A: Pours a nice medium/dark brown with a big fluffy/fizzy light brown head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving some decent swatches of solid, fluffy lacing behind. Good head retention too.

S: A bit of smoke and peat. Oaky. Very malty in general, sweet with a bunch of caramel and dark fruits (figs?). Brown sugar for sure.

T: Heavy brown sugar, molasses and caramel; quite sweet. Hints of peat, becoming stronger in the middle as the sweetness fades. Decent bit of smoke and bitter chocolate in the middle too. Quite oaky and extremely drying in the finish. Almost pure wood and tannins in the aftertaste, to the point of being leathery. Herbal hoppiness here too, similar to an amber ale. Lingering aftertaste is extremely drying.

M: Medium bodied, moisture-suckingly dry in the finish and aftertaste. One of the driest finishes on the beer I've ever had.

O: Interesting beer. Lots of typical scotch ale flavors. Nice transition from being sweet and malty up front, to being dry and and tannic and even a little bitter in the finish. Regardless, surprisingly complex and balanced brew. Having said that, I much preferred Jacobite.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:29:05 | More by Dope
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.

S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There's an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it's not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.

T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there's a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.

M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.

O: Personally, I'm more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I'm also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn't mean it isn't very good, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:58:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best by Jun 2018
500ml served in a snifter

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a small beige head.

S - Rustic caramel malt, burnt toffee, charred apples, earthy peat, deep sorghum molasses, cocoa, smoked malts, the caramel malt runs from front to back.

T - Charred caramel malt, rugged smoked tea-like bitterness, chocolate, molasses, plum fruit, burnt cereal grain, finishes smoky and bitter.

M - Incredibly smooth, full body, perfect amount of carbonation.

Dense malt profile, smokey, charred, bittersweet flavors meld with an almost perfect mouthfeel. Good drinker for a February evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:55:25 | More by StaveHooks
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kojevergas

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2002 vintagE) served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. 8.5% ABV. Expectations were high given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige ring/floater but no head at all. Body colour is a caramel-biscuit/beautiful copper. Rich and inviting. Truly appealing.

Sm: Wood, biscuit, and heavy heavy malts. Vinegar. Boozy heat. Heavy caramel. Hints of oxidation. A unique, striking aroma. Quite strong, with evidence of poor aging.

T: Oxidation, raisin, malty sweetness, graham cracker, wood, caramel, and candi character. Very striking and unique. Time has refined it, but it's not at all at ideal age; it's been cellaring far far too long. Has some troublesome off flavours, but also some masterful ones.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely thick. Carbonation holds up even after ten years. Surprisingly well put together for its age.

Dr: Drinkable but well past prime. I'd like to try it far younger; maybe at three years. Aging past five years seems like a terrible idea. I'll have to revisit this one, but there are buried elements that really strike me.

C+

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 22:11:08 | More by kojevergas
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:47:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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draheim

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330mL into a snifter. Pours a clear brown color w/ a thin head that dissipates to a collar.

Aroma is semi-sweet and malty with a trace of mineral. Subtle dark fruit.

Taste is fruity and subtly sweet, tempered by a hard mineral quality I can attribute only to the water. Figs, dates, raisins, toffee. Exquisite balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a dry, clean finish.

Overall a rock-solid beer. There's nothing flashy or showy about it, but the more time you spend with it the more you realize that it has an understated elegance. I think the key that holds everything together is the water.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:51:03 | More by draheim
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half finger of light tan head on a brown/reddish colored body.
The aroma is caramel malt and oak. It's deeper than just those two scents.
The texture is crisp, which balances the wood and caramel malt flavors. A moderate bitterness also plays against the malt to produce a balanced and nicely complex ale. Lower carbonation and medium body.
An enjoyable ale with better than normal complexity and depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:43:19 | More by Fatehunter
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