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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

910 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 115
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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 Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at a garden centre of all places.
A: Black in this light. Large creamy head.
S: Cakey and slightly metallic. Some sort of detergent-like citrus flavour. Not unpleasant though.
T: A rummy flavour profile. Slightly smokey and halfway sweet. Quite a nicely defined flavour. Nice creamy finish.
O: Good.

Photo of CookeMD
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of IckyT2012
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells delicious, but the taste doesn't quite fill the promise. I love scotch ales but prefer them with a little more weight, and sometimes a little smoke. This one is on the light side with a hint of sweetness. Drinkable and goes down smooth, but if I want a scotch ale, I'll reach for a Skull Splitter

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with little head.

Smell - Notes of booze and butter are measured in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is the sweet malts with a slight grassy impression. Notes of nuts, brown sugar and sweet berries are also present. In the aftertaste, the smooth sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel - I can't get over how smooth this is. Low carbonation allows for a long aftertaste.

Overall - This import is both special and underrated.

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

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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.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.