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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 110
Gots: 48 | 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 zerk
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut, with a thin but very persistent head that leaves very little lace. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, with some caramel and fruity alcohol notes. Flavor is very heavy on caramel malt, with some chocolate, alcohol, and just a touch of an herbal finish, could be a little bit more balanced for my tastes. Has a smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body. A solid strong ale, but just misses the mark (balance) required to be great.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

Best Before June 2018

Big pieces of toffee up front. Chewy caramels on toasted malts slowly emerge. Hints of rough, sanded barrel wood. Nose needs time to warm and open, but it's well worth waiting for, as the caramels on a touch of ABV come forward along with notes of sticky, fig-like fruit.

Darker caramels than the nose served on unfinished oak. Malt is well toasted, with hints of a very light roast underneath. Woody bitterness turns up in the finish and leaves the sugars dark and almost burnt.

Overall, just a bit too dark and bitter for my preferences in a Scotch Ale. If only the taste could feature more of the nose of caramel and toffee.

Photo of drewbage
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of my favorite beers. This beer pours heavy into a glass with low carbonation. Rubyish highlights sparkle wih strong light.

The nose is what defines this beer. The aroma of malt is so intense that it approaches overload. Just the faintest bit of hops on the nose for a change before a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This bottle is old as the beer has a definite metallic flavor not normally present in a more well cared for sample. Brown sugar and raisins and plums swing out from the thick brew. The beer is certainly warming as you swallow.

All in all a wonderful beer and the true exemplar of the Wee Heavy style.

Photo of ujsplace
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Padron4KM
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours the color of iced coffee, with a thin tan head.
Aroma is malty, raisins, caramel, oak, Scotch.
Flavor is smokey, vanilla, molasses, scotch whiskey, some sugar with a healthy alcoholic kick. Seems a bit higher than it’s listed 7%. Don't think I could drink more than 1 of these in a sitting.

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jreitman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a lot more from this beer, but was somewhat dissapointed. Little to no head and a hazy cherry in appearance. Aromas were mostly that of sweet fruit. Very caramelly in flavor with some good fruitiness as well, but overall everything just seemed to blur together. Alcohol was evident, but not over the top... still had to drink pretty slowly.

Photo of EPseja
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle in a pint glass at a "wee" bit below cellar temperature. Bad pun intended.

A - Pours a very gently hazed brown color with ruby highlights, pushing up a nice, tan inch-plus marshmallowy head. Lacing is spotty, but visible and head retention is good around the edges, but only a thin film in the middle.

S - Assertive toastiness with a sweetness beneath that can be attributed to both the hops and the roasted malt. Hints of dark cherry are also observed.

T - Understated sweetness up front, with a somewhat cordial-like alcohol presence, minus the typical burn. It is here that there is a slight metallic tinge noted as well. Malts round out in the middle, presenting a decent toasted quality, albeit subdued, along with that cherry character found in the nose. The finish brings in a very slight yeastiness that this overshadowed by a nice hop quality that leaves you somewhat dry. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and pleasant. Very "English" tasting, almost like a kicked up bitter.

M - A bit watery on the way in, but gaining excellent presence as it swells in the mouth and leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finish is throat coating and filling.

D - There is no doubt that this beer possesses a superb balance, but for my tastes, I prefer a more robust malt character from my Scotch Ales. Still, this is definitely quite drinkable, well crafted and if you're not careful to read, you might just miss the big ABV.

Photo of n2pux
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sipchue
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of pweis909
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Walnut brown color with thin foam. Fruity and toffee odors. Sweet malt taste up front, mild roastiness apparent Finish has some alcoholic bitterness. A bit reminiscent of a stout. Creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of slickness. Well balanced, but not so drinkable at 7.2%

Photo of TheBungyo
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow this is really dark! Brown and nearly black yet golden on the edges. Not too much head. Nose is kissed with hops, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is pretty much the same. This is decent but nothing remarkable. Good beer but I doubt I'll buy it again with it's less than 12 oz bottle and nearly $6 price tag.

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Rich, Sienna brown with a pale sandstone head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma of deeply toasted malt and a faint plumminess.

Mouthfeel: good

Taste: caramel infused malt with a thin layer of plum jam.

Notes: decent but not exceptional and definitely not worth the price.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this into a pint glass produced an about average white head with average retention and lacing. There are some interesting things going on with the aroma, sort of a woody smell reminiscent of aged oak. I really liked the flavor of this one even though I typically like more of a balance between malts and hops. It has a way of allowing for the malt taste to come through in an earthy, nutty way but without all of the typical malt sweetness. The finish is shorter than you might think with more of that nutty malt flavor lingering for a bit.

Overall I thought this was very good, surprisingly good actually. It's a little hard to find around here in Raleigh but it's definitely worth a try if you can.

Photo of yen157
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head was tiny, but it was sticky and the color of old lace. The beer itself had the color of real maple syrup. Very nice malt aroma with occasional jabs of alcohol and some fruit. Rich toasted malt flavor and a surprising bitterness that started out very mild but built to quite noticeable levels by the end of the glass. Some chocolate milk was tasted somewhere along the way. Pleasant, soft mouth feel.

Unfortunately this was my second beer at the sitting, the first was Westy 12. I’m going to have to come back to this one.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter.

Leaves a quarter inch rather fizzy off white head after a fairly aggressive pour. This dissipates to almost nothing immediately. Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Decent lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Candy and sweet malts blend together quite nicely for an almost belgian styled treat. Red licorice and dark fruits nicely fermented in oak barrels? Some alcohol present. A unique, well balanced, clean smelling brew.

The taste brings on a more smoky malt profile. All around, a very well balanced, fairly complex brew. Alcohol could be better hidden.

Medium to full body, little carbonation. Some lingering aftertaste of malt and alcohol.

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

Deep red color, quarter inch of dense beige head, some lace

Smells of rich caramel malt, dark fruit, hint of fruity solvent.

Tastes deliciously elegant and well balanced. Mild sweetness gently balanced by coffelike roasted malt and hop bitterness. Caramel, plums, figs, raisins, hints of molasses and honey. Long, warm, roasty finish with a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with soft, very finely textured carbonation making it almost creamy. A pleasure to drink, so well balanced and tasty.

Great beer.

Photo of Redwood21
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After striking out with other scottish ales, I tried this beer. I was suprised by how much I liked it. Its one of the more expensive beers ive tried, but worth every penny. The Taste was complex but well balanced. I felt like it was a lil heavy but very drinkable and had a pleasant after taste. Give it a try, you may be suprised.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kingcurio
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ron at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH for getting this and Jacobite per my request.

Saved this for a quiet Saturday evening. In a thistle glass, it had a warm, ruby glowing, deep caramel hue with a noticable carbination and a lively 1/2" head of mixed tan foam that faded quickly, yet laced beautifully on that first sip. Nose, while understated, was interesting. Dry, peaty, wisps of crackers, lightly sweet, malts (of course) and some light oak.

The understated quality of the nose was a hint of things to come. This is one well crafted, smooth, understated ale that is just beautiful - especially to a Scotch Ale afficianado. Its initially rich, yet not overbearing. Oak is present, but not overbearing, along with soft malts, a nice warming glow, hints of dried fruits and some mild peat. The tastes all compliment each other wonderfully, yet no one stands tall. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the finish - so clean and even, smooth on the throat, still warming as it fades, leaving a whisper of a scotch aftertaste.

While most beers have dominate tastes that yell, this one is so seemless, truly less is more. There are no sharp corners to this, all the tastes & experiences have rounded edges that flow seemlessly. It was an eye opening to a new type of beer construction. I highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy Scotch Ales or barreled spirits.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the Wee Heavy style. I don't see it too often.

Appearance: A deep, rich cola brown with garnet notes, ample lacing and a fair head.

Smell: A dark fruit, heavy malt smell of a good Scotch Ale with hints of sea salted butterscotch.

Taste: fully malted with an alcohol warmth. More dark fruits and a butterscotch ribbon with a nice spicey hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Sticks to the palate with that alcohol spiceness.

Photo of Holmes698
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Arborescence
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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