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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Reviews: 592
Hads: 981
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Reviews: 592 | Hads: 981
Photo of jpittman80
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark reddish brown. Very little head from the pour, even though I tried. It fades quickly.

S - Not getting much. Maybe a little sourness? Maybe soured malts? Also, something like oak barrel. I have no idea if this is aged in oak.

T - That sour note is definitely in there. Caramel maltiness. The oak bite is there too, in the back of the tongue. Dries out nicely with minimal hops.

M - Pretty good carbonation, medium bodied. Dry finish bordering on astringent.

D - I'll get through the bottle easily enough, but I won't be craving another... maybe another Jacobite! That blows this out of the water.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $3.

A: Medium brown color with a nice red accent, thin cream colored head disappears just as fast as it comes. A few globs of lacing here and there. Pretty fair looking beer, but nothing impressive.

S: A few hints of chocolate and smoke, fairly earthy, smells like an old bar, sort of, has some rum hints at it as well, pretty fair amount of booze, a few hints of caramel. Smells quite malty.

T: Pretty light in flavor compared to the nose, really doesn't have much flavor, slightly smoky, a few hints of chocolate and caramel, with a little alcohol, and a slightly bitter hop bite in the end. Has a sort of offsetting cola like flavor as well. Sort of nutty aftertaste. Really not that impressed.

M: Thin, and that really hurts this beer for me, light yet prickly carbonation. Wish this had a little more body to it.

D: One is enough, this beer just doesn't do it for me at all. I figured on a little bit stronger, more robust beer, but it really dies in the mouth. The nose is good, but this just comes up a bit short in my book. Won't seek out again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty and light burned, chocolate malt flavors. There is an earthy smell, which probably comes from the yeast. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste is slightly burned with the roast of chocolatemalt, which gives the beer it's maltbitter. There is a light bitter but nothing to really fight against the roast flavors. The yeast adds a spiciness which is a little liquorice and a little green herbs. Body is quite thin, I always thought Scotch ales are supposed to be more sweet.

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Photo of Damian
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz./330 ml bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a clear, crimson-mahogany. The frothy, one-finger, off-white head quickly faded to a clingy film. Spotty lacing clung to the sides of the glass on each sip.

The aroma was earthy and peaty. Malty rich and sweet with spicy alcohol notes. Bready and bourbony. Some oak characteristics were noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma really opened up. Sweet toffee and brown sugar notes came out strong.

The flavor profile was complex yet rather thin. Malty rich with some dominating woody flavors. Earthy and quite tannic. Whiskey-like alcohol notes appeared immediately and lasted until the finish. Some fruitiness was noticeable in the center. The finish was also woody with lingering mineral notes and a touch of alcohol warmth. Some British bittering hops came through as well. Very dry overall.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied and creamy with a very fine, mild carbonation. The liquid was nearly flat by the end of the glass.

Drinkability was decent. While many aspects of this beer were interesting, I found the overall flavor profile to be a bit harsh in some aspects yet lacking intensity in others. At 7.2% ABV, the alcohol was not hidden but nor was it offensive. Toward the end of the glass however, it had become much more apparent. This is definitely a sipping beer.

This beer makes no bones about it origins. I feel like I am tasting peat smoked malts in every sip. Even though this scotch ale may not be as extreme as some of its stateside cousins, it is very true to the style.

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Photo of Radome
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, deep reddish-brown color. Head is tan and made of large bubbles with a slightly oily appearance.

S - A very earthy, rich malt aroma with hints of wood and butterscotch. Extremely complex.

T - Taste is also rich and earthy and all about the malt. It is unexpectedly dry, with a lack of the sweetness that I expected from the aroma. There is no sourness, but the finish is an earthy taste reminiscent of mushrooms or even soy sauce, like I have found in some poorly aged barley wines (perhaps this sample is older than is good for the beer). The alcohol is well-hidden. I don't get any roastiness.

M - Fairly thin, which enhances the drinkability. Carbonation is light, as expected for a Scottish style.

D - A good beer, but not my favorite Wee Heavy. The earthy flavors dominate the experience for me. I'd prefer a cleaner malt taste and maybe a bit of smoke, but this character is totally different.

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Photo of toutaboutstout
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forms an 1/8th of an inch head. The apprearance is exactly what I look for in a beer(deep garnet). Thats not important though. The smell is very nutty and smokey. This seems to always be a good sign. The taste is exceptional...earthy, and smokey.

This will be a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Beautiful, airy beige froth settles above a placid chestnut brown body, slowly shrinking into a faint collar with a dearth of lacing.

Prominent acidic apple cider, dark bready malt and vinous grape redolences play on the nose with hints of fertile damp earth, butterscotch and dry wood. The complex bouquet keeps my interest, diverting my attention from the odd aromas of rotting apple and damp earth.

Very fine dark bready malt and delicate tart fruit savors glide over the palate, supporting malts tail off revealing more tart fruit, earthy flavors and tannic, vinous grapes on the mid palate. Hints of butterscotch meld with vinous grapes and woody dryness on the finish. A long grip on the aftertaste lends a bit of dry wood, vinous fruit and earthy spice. The flavor profile is wonderfully complex, charming and well restrained, to a fault; unleash the malty and woody flavors and this would be a awesome monsterous wee heavy scotch ale.

This medium bodied brew is smooth and very classy for a scotch ale making it a great pleasure to drink. Take it slow, sip this one and enjoy!


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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this from an 11.2 oz bottle.
The beer poured to give an amber liquid with a trace of white foam. The aroma was mild malt. The taste was dry, with hops the dominant flavor, though not very strong. The mouthfeel was thin, with low carbonation. The finish was thin (hops). The drinkability was OK. I wasn't very impressed with this beer. Perhaps I should give it another chance.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bung
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown with amber and reddish highlights when held to a lamp. Pours with a mild head that recedes quickly into a collar around the drink, with no lacing down the glass.

S: Smoke, roasted and caramel and toffee malts, cherries, figs, and a very light alcohol nose. Nice and rich aroma.

T: The taste is a bit off. Following the nose, the initial taste is smoke, with noticeable malt character in the roast, caramel, and toffee varieties. By the mid-taste, only the toffee is left, combining with cherry and fig flavors to produce a sweet, but not overbearing, flavor. The finish is all toffee with a very light alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: In the first few sips it feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy, but later it becomes increasingly watery, resulting in a thin and watered-down feel, like drinking Coke wherein the ice has long melted. An unpleasant sensation.

D: I'm beginning to move away from scotch ales and wee heavies, and this one really isn't going to draw me back. If I were still into the style I'd acknowledge that it is mid-range, but the watery mouthfeel is one heck of a drawback.

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Photo of kbm
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours thin amber/ruby with good head with nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell: maltiness and spices little bit of vanilla.

Taste: I had to check to see if I had water in my glass because this tastes like a water down wee heavy... There's nothing heavy about it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing just don't expect a malt bomb wee heavy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: low carbonation and totally gulpable.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark brown, small head that doesn't last long
decent nose, but not real impressive, i get dark fruits, bread, maybe a touch of brown sugar.
Taste is a bit simple, nowhere near as complex as i was looking for. Dark fruits again, bread, some vague sweetness,
mouthfeel is way thin.
this beer is ok, but not as good as i thought it would be.

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Photo of cproioi
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a brown body with a thin tan head just laid on top of the beer leaving little lacing. The nose and taste where very sweet sugary malts and a booze-esque notes. In the taste only, however, there was a slight hops presence that struck me in the after taste. The mouthfeel was rather thick and stickly with high carbonation. This beer was a very lovely example of Scotch Ale. Nicely drinkable but rather expensive.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep barnet topped woth a frothy khaki head that settles to a frothy coating. Not a lot of activity going on, possibly due in part to the 7.2% ABV.

Aroma has a slight peat moss suggestion.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and husky malt. A middle of vanilla bean ice cream and cake. Some woody characteristics. Dry woody aftertaste.

Feel is frothy and smooth. Some lingering ash on the tongue.

Last swigs: A delicate scotch ale. Kinda flip flopped to me as being interesting and then just smokey. Cryptic L 1234 etching on the label. This beer just really didn't warm my curiosity to the point of being overwhelmed. A round beer with a hearty body and feel.

Beer is good. Happy Scotch Wee-Heavy bering.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know how good this bottle is, it seems to have set there for about a year. Pours a beautiful head that slowly dissapates leaving a little lacing behind. Color is bright and dark amber to brown. Smells very nutty and creamy, very nice. It has a very bready taste and aftertaste. Taste is a little creamy, nutty, and smooth. It has a coffee undertone and a slight hint of smoke. It's also slightly sweet and malty. It has a smooth mouthfeel that's a little watery.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear deeply brown colored ale with a minimal head formation.

Smell is sweet but also with a sharp sour wine aroma. Scent of grapes and smoke.

The taste begins fruity and smoky with a deep caramel candy flavor. There is a faint grape flavor here and a fairly large amount of butter in the taste. Faintly grassy and bitter this doesn't really taste much like Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This one has thoroughly disappointed me. Buttery mess of a beer.

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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 stumac
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am of Scottish heritage and so when I poured this beer into my little goblet of a glass, I tried to imagine sitting on a hill in the Highlands way way back when. Its a beautiful day, perfect weather. Watching the sheep graze. Its my day off from cleaning up sheep shit and milking sheep and shaving sheep ass and what not.

A - completely dark brown with a maroon edge when held to the light. Basically no head.

S - probably my favorite thing about this beer. very rich and complex. dark fruits, figs, red grapes. even a hint of earth

T - dark fruits again, figs, mild dark cherry. hints of roasted malt, cocoa

MF - medium to pretty light bodied. very smoothe. not carbonated really.

D - very easy to drink. like drinking dark, malty water (which is half of what it is)

All in all, i haven't had but maybe two scotch ales in my life so i cant really compare it with much. plus, im not a big fan of scotch ales. BUT, on the other hand, it is a nice and complex beer. if it were this or McEwans, i'ld take this.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a heavy murky smoky brown. Little to no head. Very fragrant for a 7.2% beer. The smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Smell is molasses and strong caramel malts. Taste is surprising - kind of light after the intro. Caramelized/burnt sugar, kind of winey, some charcoal & some smoke.

Mouthfeel was disappointing, too watery, but some decent carbonation.

I had high hopes for this beer, and my review doesn't seem to match the others on here. Maybe a skunked or too old bottle?

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Photo of Mitchster
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this one for a long time, having read the reviews here and Michael Jackson's notes, but could never bring myself to purchase it, given the regular $5.99/bottle price...despite the fact that I will pay $8.99 for Avery stuff. Anywhoo, Patrick, the owner of Jack's, hooked me up with a deal on this. Much thanks!

Pours out to a clear mahogany, forming a modest light tan head with yellow accents, with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is quite mild with barely a "Psssht" upon opening. The aroma is of burnt marshmallows, caramel, toffee, skunk, vanilla...reminds me very much of a Samuel Smith product...perhaps the Winter Welcome. The mouthfeel is quite silky with a medium-dense body, slightly syrupy, and a woody, dry finish and long aftertaste. The taste begins with loudly proclaimed herbaceous hops, followed by caramel and roasted barley...a medium sweetness which is not at all cloying, owing to the moderately strong herbal bitterness. There is a slightly oxidized component and mild diacetyl. The bitterness lingering on the palette is chemical in nature. Distant dark fruits and dark rum are hardly noticeable if one reallly concentrates, as well as earthy peat, albeit without any discernable smoke.

Well, quite unimpressed with this one. After reading the reviews here, I wonder if I'm even drinking the same brew. It's just a decent beer that is highly over-rated. I'd rather drink a Winter Welcome over this, which is what this beer wants to taste like. Skip it.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, slender 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison for $4.99...
Pours a deep, dark, purple, ruby-red appearance with a hefty foamy head that soon dissipated...
Smell was repelete with strong malts, scotch, caramel, and alcohol esters...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with heavy, stretched malts, cream, vanilla, bittersweet essences, and caramel sugars...
Very unique and distinct taste which really manages to stand apart from many other depictions of the style...
Creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel leads to a decent level of drinkability due to the heavy 7.2% ABV and intense, intricate flavors...
Worth a try...

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Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown w/ reddish character. Half-inch light foam cap, minor retention. Aroma of sweet/tangy nuttiness, caramel-like and toasty. Nose is quite weak though. The taste is of brown malt (choc/caramel) with a raisin sweetness. Slightly bitter, and toasty, very dry tasting. Medium thick with average carbonation. Alcohol not overpowering. I wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped, maybe this was a bad bottle??? The sweetness was nice but a bit funky, perhaps stale? Maybe I just don't like this style all that much. It's still worth a try, and even I might have to attempt another bottle...

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Photo of BeerRefugee
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red. Thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong, sweet aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is raisins, dried cherries, toast and just a hint of vanilla. A little more alcohol burn than usual for the style. Medium body. Slightly slick, oily finish and very mild carbonation.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.