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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

596 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 596
Hads: 998
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 136
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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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Reviews: 596 | Hads: 998
Photo of craftbeersweden
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a beige, two finger high, head.

Nose: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, plum, brown sugar and some tea.
Taste: Again caramel malt, nuts, fudge, chocolate and bread. I get some Coca Cola here also! Strange...
Mouthfeel: A bit light... Light carbonation. Medium to light body. A light bitterness at the end.

Smooth and very drinkable!

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. Nice pour, initial airy head which subsides to a tight beige head. Heady aroma of malt and peat, taste moreso, with some added caramel. Earthy, cloying finish. Nice!

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Photo of badgustav
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color is a lovely deep red-brown, little head but light lacing
Aroma - sweet, dark fruit, plum especially. Malty with no hopiness
Flavor - world class. Rich, malty, with notes of raisin and plum, oak on the dry, slightly bitter finish
Feel - medium mouthfeel, lightly coats the tongue then fades away

Really enjoyed this beer, would love to have more!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see Traquair on the bottle I know the brew will be noteworthy.
This one's no exception.
I'd say that the brewing style puts more emphasis on WEE than Heavy of "wee heavy".
Still a nice characteristic. Subdued and sublime.
This beer is in balance-- pour, nose, flavor, finish and over-all.
It's long finish lingers on the palate that eventually sublimes into an overall hops finish.
There's lots going on in the flavor-- hops, caramel and more.
A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Voldigar
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a pint bottle at neighborhood bottle shop in Western Washington. Larger than pictured.

Look: Thick, foamy two-tone head, dissipated quickly. Hazy chestnut brown. Hints of red/orange firelight when held up. Complex color, less opaque than expected.
Smell: Yeasty, bread-like, very little alcohol smell on the nose. Almost savory/salty.
Taste: Mellow scotch tones with some stout impressions. Vague hints of nuttiness (almonds) and ripe apples.
Feel: Very little carbonation. I enjoy the slippery diacetyl in scotch ales, but it was lower in this variety. Still quite pleasant mouth feel. A little thinner than hoped.

Overall: A rather enjoyable take on scotch ale with some surprises and beneficial complexities. One of the better I've tried.

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Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Utah State Liquor store. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very dark brown, darker than the typical brown ale. No head except a foamy white ring around the glass.

Smell: malty, slight notes of tea, some white chocolate, brown sugar and slight cola smell.

Taste: sweet and malty. Taste milk chocolate, dried figs, and cola.

Mouthfeel: little disappointing, seems almost flat with very little carbonation. Yet it does have a medium bodied mouthfeel that is a little creamy.

Overall: I like this beer - the aromas and flavors were great but the mouthfeel wasn't that good.

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Photo of dro7
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very light to little carbonation and is very dark amber color. the smell reminds me of a Belgian strong ale, slight bitterness, very malty, dark fruit taste.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is a true Scottish Wee Heavy.. Very beautiful looking beer with a nice smooth smelling malt and the taste is unreal with grate tasting malts and no hop taste to speak of, Which is how a Wee Heavy is supposed to be....

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Photo of thebigredone
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure of this bottle was really old, or what, but I thought this was nothing more than barely acceptable. Thin, without much flavor, and overpriced. Will not seek this out again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep brilliant chestnut under a 2” cream colored foam collar that slowly recedes to a thick, lacy film. S: a little roast, caramel and plum in the aromas. T: Dark roast and kettle sugars and plum but leaves kind of a minerally, salty after taste. F: Creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation. O: A classic but just a little too salty for my tastes.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich head gathers over a chestnut body, and stays. Moderate lacing. Aroma (outdoors, on the roof of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2015) is too subtle to make much of an impression. The taste Is marvelously refined; understated but distinctive. The beer goes down easily, belying its purported 7.2%. Earthy, but lightly so. Lovely. Aftertaste is redolent of caramel. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of brohler
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite beer at the moment. Extremely smooth yet complex. It's the best scotch ale I've ever had bar none. It's just hard to the justify for $8/pint.

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out. Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast. Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. It’s fermented in oak, but I didn’t pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Nice mahogany color with an off white full, creamy looking head, light comes through when held up given it a nice amber color, head died down, medium amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks really good.

A: Peat, moss, grassy aroma, picking up some oak, has a rich earthy, herbal aroma, not getting any alcohol on the nose, this smells really solid and rich. There is a slight caramel aroma at the end.

T: Peat, moss, herbal earthy flavors, slight oak, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs, really complex flavors, very drinkable, really smooth, very nice. Alcohol is present in the after taste.

M: Very smooth, dry finish, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed, very balanced, I've have Wee Heavy beers that lean on the mossy, peat side and I did not enjoy them, however, this beer has a slight peat, moss, earthy introduction that blends into a nice dark fruit flavor, nice creamy mouthfeel, smells great ad tastes great, a sipper I will definitely seek out in the future.

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Photo of EF0rs
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Lots of dark fruit; plums and raisins. Some wood too: oak. Very similar to a Belgian Dubbel
Appearance: Clear. Dark brown with a red hue. Off-white head that does not persist.
Flavor: More dark fruit, but the wood stands out in the flavor. No hop or yeast character. Finish is semi-dry with a woody caramel flavor lingering.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. A little slick. Some alcohol warmth. Dry.
Overall: Very similar to a Belgian Dubbel, but more wood notes and much drier. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Flavors and aromas of toffee, chocolate malt, raisin, toast, sherry and light oak. The aroma is on the mild side, but it's pleasant and enticing. The flavor is nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness. There are many beers within the style that have bigger flavors. Bigger isn't always better. This is refined and very pleasant to drink. I wish I had another...

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunning beer. Deep, dark reddish color with a large head. That's about where the good stuff ended. I expected a stronger aroma, especially from the oak, but I got very little. Didn't get much flavor-wise either. I found it to be more of a very easy drinking ale with not much to it. Not bad, but nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits (fig). Hints of oak and brown sugar.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malts adding some light sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of dark fruit (fig), brown sugar, and oak + peat. Light amounts of earthy bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with a light amount of alcohol warming and just a touch of thinness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with lighter mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable and a nice example of the style. Overall, well balanced.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodButcher
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of interzen
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +1%

poured into a nonic pint

A: almost no head very dark Carmel color light filmy head at rest

S: smells like peat moss, a little oak, maybe some roasted toffee a lot like watered down scotch would smell

T: Light sweet feel of watery scotch, a little burnt carmel and toffee a little barrel it's very smooth

M: soft carbonation And a little watery doesn't linger much on the tongue

O: it's pretty pleasant it's very smooth with a soft light taste that isn't overwhelming I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I'd grab it if I ever saw it again.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.