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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

596 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 596
Hads: 998
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 136
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 hoptualBrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A suprising find at another Total Wine & More, 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. Cola brown with a cream off white head, shit ton of booze legs for the abv here & a small amount of lacing scatters the glass. Booze, toffee, mixed nuts, mild tobacco, dark chocolate and some dark fruits in the nose. Pretty complex nose for their house ale, I would assume their flagship here.

Big toffee & tobacco like qualities on the palate. Backbone is a ton of sweet malts & backend of a touch of booze heat. I think the body could be a bit more beefy, but that just might be my americanized palate that needs everything to be over the top. Other than the body being a bit thin for my taste, its a solid Wee Heavy. If only the price were a bit lower, (or my income a bit higher) I would go back for more & more & more & more.

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

Dark reddish brown with a large, two fingers sized off-white head that is quite foamy looking. Retention isn't too bad either with the head eventually settling to a thick looking lacing after about a minute or so.

Dark malts hit the nose straight away and are quite rich. The malts seem to be infused with some dark fruit & caramel and I can also detect a little grain and some of the alcohol as well. There is a background sweetness coming from some vanilla and butterscotch along with a bit of spice as well.

Dark malts with some dark fruits upfront, perhaps some figs in the taste. There is some caramel and vanilla too and a sweet, warm finish and a malty aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with light carbonation and an oily texture to the drink. It leaves a lingering warmth from the alcohol as the aftertaste.

A great beer and probably the best of the style I have ever tried, it was a lot better than I had been expecting. An excellent beer to sit and sip away at and most likely one I'll pick up again.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep opaque brown, like Coke, with a 1" light brown head on top. Head fades a bit within a few minutes but still remains as a thin crown on top of the brew. Super sticky lacing.

S: Layers upon layers of malt, with delicious nutty and spicy notes. Sweet but dark, like molasses.

T: Rich malty goodness with a whole spectrum of flavors, from chocolate to butterscotch. Earthy as well, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Sweet but not cloying, the hops do their job well here by mostly staying out of the way. Almost has a woody flavor to it, especially on the finish– if you told me this was barrel aged, I'd have no problem believing you.

M: Medium bodied, with a super smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Could maybe benefit from a touch more carbonation, but otherwise amazing.

O: My god this is delicious... Everything a Scotch ale should be. Rich and fantastically smooth, this is a perfect winter beer. My only complaints are that the carbonation seemed to disappear a little too quickly, as did some of the flavor. Otherwise, I'd say seek this one out ASAP.

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Photo of gregb13
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sipping on this one after an evening dip in the spa. To start with, it looks like absolute perfection in the glass; tiny bubbles streaming up the vessel, meeting the beautifully compact, beige cream head. Nose is a bouquet of dark fruit and bittersweet caramel. Taste is more of the same, with a little sweet booze. Goes down very smoothly. A great evening sipper.

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

A-Pours clear dark amber with a creamy, fluffy khaki head. Leaves thin, inconsistent rings of lacing.

S-Caramel, toasted hazelnuts, raw honey, chocolate milk.

T/M-Medium bodied with light, chewy carbonation. Soft hazelnut/nutella sweetness, accompanied by flavors of whole wheat toast and candied figs. The finish is soft, with a lingering delicate caramel sweetness.

O-A classic scotch ale.

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Photo of speter
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a three-finger fluffy lightly tan head that never completely dissipates, leaving impressive lacing in my tulip glass.

S: Rich treacle, brown sugar, toffee, and a lightly-roasted coffee scent.

T: Caramel, malt, and a light nut flavor (hazelnut/almond) dominate the front. The middle is surprisingly dry, although without any hop bitterness. The dryness, rather than bitterness, offsets the high malt with great finesse.

M: Full-bodied without being heavy, great carbonation. Little alcohol burn.

O: Recent American malt-bomb Scotch ales could learn a thing or two or three from this amazing Old World original.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

Pours very dark copper, light stone head which quickly dissipates to a ring which persists for the glass; not much lacing. Aroma is restrained sweetish caramel malt and a touch of dark fruit as the beer warms up. Taste is caramel over roasted malt, very dry, some chocolate and dark fruit characteristics as it warms. Medium carbonation and medium light bodied, this is less rich than others of the style. Overall, a good light scotch ale, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of shanblur
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating. Poured from 330cc bottle into a pint glass.

A - Mahognay color with a minimal head. Minimal lacing left on glass.

S - Pungent aromas of figs, molasses, toffee.

T - Sweet malts dominate the taste. No hops presence.

M - Oily with a hint of carbonation.

A great smelling beer. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Jazzer1028
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown chocolate/root beer color with small somewhat lingering head.

Aroma:Sweet, malty fig and molasses

taste: coffee, toffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, light carbonation

Overall: very nice, good for after a nice meal. Maybe a bit pricey for the size.

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

A solid scotch ale from a scottish brewer.

Everything with this beer is top notch. American palates might not appreciate the rich, buttery, subtlety to this beer. It really is worth trying more than once.

It's gorgeously rich in its coppery, brown splendor. The flavor is definitely nuanced with figs, spicy brown sugar....nummy. Rolling this beer around your tongue is light feeling brown sugar melt in your mouth. Calming, causes you to take a deep breath and let it out slowly....really beautiful experience.

In total, American palates might feel this beer is lacking punch. I've had beers all over Scotland, and the subtlety of these beers is not to be missed. Really, once you've had a good Caledonian 80- on cask, you can begin to really appreciate what European brewers are trying to do. Very rich, very malty....gorgeous experience.

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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.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. According to the label, this ale is brewed in the ancient brew house of the "oldest inhabited house in Scotland". Traquair's website states that, "Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost." Clearly there's a fair bit of history behind this beer; will it live up to this legacy?

Pours a deep, rich mahogany with hints of ruby as it is held up the light. A 2 finger tan head slowly reduces to a thin skim on top.

The aroma of this brew is thick, sweet and peaty. Sherry, fig, and currants slowly rise from this dark frothy ale.

The taste is smoother and more refined than other scotch ales I've had; a sweeter taste up-front is followed by a hint of booze and and healthy dose of sweet fruit, including dates, figs and raisins. There's a lack of any bitterness to finish.

Traquair House Ale has a sweeter, thicker mouthfeel with a very smooth finish, leaving a trace of smoky peat floating in near the nasal passages.

A very drinkable wee heavy, though quite smooth, it is a more refined, less "in-your-face" take on the scotch ale. As it from Scotland, perhaps I should instead look at this as more representative as compared to its more aggressive American cousins. Still, a nice ale that you should make sure to have if given the occasion.

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Photo of impending
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a rich cola, a strong back light shows crystal clarity of a garnet. Minor dense tan colored head receded fairly quick, ok lacing.

Aroma is fairly sweet raisins and figs. Earthy peat moss while present is mild.

Taste is less sweet than the nose and perfectly balanced by the slight bitterness that arrives early. A roasty peat moss signature is understated, earthy hops. The flavor evolves significantly within a narrow range. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Portertime
4.2/5  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.

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass

It has a nice red/ brown look with a decent white head that doesn't linger too long. The smell is that is raisins,sugars, the usual strong Belgian scents. The taste is excellent. It is very smooth and has a great finish. This one really surprised me and I'm glad I picked it up. The abv is above 7 so it's not something to guzzle but more to enjoy after a nice dinner. If you can get 2.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown with traces of red throughout 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Dark fruit notes especially dates and prunes some molasses and a sweet malty nose. Has a bit of tartness that reminds me of whisky

Taste: Wow kind of a let down here. Not a lot of flavor going on. Very muted dark fruits and not much more. Flavor that it does has disappears really quickly

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation and has a slight velvety feel

Overall: Was excited for this beer because my buddy hyped it up big time. However I was pretty let down by the lack of flavor which killed this beer for me

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my DFH signature glass... Deep brownish/red Root Beer color with very little head retention. Not much carbonation or lacing.

S- Really comes alive as it warms up! Caramel, raisins, figgy jam, brown sugar and candy corn. Hints of marshmallow, pine and smoke.

T- Tons of caramel and toffee. A bit of spices, clove, pepper, and citrus. A hint of smokiness and licorice perhaps? Nice blend between sweet and bitter finish!

M- Kinda thin and watery. Loving the smoky caramel and citrus on the backend. No carbonation at all. Kind of like flat Dr. Pepper.

O- Nowhere near as good as Jacobite, but stands tall on it's own. I wish it was a bit stickier on the tongue. I'm not sure at $5.49 a bottle it's worth it, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After years of passing this one over because of the 5.99 price for 12 ounces, and I mean YEARS, I finally gave it a go.

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma: Malty and some figs.

Taste: The taste is smooth with abundant malts, some dark fruits, then figs and oak in the aftertaste with just a hint of spice. The 7.2 is well hidden under the complex flavors.

Overall: This is an exceptional ale. Another great offering from Scotland, which in my opinion, has great beers for such a small country. This is a smooth but complex ale to be sipped and savored any time of year. Cheers!!

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Photo of csiewert
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a thick dark chocolate color with a trace of off white head that laces well but doesn't retain. The atoms has notes of raisins and citrus, with a caramel malty sweet sweetness. The taste starts with raisin and plums and the switches to caramel malt. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety an finishes clean. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2020.

A - Dark brown / ruby body with a rapidly dissipating, tightly-bubbled head that leaves some patchy thin cover and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet malts open the aroma with some spicy alcohol notes and a little in the way of smoky, roasty coffee aromas.

T - Similar to the aromas, a roasty malt taste with some chocolate and spice notes. Finishes with some bitterness which balances against the sweet malts fairly well. No alcohol notes present, in spite of the slight twinge in the aroma.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, smooth and well-balanced.

O - Excellent beer to sit and sip and enjoy on its own or with a meal. Probably not one for a session drink, but certainly top notch.

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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

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of December 2017.

Pours a mahogany color. Mostly opaque, but getting towards transparent near the edges. Half a finger of head, with a crown.

Slight scent of toffee and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Certainly very sweet to start. More chocolatey than the Jacobite, which turns into more of a toffee flavor. No real boozy quality that is occasionally present in other Scotch Ales. Certainly feels lighter than most scotch ales I have sampled, which tend to start at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, this was pretty good. As close to a sessionable Scotch Ale as I have ever tried. Maybe not quite as complex as, for example, the Jacobite, but still quite good.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.