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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 103
Gots: 39 | 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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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours darker brown with plum highlights, patchy white head.

S - SMells very sweet malty. Spicy and sweet to the nose, dark sugar and alcolhol are present.

T - Wow this tastes good. Great sweet alcohol blended with dark sugars. Raisins and figs support the fruit taste. Sweet and malty with dark sugars. Nice complexity and rich flavor.

M - SO smooth and so silky, this beer is a wonder on the palate. Its very rich yet mild carbonation gives it a smooth ride down your throat. The alcohol is warming and lovely.

D - This one is meant to be sipped, savoured and enjoyed thoroughly. One will do and each sip is better then the next.

Notes - Hadn't heard of this one before buying it on a whim tonight, and read up on it afterwards. I didn't need to see the good reviews to figure this one out. Top shelf beer here.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice brown with a slight reddish hue with a light head,aroma is sweet and malty with some oaky aromas as well.Taste is rich and malty with alcohol notes.Some dried fruit flavors linger with some definent oak hints as well.Incredibly well made a nice beer to savor before bed.

oberon, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a very drak brown/mohagany pour with a minimal off-white head.

Smell: The nose is sweet with licorice & molasses. Hints of caramel. Also some dark fruits such as plum & grape. Port like and warm.

Taste: The sweetness is toned down here. Nice maltiness and very light hints of molaases and plum. Light roasted flavour here as well. A warm alcohol kick makes it a great sipper. A complex & mature beer with fine underlyimg flavours that don't overpower the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lively and and fullfilling. Soem bubbliness without being "full".

Drinkability: A great ale. This is my perfect winter warmer or fireplace sipping drink. A classic.

Popsinc, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown body with a good head that dissipated slowly.

Smell – The dark fruit aromas come on strong and right away with this one. Dates, plums, and raisins are easy to pick up. The fig smell along with a faint yeasty scent reminds me of a Fig Newton. However you describe it, this one is serious.

Taste – This is especially complex. In fact, it has a new facet of the taste that I’ve never had before. I’ll call it the pre-game show.

The pre-game show has a lot to do with the aroma. The taste splits the fruits in half, sending the lighter ones in first that I missed when rating the smell. There’s some spicy apple, a tinge of banana, and artificial sugars. This is followed by the dark malt and yeast flavors, which are understated. The big part of the taste, the dark fruits from the aroma, brings up the rear of the body. The finish is a dash of alcohol and coffee.

All very confusing. This would be a great one to discuss at a brewpub.

Mouthfeel – A little bit of carbonation, but mostly the smoothness sticks out. How they got all of these flavors to work together so well I’ll never know.

Drinkability – This is a lot of fun to drink. You’d have to be dead not to enjoy it.

Update: I sampled this again in 2004. It was as complex as I remember it before. I picked up a lot more chocolate and coffee. I’m not changing any of the ratings but once again highly recommend this offering from Traquair House.

RoyalT, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good ale, refreshing with grassy and licorice notes. Mouthfeel is probably the best I have had in an ale and with a lack of any real hoppy flavor, it leaves a clean, earthy taste in the mouth. 7.2 abv is well hidden and makes this beer almost worth the price.

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter.

A: Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings.

S: A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and som coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth.

T: Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs.

M: Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation.

D: A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression.

ricke, May 17, 2009
Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into snifter

A: deep brown/black body with ruby edges, very creamy off white head. head subsides rather quickly, no stick or lace.

S: rich malt, a touch of booze, carmelized sugar, butterscotch. as the beer warms bright fruit emerges. vinous, ala Port. barbeque, light light smoke.

T/M: soft and creamy body, good carbonation level, a little thin and weak however. lacks some weight and viscosity for a style built around tons of malt. rich malt flavors, a split second of stale/sour notes, sugar, dark fruits like raisons. touches of coffee and even the butterscotch in the nose comes through. some bbq sauce, bbq'ed meat as well. finishes a tad watery and dry with a spot of hops, a one last emergence of the stale notes.

D: enjoyable for sure but for the price a once in a while kind of treat at best.

this is a nice beer, but for the money I am let down. I would like to enjoy it again but dont see myself opting for this often when so much else is available, better, and for less.

kaimcm, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of StoutHearted
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle that poured very dark with a 2 inch head that quickly dissipated to one inch. It had a light scotch whiskey smell with a hint of juniper, but I had to practically stir the brew with my nose to get it. I liked the taste: Heavy malty flavor washes over the tongue with a nutty chocolate taste, but leaves a light impression, which makes for easier drinkibility in the long run. I didn't notice any strong alcohol taste despite the slight whisky smell, and at 7 percent, it's almost pushing it. The mouthfeel was rather watery. Interesting how the taste is rather bold, but the texture of the beer is not.

StoutHearted, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of mveatch
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

mveatch, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 11.2 oz bottle while brewing our own Wee Heavy.
A-Deep Amber red/Brown, darker colors are mixed in-very little head. Interesting color.
S-Very Earthy, Musty yeast, mild fruits. Again very interesting.
T-Sweet at first, Caramel/Toffee and biscuit mal flavors, the middle tasty earthy like peat/Scotch with a very mild smoky flavor, Black tea flavor as well which was not terribly pleasant. A little bitterness but very little hop flavor.
M-Very thin and watery with little carbonation. Mouth feel was disappointing on thie beer which lent to the tea flavor.
D-Better than average as there are interesting flavors here but I wouldn't drink alot of these. Very subtle flavors and aroma. I'll try this again as my palate improves.

hopsleeroy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this into a pint glass produced an about average white head with average retention and lacing. There are some interesting things going on with the aroma, sort of a woody smell reminiscent of aged oak. I really liked the flavor of this one even though I typically like more of a balance between malts and hops. It has a way of allowing for the malt taste to come through in an earthy, nutty way but without all of the typical malt sweetness. The finish is shorter than you might think with more of that nutty malt flavor lingering for a bit.

Overall I thought this was very good, surprisingly good actually. It's a little hard to find around here in Raleigh but it's definitely worth a try if you can.

SIRIUS2, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown foiled top bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown with an elegant lace that shows potential in the mouthfeel.

Smell: Figgy, a little butterscotch, sweet and spicy alcohol and a malty nose that has depth to it.

Taste: Full bodied with a fat chewy malt backbone, low carbonation that leaves a nice smoothness throughout. Lots of flavour dancing around ... ripe fruit, sweet alcohol, a heavy hand of malt and a touch of butterscotch. A perfectly balanced hop bitterness leaves a small bite towards the end. Mocha, toasted malt and carob are in the finish with a fading hop character and a mellow earthy / oaky flavour.

Notes: Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 07, 2000
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

FadetoBock, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer after reading some of the reviews. I was a little disappointed. It was nice to look at and smell, but I didn't particularly like the taste. It was a medium to dark brown color with a sweet caramel odor. It had a sweet taste, with some hops, but a fairly yeasty aftertaste. It was thinner than I expected from its' appearance. A fair beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SD-Alefan, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -4.3%

DaftPatrick, May 15, 2014
Photo of grynder33
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sat very dark in the glass with little visible activity, wonderful champagne like aroma,lots of nice flavors happening, especially molasses and currant, because of its low carbonation, it had the smoothest of all possible textures, loses a little bit of its sweetness as it goes along, lots of setiment on bottom of glass. Wonderful stuff, a little pricey and the next morning I had some intestinal problems that I couldn't blame on anything but the beer.

grynder33, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is sweet caramel and buttery toffee malts, peat, cola and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and butterscotch malts, some dark fruits, a little smoke and a subdued bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one - it's very subdued. I'll take an Old Chub over this any day.

Beaver13, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

nstroup, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

Jason, Feb 19, 2001
Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz classy looking little bottle with foiled cap. Pours into a tumbler a clear, dark, copper amber with a moderate tan head that quickly collapses into sheets of lacing. Minutes later, only some rings remain. Aroma is toffee and molasses upfront, then a melange of everything else. Burnt campfire wood, some rum soaked raisins and figs, some butternut, some vague spices, and some other strange notes that are impossible to describe. To me, there are notes of soapsuds here, as well. Mouthfeel is easygoing, with low carbonation and medium body. Tatse is about as complex as the nose. Toffee, molasses, leather, wood ash, and just enough hops bitterness to keep it all in harmony. Very reminiscent of a fine Scotch ale. Alcohol is well concealed. My only complaint with this one is the small bottle. I could easily enjoy a bomber of this at a sitting in front of the fireplace. An excellent old ale here!

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of mrquartetman
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A heavy looking beer, dark in color, with a big head.

S: Very malty, with hints of molasses, fruity. Highly inviting.

T: A big, sweetish, malt flavor, like an aperitif. Excellent

M: Dense, toasty, stays on the tongue all the way through the follow.

D: One of the great beers to drink. One of those great malty, deep beers one wants to drink as a session beer, which would fairly quickly get one into trouble - just as the price would quickly deplete a checking account.

The web site describes this ale as sherry-like, which gets at the very mellow fruitiness and depth of this ale.

mrquartetman, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of kaneel
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

kaneel, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel, peet smoke and dark fruit. The beer tastes a lot like a slightly smokey scotch whisky. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.