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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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826 Ratings

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 99
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of quasimoto


2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep opaque brown color to it. The head is light tan and about a finger thick. It leaves a lot of lace.

S - Strong soapy malt aroma. Some caramel and toast. Some oxidation has happened. There are some slight phenols too.

T - On the verge of being skunked I think. If it is not then It has a rather tart malty taste to it. The malt has the same taste as the aromas.

M - Rather viscous and has that bitterness I believe from being on the edge.

D - I'm sure that if it was fresh it would rank a 90. But this is definitely not.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 02:43:24 | More by quasimoto
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

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

The Traquair House Ale is a good strong scotch ale. If you like a good porter, you'll probably really like this beer. It pours golden brown with reddish hues and has a thin tan head. The smell is a very nice malty aroma with hints of peat, chocolate and black licorice. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. The taste is predominantly roasted malt that is well balanced and not sweet, leading to a dry roasted malt finish. The perfect beer for kicking back a few pints on a cold night, sitting in front of a large fireplace, in an old Scottish hunting lodge.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 04:15:14 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of Estarrio


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours muddy brown with some hints of plum. The small, smoky head quickly dissipates into lacings with a wispy film of fizz on the top of the brew.

Big malt aroma with bountiful amounts of chocolate and caramel mixed with vanilla, maple and dark fruits.

Huge malt presence with lots of sweet, chocolate flavor. There is a fruity grape presence along with caramel and molasses. A suggestion of smoke flavor mingles well with earthy, oak and other wood notes that blend into a delightfully bitter finish. The alcohol is noticeable in a sort of whiskey like flavor that imparts a unique, pleasurable taste. The aftertaste is just bitter enough to beg for another sip of this fine tasting brew.

Full bodied palate with appropriate carbonation.

This is an incredibly balanced, complex brew and an absolute pleasure to sip, slightly chilled.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 02:21:29 | More by Estarrio
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours brown with amber highlights near the top. The thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch.

The smell is of oak, figs and nuts. A nice, inviting, earthy aroma.

The taste is of sweet malt - oak, figs and nuts, with hints of pepper and butterscotch. The earthy, bready hops becomes more noticeable as the drink progresses. The malt stays in front, but it has a great balance, especially for the style. The alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. It has a long, dry, finish.

The medium-to-full body holds up well. It has a nice texture.
This is a very nice "sipping" brew. It has a unique, complex taste. I highly recommended this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 21:08:03 | More by jwc215
Photo of RedDiamond


3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a far-reaching aroma of chocolate covered cherries and nice lumpy islets of standing foam. The body is highly particulate despite the lack of yeast in the bottle. Sexy, glowing ember color when held to the light, but more of an industrial haze red-brown at the table. Flavor is obviously malty with a good showing of fruit, oak, an edge of charred grains, and a late pinch of bittering.

I can’t recall what I paid for the tiny Euro bottle, but I remember it as something of an indulgent splurge. Traquair House is charming in its own rustic way, but overvalued in my view. I prefer Belhaven.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 00:44:41 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown color with hints of amber into a snifter glass. Not much head, but a thin layer of foam remained on the beer throughout the bottle.

Aromas were hard to pinpoint. Not overly sweet, hints of scotch.

Flavor was slightly sweet. Caramel, brown sugar; very similar to a strong dark Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Very smooth and the alchohol was well hidden.

Overall, a nice beer to finish out the evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 03:42:48 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of goochpunch


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out somewhere in the middle of dark cherrywood and saddle leather with a thin, forced head that settles out to a perfect khaki ring. Smells like a mixture of caramel, toffee, grape juice, cherries, bread, dried fruit, plum, and a hint of anise. Reminds me of a malty Belgian sans spicy yeast. Flavor has a lot of grape in it, along with slightly burnt toast, dates, raisins, honey, caramel, and toffee. I get caramel and pears in the aftertaste. Ridiculously complex. While I'm not always crazy about a sticky sweet beer, this one is damn near perfect mouthfeel wise. Full body, practically a still beverage, and it leaves a lingering coating on the tongue. Not the most drinkable beer, but pretty perfect for a cold and windy night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 04:52:55 | More by goochpunch
Photo of TexIndy


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330cl bottle into a pint glass. Bottle had a bottling indicator but not clear on dating. Poured a dark brown with reddish tint. Had a good head that quickly dissipated. The smell was very pleasant with a sweet malt front and tones of fig and fruit. Mouthfeel was a little watery but that is typical of the style. The taste was very good from start to finish. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. The 7.2% ABV kind of sneaks up on you towards the end. It doesn't really taste high alcohol but by the end you get that nice warm feeling. Highly recommend. It's too pricey to be in heavy rotation but definitely worth getting as a treat (4, RR, T,Y)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:30:54 | More by TexIndy
Photo of BeerManDan


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I scored it high, it's not worth $5.49 for a 11.2 FL. OZ. per bottle.

When poured it was a very dark brown with very little dark tan foam. The smell of roasted malts and fruit filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The flavor of roasted malts mixed with caramel was very pleasing. A nice balance of all the components in this ale. But, not worth the price!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 16:41:18 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of IntriqKen


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definite scotish ale aromas...light and fresh toasted caramel and clean fruits.
Low carbonation doesn't get in the way of the toasted to burnt caramel flavors and citrus hop bitterness on the end. Light touches of bittersweet chocolate.
This is as close to perfect for the style as you could hope for.
Find it..buy it....drink it...enjoy it...and fill yourself with wonderful memories of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 04:33:41 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of kimcgolf


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown color with ruby tint, dark brown head that lingers well, and slowly dissipates to decent lacing. Sweet malty aroma of chocolate and toffee, with more of the same in the taste. Nice thick body with a hint of alcohol creeping in at the end leaves for a nice long finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 13:45:34 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of cabsandking


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a cherry hue against the light. Dirty tan head, two fingered dissapating to a slim frothy ring. The generous nose consists of roasted malts, raisons, cedar, and prunes. The first taste strong with toasted wheat and roasted grains. Hop notes are faint offering a sour, floral background. The tartness remains in the finish along with an alcoholic warmth. Medium to thick body with a suprisingly water mouthfeel. Bitter dark chocolate and a raisony sweetness develop towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 13:44:46 | More by cabsandking
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense ruddy brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly to a ring of suds.

Smells rich and darkly fruity, touched with spice. Not unlike a Christmas pudding. Mmm.

A touch of malty sweetness, overlaid with thick dark fruits, a lightly bitter nuttiness on the back end, and hint of alcohol.

Pleasant, nicely drinkable. An excellent cool-evening sipper. Not something I'd like a huge amount of, but a great change-up from the beers I've been drinking recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 03:55:13 | More by thesilverhand
Photo of loving44


3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with ruby red highlights, oily, bubbly brown head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Stomach acid? Musty basement? Those were my first thoughts unfortunately... as it warmed I pulled out sweet and strange fruits, almost like fruitloops cereal. Lots of stuff going on here.

T: Rich chocolate pudding and instant coffee, spicy black pepper, dry alcohol bitterness. Reminds me of a flat barley wine.

M: watery syrup with sporadic carbonation.

This was a pretty good brew... nothing really caught my attention though. It was a bit watery at times and the carbonation was strange and inconsistent... not a bad drinker but not the best either.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 19:57:11 | More by loving44
Photo of Melchizedek


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, murky (chill-hazed?) brown, with a nice head that subsides into a tenacious cap of foam.

Smell is fantastic, malty and a bit fungal, with woody overtones, dark fruits, nuts, some sweet chocolate-caramel-coffee stuff... Wow. Rich in the mouth, with the body of a dry stout, and an aggressive bitterness right up front. Very dry with a rush of roasted flavor and smoke, the sweetness of the nose all but lost. Once you get settled in and the initial bitterness loses its dominance, a milder tea-and-cola pucker kicks in, followed by a kiss of powdered chocolate and coffee in the finish. Alcohol warms throughout.

Wow... Nice ale. Kind of snobtastic - I feel like I could sit around trying to make this review way more overblown than it already is. Great finisher, and I'll surely be coming back to this little number come winter. As a warmer, it'll be a great temptation to overindulge.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 01:00:21 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of KyleVick4


3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL

This is a beer that needs to be served warm. I normally serve my beer chilled @ around 40 in a warm glass. Then I drink it slow to let it warm to try and find differences. Some beers better at colder temps bc they are just to damn overpowering warm. While others better warm bc you miss a lot of the subtle hints in flavor when cold. This beer SUCKS cold, but evolves into a formidible beer as it warms up to the proper ~50-55 range. My review is based upon the warm beer, so if at first you think this is a terrbile beer, LET IT WARM.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown. With lots of head. Nothing spectacular here, dont really like the huge bubbles it left on the sides of the glass, I like th lace to be finer than that...

S: Mmmm smells buttery, but spiced with a nuttyness to it. Smelss kinda sweet also, and a little burnt. Very complex nose which I like.

T: Pretty good beer. Nothing amazing but has nice features. Has a bit of smokiness but not a lot. Tastes sweet, I think a little too sweet. A good strong malt backbone with some hops thrown in there making a very nice balance of malt and hops. I think I may taste/smell a touch of biscuit malt, but if so its extremly small...

M: A touch less carbonation would have made me a little happier, as it kind of attacks the palate with each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little thicker than most medium bodied beers.

D: Meh, this is not my favorite style, but I am still sipping at it. Not hugely drinkable, at least for me, but I plan on finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 04:17:11 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of Mitchster


3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this one for a long time, having read the reviews here and Michael Jackson's notes, but could never bring myself to purchase it, given the regular $5.99/bottle price...despite the fact that I will pay $8.99 for Avery stuff. Anywhoo, Patrick, the owner of Jack's, hooked me up with a deal on this. Much thanks!

Pours out to a clear mahogany, forming a modest light tan head with yellow accents, with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is quite mild with barely a "Psssht" upon opening. The aroma is of burnt marshmallows, caramel, toffee, skunk, vanilla...reminds me very much of a Samuel Smith product...perhaps the Winter Welcome. The mouthfeel is quite silky with a medium-dense body, slightly syrupy, and a woody, dry finish and long aftertaste. The taste begins with loudly proclaimed herbaceous hops, followed by caramel and roasted barley...a medium sweetness which is not at all cloying, owing to the moderately strong herbal bitterness. There is a slightly oxidized component and mild diacetyl. The bitterness lingering on the palette is chemical in nature. Distant dark fruits and dark rum are hardly noticeable if one reallly concentrates, as well as earthy peat, albeit without any discernable smoke.

Well, quite unimpressed with this one. After reading the reviews here, I wonder if I'm even drinking the same brew. It's just a decent beer that is highly over-rated. I'd rather drink a Winter Welcome over this, which is what this beer wants to taste like. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 19:38:45 | More by Mitchster
Photo of afinepilsner


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

11.2oz brown bottle

Traquair House Ale was red/brown in color with a thick off-white head that settled to a thin layer in a minute or so. There was quite a bit of lacing. The nose was very malty. This beer just had an wonderful complex malt flavor. It was medium bodied and delicious. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:39:23 | More by afinepilsner
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but thick dark red/brown, small off white head forms, some spots of lace, head settles down to a thin layer but stays there. Smell is malty, toffee, perfume/floral, some vanilla, chocolate, maybe an oakiness, little alcohol, nice. Taste is real malty, floral and toffee, vanilla, chocolate, grains, some oxidization, so this may not be too fresh of a bottle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice smooth scotch ale, although I fear this isn't the freshest example.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 21:46:38 | More by Viggo
Photo of ReDave


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While pouring it is a milky brown, with a strange greenish almost iridescent hint only seen while pouring [weird]. Get a strong whiff of nice Scottish malt. medium dark cream colored head that stays very thin but present through the enjoying glass. A strong lace that only appears while tipping the glass. A woody nutty aftertaste that's very pleasant. Good mouth feel. Nice wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:28:38 | More by ReDave
Photo of BeerRun13


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear, dark, smoky amber. Has a small tan ring on top and leaves a bit of lace.
Toasty caramel aroma.
Almost smoky caramel flavor. Some fruit flavors back it up. This one seems to have a bit more of a hop profile to than I'm used to for this style.
Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Nicely creamy with a clean finish.
Nice beer overall. I haven't seen this one localy but from what I've heard it is readily available in the states. Maybe I'll make this one my house ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:21:05 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of StoutHearted


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle that poured very dark with a 2 inch head that quickly dissipated to one inch. It had a light scotch whiskey smell with a hint of juniper, but I had to practically stir the brew with my nose to get it. I liked the taste: Heavy malty flavor washes over the tongue with a nutty chocolate taste, but leaves a light impression, which makes for easier drinkibility in the long run. I didn't notice any strong alcohol taste despite the slight whisky smell, and at 7 percent, it's almost pushing it. The mouthfeel was rather watery. Interesting how the taste is rather bold, but the texture of the beer is not.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 03:42:49 | More by StoutHearted
Photo of acrawf6


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark oak brown from the small light getting through the beer. Seems quite clear with a nice tan head.

Smell. I should say now that my nose is a little stuffy, so i might miss some delicate aromas and flavors. I immediately get a menthol coolness to this. some notes of chocolate and slightly roasted malts. On big whiffs i get a little fruitiness, sweet apples and grapes..

Taste. I first get an interesting yeast flavor. Has very earthy flavors with some wood. as the beer warms up in my mouth, some chocolate notes come through with a little peppery spiciness. It seems to be on the dry side of flavor. aftertaste is a nice light roasted malt taste, still dry, with just a tiny amount of coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium and slicker than i thought. Carbonation is light, but seems appropriate and matches well with the taste. Nice balance.

Overall and interesting beer, not exactly what i was expecting. Quite nice, but i dont think i would put this on my top 100 beers. but who am i?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 01:28:57 | More by acrawf6
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Alberta (Canada)

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

This has been in Alberta for a couple months now, but I have only now found this in Calgary. Finally! The House Ale is in a 330ml bottle with a black and soft-white label showing Traquair House. Black foil around the neck. Very simple, very...dark. Traquair House looks delightful--what a quaint little brewery. On to the wee one here.

Pop goes the plain black cap, and alcoholic rum-soaked cherries waft up through the neck. Mmm. There is a beauty in a wee heavy unlike any other style, and this is no exception: rich dark chestnut hue, with less ruby than some others of the style I have had. Hints of red but mostly an ebony tea-like colour. I got only a thinnish head from the beer, but what was there was nice and tight, dusty white colouration. Fine tiny bubbles and quick-moving lace. A respectable looking wee heavy. Plenty of sweet candy and red licorice at first on the nose, then some herbal aromas reminiscent of pine(somewhat akin to some of the Heather Ale beers). Alcohol is fairly detectable. Then lots of prunes and rum and brown sugar. There is also a creamy milk note that renders the aroma extremely appetising. A unique malt/hop combination here too: the malts are very grainy, but the hopping makes it seem very floral--like sweet flowers. The malts dominate as they should though, adding a myriad of smells like raisins, sweet chocolate, maple syrup and caramel. Lovely aroma. The taste falls a little short for me from what I was expecting. At first there are all sorts of lovely sugar-laden fruits and plenty of alcohol. I think it is the end where the beer leaves a very dry, dusty charcoal feel, rather than following up on the sweet smoothness before it. Too the body seems to thin out at the end. Not too say that the beer is without taste. Plenty of woody hop character, dry dark malts, and chocolate and coffee up front. Almonds, licorice, oak, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium-carbonated and very smooth. Very easy to drink, this is. However I find it too dry for the style. Still lovely, but not as good as I had hoped. Have another? Why yes, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 09:27:48 | More by Cwrw
Photo of SethB2


3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Very, nice looking beer. Poured as dark ruby color with an cream colored head that lasts for quite a bit. Not much in the lacing department, but that's OK.

S - Chocolate, berries and a bit of alcohol. Traquair has a very pronounced sweetness to it..

T - Very smokey and malty. Dry fruit and a bit nutty as well. All the while, it isn't as strong in the mouth as I was expecting.. The nose notes come though well. Pretty good.

M - This is where this beer shines. Thick, almost syrupy full, and very smooth with little carbonation. Good stuff.

D: Not bad. I could have another pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 02:22:26 | More by SethB2
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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