1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Not Rated.
Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

819 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 819
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 98
Gots: 32 | 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)
View: Beers (6) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Traquair House Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 819 | Reviews: 566 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gstucker
gstucker

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-07-2014 21:30:13 | More by gstucker
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-03-2014 18:55:03 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
Photo of artoolemomo
artoolemomo

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has better than average retention. The head is a creamy and very light beige which has a slight rosy tint to it while the body is a mix of chestnut brown and dark maroon that appears as a dark amber to maroon when held up to the light. Some lacing that is close to sheeting near the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very Scotch Ale but also very Traquair in its subtlety. Starts off with caramel, brown bread, raisins, toffee, and some vanilla. All of this is well integrated and seems to portend a beer more sublime than the Jacobite. Light notes of butterscotch and hints of melanoidin from the malt and possibly the oak aging. Perhaps a suggestion of coconut. Some honey.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment after the rich nose- lots of bubblegum that seems derived from the caramel aspects but still overrides it. There are subtle hints of most aspects of the nose but they can be difficult to notice. Some vinosity, a little bit of raisin. Some bitterness on the back end- mostly light oak. Starts to settle and the candy/bubblegum aspects fade while more of the aspects of the nose start to show. Some pepper, a little bit of cinnamon. Brown bread, less caramel and toffee than on the nose. Seems a little bit thinner and not as complex as the Jacobite if my memory serves me correctly. Still a good to really good beer. Some banana- this is a lighter and airier beer such that I begin to forget it is a Scotch ale. Light points of oak along with the pepper seem to punctuate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with appropriate carbonation that has a tiny bit of zip. Some syrup to the texture and a degree of smoothness and creaminess. Fairly solid.

Drinkability- Very easygoing with just enough complexity to keep it from being boring. But while the Jacobite might be worth it's 8 dollar price tag, I'm not sure this is.

Overall- Halfway between good and really good. Very accessible for a Scotch ale so much so that it sometimes does not seem like one. While somewhat lacking in complexity and presence, it's still quite an interesting beer. I wouldn't buy it again but I would put down the 8 bucks to give it a shot. It is subdued enough while maintaining a good amount of character that it might just become one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 08:04:22 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of dillon_1005
dillon_1005

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-02-2014 03:59:18 | More by dillon_1005
Photo of dwagner003
dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-01-2014 02:23:38 | More by dwagner003
Photo of Bwagner1122
Bwagner1122

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-01-2014 01:58:31 | More by Bwagner1122
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-28-2014 04:20:16 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Landar
Landar

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 11/12
Sweet malts and caramel with strong plums and a hint of raisins. Very malty. No hops or diacetyl whatsoever.
As it warms the plums and raisins come out more and balance the malts and caramel out.

Appearance 3/3
Dark reddish-brown but just light enough to see through. Completely clear. Large foamy off-white almost tan head with long lasting retention. A thick layer of foam sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 18/20
Rich sweet malts and strong sugary caramel. A hint of nutiness as the sweet malt/caramel starts to fade at the finish. Just at the finish hints of plum and raisin present themselves. Medium-dry finish with a alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth lingers as the malt sweetness fades and gives way to the plums and raisins until nothing is left but the alcohol warmth and a hint of raisins on the tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit watery and becomes very salty, which starts to push out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium-high carbonation. Medium-dry finish. A littly thick. Smooth. Warm alcohol finish that lingers pleasantly.

Overall Impression 9/10
Excellent beer for this category. It could use less salt in the taste and a touch of smoke or peat in the taste and aroma to balance it out.
Toning down the carbonation just a touch would be advisable - but it could easily just have been the particular bottle I purchased.

46/50

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:28:29 | More by Landar
Photo of scotorum
scotorum

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a; Clear copper-ruby with an inch tall tan head which receded rather quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with slight dark fruit undertones and significant hop bite at first which fades to let the malt dominate more as it warms.

m: Medium.

o: A tasty brew, although at first surprisingly and lingeringly bitter, moreso than I expected from a top-rated ale of this type.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:30:57 | More by scotorum
Photo of ujsplace
ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-24-2014 02:07:53 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Cervezaconcalor
Cervezaconcalor

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:14:45 | More by Cervezaconcalor
Photo of mattmarka1
mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-17-2014 22:38:12 | More by mattmarka1
Photo of CasanovaCummins
CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-16-2014 00:29:01 | More by CasanovaCummins
Photo of Vsarmatov
Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-11-2014 13:45:10 | More by Vsarmatov
Photo of Odysseyalien
Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-02-2014 22:36:32 | More by Odysseyalien
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-29-2013 23:39:38 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of krykel
krykel

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-29-2013 19:45:37 | More by krykel
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-29-2013 03:58:02 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
Photo of ystazi
ystazi

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2013 02:42:23 | More by ystazi
Photo of vpoxon
vpoxon

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-17-2013 21:38:42 | More by vpoxon
Photo of JamieDuncan
JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-12-2013 03:17:34 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of AngusOg
AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-10-2013 17:16:27 | More by AngusOg
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-05-2013 02:18:07 | More by BillRoth
Photo of themind
themind

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-04-2013 23:51:18 | More by themind
Photo of Giggy
Giggy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-02-2013 22:45:14 | More by Giggy
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.