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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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788 Ratings

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%

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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Photo of Gusler


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the glass it goes a beer that is deep garnet in color with an unobjectionable head, sufficing lace to coat the glass. Nose that of a fine brandy, with malts and a touch of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, the top middling in mouth feel. The finish is fundamental in its carbonation, germane in its hops with a droughty aftertaste, quite a drinkable beer, and a pleasure to "Whiff" such a nose.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 10:53:44 | More by Gusler
Photo of mjohn27603


4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown in color with a 1/8 " white head. Very complex and rich flavor. I detect roasted flavors with caramel and butterscotch. Sweet with a bit of bitterness. I taste some oak and sherry flavors too, the alcohol has a warming effect. Beer for sipping. You could spend a lot of time thinking of the flavors present. The bottom of the glass comes too soon to fully appreciate everything going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 18:10:30 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the greatest fortune and privilege to drink this beer from the Cask once at a UK Beer Festival. Even at 7.2% ABV, it was the first beer to sell out. Perhaps it was the uniqueness of being in Cask format, but I like to think it was because this is a bloody superb strong beer that is in 100% sheer perfect balance.
Pours with a deep brown colour, little head that soon retreats and clings to the glass edge with meniscus-like fervor. Huge Nose – wow, I could be here all day describing the aromas. Very rich, malty, chocolaty, berries, dried fruits, orange zest, light sherry and oak, and all of these are discernable in the taste, yet it has a surprisingly lightish mouth feel. Complex tastes that are very well assembled and by no means “jumbly”, but perfectly organised. It is a very accomplished, super smooth (and I don’t mean Nitro!!), very drinkable beer that belies its strength.
I prefer this to the Jacobite to be honest; it just has that bit more, Package-wise.
Another, Superb, World-Class, Scottish Strong Ale from Traquair House.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 14:13:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of putnam


4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alright, I'm really going to try to retire this year and move to the Traquair house. It is beer paradise. This is a clinic in balance. I had this fear of Scotch Ales that was based on some experiences with some overly sweet, alcoholic versions. This is like a great Burgundy wine, expressive of the place from which it emerged and where it was aged. Stony with notes of overripe cherries, strawberries, caramel, coffee, baked pear, chocolate-orange sauce, linden leaf, and dune grass. Do not miss this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 12:29:01 | More by putnam
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, mysterious, and rich looking. Reddish brown color that's hard to notice without close inspection. Pours a small head that settles quickly, but leaves enough behind for satisfaction. Rich, roasted aroma of malty sweetness. Very earthy. With a taste, the first of the many flavors that hit me is a roasted coffee-like flavor. Then butterscotch sweetness rolls around. Mostly malty, very rich, earthy, and chewy. Just a slight hop bitterness that makes it perfectly rounded. Very complex flavors here. You can definitely see, smell, and taste the work that went into this fine ale. All of it just says "handcrafted". Absolutely top-notch, and worth every penny of the steep price in my opinion. Unfortunately, the price also makes it just an occasional treat for me, but it's definitely worth the wait to savor another.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 02:04:17 | More by hyuga
Photo of mzwolinski


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is really terrific. The first thing the nose picks up is the noticeable aroma of alchohol, but this is quickly overpowered by a rich fruity smell -- first struck me as cherries, but BeerAdvocte's description of "fig" seems right on the money -- smells just like Fig Newtons!

The head is very thin, and disappears almost immediately, leaving only a thin lace around the edge of the glass. Attractive ruby color against backlight.

The beer is, as others have noted, very very smooth. Malt dominates, with fruity notes (perhaps a hint of pear?), and a roasty, slightly chocolately finish.

The only major complaint I have about this beer is that its mouth seems a bit thin for the style. Beer is extremely drinkable as it is, but a bit more body would have made it truly decadent.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 17:29:34 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of marc77


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep garnet hued, lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that quickly settles into a thin layer that coats the rim of the glass. Deeply malty sweet toffee, heavily caramelized sugar, a touch of fruity prune along w/ a hint of roasted barley sharpness in aroma. As the beer warms, unexpected mild but pleasant heaty fusels eek their way into the aroma. Although sweet due to the appropriately low hop bitterness, smooth roasted barley bitterness, light chocolate, and dark crystal malt provide a rich & enjoyable malt profile. Medium bodied w/ a smooth and dextinous mouthfeel. Finishes clean, pleasantly sweet, lightly roasty, w/ a bit of alcohol warmth. Simply put, Traquair House Ale is a balanced, flavorful and very drinkable brew. More than 11.2 ounces would've been appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 18:19:29 | More by marc77
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown in color; very small head, even from a hard pour. I liked the nose. Picked up alcohol and a pleasing raisiny/pruny aroma. Mouthfeel - smooth over the tongue, but perhaps a thin body. Nice flavors of dark fruit mingling with alcohol. Not as rich as I expected from the aroma, though. This would be real(!) good with more body and pronounced flavors.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 17:53:52 | More by Bierman9
Photo of stoutman


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew has an oaky earthiness to balance its dark-malt nuttiness. Best served with game in a thistle.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 17:37:43 | More by stoutman
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark, malty excellent ale. Low carbonation. Why is anything thing this good so expensive - $6.39 for 330ml. Very smooth, easy to drink but it is a sipper with the high ABV, anyway you want it to last more than a few minutes. Bought in Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 20:48:47 | More by jdhilt
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, but no way near the complexity and no way near as interesting as there Jacobite, it still is very classy though and tasty to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2002 20:40:04 | More by rastaman
Photo of BKotch


5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

IMHO, the best Scottish ale out there. Pricey, but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2001 14:14:02 | More by BKotch
Photo of Jason


4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2001 23:38:21 | More by Jason
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown foiled top bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown with an elegant lace that shows potential in the mouthfeel.

Smell: Figgy, a little butterscotch, sweet and spicy alcohol and a malty nose that has depth to it.

Taste: Full bodied with a fat chewy malt backbone, low carbonation that leaves a nice smoothness throughout. Lots of flavour dancing around ... ripe fruit, sweet alcohol, a heavy hand of malt and a touch of butterscotch. A perfectly balanced hop bitterness leaves a small bite towards the end. Mocha, toasted malt and carob are in the finish with a fading hop character and a mellow earthy / oaky flavour.

Notes: Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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