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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

840 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 100
Gots: 40 | 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 charlottebeerguy:
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charlottebeerguy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass

Beer pours a deep crimson color with a 1inch whitish head

Smell indicates sweet malts and fruits pears, possibly apples, also some citrus hops

Taste of caramel and apples, a faint trace of hops coming through, with a bit of minerals on the finish.

This a medium bodied scottish ale smooth but bitter a nice balance of both.

I wouldnt drink this all the time but a nice change of pace.

12-19-2005 01:48:43 | More by charlottebeerguy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-17-2003 01:47:33 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-10-2003 18:32:27 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6%

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.

08-25-2003 02:34:27 | More by RoyalT
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

05-03-2014 17:18:43 | More by Hoppin_mad
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ricke

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

05-17-2009 22:47:52 | More by ricke
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kaimcm

California

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

04-05-2006 04:02:55 | More by kaimcm
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-14-2006 03:42:49 | More by StoutHearted
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mveatch

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-09-2013 23:53:15 | More by mveatch
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

03-26-2008 16:49:53 | More by hopsleeroy
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-30-2008 00:52:53 | More by SIRIUS2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

06-07-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-08-2013 05:24:45 | More by FadetoBock
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

04-21-2006 11:28:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-15-2014 03:25:23 | More by DaftPatrick
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

10-16-2003 10:08:16 | More by grynder33
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -27%

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.

07-04-2008 06:46:58 | More by Beaver13
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-05-2013 04:02:34 | More by nstroup
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-16-2014 16:55:00 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

02-19-2001 23:38:21 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +6%

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!

02-06-2004 22:23:29 | More by merlin48
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

03-15-2009 02:52:32 | More by mrquartetman
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kaneel

France

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-16-2012 21:03:25 | More by kaneel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

05-29-2010 04:20:53 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +1%

I was shocked to see this was advertised as an English Strong Ale, as it has all of the taste and appearance of a Scottish Ale... just like the site says. Brown pour with an off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel, smoke, and earthiness. More caramel and smoke in the taste, with some peat, toffee, and a lot of malt. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Delicious.

12-16-2008 19:04:59 | More by magictrokini
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.