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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

849 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 103
Gots: 39 | 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 tgraven
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

tgraven, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

UncleJimbo, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Vsarmatov, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DavidRose
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

DavidRose, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

charlottebeerguy, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of touchmeimsac
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

touchmeimsac, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of benmiliron
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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?

benmiliron, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Bung, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Erdinger2003, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Zorro, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Arbitrator
3.53/5  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.

Arbitrator, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of cproioi
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

cproioi, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

blitheringidiot, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Mitchster, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of stumac
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

stumac, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopsleeroy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of redneckchugger
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

redneckchugger, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter: Deep, murky amethyst with some medium ruby highlights. About a half-finger of eggshell head that drops to a bubbly collar & thin dusting.

Smells of a moderate caramel, a fruitiness like grape jelly, slight bubble gum, & a mildly spicy alcohol note.

Taste pretty much follows with the smell, plus a slightly ashy, dry character that comes about halfway through & really hangs in there. Flavors are surprisingly muted & a little watery.

On the thin side, pretty smooth with a lightly gummy caramel-like feel.

I'd had this on my list for years, as I'd always heard & read that it was a really good example of a style I really liked. Don't know if there was something wrong with this particular bottle, but I thought it really fell pretty flat. Nothing bad about it, but not much very memorable, either. I'd be up for trying it again, but I can't really say I'm impressed by this one.

OneDropSoup, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of klikger
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4 oz. pour served in a Port/Lost Abbey taster

A - Crazy - very dark red, extremely cloudy and greying near the top, with a thin transparent layer at the top; no head

S - Brown sugar, raisins, figs, and caramel

T - Very malty, with a touch of white raisins, grapes, and a distinct yeasty element.

M - No carbonation; rather dull

D - I could drink more; it's not overly sweet, which is a good sign for me when drinking this style

I enjoyed this, but I wasn't blown away. For $6, I could buy 4 or 5 Lake Louie Warped Speeds...the economist in me is unsatisfied with this purchase.

klikger, May 15, 2010
Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

bennetj17, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of loving44
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with ruby red highlights, oily, bubbly brown head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Stomach acid? Musty basement? Those were my first thoughts unfortunately... as it warmed I pulled out sweet and strange fruits, almost like fruitloops cereal. Lots of stuff going on here.

T: Rich chocolate pudding and instant coffee, spicy black pepper, dry alcohol bitterness. Reminds me of a flat barley wine.

M: watery syrup with sporadic carbonation.

This was a pretty good brew... nothing really caught my attention though. It was a bit watery at times and the carbonation was strange and inconsistent... not a bad drinker but not the best either.

loving44, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Luk13
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bobsy. Aroma is molasses, banana, whiskey and spices (cinnamon, cloves). Flavor is bready, brown sugar, a little too sweet for me. Palate is quite full for the style with soft carbonation. Not exceptionnal but I'm glad I tried it as I don't often have the opportunity to tatse this style.

Luk13, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of WetCoaster
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep amber. Slightly off-white head. Poor retention.

Smell: Nice. Yeast, red apple, caramel malt, cake spice, with a slight hint of wood and butterscotch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep and malty. Sweet, a bit spicy, a bit roasty, apple, raisin, with bittering hops cleaning up the finish. Alcohol is well-disguised. The mouthfeel is smooth, but quite thin.

Drinkability: It's... OK. It's a nice beer, but not the special experience I was expecting. Given the outrageous price and rather (IMO) run-of-the-mill flavor, I'll stick with Skullsplitter.

WetCoaster, Dec 15, 2005
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.