Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 111
Gots: 49 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000)
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Photo of IntriqKen
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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....drink it...enjoy it...and fill yourself with wonderful memories of it.

Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of cabsandking
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of thesilverhand
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of loving44
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Melchizedek
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of KyleVick4
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of ReDave
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

Photo of Cwrw
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SethB2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of amstelcat
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 11.2 oz foil topped bottle into a pint glass. Reddish brown color, nearly opaque. Very minimal head with little subsequent lacing (could be the glass). Smell is apple, cloves and pine. Some whiskey notes and still the apple as it goes down. More and more subtle flavors as it warms.

A very good Scotch ale without whacking you in the face with alcohol.

Photo of crwills
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant brown with caramel highlights. Decent head, but it fades fast (may have been too cold).

Aroma is typical, sweet and malty, tiffee, coffee, and some mild chocolate in there too.

Tastes very smooth and malty, with coffee notes and some burnt wood or caramel. Great, creamy mouthfeel, makes it pleasant with simple food. Nice mildly bitter aftertaste with a hint of brown sugar.

Photo of skillerified
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black. Some reddish-brown hues come through nicely though. Small, but nicely colored tan head with a thick looking lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, dark malt (not roasted). A little dark fruit (not sweet). A slightly floral note comes through after a little while too. Very nice.

Dark malt (roasted a little this time, strange that the brew doesn't smell roasted). Coffee with a slight leaning toward espresso. Alcohol hits a little strong when you run air over it. Just the faintest hint of chocolate too. Possibly a little tobacco flavor. Again, very nice.

A slight prick of carbonation tickles the tongue with this one. Fairly medium bodied, which is interesting because the taste is closer to what you'd expect from a heavy beer. It's almost like a light-bodied stout. Fairly smooth despite the lighter texture.

This is a very interesting and tasty beer. Thoroughly enjoyable. Seems like the kind of beer that would be really excellent with a heavy meal. If you want stoutish flavors, but less body, this is your beer. If you want it for less than $5 a bottle, you're probably out of luck.

Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark mahogny with a large white head. This is a great looking beer. The smell is malty, with alcohol, bananas,and some nuttyness. The taste is sweet malt with bananas and a hoppy aftertaste. Surprisingly, there is no alcohol taste,this is a smooth and creamy beer. The m/f is light and the flavors are very well balanced. This is an ale to behold. I could drink this all day. Mmmm.

Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Somehow near black yet has red highlights. Healthy and tempting head.

Smell- Fruity alcohol, nuttiness, bananas, and malts.

Taste + Mouthfeel- FFor the taste, all the above found in the smell + smoked oak. Very rich. Roasted malt, alcohol esters. Pretty smooth, then kills the tip of the tongue with some intense flavors.

Pretty drinkable for the style, complexity, and agressive tastes.

Photo of beertastegood
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, with a creamy tan head, about a finger tall. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, caramel...did I mention caramel? Slight alcohol in the nose as well. No hop aroma detectable.

Taste: Tastes much like it smells, big malt/caramel/brown sugar with a hint of alcohol. But wait...the aftertaste is furkin' amazing! Chocolate, toffee and biscuit flavors meld on the tongue for a great lingering flavor. It is absolutely amazing...that's what kettle caramelization will do for you. I was also struck by the lack of esters or phenols, and I could not detect any diacetyl either. For a beer of fairly high gravity like this, that takes some work.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full body and low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer. It is not necessarily an everyday quaffer but I could down a few pints in the right mood.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a pillowy off white two finger head. Nice amount of lacing is left behind. Has the look of a "hearty" brew.

Smell: Some light oakyness, maybe some smoke. Spicy and peaty with some layered malts. Also some powdered sugar and possibly violets.

Taste: This enigma is complex. Such a large succession of layers and flavors. This will be very challenging to describe but ill do my best. Oak and smoke are up front with a small amount of spicy pepper-like acidity. A chain of about three to four different malt flavors stacked one on top of the other present themself in the middle along with some smoked peat. In the back I am getting soft and fluffy suggestions of maple syrup, powdered sugar, coffee and alcohol. Has a subtle, tart root-like component to its flavor as well. Absolutley amazing and astonishingly complex.

Mouthfeel: This beer is soo very soft and gentle. The carbonation that is present turns into this very light manifestation of cream as you drink and vanishes all together when you swallow. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This may be my new favorite beer. Utterly delicious and easy to drink. The 7.2% abv does not get in the way at all. The finest Scotch ale that has ever graced my lips. The people at Traquair are true artisans and if it wasn't so expensive I would treat myself to this one regularly.


Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly one of the more pleasurable beers out there, such a lively and complex brew. Borrowing the rich texture of a fine scotch and the soft, mellow flavouring as well. These flavours only enhanced as it warmed up as well. I think this is an ultimate dessert beer and as impressive as any liquor, etc. A beer which exibits such refinement and elegance, a truly special Scottish Ale

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer after reading some of the reviews. I was a little disappointed. It was nice to look at and smell, but I didn't particularly like the taste. It was a medium to dark brown color with a sweet caramel odor. It had a sweet taste, with some hops, but a fairly yeasty aftertaste. It was thinner than I expected from its' appearance. A fair beer.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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