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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 113
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 584
Photo of Steve188821
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The apperance was ruby in colour with a large head

S- The smell is of sweet malts, dark chocolate, coffee and ripe dark fruits.

T- The taste is of malts, coffee, butterscotch and a hoppy bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with low carbonation.

D- This scotch ale is very drinkable, an excellent scotch ale!

Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear transluesent dark brown color with less than a finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly.

The smell characteristically rich and lightly roasted malt and yeast from the United Kingdom with hints of caramel.

The mouth is a light-medium feel without being watery.

The flavor is smooth and malty and lingers some.

The 7.2% warms the chest slightly on the way down. This beverage is refreshingly drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red-brown color that has a bit of a glow to it. The tan head is creamy and dense, eventually becoming a thick film, which leaves lace on the glass.

Smell: Wonderful malty smell with some great caramel or butterscotch undertones.

Taste: Lightly-roasted malts and slightly sweet undertones. Nice fruits as well. Finishes with an earthy smoky & buttery taste. Well-balanced and has an appropriate complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied and exceptionally smooth. Has a great subdued carbonation, and leaves a slightly buttery feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: It's strong, though the alcohol taste isn't present. Very drinkable, though probably best not to have more than a couple.

This is a really great beer! Certainly amongst my favorites. A bit difficult to find, but if you do find a bottle, try it! A wonderful beer to savor.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark, earthy, amber brown with a luscious, velvety-smooth pillowy head. Great retention.

Smell: Like a forest in autumn, reminiscent of cabins at summer camps, sweet, leafy, herbal, and dense. Loads of ripe fruit, apple cider, raisins, dates; a just-right glaze of butterscotchy diacetyl that brings out vanilla ice cream undertones; mango notes emerge as it warms; a hint of maple trees and just a tickle of Scotchy alcohol.

Taste: Roasty and nutty with a Chianti sweetness, but not nearly as sweet as I anticipated from the nose, with a touch of espresso, a shake of of cocoa powder, and a handful of roasted peanuts and hazelnuts. Woody, resiny, and very herbal notes spice up the deep and dark malt base. Diacetyl is subuded, but present enough to lend noticeable vanilla-butterscotch tones. Finish is dry, with an aura of mint, then a lingering roasty, nutty mocha essence.

Mouthfeel: Lush and full, with smooth-yet-sparkly carbonation that matches the beer's balanced flavor perfectly. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: I've always been hesitant to buy this beer because of the price - but no more. It's absolutely worth it, a real gem. Exceptionally easy to drink, especially for 7% ABV.

Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a beautiful deep brown hue, topped by a thin tan head that dissipates to a tiny ring. Aroma is rather sour, much like cider vinegar, coupled with rich, sweet malt and some underlying notes of dark fruit. Palate is much less acidic - complex sweet, roasted malt with some assertive smoky notes. Finish is actually fairly light and airy. Body is smooth and creamy, just superb. A fine sipping beer, well-worth the premium price on occasion.

Photo of Jwaks
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Beautiful, airy beige froth settles above a placid chestnut brown body, slowly shrinking into a faint collar with a dearth of lacing.

Prominent acidic apple cider, dark bready malt and vinous grape redolences play on the nose with hints of fertile damp earth, butterscotch and dry wood. The complex bouquet keeps my interest, diverting my attention from the odd aromas of rotting apple and damp earth.

Very fine dark bready malt and delicate tart fruit savors glide over the palate, supporting malts tail off revealing more tart fruit, earthy flavors and tannic, vinous grapes on the mid palate. Hints of butterscotch meld with vinous grapes and woody dryness on the finish. A long grip on the aftertaste lends a bit of dry wood, vinous fruit and earthy spice. The flavor profile is wonderfully complex, charming and well restrained, to a fault; unleash the malty and woody flavors and this would be a awesome monsterous wee heavy scotch ale.

This medium bodied brew is smooth and very classy for a scotch ale making it a great pleasure to drink. Take it slow, sip this one and enjoy!


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

The beer poured a brown body with a thin tan head just laid on top of the beer leaving little lacing. The nose and taste where very sweet sugary malts and a booze-esque notes. In the taste only, however, there was a slight hops presence that struck me in the after taste. The mouthfeel was rather thick and stickly with high carbonation. This beer was a very lovely example of Scotch Ale. Nicely drinkable but rather expensive.

Photo of mattd017
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12(ish) ounce bottle, poured into a trappist (Chimay) glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Has a very thin head that dissapears almost immediately. Smells malty, citrusy, smokey with a hoppy background. Very little hop in the taste, more fruity malt, very much like a brown ale. Palate is kind of disappointing. The carbonation it has is extremely tiny bubbles, feels almost flat. Not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag ($3.99/bottle)

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. A bit of head retention & lacing

S: Bready & boozey notes

T: Big time breadyness and a little earthy bitterness up front. A hint of brown sugar & booze follows. Caramel emerges as this warms. Finishes warming, dry, bready & with ample caramel, a bit of choclolate & praline flavor

MF: Chewy/sticky with low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy for the abv, very nice wee heavy. A bit pricey at $5.50 a 11 oz bottle

Photo of EPseja
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle in a pint glass at a "wee" bit below cellar temperature. Bad pun intended.

A - Pours a very gently hazed brown color with ruby highlights, pushing up a nice, tan inch-plus marshmallowy head. Lacing is spotty, but visible and head retention is good around the edges, but only a thin film in the middle.

S - Assertive toastiness with a sweetness beneath that can be attributed to both the hops and the roasted malt. Hints of dark cherry are also observed.

T - Understated sweetness up front, with a somewhat cordial-like alcohol presence, minus the typical burn. It is here that there is a slight metallic tinge noted as well. Malts round out in the middle, presenting a decent toasted quality, albeit subdued, along with that cherry character found in the nose. The finish brings in a very slight yeastiness that this overshadowed by a nice hop quality that leaves you somewhat dry. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and pleasant. Very "English" tasting, almost like a kicked up bitter.

M - A bit watery on the way in, but gaining excellent presence as it swells in the mouth and leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finish is throat coating and filling.

D - There is no doubt that this beer possesses a superb balance, but for my tastes, I prefer a more robust malt character from my Scotch Ales. Still, this is definitely quite drinkable, well crafted and if you're not careful to read, you might just miss the big ABV.

Photo of peabody
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a real dark brown, clear with one finger of white foam that dissapates rather quickly.
Smell is caramel malt and sugar daddies candy. Roasted malt/grain and slight fruityness like plum or raisin.
Taste is wonderful. Dark coffee and caramel malt with a hint of fruit like bitter dark cherry but with more of grape flavor.
Aftertaste is dark and broody with an alcoholic afterburn that sweetens the black hoppiness.
I like this beer and wish I could get my hands on lots more. Dang, San Diego is a long way away.(only place I could find it)

Photo of Braudog
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle (thanks to my fellow beer-loving boss for bringing this to dinner ... he makes more than I do!). A deep mahogoney brown that doesn’t let the merest hint of light escape. The thin white top invites you in. Although the aroma is light in nature, it’s nice musty caramel flourish draws you in even more. Finally ... I get to taste it! Nice. Exceptionally well designed, this is a beauty. Deep and tantalizing in it’s roastiness with a full complement of oakiness, caramel, toffee, dark plum and buttery finish ... but done in such a manner as to not offend anyone. God, I love beer. (#2668, 1/28/07)

Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice full brown color with a creamy head that falls leaving no lacing behind.

S: Awesome. Smells full, rich, a little sweet and malty.

T: Also awesome. It is indeed full and rich with a heavy maltiness and smoky or nutty flavor with a hint of bitter.

M: Smooth. You can taste the alcohol, give it a little bite. Nicely carbonated.

D: Opened this for Burns night, this is my first Traquair and I love it. I could see buying more of this for the mild (Florida) winter nights.

Photo of malty
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've horded this beer that's been safely stored in my beer fridge for 6 months and was sort of waiting for a special occasion to drink it. In this case it's to celebrate New Beer Sunday week 100).

Pours a chill hazed dull copper bronze color with a uniform tight 1'4" cream colored head. The liquid of this beer takes on a bright ruby tone when held against my 60-watt soft white light bulb. It seems to literally change color when held directly against the light.

After a few brisk swirls, which build the head back up to 1/2", I bury my nose into my Gulpener Korenwolf 10 oz. tumbler glass. Sweet notes of almonds soaked in Amaretto (very nutty!) and toasted malts are first in the scent order. A couple more swirls evoke figs and caramel apples. This baby's blossoming with sweet gushing dark fruits and caramel/toffee all over the place.

Everything I discovered in the scent category holds very true in the flavors as well. An elegant and interesting dryness wraps-up the taste experience nicely. The dryness tastes and feels like freshly cracked walnuts. The alcohol is ever-so-slightly warming and not fusel or apparent at all.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied and the low carbonation level holds very true to style. A long flavorful dry finish caps things off.

Drinkability is way, way high. It's a good thing this stuff runs $5.00/11.2 oz. bottle or I'd be stocking up.

Overall this ale holds up to it's famous heritage. I can't remember a better smelling ale from the bottle in a very long time (I'd give it a '6' if I could). The dryness makes this otherwise sweet and sometimes cloying style really stand alone in the originality category. I bet it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible to find a finer wee heavy in my neck of the woods. I'm very grateful and glad I got to try this.

Photo of BeerSox
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark and nearly opaque with a thick tan colored head that lasts for a long time. Settles to a thin bubbly cap. Spotty lacing.

Heavy malts and hints of sweet dark sugar. Little bits of fruit comes in here and there, with light wisps of alcohol.

Thick and strong malt flavor brings a little bit of bread like sweetness and some caramel mixed in. Some light hop bitterness settles in the back of the mouth towar the end. Full bodied with low carbonation giving it a very creamy and smooth feel. The finish is short and smooth with a little bit of nutty flavor.

This is a very enjoyable beer, probably my favorite Scotch Ale so far. Good for a special day or just a cold winter night. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Trios in Denver. The waitress insisted that I drink it from the bottle. Luckily I ignored her.
Pours a dark reddish/rust color. The room was dark so I can't expand. One finger head, some staying power.
Smells of sweet malt, pears and some earthy herbs. Can't quite place it. A little spice to stay the sweet.
Taste; very nice. A slight hint of yeast and biscuit. Some soft fruit and red plum flavors. Not as sweet as it smells. Little hops, but enough.
A very drinkable brew. I like it.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow this is really dark! Brown and nearly black yet golden on the edges. Not too much head. Nose is kissed with hops, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is pretty much the same. This is decent but nothing remarkable. Good beer but I doubt I'll buy it again with it's less than 12 oz bottle and nearly $6 price tag.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear deeply brown colored ale with a minimal head formation.

Smell is sweet but also with a sharp sour wine aroma. Scent of grapes and smoke.

The taste begins fruity and smoky with a deep caramel candy flavor. There is a faint grape flavor here and a fairly large amount of butter in the taste. Faintly grassy and bitter this doesn't really taste much like Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This one has thoroughly disappointed me. Buttery mess of a beer.

Photo of quasimoto
3.02/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of doppelmeup
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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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