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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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839 Ratings

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 100
Gots: 40 | 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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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a very dark red with a short whitish head. laces nicely. Smells sweet and fruity and malty. Notes of truffles, figs, dates, strawberries, cherries and liquor. Very inviting...smells fantastic. Surprizingly unassertive flavor that doesn't live up to the smell. Subdued clean and peaty malt. reserved fruitiness. alcohol noticeable as a warming sensation on the finish. hints of blackcurrant, chocolate. thinner than i expected. Not the experience i though it would be, but reasonably tasty nonetheless.

05-06-2008 16:48:31 | More by aforbes10
Photo of ccrida


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

330 ml bottle poured into my Delirum snifter, the Traquair House Ale is a hazy dark brown with a small, wispy light tan collar with wispy skim.

Smell is rich and malty, with some prune like fruitiness.

Taste is very good, full of flavor. I can't believe I haven't got around to ever having this beer before, wow. Great caramel malt, very smooth and super rich, but overly cloying or too heavy - just a wee bit heavy! I like a hint of smoke in my wee heavies, which this could use more of.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a medium body.

Drinkability is high, but this is one to sip an savor. It gets a bit thick though towards the end of the glass, and I'm not sure I'd enjoy a second glass as much.

05-05-2008 04:20:24 | More by ccrida
Photo of IPAcraig


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

I havent had this beer since I was in Scotland two years ago. I actually picked this beer up in Amsterdam last Summer.

Poured into a snifter to reveal a glorious cream head over the top of a blackish brown body. Very nice looking, but lacking in lace.

Sweet malt with a huge aroma of cream. Rich and smooth.

What else do you need in a wee heavy. Huge malt, touch of alcohol, and a slightly bitter finish.

I love this beer. A fine example of a great style.

04-18-2008 01:38:15 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a rather small head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of brown bread, a bit buttery and nutty; some light wine like smells as well. The taste is of bready malt, hints of raisins, slight buttery, finishes with a smooth & mellow nutty malt flavor. The feel is well bodied with fizzy carbonation, finishes silky smooth. A very well constructed brew. The feel and finish of this brew is excellent.

04-12-2008 04:03:04 | More by Gmann
Photo of willer


4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance - Dark amber/brown color with a thin tan head.

Smell - Delicate and complex blend of ripe fruits, wood, toast and pepper.

Taste - Wonderfull balance between the sweet malt and bitterness with a spicy touch.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability - Great beer!

04-10-2008 15:32:47 | More by willer
Photo of tempest


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Smooth and sweet, almost juicy save for the balancing bitter kick at the end. It appears a dark amber without head retention. Rich caramel aroma with a hint of peat and earth. The flavor is semi-dry caramel grains with a mild, herbal bit of hops at the end. This is a very subtle beer and it hides it's strength well. However, I'd like a little more flavor out of a 7%+ Scotch Ale. Worth a try for the great drinkability.

04-07-2008 02:27:32 | More by tempest
Photo of malcontent


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Deepest, nearly opaque garnet color with a generous head. Solid ring of foam remains as the head subsides.

Lightly sweet malt scent is reminiscent of prunes although not a heavy as that would seemingly indicate. Hints of peats frame a buttery and sometimes bready body nicely.

That's a tasty Wee Heavy! Dark fruit leads into a brief honey interlude concluded in a big way with a solid one-two-punch of peat smoke and herbal (not hop) bitterness. Long, dry wood-like finish.

The only weak point of the beer is that, despite good carbonation levels, it is quite thin for something of it's class. Still, the alcohol is completely masked and the flavor is top notch. I'd say Scotch ales don't get much easier to drink.

04-03-2008 04:48:18 | More by malcontent
Photo of charlzm


3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

Consumed 04/01/08.

Pours a semi-translucent dark caramel brown. A fine foam head forms but only a ring around the edges of the glass survives long.

Aroma is complex; smoky meats and maple.

Flavor reminds me of maple syrup glazed ham with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Some muted cherry flavor as well. Dark tea notes and a woody character lurk among the flavors. Some toffee as well, but only a trace.

Interesting and surprisingly drinkable for 7% ABV.

04-02-2008 05:07:52 | More by charlzm
Photo of rebel1771


3.18/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that fades quickly.

The aroma of honey is first to hit the nose along with a sharp malty, bready aroma.

The first flavor to arrive is that of rasins. Followed quickly by a malty punch that delivers a strong bready flavor. The end is metallic and pretty unpleasent.

Well after reading some of the other reviews of this brew I think I may have gotten a skunked bottle. At least I hope I did.

03-31-2008 23:52:04 | More by rebel1771
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Sampled 11.2 oz bottle while brewing our own Wee Heavy.
A-Deep Amber red/Brown, darker colors are mixed in-very little head. Interesting color.
S-Very Earthy, Musty yeast, mild fruits. Again very interesting.
T-Sweet at first, Caramel/Toffee and biscuit mal flavors, the middle tasty earthy like peat/Scotch with a very mild smoky flavor, Black tea flavor as well which was not terribly pleasant. A little bitterness but very little hop flavor.
M-Very thin and watery with little carbonation. Mouth feel was disappointing on thie beer which lent to the tea flavor.
D-Better than average as there are interesting flavors here but I wouldn't drink alot of these. Very subtle flavors and aroma. I'll try this again as my palate improves.

03-26-2008 16:49:53 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of scottoale


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

With an aggressive pour from the 330ml.brown bottle, into a Duvel tulip, a very dark red-brown with 1/2" ivory foam head that dissipates quickly to a ring and minimal lace.

Big caramel malty nose with a faint roastiness and an earthy wooden aire. Very nice smell to this, sweet and earthy ale with notes of vanilla.

Pleasantly sweet malty intro of toffee, vanilla and oak, that winds down nicely with a balanced hop finish. Nice aftertaste of vanilla and the faintest hint of alcohol.

Light-medium body that doesn't seem heavy at all for a Wee Heavy and the alcohol is masked extremely well. Very tasty and very drinkable for an ale drinker that likes a malty brew.

03-25-2008 23:49:17 | More by scottoale
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: It's dark brown with a good bit of light passing through. Head is off-white and roughly two fingers. Retention was a bit short and lacing light.

Smell: Excellent smelling roasted and caramel malts roll off the top. Nice, sweet smell. Dark fruit aromas (plum and raisin) are apparent and blend well. A hint of scotch is noticeable. Hops and alcohol were not noticeable in smell.

Taste: Very good malty base. Caramel and roasted malts provide an initial sweet taste. Plum and raisin flavors blend very well. Light scotch flavor is excellent, is well integrated, and really defines the beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is good. It's smooth and very drinkable. At 7.2%, it's relatively modest and amplifies drinkability. Overall, this is a very good beer. Definitely recommended.

03-08-2008 03:39:21 | More by prototypic
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3.55/5  rDev -15.1%

I am of Scottish heritage and so when I poured this beer into my little goblet of a glass, I tried to imagine sitting on a hill in the Highlands way way back when. Its a beautiful day, perfect weather. Watching the sheep graze. Its my day off from cleaning up sheep shit and milking sheep and shaving sheep ass and what not.

A - completely dark brown with a maroon edge when held to the light. Basically no head.

S - probably my favorite thing about this beer. very rich and complex. dark fruits, figs, red grapes. even a hint of earth

T - dark fruits again, figs, mild dark cherry. hints of roasted malt, cocoa

MF - medium to pretty light bodied. very smoothe. not carbonated really.

D - very easy to drink. like drinking dark, malty water (which is half of what it is)

All in all, i haven't had but maybe two scotch ales in my life so i cant really compare it with much. plus, im not a big fan of scotch ales. BUT, on the other hand, it is a nice and complex beer. if it were this or McEwans, i'ld take this.

03-08-2008 01:31:15 | More by stumac
Photo of clayrock81


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this for a dessert beer and it was wonderful. Pours a mahogany-tinted dark brown with a minimal frothy head that leaves minor lacings. There is a strong malt presence in the aroma. Hard to pick out exactly what malt but I picked up some coffee, chocolate and possibly toasted (I am not sure, there could've been hazelnut in there too). There are also currents of caramel/honey, figs and dark fruit. This had to be one of the smoothest brews I have ever had, yet alone a wee heavy. The malt taste is defining, but there are citric fruit notes (I think there might even be some crisp apple notes in there) on the side and the caramel rounds it out. The hop bite on the back end is perfect. Just enough to make itself distinguishable yet letting the beer remain ultra-smooth (not slick or watery). Perhaps the only thing keeping me from sessioning is the price. I can't afford $7 a beer for a whole night. Well worth the splurge and a must-try.

03-03-2008 21:23:58 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Bitterbill


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It's been years since I had this:

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch.

The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended!

02-28-2008 23:49:28 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

02-26-2008 00:51:46 | More by abedenbaugh
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

2008 bottle (fresh) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark reddish brown, good clarity as can be seen when held up to the light, frothy off white to tan head with good retention, slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass.

S = Caramel notes, peaty malt overlay.

T = Caramel and strong notes of smokey peaty tasting malts, long deep finish somewhat bitter in the back of the tongue but with fresh sweetness continuing in the front of the mouth.

M = Medium to heavy body, creamy mouthfeel when swished, excellent mouthcoating.

D = If not for the ABV I could drink these all day. An excellent wee heavy.

Other vintages (not scored for the database):

(Mid?)-70's bottle. Label is printed with "Brew No. __" & "Bottle No. ___" into which handwritten numbers have been written Brew "82" and Bottle No. appears to be "120642".

Appearance is a slightly hazy caramel brown with small off white head that dissipates quickly into a small layer of foam on surface. Smell is of a musty attic, tobacco, some "sharp" scents like a sharp cheddar. Taste has a strong bitterness to it, some malt flavors of tobacco and a light maple syrup flavored with bitter herbs, has a distinct sour finish. This tastes almost more like an aromatized wine than a beer (especially a wee heavy), something like a dry vermouth or a Campari. It still has medium body and decent drinkability for an aperitif maybe where it was once a dessert drink.

(1977) The front label and neck label were in a glossy silver. The back label was plain white paper and indicating this was Brew No 6 Bottle No 8635, with hand written numbers filling in blanks on a preprinted label.

A = Very slight head, really just light tan bubbles on about half the surface, resolving into a ring around the edge of the glass, deep reddish brown, good clarity. (4.5)

S = Some musty attic smells, nuts such as walnuts, roasted chestnuts, maple syrup, vanilla comes out strongly as it breathes, some dried cherries and prunes, very complex. (3.5)

T = Wow! This is really, really good. Predominantly sweet with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar mixed into a heavily creamed coffee, with walnut syrup, maybe some light traces of almonds, light butterscotch and toffee, heavy chocolate notes as it breathes result in a flavor almost like licking the chocolate syrup off of a vanilla ice cream hot fudge sundae. Really heavenly. Much better than I had expected. (5.0)

M = Heavy body, lusciously smooth feeling, very light carbonation for a while after it sits in the glass but eventually sorts out to a still liquid, while still fresh in the glass there is a light, frothy level of carbonation. Great mouthcoating. (5.0, maybe only a 4.5 depending on your veiwpoint of stillness in aged beers.)

D = Goes down SO smoothly. I just keep wanting more. It was a sad moment when the glass ran dry. (4.5)

(Best by 2006 -- consumed in 2010)

A = Very similar to the 1977 but a little murkier on pour. However, it quickly settled into the glass and gained better clarity. Ended up looking virtually identical to the 1977, maybe a slight bit darker with more brown/less red. (4.0)

S = Sweet malted chocolate, Not as complex as the older bottle. As it breathes I get more malt with smokiness, very slight smell of almonds, some fruit including cherries, dried apricots, some earthiness. (4.0)

T = Very good sweet syrup flavors with cocoa, light almonds, some butter toffee, caramel, light smoke, a very light yeast kick at the finish. Less of the light bitterness in the finish than when it is really fresh. This is a great beer but not as complex as it older sibling. While the older bottle had developed some very interesting flavors, this one was closer to the original malt forward with some smoke and yeastiness that exemplifies a good wee heavy, that said it had mellowed from the way a fresh bottle tastes. (4.5)

M = Medium body (a little thinner than I expected actually), very good mouthcoating, light carbonation. (4.5)

D = Very good, as excellent beer, but not quite as interesting as the 1977. (4.5)

02-23-2008 23:12:24 | More by Traquairlover
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Small, slender 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison for $4.99...
Pours a deep, dark, purple, ruby-red appearance with a hefty foamy head that soon dissipated...
Smell was repelete with strong malts, scotch, caramel, and alcohol esters...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with heavy, stretched malts, cream, vanilla, bittersweet essences, and caramel sugars...
Very unique and distinct taste which really manages to stand apart from many other depictions of the style...
Creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel leads to a decent level of drinkability due to the heavy 7.2% ABV and intense, intricate flavors...
Worth a try...

02-22-2008 21:49:28 | More by dsa7783
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2.9/5  rDev -30.6%

Rich deep reddish brown, with small light tan head. Smell is a musty, peaty rich malty sweetness, similar in a way to a McEwans, but more complex. Taste is somewhat similar to smell but more muted, and less sweet. Still earthy flavored with a quite mild bitter finish to it and just a hint of alcohol. Not bad at all, but not my preferred style either.

02-22-2008 05:57:21 | More by JDV
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a dark brownish red with a medium tan head. Smells of yeast and raisins. Taste is buttery, toffee, with a bit of twang to it. There is also a nice earthy flavor from the hops. Bitterness levels are good. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation levels are a little high. I could drink several of these. Drinks like a session ale, yet is over 7% abv. This is the first Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy I've had, and I must say, I enjoy this style a lot!

02-22-2008 02:44:34 | More by tronester
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a perfectly clear dark copper-brown - like an old penny. Thick creamy head gradually drops to a bubbly collar. Intense aroma...oak, caramel, chocolate, figs, and dark toast. I can't stop smelling this beer. The flavor is a little more gentle: rich malt again with raisins and berries, light vanilla, oak, and bread. Some peppery/earthy notes come through as the dryness sets in. Smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel - better than medium body with fine carbonation.

Excellent. If I ever find it on tap or cask somewhere (Scotland perhaps?) I'll be in trouble.

02-13-2008 03:49:56 | More by wedge
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

The House Ale pours a murky dark reddish with a finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. It tricks you as it looks like you see some small rounds suds but they soon go back to their home and not stay on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and of figs. The taste is smooth and it malt dominated up front but as it lingers on the palate it is bitter. Very cool. It has a earthiness to it like a mushroom from the ground. Overall the best scotch ale or strong Scottish ale I have tasted to date.

02-03-2008 04:01:08 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear dark brown with some light coming through when you hold it up to a light. Small, slightly off-white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Minimum lacing.

Smell is quite pronounced, malt, dark fruit and some alcohol (port wine?)

Taste is similar to smell. No alcohol burn, but definitely alcohol in the flavor. Malt and plums/cherry are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a little sweetness at the end. Drinkability is good for this abv. A couple of these on a cold night would be nice.

02-03-2008 03:56:35 | More by JayQue
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

Cracked open a 2003 vintage bottle of this fantastic beer.

A - A deep brown with minimal white head with almost no lacing.

S - Smell of heavy malt with nuts and that wonderful oak.

T - A very dry experience with a touch of sweetness at the end. The aging hits immediately and the fact that it's five years vintaged really comes through. Truly a beer worth of cellaring.

M - Thin in the mouth with excellent range on the palate.

D - I definitely could drink this all night. It is an unassuming beer with excellent malt characteristics. Very pleasing to the tongue.

I would highly recommend this one to anyone who can find it and, if you get the chance, save a few bottles for a few years down the road. Cheers!

01-31-2008 16:50:28 | More by ziggy13
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-30-2008 00:52:53 | More by SIRIUS2
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