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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

914 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 114
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very small head of light brown foam on a dark brown body with caramel colored highlights.

S - Lots of cola-like malt with light chocolate and coffee. Some fruity yeast as well, red apple, plum and a bit of cinnamon.

T - Lots of toffee malt up front with dark caramel and brown sugar. Some apple from the yeast in the middle. Cola flavor in the finish with chocolate malt and light malt bitterness.

M - Oily, medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a thick, malty, somewhat unusual beer. The malt flavor works pretty well, but the aroma is kind of weak. A nice wee-heavy, but it doesn't quite manage to justify its $5/12oz bottle price tag.

Photo of Jason
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby brown tone thin tan creamy textured head leaves nice even lacing. Aroma: Strong rich malt backbone , peated malts bring an air of mild smokiness, oak edge to it, plums and raisin glazed with alcohol nice, world class. Taste: Peated malts touch of smoke good stuff here, fruity hightlights caramel note finishes with the oak and strong sweetness great classic ale. Mouthfeel: Coats the palate nicely medium bodied amazing beer to experience. Drinkability: Very nice balanced all around solid beer one of the best old strong scotch ale, excellent beer glad I finally gave it a try.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dfclav for this one.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly to a lighter head but sticks around for a bit longer at that point, over semi clear auburn maroon rosy brown colored beer.

Nose has some nice rich malts, darker malts and lots of reddish malts, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, bit of toffee, a lighter soft aged malt aroma, and a bit of herbal hop tones.

Taste is semi rich, again with dark malts, a semi soft aged malt flavor, some toasty and plenty of crystal malts, some reddish malts, and a very light chocolate and roast, then onto plenty of brown sugar and molasses once again, semi sweet, some toffee, some herbal earthy hops, semi bitter but not too much, and the hops don't get too crazy, but they do add a slight almost minty flavor but barely detectable, a bit of booze coming through but not a lot, and slight creamy almost ester flavor but hard to really say. Finishes still slightly sweet, some light lingering malt flavors and sticky feel, but mostly bitter with some earthy hop flavors dominate the finish.

Mouth is a slight bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall pretty good, the herbal hops are always a negative for me, but it was used in moderation here and tolerable, and some nice malts, overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a tulip from the chilled 11.2oz bottle.

A - A translucent deep walnut shade w/ garnet hue at the base as light passes through. 2 fingers of rocky ecru top the ale and lace collects on the glass.

S - Tons of toffee w/ nutty and fruity malt odors dominating. A gentle vanilla and mild peat touch of aromatic bark, light fragrance of yeast w/ gentle spice notes. The scent of toasted caramel is there mild butterscotch odors

M - A mild sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation and subtle spiced toasted texture. A mellow alcohol element is evident in the finish

T - A great flavor of malt w/ woody and cocoa notes w/ mild butterscotch, vanilla bean tinges. The malt flavor is smooth w/ a hint of coffee and sweet caramel. The toffee-like flavor is accented by a mild pine and cinnamon element. The taste has cocoa notes and is balanced by the flavor of alcohol which makes the sweetness less than cloying.

D - This has to be the most drinkable Scotch ale IMO, a beer that is smooth for its strength and calls for repeated tastes, would pair well with many desserts like creme brulee for example

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. A bit of head retention & lacing

S: Bready & boozey notes

T: Big time breadyness and a little earthy bitterness up front. A hint of brown sugar & booze follows. Caramel emerges as this warms. Finishes warming, dry, bready & with ample caramel, a bit of choclolate & praline flavor

MF: Chewy/sticky with low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy for the abv, very nice wee heavy. A bit pricey at $5.50 a 11 oz bottle

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: a beautiful, bright brown body, showing reddish at the sides. Head is slim, and of a tannish hue. Aroma: something else!
The fruit of the vine is on good display in this nose, massive fruit up in here, but it's a sophisticated, complex mix: dates, figs, grapes, a bit o' nuts, earth, wood, and a touch of pepper here and there.
On palate, it arrives in full promise, a fine blend of hop and malt, bitter and sweet seem to patch up any differences, make amends, and create a perfect coupling. Hops continue a pretty, spicy ride upon the tongue, all the while backed up by solid and tasty, sweet malt.
Wherever this is the House Ale, I'm coming over more often! Big thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the trade!

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown and forms a thin light brown head that break and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet smelling with nice caramel notes to the whole thing. Aroma level is appropriate and it smells good.

Beer is really creamy, very nice. Good caramel notes in the mid and late palate. Finishes completely cleanly. Beer has a medium body and some early sweet notes but its not a super malty beer. Bitterness is really low but that's expected. A really really good beer. I'm so glad I picked these up finally. I would highly recommend it and I'm trying it side by side with the Jacobite and am quite excited about that now.

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with amber highlights near the top. The thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch.

The smell is of oak, figs and nuts. A nice, inviting, earthy aroma.

The taste is of sweet malt - oak, figs and nuts, with hints of pepper and butterscotch. The earthy, bready hops becomes more noticeable as the drink progresses. The malt stays in front, but it has a great balance, especially for the style. The alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. It has a long, dry, finish.

The medium-to-full body holds up well. It has a nice texture.
This is a very nice "sipping" brew. It has a unique, complex taste. I highly recommended this one.

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
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+

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bubbles over when opened. It did not produce a large head, though. Some spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark, ruby-amber color. Light shines through and appears clear.

The smell is of toasted English toffee and undercooked sweet caramel. Light milk chocolate in the background.

Full flavored with sweet milked cocoa malt flavor. There's a dollop of bittering hop in the swallow, but this is a tale of delicious, near cake-like chocolate malt taste. Rich bodied with a low carbonation level.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and roated barley. The taste is good. It is an extremely smooth beer for having such a high abv. . It has a crisp malty flavor with a dry slightly warm finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine old ale. It has good aroma and flavor along with a smooth finish; a good drinker.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel, peet smoke and dark fruit. The beer tastes a lot like a slightly smokey scotch whisky. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, approaching an opaque almost black color that shows a clear beer as I pour it into my glass. The head is frothy and a light brown color, which dissapears to a ring of foam with a dusting of a light layer on top. The aroma is fairly rich, in a fairly thin way, if that makes any sense. The aroma reminds me of fermented dates, some definite toffee and coffee, and a ligthly sour note that reminds me of tamarind.

The taste of this beer is lightly tart up front, with a rich malt character that has notes of toasted malt, a dry biscuit-like note with lots of rich toffee on top. The taste is quite light up front, which is what I expected. The taste is fairly dry, which seems to accentuate the tart tamarind notes. I really like the malt notes in this beer, they are rich and satisfying despite the beer being light; something that seems to be missed on this side of the pond.

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/14/05- Purchased at a wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker red in color, maybe a dark cherrywood color. 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Mainly of sweet malts and various spices.

Taste- Malt, hops, spices, fruits all blend together pretty nicely. Maybe even an oak background. Mostly a sweeter caramel flavor with some prune or plum tastes.

Mouthfeel- Maybe a tad watery on the finish, but a nice sweet flavor on the back of the tongue. Fairly thick. Low carbonation.

Drinkability- A very good brew, but a costly one. Not sure it warrants $5.50 for 11oz, but maybe for a treat, pick one up. You won't be tricked.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown, with a creamy wisp of head, soft lace, looks great in a goblet.

S: Dark malt, burnt brown sugar and peat smoke.

T: Heavy on the molasses, figgy pudding and dark Scottish malt. Notes of smoke and sea salt, definitely has a whisky type flavour in there. Dark bread, delicious.

M: Soft carbonation, very smooth, the sweetness is there, but really doesn't become cloying.

D: The Stuarts have made a classic, James I would be proud, everything is here in balance. Just wish it wasn't so expensive, I can't believe this it the first time I've had this beer in 4 years.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits (fig). Hints of oak and brown sugar.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malts adding some light sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of dark fruit (fig), brown sugar, and oak + peat. Light amounts of earthy bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with a light amount of alcohol warming and just a touch of thinness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with lighter mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable and a nice example of the style. Overall, well balanced.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer home from Las Vegas last year, strange to bring a Scottish beer back to the UK, but we don't see Traquair House beers around here!

330ml bottle poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip.

Lovely dark brown/reddy colour, tan coloured tightly knitted foamy head. The head left some good lacing on the glass, so condition of the beer was good.

Dark chocolate smells come from the beer, coffee esters also in the mix for my nose.

The flavours followed the smells, chocolate and coffee, with the coffee being the dominant one this time. The alcohol content is just below the surface, but can just about he found as the mouth dries after each sip. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, or expected after the first sniff. This ia a well balanced brew for a Wee Heavy.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew pours brown in color with 2 fingers worth of tan head. When held to the light, the beer shows excellent clarity with an amber to mahogany look about it. The cap recedes slowly maintaining a finger of froth atop with some patches of lacing sticking to the glass.

The aroma is rich and inviting with caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some notes of chocolate and mild fruity hints of raisins, plums, prunes and dates. As the brew warms up, there is a brighter citrus inclusion almost like coriander mixed with mild herbal hops. The hop quality mixed with the alcohol makes for more of a fruit and floral kick that was completely absent from this brew's nose while it was colder.

The taste follows through with what you would expect based on the aroma. Initial flavors of caramel and toffee malt hint lightly towards chocolate. More sips focus more and more on fruity alcohol notes with mild flavoring of prunes mixed with a bit of musty chocolate to coffee. Some citrus is present which is the first indication of hops that draws out some stale fruit flavors of raisins and a bit of earth. This is an enjoyable tasting brew but it has some unexpected twists and turns going on it without the antcipated smoked character one might expect in the style.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking for over 7%. I am glad I finally got around to trying this and I would probably reach for it again if given the chance. Overall, not a bad brew it is worth giving a try.

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.