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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

829 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000)
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 18:44:38 | More by wonothesane42
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-02-2014 06:37:35 | More by DruC4
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-01-2014 03:37:36 | More by kkmiller76
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jeiiVP

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-28-2014 14:01:14 | More by jeiiVP
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Bucknak3d

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-27-2014 14:13:26 | More by Bucknak3d
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2014 00:25:14 | More by Bobhoya
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Bunny_Shawe

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-21-2014 07:36:28 | More by Bunny_Shawe
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-19-2014 11:41:55 | More by nick_asian
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Gakusei

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-16-2014 12:29:00 | More by Gakusei
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:03:37 | More by superspak
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gstucker

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-07-2014 21:30:13 | More by gstucker
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-03-2014 18:55:03 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has better than average retention. The head is a creamy and very light beige which has a slight rosy tint to it while the body is a mix of chestnut brown and dark maroon that appears as a dark amber to maroon when held up to the light. Some lacing that is close to sheeting near the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very Scotch Ale but also very Traquair in its subtlety. Starts off with caramel, brown bread, raisins, toffee, and some vanilla. All of this is well integrated and seems to portend a beer more sublime than the Jacobite. Light notes of butterscotch and hints of melanoidin from the malt and possibly the oak aging. Perhaps a suggestion of coconut. Some honey.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment after the rich nose- lots of bubblegum that seems derived from the caramel aspects but still overrides it. There are subtle hints of most aspects of the nose but they can be difficult to notice. Some vinosity, a little bit of raisin. Some bitterness on the back end- mostly light oak. Starts to settle and the candy/bubblegum aspects fade while more of the aspects of the nose start to show. Some pepper, a little bit of cinnamon. Brown bread, less caramel and toffee than on the nose. Seems a little bit thinner and not as complex as the Jacobite if my memory serves me correctly. Still a good to really good beer. Some banana- this is a lighter and airier beer such that I begin to forget it is a Scotch ale. Light points of oak along with the pepper seem to punctuate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with appropriate carbonation that has a tiny bit of zip. Some syrup to the texture and a degree of smoothness and creaminess. Fairly solid.

Drinkability- Very easygoing with just enough complexity to keep it from being boring. But while the Jacobite might be worth it's 8 dollar price tag, I'm not sure this is.

Overall- Halfway between good and really good. Very accessible for a Scotch ale so much so that it sometimes does not seem like one. While somewhat lacking in complexity and presence, it's still quite an interesting beer. I wouldn't buy it again but I would put down the 8 bucks to give it a shot. It is subdued enough while maintaining a good amount of character that it might just become one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 08:04:22 | More by artoolemomo
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-02-2014 03:59:18 | More by dillon_1005
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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-01-2014 02:23:38 | More by dwagner003
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Bwagner1122

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-01-2014 01:58:31 | More by Bwagner1122
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-28-2014 04:20:16 | More by jaydoc
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Landar

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 11/12
Sweet malts and caramel with strong plums and a hint of raisins. Very malty. No hops or diacetyl whatsoever.
As it warms the plums and raisins come out more and balance the malts and caramel out.

Appearance 3/3
Dark reddish-brown but just light enough to see through. Completely clear. Large foamy off-white almost tan head with long lasting retention. A thick layer of foam sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 18/20
Rich sweet malts and strong sugary caramel. A hint of nutiness as the sweet malt/caramel starts to fade at the finish. Just at the finish hints of plum and raisin present themselves. Medium-dry finish with a alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth lingers as the malt sweetness fades and gives way to the plums and raisins until nothing is left but the alcohol warmth and a hint of raisins on the tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit watery and becomes very salty, which starts to push out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium-high carbonation. Medium-dry finish. A littly thick. Smooth. Warm alcohol finish that lingers pleasantly.

Overall Impression 9/10
Excellent beer for this category. It could use less salt in the taste and a touch of smoke or peat in the taste and aroma to balance it out.
Toning down the carbonation just a touch would be advisable - but it could easily just have been the particular bottle I purchased.

46/50

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:28:29 | More by Landar
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a; Clear copper-ruby with an inch tall tan head which receded rather quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with slight dark fruit undertones and significant hop bite at first which fades to let the malt dominate more as it warms.

m: Medium.

o: A tasty brew, although at first surprisingly and lingeringly bitter, moreso than I expected from a top-rated ale of this type.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:30:57 | More by scotorum
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-24-2014 02:07:53 | More by ujsplace
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Cervezaconcalor

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Beautiful dark color with a finger high head that leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet scotch with cocoa, oak and dark fruit.

T - The dark fruit nose is the first flavor you get followed by a slightly creamy caramel, toffee and cocoa flavor with a slight bitter alcohol finish.

M - Medium and creamy in the mouth.

O - World class beer that should age well or drink great fresh. Like great food it is not overly complex with to many competing flavors but the couple of flavors that are present are just right and that is what makes it the great beer it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:14:45 | More by Cervezaconcalor
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-17-2014 22:38:12 | More by mattmarka1
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-16-2014 00:29:01 | More by CasanovaCummins
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-11-2014 13:45:10 | More by Vsarmatov
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-02-2014 22:36:32 | More by Odysseyalien
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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