Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld
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4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This has been in Alberta for a couple months now, but I have only now found this in Calgary. Finally! The House Ale is in a 330ml bottle with a black and soft-white label showing Traquair House. Black foil around the neck. Very simple, very...dark. Traquair House looks delightful--what a quaint little brewery. On to the wee one here.
Pop goes the plain black cap, and alcoholic rum-soaked cherries waft up through the neck. Mmm. There is a beauty in a wee heavy unlike any other style, and this is no exception: rich dark chestnut hue, with less ruby than some others of the style I have had. Hints of red but mostly an ebony tea-like colour. I got only a thinnish head from the beer, but what was there was nice and tight, dusty white colouration. Fine tiny bubbles and quick-moving lace. A respectable looking wee heavy. Plenty of sweet candy and red licorice at first on the nose, then some herbal aromas reminiscent of pine(somewhat akin to some of the Heather Ale beers). Alcohol is fairly detectable. Then lots of prunes and rum and brown sugar. There is also a creamy milk note that renders the aroma extremely appetising. A unique malt/hop combination here too: the malts are very grainy, but the hopping makes it seem very floral--like sweet flowers. The malts dominate as they should though, adding a myriad of smells like raisins, sweet chocolate, maple syrup and caramel. Lovely aroma. The taste falls a little short for me from what I was expecting. At first there are all sorts of lovely sugar-laden fruits and plenty of alcohol. I think it is the end where the beer leaves a very dry, dusty charcoal feel, rather than following up on the sweet smoothness before it. Too the body seems to thin out at the end. Not too say that the beer is without taste. Plenty of woody hop character, dry dark malts, and chocolate and coffee up front. Almonds, licorice, oak, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium-carbonated and very smooth. Very easy to drink, this is. However I find it too dry for the style. Still lovely, but not as good as I had hoped. Have another? Why yes, thank you.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2006 09:27:48 | More by Cwrw
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4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a dark chocolate brown, almost opaque color into a snifter with a 1/2F head.
Aroma: plum, raisin, fig, which continue strong throughout the tasting.
Mouth feel: pleasantly carbonated- more than other wee heavies I have tasted.
Taste: smooth fig, plum and raisin with a light alcohol finish.
This is a classic wee heavy. The flavors are similar to American beers in the same style which are only slightly more pronounced. This is an impressive beer- low ABV, yet a sipper. The body is lighter than American styles, making it easier to drink.
This is the real deal.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 01:07:11 | More by brureview
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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