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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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829 Ratings

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 99
Gots: 35 | 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:
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Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant brown with caramel highlights. Decent head, but it fades fast (may have been too cold).

Aroma is typical, sweet and malty, tiffee, coffee, and some mild chocolate in there too.

Tastes very smooth and malty, with coffee notes and some burnt wood or caramel. Great, creamy mouthfeel, makes it pleasant with simple food. Nice mildly bitter aftertaste with a hint of brown sugar.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:21:56 | More by crwills
Photo of n00tz


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown nearly bronze body. Light tan head stacked 2 fingers high on pour. Excited carbonation. Slight lacing.

S - Malty cream and some smoke. Grainy (barley) with some floral hops and a bit of added peppery spice.

T - Smoky cream malts, floral hops and slight pepper. Nothing intense, every bit as balanced as picked up in the scent.

M - Medium bodied, layered presentation. Clears the palate and burps as a cream ale. Delightful.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Great at 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 21:42:32 | More by n00tz
Photo of sfreshnock


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. Thick off white head from somewhat aggressive pour, dissipates quickly with splotchy lacing. Sour cherries and hints of malt in the nose. Alcohol taste is next to none, i believe this is due to colder fermentation temps and cold conditioning. The pleasant sour flavor hits the tongue and is washed over by a fig like maltiness. A mild sourness remains begging for another sip. I was not expecting this beer to be as dry and thin in the mouth. The lingering sourness along with the low alcohol perception and dryness make this incredibly drinkable. Top on my list of Scottish Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:27:29 | More by sfreshnock
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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
Photo of Brabander


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my best buddy in Scotland, good old Craig (Zimbo). Thanks a lot my friend.

What a nice beer this one is. Poured in my Struise glassthe beer looks sensational. Deepdarkbrown with i lightbrown head with millions of tiny bubbles. This is one of the best heads i have ever seen.

A good and inviting smell, the barley malt is super balanced. Very soft taste and the alcohol is not noticable at all.

A very good house ale. Thanks again Graig! Send me more of this house...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 20:14:43 | More by Brabander
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of December 2017.

Pours a mahogany color. Mostly opaque, but getting towards transparent near the edges. Half a finger of head, with a crown.

Slight scent of toffee and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Certainly very sweet to start. More chocolatey than the Jacobite, which turns into more of a toffee flavor. No real boozy quality that is occasionally present in other Scotch Ales. Certainly feels lighter than most scotch ales I have sampled, which tend to start at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, this was pretty good. As close to a sessionable Scotch Ale as I have ever tried. Maybe not quite as complex as, for example, the Jacobite, but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:54:52 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of mlazzaro


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle

A - Really interesting color. Dark transparent cherry brown, below a cream colored, frothy head.

S - Boozie aroma. Some caramel malt notes.

T - Smooth. Definitely a little boozie in the mouthfeel. I taste some scotch flavors; either from Scotch barrels or from the peat naturally in water of Scotland. My palate wasn't used to this beer at first. I didn't know what to think of it. It does seem to get better as you drink on. I'm quite enjoy it towards the end of my glass. Also I am picking up some smoked malt flavors, maybe cherry smoked malt. Complex beer, good stuff.

M+D - I couldn't drink it all night, but it's an interesting brew. Worth trying if you like smoked strong ales.

a unique scotchie brown ale

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 05:23:22 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of Patrick999


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By bottle, at The Room.

A - Poured into a snifter, attractive smoky red body when held up to a candle. Thin bony head.

S - A touch of whiskey - maybe it's the power of suggestion, but I get Scotch. Smells more alcoholic than it really is.

T - And tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Deep burnt caramel maltiness amid a lightly smoked character.

F - Solid feel, not syrupy, well-carbonated.

D - I wish I hadn't had this when I was already kind of full; I suspect I might have liked it even better than I already did. Still, I don't see how it can be anything other than a one-and-done.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:05:25 | More by Patrick999
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown in color; very small head, even from a hard pour. I liked the nose. Picked up alcohol and a pleasing raisiny/pruny aroma. Mouthfeel - smooth over the tongue, but perhaps a thin body. Nice flavors of dark fruit mingling with alcohol. Not as rich as I expected from the aroma, though. This would be real(!) good with more body and pronounced flavors.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 17:53:52 | More by Bierman9
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me say first and foremost, this is not a particularly unique or complex beer.

Don't get me wrong! It will definitely challenge your palate and depending on your sensitivity to given aromatic compounds and Qualia you might get anything from caramel, raisins, honey and peat to darker fuller flavors such as ripe grapes, chocolate, cherry, anise and even some ash (On the nose or tongue).

My problems with it, is that it lack the boldness and fullness you get from other beers of the style (the almost candy-ish and boozy notes) and the lack of depth, as it feels like you're having a beer that can't get itself to develop expression as it warms up and gets oxygenated. Having said that however, this beer is still a treat on the tongue, standing out as challenging, elegant, and most importantly extremely sessionable.

Finally and what I've yet to mention is what makes this beer remarkable. Like I've already hinted at, this beer isn't the best at any particular aspect even within it's own style. This beer does however, carry alot of 'soul'. It might seem like over-romantization, but it's something that i really struggle to put into words. It just feels like it was made with the purpose of capturing a specific frame of existence, and that it somehow perfectly captures it. I personally find it hard not to wonder off to a roadside tavern in the Scottish coastland. It really IS an experience like one of the bros pointed out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:46:05 | More by endovelico
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Deep chestnut with just a hint of red. A three inch head rolls and expands from the beer, settling to a thin mat in a few minutes. Lacing is stretchy and spotty.

Smell- Huge, gigantic malts and a blend of leather and fruit... not unlike a well structured Old Ale. Some alcohol strength shows in the aroma. The faintest notes of smoke and beef jerky as it opens up.

Taste- Rich, dark malt flavors slowly give way to sweet, booze soaked fig-like fruits... very big indeed, even for a wee-heavy. The hop bitterness is showcased, mildly, in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Relatively quiet in the mouth, even with some gentle swishing the bubbles don't seem to want to emerge. Surprisingly thin as the beer gradually warms, but certainly big in flavor and warmth. A bolder and more full-flavored alternative to some of our more available Scotch Ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 22:54:18 | More by yelterdow
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a good strong scotch ale. If you like a good porter, you'll probably really like this beer. It pours golden brown with reddish hues and has a thin tan head. The smell is a very nice malty aroma with hints of peat, chocolate and black licorice. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. The taste is predominantly roasted malt that is well balanced and not sweet, leading to a dry roasted malt finish. The perfect beer for kicking back a few pints on a cold night, sitting in front of a large fireplace, in an old Scottish hunting lodge.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 04:15:14 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of dgilks


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet, bready malt aroma. Lightly fruity but almost doppelbock like.

Hazy, dark chestnut colour with a small, short lasted, light tan head.

Malt and smooth but not a sweet as I thought it would be. There is a light nuttiness and minerality as well as a hint of smoke.

Medium-full body with moderately-light carbonation. Good on the whole.

A nice, full flavoured but easy to drink ale. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 07:54:35 | More by dgilks
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a bold, delivery of what can best be described as a black ale/wee heavy. With a taste that is milder than a barley wine, and not as smokey or chocolatey as a stout, Traquair House Ale relies on strong flavors of malty caramel that results in a fantastic aftertaste. This is a beer with bold flavor, but with plenty of sweetness without the strong dose of alcohol that accompanies most barley wines.

This is a highly recommended beer for those who want a fantastic sipping beer with loads of flavor, but without the over-powering inebriates.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:48:28 | More by supercodes
Photo of fattyre


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark brownish red color with a thick clingy tan head and a firm mouthfee. The smell is roasted malt with a slight grassiness. The taste is clean, nutty malt, with a slight herbal quality and pleasant warming alcohol. Overall a rich malty ale with a clean, rather dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:22:44 | More by fattyre
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United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer home from Las Vegas last year, strange to bring a Scottish beer back to the UK, but we don't see Traquair House beers around here!

330ml bottle poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip.

Lovely dark brown/reddy colour, tan coloured tightly knitted foamy head. The head left some good lacing on the glass, so condition of the beer was good.

Dark chocolate smells come from the beer, coffee esters also in the mix for my nose.

The flavours followed the smells, chocolate and coffee, with the coffee being the dominant one this time. The alcohol content is just below the surface, but can just about he found as the mouth dries after each sip. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, or expected after the first sniff. This ia a well balanced brew for a Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 20:00:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stereotypical tourist-friendly marketing on the label made me feel a bit suspicious about this beer. No reason, this is an excellent ale. It poured with a dark amber almost maroon color, and with a brownish head. The foam melted quickly away and settled as half a finger's hat. The smell was of malt and caramel with some bitterness and smoke in the background. Too much carbonation, though. It tasted pretty much as it smelled with the hops kicking in in the aftertaste, and not with as much alcohol as expected. Traquair House Ale is a fully developed ale with a rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 16:16:49 | More by JanM
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a small light brown head that left a good amount of lacing. Brownish amber in color, with a little light passing through. The aroma of chocolate and sweet malt. Mildly bitter coco flavor combines with a light maltiness, and hardly any hops. All in all a smooth, well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 05:01:50 | More by HappyHourHero
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark oak brown from the small light getting through the beer. Seems quite clear with a nice tan head.

Smell. I should say now that my nose is a little stuffy, so i might miss some delicate aromas and flavors. I immediately get a menthol coolness to this. some notes of chocolate and slightly roasted malts. On big whiffs i get a little fruitiness, sweet apples and grapes..

Taste. I first get an interesting yeast flavor. Has very earthy flavors with some wood. as the beer warms up in my mouth, some chocolate notes come through with a little peppery spiciness. It seems to be on the dry side of flavor. aftertaste is a nice light roasted malt taste, still dry, with just a tiny amount of coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium and slicker than i thought. Carbonation is light, but seems appropriate and matches well with the taste. Nice balance.

Overall and interesting beer, not exactly what i was expecting. Quite nice, but i dont think i would put this on my top 100 beers. but who am i?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 01:28:57 | More by acrawf6
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense ruddy brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly to a ring of suds.

Smells rich and darkly fruity, touched with spice. Not unlike a Christmas pudding. Mmm.

A touch of malty sweetness, overlaid with thick dark fruits, a lightly bitter nuttiness on the back end, and hint of alcohol.

Pleasant, nicely drinkable. An excellent cool-evening sipper. Not something I'd like a huge amount of, but a great change-up from the beers I've been drinking recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 03:55:13 | More by thesilverhand
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle in a pint glass at a "wee" bit below cellar temperature. Bad pun intended.

A - Pours a very gently hazed brown color with ruby highlights, pushing up a nice, tan inch-plus marshmallowy head. Lacing is spotty, but visible and head retention is good around the edges, but only a thin film in the middle.

S - Assertive toastiness with a sweetness beneath that can be attributed to both the hops and the roasted malt. Hints of dark cherry are also observed.

T - Understated sweetness up front, with a somewhat cordial-like alcohol presence, minus the typical burn. It is here that there is a slight metallic tinge noted as well. Malts round out in the middle, presenting a decent toasted quality, albeit subdued, along with that cherry character found in the nose. The finish brings in a very slight yeastiness that this overshadowed by a nice hop quality that leaves you somewhat dry. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and pleasant. Very "English" tasting, almost like a kicked up bitter.

M - A bit watery on the way in, but gaining excellent presence as it swells in the mouth and leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finish is throat coating and filling.

D - There is no doubt that this beer possesses a superb balance, but for my tastes, I prefer a more robust malt character from my Scotch Ales. Still, this is definitely quite drinkable, well crafted and if you're not careful to read, you might just miss the big ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:35:11 | More by EPseja
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, orangey, oak brown with orange highlights and a small off-white head.
The nose is gentle but through it comes a fruitiness I was not expecting. Grapes and apples. A touch of sweet caramel and roasted malts follows with some earthy (not quite smoky) oak and a dash of pepper.
The fruit really comes through in the flavor. Next comes roasted malt and earthy oak with a bit of spicy/bitter pepper and mildly hoppy finish. I also detect some menthol-like cooling to this one.
The m/f lies on the limp side of syrupy without a whole lot of carbonation but really doesn't take away from my overall impression.
This is a quite unique and enjoyable scotch. I think I prefer Jacobite but this is one that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 21:07:32 | More by Slynger
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Dark cola brown with thin head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation.

The aroma was all malts. Roasted malts? Almost 'bocky'. Nothing too complex.

This is the first Scotch Ale that I've had in awhile. I've tried a few before. But my palate wasn't as refined. Pretty tasty. Though I didn't get much complexity out of this. A little vanilla. Some toffee and caramel notes. I could taste a little diacetyl. A little wood in the finish.

Maybe it was a touch old? Wasn't as rich or robust as I would've imagined. But very drinkable.

I would definitely buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:01:29 | More by jDoubleU
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark brown with a sturdy small beige head. Smell is malty and then a little more malty. Taste is bubbly malts with some slight bitterness. Finish is not as mellow sweet as I was anticipating. Mouthfeel was somewhat less than full, and dissapointing considering the beer's reputation. Of course, even with the slight bitterness this beer is wonderfully smooth. It was delicious. I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 00:49:28 | More by pentathlete
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer brewed in a castle. A nice start is the pour.A deep dark brown beer with a perfect 1 inch tan head. The aroma is a stand-out, a very complex mixture of ripe fruit,tobacco with a hint of smoke,chocolate,molasses,vanilla,brown sugar and various spices. This is a medium bodied beer but not as complex tasting as the aroma. It starts malt sweet with a little orange peel with a nice dry hop bitterness and smoke in the finish. The finish is drier and shorter than I remember from past bottles, this one may be a bit oxidized.I'll have to try another one to see, boo hoo me! A very nice scottish strong ale and another bottle may give it a better score.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 14:21:46 | More by jeffboo
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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