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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

901 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 116
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Linus_Oberg
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodButcher
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured mahogany brown with no hazziness. Head was somewhat thin and creamy but dissipated fairly quickly leaving some fine lacing.

Smell was slightly sour, a bit of caramel and slightly bready. The smell was surprisingly minimal.

Taste was a bit thin, malty with mildly bitter finish. There is a bit of caramel/butterscotch flavor, but I was surprised at the one dimensional profile and thinness. There are some subtle notes to reveal the 7%+ alcohol but less than some other wee heavies. Mouthfeel is a bit watery with light carbonation. As it warmed the flavor came alive a little more, but still a bit underwhelmed.

Overall it is a very good beer, but not great.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter, this fine ale pours a light mahogany color with a very light tan head that dissipates to a moderate ring of foam and spotty tight beaded lacing. Nose of dates, figs, some barrel elements, and strong alcohol blending with the wood. Flavors are light brown sugars and figs to the fore and sides with barrel and light bittering hops coming in the background for balance. As compared to past bottles of this fine ale, which I admittedly have not purchased in a number of years, is much more carbonated than in the past making for a more lively mouth feel, lightly crisp and thirst quenching. Some barrel and light sugars come in on the background.

Nice, just different from past memory.

Photo of 12packpoet
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M_chav
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

one two three four five words

Photo of taospowder
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jackallleman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of interzen
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown with ruby-red hints when held up to the light. Fairly deep tan/off-white head which diminished to a froth cap leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: As others have noted, the smell is quite sweet - quite malty with hints of toffee, caramel and some woodiness. No hops evident, at least to my less-than-sensitive nose.

Taste: Woody and malty, with quite a few of the aforementioned aromas coming through as well. It's a very malt-forward brew, so if you're looking for a hop-bomb then look elsewhere. That said, there is some hop bitterness coming through in the aftertaste, so there's quite a nice balance there.

Feel: On par for a Scottish heavy - not an excessive amount of carbonation either.

Overall: Definitely a keeper - Scottish beer has come a long way from the bad old days of Tennents Extra and Special Brew. I could easily imagine partaking of a few of these whilst enjoying a plate of haggis and neeps. Again, the hop-heads will probably hate this but for me there's a spot-on balance of malt and hops to complement the various other flavours that are present.

Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%

poured into a nonic pint

A: almost no head very dark Carmel color light filmy head at rest

S: smells like peat moss, a little oak, maybe some roasted toffee a lot like watered down scotch would smell

T: Light sweet feel of watery scotch, a little burnt carmel and toffee a little barrel it's very smooth

M: soft carbonation And a little watery doesn't linger much on the tongue

O: it's pretty pleasant it's very smooth with a soft light taste that isn't overwhelming I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I'd grab it if I ever saw it again.

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.