Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

586 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 586
Hads: 955
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 123
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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 cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to ruby brown with a mild cream colored head.

Smell: Caramel and coffee with roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted coffee with hints of toffee and oarnge peel.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with slightly burnt textures.

Drinkability: One to drink slowly and savor with a good book. (292 characters)

Photo of gnaussea
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rosy brown with a medium, tightly bubbled head. Quite lacey, but not sticky. Nutty alcohol notes and a deep brown mollasses malt overtake the aroma. Some darker fruits. Taste is complex, but not rich. A dark malty character, with a sweeter, fruity underbelly, and a hop bite that kicks lightly at the end. A very nice concoction, though I would prefer a bit bolder flavor profile. (393 characters)

Photo of jpittman80
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark reddish brown. Very little head from the pour, even though I tried. It fades quickly.

S - Not getting much. Maybe a little sourness? Maybe soured malts? Also, something like oak barrel. I have no idea if this is aged in oak.

T - That sour note is definitely in there. Caramel maltiness. The oak bite is there too, in the back of the tongue. Dries out nicely with minimal hops.

M - Pretty good carbonation, medium bodied. Dry finish bordering on astringent.

D - I'll get through the bottle easily enough, but I won't be craving another... maybe another Jacobite! That blows this out of the water. (614 characters)

Photo of nmbr0ne
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a dark red hue. Finger-thick, white head that dissipates slowly to a decent amount of lacing on top of the beer. Not much lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Toffee. Some caramel. The end of the sniff reminds me of Werther's candies. Not bad.

Taste: Slightest bit of sweetness at the beginning of the sip. Ends with a bitter finish. Caramel flavors throughout. It's a great balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. Perhaps it could be a bit sweeter, but I would only enjoy that if there was still a bitterness that balanced it out towards the finish. Regardless, this beer is still good. (783 characters)

Photo of rwdkosak
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Point out. I stumbled onto this beer some time ago simply because of the label. What I came to find is a fantastic beer and I promptly went back and bought quite a bit more.

Poured from bottle at cellar temp into tulip glass produces a short-lived two centimeter fizzing head that quickly reduces to a sheen around it's edges over a nearly black, ruby color. Scent of sweet malt and a bit of carmel in the nose with a background of floral. Taste is of the same with less floral, full malt and sweet with only the slightest amount of bitterness toward the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and quite exceptional.

Overall (obviously) I rate this highly and I'm happy to have found it...having not paid much attention previously, it appears it won some awards last year and I can see why. (809 characters)

Photo of loving44
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle that poured very dark with a 2 inch head that quickly dissipated to one inch. It had a light scotch whiskey smell with a hint of juniper, but I had to practically stir the brew with my nose to get it. I liked the taste: Heavy malty flavor washes over the tongue with a nutty chocolate taste, but leaves a light impression, which makes for easier drinkibility in the long run. I didn't notice any strong alcohol taste despite the slight whisky smell, and at 7 percent, it's almost pushing it. The mouthfeel was rather watery. Interesting how the taste is rather bold, but the texture of the beer is not. (615 characters)

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Requested that a local wine/cigar/beer shop bring this in...and they did. Awesome.

A - deeep mahogany. visible by holding up to light source. poured finger head.

S - perfection. sweet, warm, malty, caramel, spices, my vocab isnt big enough to describe

T/M - sooo smooth. big malt up front. warming but alcohol isnt detectable. as beer warms spices are more up front. taste fills mouth, lingers. yum

D - maybe a bit sweet to drink all night but with a beer tasting this good, hell, go for it.

looking forward to jacobite. (526 characters)

Photo of abedenbaugh
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:It has a nice dark brown color with a white head that has an average head retention and leaves just a little bit of foam on the top.
S:A big malty/caramel aroma hits the nose right away.
T:Very malty. The caramel flavor has some burnt sugar flavor to it and also a hit of toffee and raisin is coming through. The finish is slightly sweet and there is no perceivable hop flavor presence but there is a little bit of bitterness there. It really doesn't taste like there is 7% alcohol in it.
MF:Medium mouth feel with low carbonation and a creamy texture.
D:Very easy to drink because of how balanced the flavor is. The malty flavor is strong but not too over powering. Also the sweetness is there but not too sweet either. I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these because of the higher alcohol but it would make a great session ale other than that fact. (858 characters)

Photo of mrquartetman
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A heavy looking beer, dark in color, with a big head.

S: Very malty, with hints of molasses, fruity. Highly inviting.

T: A big, sweetish, malt flavor, like an aperitif. Excellent

M: Dense, toasty, stays on the tongue all the way through the follow.

D: One of the great beers to drink. One of those great malty, deep beers one wants to drink as a session beer, which would fairly quickly get one into trouble - just as the price would quickly deplete a checking account.

The web site describes this ale as sherry-like, which gets at the very mellow fruitiness and depth of this ale. (590 characters)

Photo of daftafne
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and produced a finger of foam for couple of minutes. Attractive dark brown liquid. Smells very pleasant - sweet, fig, grape, caramel, toffee, wood, and an overall earthy must. Gadzooks! The flavor is pretty complex and I must not be very familiar with this style because it is not what I am used to. It is very earthy, not much sweetness at all really. A very nice bittering hop evens out the biscuity malts. Finishes like licorice and some nice alcohol warmth. About average carbonation for the style. Pretty smooth and a little bit more than a medium body. Overall, it rocked my socks off. (611 characters)

Photo of bryanbrick
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy, malty and big; sort of a perfect combo in my opinion. With a pretty chestnut color and ever the slightest head this is more than presentable in the glass.

Nothing to really nerd out on in the appearance department, but I think that is overrated anyways. If a beer looks great and tastes like crap it is still crap in my book, but I digress.

What this is all about is flavor and it has tons of it. Sure it is really pushed to the malty side of the spectrum, but that is what it is supposed to do. Full of Sticky Pudding, fig, burnt caramel and carob this has tons of complexity and richness.

Little carbonation is present but this still feels plenty alive in the mouth from all of the flavor bouncing around.

Don't serve this too cold, it really limits the beer. A nice cellar temp will do just fine. A great cold winter beer that would be really versatile with food, I'm thinking breakfast. (903 characters)

Photo of gueuzegeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this one after opening a July 1, 1996 Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock. My friend commented that that reminded him of Traquair house ale, which I just happened to have in my fridge as well. We opened this to compare. I must note, the bottle is from a case purchased of untold age, as the label (green writing on cream color label), as we were told, has not been been around since the early 90s. It poured a nice chestnut brown color, with the certainty of a fig aroma. There was not really a head to be seen. This is certainly a special beer for it to hold up so well over time. The taste was a rather sweet and current-like. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and full. I must say, the Reichelbrau was a tad richer tasting, but that may be because this was old and possibly not kept in ideal conditions. (808 characters)

Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep glossy brown, with nice head that faded into a lace.

Smell: Complex malt with slight tones of fruit and a very subtle note of alcohol.

Taste: Deep, richly complex malts, with some subtle notes of fruit balanced nicely on the tail end with just a little hop "bite". Nice oaky finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich and smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I picked this up never hearing anything about it, and I'm glad I did. A great ale one that is nicely savored and can easily be pared with cheese or red meat, maybe even try smoked cheeses and meats. (574 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with some light white head.

S- Sweet, roasted malt with hints of brown sugar, karo syrup, and molasses. Slight smell of earthy hops. There's something a little funky too.

T- Tastes better than it smells, actually. Strong silky molasses, slight toastiness, sweet cereal and grain malt which gives way to a bitter chocolate flavor on the backend. Very nice, definitely one to savor and sip.

M- Medium. Bubbly carbonation and a slight coating on the tongue.

O- A very nice beer. The smell was a little off on this bottle but that could be an exception and it actually plays nicely against the flavor. This is the 2nd type of beer I've had from Traquair and I can't wait to find more. $4.89 for a 12oz at Steve's Liquor in Madison (744 characters)

Photo of kbm
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours thin amber/ruby with good head with nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell: maltiness and spices little bit of vanilla.

Taste: I had to check to see if I had water in my glass because this tastes like a water down wee heavy... There's nothing heavy about it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing just don't expect a malt bomb wee heavy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: low carbonation and totally gulpable. (426 characters)

Photo of runningjoke
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours dark brown wiyh reddish tones. The head that manages to form dissapates quickly.
Smells of caramel, toffee, mincemeat, vanilla.
Malty flavor of dark fruit, bread, somewhat earhty on the finish with alcohol esthers following.
Very thin mouthfeel, and the flavor does not linger. Ultimately, easy to drink.
I only feel that the body of the beer needs to be amped up a bit, but an exceptional beer otherwise. (416 characters)

Photo of Hachiman
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark reddish brown with an attractive 1cm off-white head that dissipates quickly. Delicate lacing.

Dark, complex aroma suggesting figs, christmas pudding, dark malt.

Extremely smooth for such a dark ale. No bitterness at all, yet no other single flavor predominates. Instead, suggestions of dried fruit, roasted malt. Good sipper, asks to be savored and appreciated.

Mouthfeel is a little light, watery because of low carbonation. Long-lasting aftertaste of earth/peat in the upper throat. Slight stickiness on the lips.

Overall, very impressive. (555 characters)

Photo of maltyb
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/chestnut colour with a tight and creamy off-white head. The head falls into some lace with a good ring.

Aroma: Estery, roasted malts and vanilla, some molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but surprising carbonation for it's strength. It's a bit a thin. The carbonation leaves a sharp and quick aftertaste with some astringency and a dry feeling after sipping. The alcohol gives a warmth as well.

Taste: Smokiness, reminiscent of good bourbon with a slight peatiness (explains bourbon/smoke combo). Vanilla is there, and the malts come through more, it is quite enjoyable. The aftertaste is fairly clean overall.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer, it's a good representation of the style, and a style I quite like. I wish the aroma was a bit more powerful, and the carbonation could be a bit lower with some some more thickness in the mouth, but I'd definitely drink again. (910 characters)

Photo of mattd017
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12(ish) ounce bottle, poured into a trappist (Chimay) glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Has a very thin head that dissapears almost immediately. Smells malty, citrusy, smokey with a hoppy background. Very little hop in the taste, more fruity malt, very much like a brown ale. Palate is kind of disappointing. The carbonation it has is extremely tiny bubbles, feels almost flat. Not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag ($3.99/bottle) (449 characters)

Photo of pioppo
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with red highlights. A not many fine and not many persistent clear beige foam.

S - Warm tone of malt: coffee, toasted, liquorice. Then red rip fruits (cherry. Also a little of nuts and Brandy.

T - In mouth there's an interesting flavour like chocolate and apricota that remember Sacher Torte!! Very fine!!

M - A full body and a dry finish. The sweetness is balanced by alcohol and vice versa.

D - A good beer with some appreciable flavours. An excellent taste!! (475 characters)

Photo of fizzyfred
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft head that dissipates quickly. Nice and deep amber, mohagony color. Has a deep malt character and a beautiful aroma. The initial taste seems dry with a slight alcohol warming. Later, there is a delicious nutty, biscuit flavor that lingers. Nothing overpowering, but very complex. This beer has a smooth and deep body, but not too thick. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol, hops and carbonation. This is an amazing beer on its own, I can only imagine pairing it with a good meal. (506 characters)

Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of BeerRefugee
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red. Thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong, sweet aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is raisins, dried cherries, toast and just a hint of vanilla. A little more alcohol burn than usual for the style. Medium body. Slightly slick, oily finish and very mild carbonation. (304 characters)

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (578 characters)

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.