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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 964
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 123
Gots: 79 | 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

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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. (805 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (277 characters)

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. (843 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 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. (1,510 characters)

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


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.
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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. (427 characters)

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. (421 characters)

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 (602 characters)

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. (752 characters)

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!! (606 characters)

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. (340 characters)

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. (479 characters)

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. (731 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 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. (662 characters)

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. (791 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nut brown color with a very light tan head.

Wonderful aromas of coffee, toffee, and cocoa. Malt forward and not shy about it.

More malt on the palate. Super smooth with milk chocolate, caramel, hoppy goodness starts at the mid palate and leads to a layered finish of nuts, and malt.

Very easy to drink with almost no perceptible alcohol. This is a top notch beer. (386 characters)

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

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy to opaque brown beer with orange and gold highlights when held up to the light. Fine strands of lacing noted. Foam is bone white - an island of it in the middle and then a ring at the edge. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Very sweet - caramel, bourbon whiskey. A bit of smoke and peat when swirled. A highly appealing beer.

Taste: Caramel and buttery toffee when cold. Definitely a malt forward beer. Bitterness at the end is mild and is a mix of Fuggles bitterness and a burnt coffee taste. Sounds odd but it works really well against the sweet malts. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation, then very smooth and slick beer going down. Doesn't stick to the teeth and is just right.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipper this one. While I think it would go well with a meal, I almost think this beer is best alone for an after-dinner treat. It needs to warm up a bit for all the flavors to come out, but that adds to the experience of slowly enjoying this beer. (1,060 characters)

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

a solid beer. reminded me of a barley wine almost.
smooth caramel, toasty grains, a pinch of citrus fruits, raisins.
one of those beers i just sat down with by myself in my living room and just drank it slowly doing nothing else and thoroughly enjoyed the little trip we took. my mouth was wet and loving it. (308 characters)

Photo of Franz4
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice thick frothy head on this one, color is dark brown with some plum tint to it.

S- Nose is slightly nutty, malts are dominant, no sign of the hops as one would expect. Not much else going on here, not nearly as complex as the taste.

T- Raisins with a touch of mild chocolate in the flavor. As it warms an enjoyable pear flavor becomes more noticeable. Alcohol is barely perceptible.

M- Medium bodied, somewhat thick and frothy. Carbonation is subdued, nearly nonexistent.

O- This is a very solid enjoyable brew. It's delicately complex and balanced, not a single dominant flavor will overpower you. (610 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Two plus finger head on a medium brown, very clear body. Attractive, but not outstanding by any means.

S: Slightly malty, but more so grainy I would say. This is odd, an aroma I would expect more from a light lager than a wee heavy. Lighter, sharper, not at all sweet.

T: The Taste pretty much follows with the smell. There is no robust, cloying sweetness or solid body.

I don't even want to write the rest of this review. This beer is thin, slightly sour. I've never heard of this beer being infected, but I hope it is. (526 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (612 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,307 characters)

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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