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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

860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 106
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of rickyleepotts
1.79/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I have no idea what to expect from this beer. Based on the little research I have done on this brewery, it's old and they know how to make a good beer. This beer is also fermented in oak barrels, which leaves me thinking I am going to smell and taste a ton of barrel. If not, I will be sad as when I drink a barrel-aged beer (not saying this is BA), I want to smell AND taste the wood.

This beer comes from an old brewery but also the oldest inhabited house in all of Scotland. I like scotch. I just hope I like this beer. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer is thick and has a nice consistency. The head is thick and creamy, too. You know the head you get on a glass of Guinness? That is what I am seeing here. I am already 3 or 4 shots deep, so let's drink!

Nose: What nose? There isn't much aroma here whatsoever. I am smelling a nice faint sweetness that comes in toward the finish, but nothing to write home about. I actually might write home and ask where the aroma is. For a beer that cost this much and has this much history, I expected a much more impressive aroma. I hope it tastes better than it smells!

Flavor: Nope. It doesn't. I mean… it's almost gross. There is no barrel flavor and the consistency is horrible. Yuck. Why would they bottle something that tastes like this? I mean… read the label. It sounds amazing. It's NOT!

Mouthfeel: I don't like Guinness. I hate the mouthfeel of Guinness. This has the same mouthfeel. It is horrible. I mean, it just coats your mouth with a thick fluffy layer of flavor, but it doesn't deliver. I had some pretty high hopes for this beer, too. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale loves this beer. Why? Please, William… Tell us why!

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? I don't want to take another sip for the experience that I had on my first drink. I am hoping this gets better as it heats up, but I just don't see it. This is just a boring flavorless beer. There is 1 more bottle from them on the list… I hope that one managed to deliver SOMETHING!

That is too bad… I wanted this to be good.

rickyleepotts, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Overlord
2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly ruddy cola brown. Small off-white foam head. Leave some froth on the edges and top of the liquid.

Slight off-malt notes in the aroma. Kind of a bit weird, actually.

Taste is bad. Slightly sickly sweet, rancid malt with an offputting ... spoiled nuts ... ? aftertaste. Really tough getting through once glass of it. Maybe a faint hint of earthiness in the aftertaste. Kind of like dirt.

Bland mouthfeel. Not good.

Overlord, May 28, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.58/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/7/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown/slight reddish color. Little head, slight off-white, brown, diminishing. Aroma of dark fruit, plums, citrus, & sugar. Lightish aroma. Strong taste of dark fruit, some coffee, slightly flat tasting. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Watery porter kind of taste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of hilgart1
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

hilgart1, May 12, 2013
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich deep reddish brown, with small light tan head. Smell is a musty, peaty rich malty sweetness, similar in a way to a McEwans, but more complex. Taste is somewhat similar to smell but more muted, and less sweet. Still earthy flavored with a quite mild bitter finish to it and just a hint of alcohol. Not bad at all, but not my preferred style either.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of klewis
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a cloudy reddish-brown. Almost no head, even with a hard pour.

S: Huge smell, I can smell it without holding it up to my nose. Notes of butterscotch, malt, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: Much different than its aroma... Not much going on here for me. There are some tannic flavors that are overpowering anything else that might be trying to sneak through.

M: Nice body and weight, but the carbonation is a little rough and may be detracting from the flavor..

D: Based on the other reviews, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle. I may try this one again hoping that this is the case, but if it's like this one, it's just not worth spending the money on.

klewis, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep opaque brown color to it. The head is light tan and about a finger thick. It leaves a lot of lace.

S - Strong soapy malt aroma. Some caramel and toast. Some oxidation has happened. There are some slight phenols too.

T - On the verge of being skunked I think. If it is not then It has a rather tart malty taste to it. The malt has the same taste as the aromas.

M - Rather viscous and has that bitterness I believe from being on the edge.

D - I'm sure that if it was fresh it would rank a 90. But this is definitely not.

quasimoto, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of mdwalsh
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Two plus finger head on a medium brown, very clear body. Attractive, but not outstanding by any means.

S: Slightly malty, but more so grainy I would say. This is odd, an aroma I would expect more from a light lager than a wee heavy. Lighter, sharper, not at all sweet.

T: The Taste pretty much follows with the smell. There is no robust, cloying sweetness or solid body.

I don't even want to write the rest of this review. This beer is thin, slightly sour. I've never heard of this beer being infected, but I hope it is.

mdwalsh, May 24, 2011
Photo of Vylo
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jwat
3/5  rDev -28.4%

jwat, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -28.4%

ChicagoNick, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rheimbro
3/5  rDev -28.4%

rheimbro, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Amerikon
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Amerikon, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Dark brown in color. Light beige head shows not much retention. Yeast, floral & herbal fragrances, caramel & toasted malt aromas & hints of anise to the nose. Gentle warming alcohol at firs sip rounded by toasted flavor. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Dark fruits in the middle, slightly chocolate touch & subtle anise notes. Dry malty finish. Sweet & alcoholic aftertaste.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
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 vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a deep red when held to the light. A thin off white head.

The aroma is of dark malt. Molasses as well as dark fruit comes through as well.

The taste follows the nose, though seems a bit subdued.

A thin to medium body, with low, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, though the taste was a bit subdued and the mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.

vkv822, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of juhl31
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-dark brown with no carb or much head at all

-malt, reminiscent of a barleywine smell

-it tastes like a watered down and flat rum and coke

-there is no carb whatsoever, which is why i might change this review. tastes like alcohol more than it needs to

-i need to try this beer again in case i got an old or bad bottle because it seems to be that way

juhl31, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves about one finger in depth of a biege head that quickly recedes to a foam ring at the edge, and does not leave much lacing. Body is black with purple highlights.

Smell - mild aroma of apples, butterscotch, maltbread, and plums.

Taste - like the nose. Rather mild taste of apples, butterscotch, plums, and maltbread. Not real deep, or full, but not bad either. Sour fruit on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, rather dry.

Drinkability - this is decent ale, but not great, so, for me that holds down sessionability.

ultralarry2006, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of mattd017
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12(ish) ounce bottle, poured into a trappist (Chimay) glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Has a very thin head that dissapears almost immediately. Smells malty, citrusy, smokey with a hoppy background. Very little hop in the taste, more fruity malt, very much like a brown ale. Palate is kind of disappointing. The carbonation it has is extremely tiny bubbles, feels almost flat. Not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag ($3.99/bottle)

mattd017, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of heygeebee
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany. One finger head dies to film, with no real lace,

Moderate Aromas - roast malts, dark chocolate with hops in mix

Taste is less assertive, somewhat watery, roast malts. Smoke elements roast/burnt toffee.

Mouthfeel light, almost too light

Overall ok - however must also admit - not my given preferred style. Have tried to review objectively but find difficult.

heygeebee, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2002 vintagE) served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. 8.5% ABV. Expectations were high given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige ring/floater but no head at all. Body colour is a caramel-biscuit/beautiful copper. Rich and inviting. Truly appealing.

Sm: Wood, biscuit, and heavy heavy malts. Vinegar. Boozy heat. Heavy caramel. Hints of oxidation. A unique, striking aroma. Quite strong, with evidence of poor aging.

T: Oxidation, raisin, malty sweetness, graham cracker, wood, caramel, and candi character. Very striking and unique. Time has refined it, but it's not at all at ideal age; it's been cellaring far far too long. Has some troublesome off flavours, but also some masterful ones.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely thick. Carbonation holds up even after ten years. Surprisingly well put together for its age.

Dr: Drinkable but well past prime. I'd like to try it far younger; maybe at three years. Aging past five years seems like a terrible idea. I'll have to revisit this one, but there are buried elements that really strike me.

C+

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of rebel1771
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that fades quickly.

The aroma of honey is first to hit the nose along with a sharp malty, bready aroma.

The first flavor to arrive is that of rasins. Followed quickly by a malty punch that delivers a strong bready flavor. The end is metallic and pretty unpleasent.

Well after reading some of the other reviews of this brew I think I may have gotten a skunked bottle. At least I hope I did.

rebel1771, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Pretty decent beer. A little tart, but good none-the-less.

clvand0, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.