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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

845 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 101
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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

A nice sipping private beverage. Can picture sitting in Scotland and enjoying the scenery now or even a century back. Some complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Sammy, May 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Pours an impenetrable deep chestnut, although the head is quite small even on a hard pour. Spotty lacing as I make my way down the snifter.

S: Toffee, butterscotch, light caramel, molasses, and hints of diacetyl are what I notice immediately. Everything is well integrated, though a bit lacking in the deeper caramelized malts that I would expect from such a noted Scotch Ale producer.

T: A bit of a letdown after the nose. Not nearly as complex, as a bit of roasted nutty caramel takes over the beer, leaving a bit of lingering bitterness. Hints of butter.

M: Quite thin, especially for the style and alcohol content. This has the mouthfeel of a light Scottish Ale rather than the big boy that it's supposed to be. Fairly low carbonation. Not much of an alcohol bite at all.

D: Quite drinkable given the lack of alcohol presence in the taste, and the general smooth drinkability that comes from a thinner mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

zestar, Saturday at 09:38 PM
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

A: The beer is hazy deep brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that faded away, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, toasted malts and dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: The overall taste has some sweetness with flavors of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisins and toasted malts. The finish has some hints of peat.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer goes down rather easy for the style because it is well balanced, relatively light in body and has its alcohol well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%

Appearance: Deep brown with a white head - not a big one, but one that lasts throughout, leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, figs - just wonderful. I could smell it all night.

Taste: Very complex with malts predominating as you would expect. Everything well-balanced, from the chocolatey sweetness of the malt to the warmth of the alcohol. Long-lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Truly an exceptional Scottish Ale. Deserving of its accolades.

brentk56, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Deep crimson-dark bronze with orange accents at the periphery; a truly stunning color when run through with sunlight. The cap is small in size and pale brown sugar in color. It doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, but the rest more than makes up for it. This beer isn't a stunner, but it's definitely a looker.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. My only (admittedly minor) complaint is that it could be a tad more complex. I smell heavily toasted dark malt, along with more than a little dark fruitiness. I expect some smoke and/or peat with my Scotch ales, but don't pick up any here.

Traquair House Ale tastes remarkably like it smells... 'cept better. There's a more than solid malt undercarriage that provides flavors of dark butterscotch, treacle and even cocoa. As in the nose, dark fruits are front and center, with sticky dates, dried figs and raisins leading the way. There's now a wee bit of smoke and a pinch of peat that limns this portrait of a classic wee heavy.

I can also appreciate just a whisper of well-integrated alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least. Port wine notes weave in and out; or at least they would be port wine-like if they were more concentrated and more forceful. The mouthfeel is in the upper ranges of medium with a light (just right) degree of mouthcoating. That ever so slight syrupiness promotes appreciation of the deep flavor profile long after the swallow.

Traquair House Ale is the second best wee heavy (Belhaven) to ever cross my lips. I love this style and I wish more breweries would dedicate themselves to making just such a rich, complex, traditional Scotch ale as the one I just consumed. If you love this style as well, this one should be on your short list of 'must tries'.

BuckeyeNation, May 24, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown and burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of subtle peat with some toffee malt is well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some toffee malt with some subtle notes of peat which is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture. Very well done and something I would love to have more often.

Phyl21ca, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A lot of flavor in here. Similar to a dopplebock, but more robust, caramelized, and heavy. Aromas bring out a serious molassas sweetness with a very slight grainy bitter quality. Some dark fruits like plumb, dates, raisons. Flavors are more intense than the aroma. Throw in brown sugar, caramel, and above all... malt. Subtleties of smoke, chocolate, and coffee accentuate the flavors. With a sypupy thick texture, this beer falls short of silky smooth because of the carbonation, light grain texture, and alcohol sensation (not drying). A bit cloying makes for slow sipping. Still the best Wee Heavy I've had.

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +19.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -12%

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a smallish khaki colored head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. Sweet caramel and toffee all the way through with a hint of vanilla. Toasted bread and molasses give an extra bit of maltiness. A rather simple aroma, but quite good.

T: There is a hint of booze, but otherwise it's a rather nice combination caramel and toffee. Some more of the bread and toast character, but it is a touch watery at times. Maybe some brown sugar.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Overall pretty nice. A bit simple to me, but I liked what it had to offer.

womencantsail, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body with a slim ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Rich, complex maltiness smelling of chocolate, caramel, roast, and syrup-coated nuts along with a modicum of dried dark fruitiness and splash of spiced rum.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of burnt toast spread with dark caramel and chocolate. Raisiny, vinous fruitiness. Faint touch of alcohol. Rather subtle hop character yielding on a light spicy bitterness. Taste of rum raisin on the finish. Hints of maple syrup and bittering herbs in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A satisfying, malty brew that delivers both on taste and complexity, but still remains fairly easy to drink. Jacobite's up next!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +1%

This beer poured out as a deep looking brown color. Not much light gets through this one. The head was pretty good, left a decent amount of retention. The smell was earthy, had some sweet malts and a touch of smokiness to it. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness also, with a dry malty aftertaste. There might even be a touch of dark fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a good thickness to it as well. Overall, I found this Wee Heavy to be rather enjoyable.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a very nice brown with a slight reddish hue with a light head,aroma is sweet and malty with some oaky aromas as well.Taste is rich and malty with alcohol notes.Some dried fruit flavors linger with some definent oak hints as well.Incredibly well made a nice beer to savor before bed.

oberon, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours with a small amount of foam, it quickly dwindles to a thin ring.

Aroma has an herbal and fruity quality reminiscent of Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Sort of sweet and musty.

Caramel, smoke, dark fruit, well water, tea-like. Raisiny plum in the aftertaste, with an herbal/peaty dryness. Earthy overall feel, thin on the palate, but with strong residual flavors. Strength is hidden, but has elements found in a nice Scotch Whisky. Light astringency stops one from gulping too much. Long finish of sweet dark fruits, bitter herb, and hints of smoke.

It clearly has the hallmarks of authenticity, and is one of the most distinctive Scotch Ales i've tried.

emerge077, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Dark amber with good clarity. Pours with a fairly small head that dissipates into a crown.

Smell: Very toasty and malty - caramel and rum raisins come to mind.

Taste: Once again the toasty, caramelly malts are the dominant character here. It has a butterscotch quality to it, and an underlying smokiness. The finish is dry and smooth, with a bit of cocoa in it. Very little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation; slick on the palate.

Notes: This is pretty rich and complex stuff, but it's so good that I'd almost consider it sessionable (if not for rarity and price). Highly recommended.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

A - Poured out a deep auburn/copper color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, smoky and a little earthy. Some roasty malt notes, too.

T - This is a pretty malty beer with a nice bittersweet character. Subtle hop flavors come through.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice ale. Good malt taste.

zeff80, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%

In honour of tomorrow's Hogmany celebration (at least that's what my Scottish friends call it), and the frigid (even frightful) weather outside, a wee heavy is just what the doctor ordered.

This beer pours a mildly murky, red rust-tinted deep browned amber colour, with a few fingers of tightly foamy, sort of creamy off-white head, which recedes rather lazily, leaving some broad swaths of random limestone cliff lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of sultana raisins, molasses, chocolate-ensconced caramel, and grassy, earthy hops. The taste is dominated by a heavy caramel/toffee maltiness, ever so slightly astringent smokiness, well-understated benign fruitiness, and a quite tame earthy hop twinge. There lies a rather subtle kind of oakiness, one pithy enough to allow the sweet malt to retain its dominance, even in the face of a 15-proof alcohol quotient.

The carbonation is duly understated, the body a hefty tartan-worthy full weight, with a supportive smoothness and lingering creaminess. It finishes quite off-dry, a northern malty aftertaste slightly warmed from the elevated alcohol.

One deftly rendered wee heavy, to be sure, everything one might need to prepare/fortify you for your particular stramash tomorrow. After that, this will still do you well, at least until spring's first tentative promises of lager-fueled patios.

biboergosum, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%

Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

Jason, Feb 19, 2001
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +1%

Hearty and rich with a thick grain flavor on the end. Definitely supremely crafted and well made and even more so definitely worth trying…and trying again. When I roamed the shelves (before the days of BA where I could find a little help here and there on what to keep an eye out for), this is exactly the type of brew I’d be searching for. Flavor and style. No need to say any more than that.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.