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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 103
Gots: 39 | 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 Foxman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, murky brown, beyond opaque but for mahogany flairs. A finger of off-white head shrinks to a sheen of surface froth. Drips of lacing filigree the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather subdued, but bears cherry, sherry, berries, and a nutty earthiness. A backdraft of alcohol mingles with a masked sweetness.

Upon tasting, there comes a thick, grounded roasted malt presence that tends wotward sweet, but only briefly, before a tangy, vinous character lays across the tongue. More mellow nuttiness and then a slightly sour doughiness glide through, and then comes a dry but othertwise uneventful finish. It's maybe a tad stodgy...or not...but it's basic, traditional, rich, and damned good.

Bordering closely on heavy bodied, it feels syrupy, though minus any cloying sweetness. It dries and drops away promptly.


It's a glass of stalwart tradition, earthen and staid, rich and graceful, fitted like a well-worn favorite sweater. It's a warm, cozy British friend, easy to enjoy. There's no need for quantity, but the one or two you have are mighty fine in themselves. So, sure, one tonight...and then one another night as well, real soon.

Foxman, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, approaching an opaque almost black color that shows a clear beer as I pour it into my glass. The head is frothy and a light brown color, which dissapears to a ring of foam with a dusting of a light layer on top. The aroma is fairly rich, in a fairly thin way, if that makes any sense. The aroma reminds me of fermented dates, some definite toffee and coffee, and a ligthly sour note that reminds me of tamarind.

The taste of this beer is lightly tart up front, with a rich malt character that has notes of toasted malt, a dry biscuit-like note with lots of rich toffee on top. The taste is quite light up front, which is what I expected. The taste is fairly dry, which seems to accentuate the tart tamarind notes. I really like the malt notes in this beer, they are rich and satisfying despite the beer being light; something that seems to be missed on this side of the pond.

Gueuzedude, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Deep chestnut with just a hint of red. A three inch head rolls and expands from the beer, settling to a thin mat in a few minutes. Lacing is stretchy and spotty.

Smell- Huge, gigantic malts and a blend of leather and fruit... not unlike a well structured Old Ale. Some alcohol strength shows in the aroma. The faintest notes of smoke and beef jerky as it opens up.

Taste- Rich, dark malt flavors slowly give way to sweet, booze soaked fig-like fruits... very big indeed, even for a wee-heavy. The hop bitterness is showcased, mildly, in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Relatively quiet in the mouth, even with some gentle swishing the bubbles don't seem to want to emerge. Surprisingly thin as the beer gradually warms, but certainly big in flavor and warmth. A bolder and more full-flavored alternative to some of our more available Scotch Ales.

yelterdow, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know how good this bottle is, it seems to have set there for about a year. Pours a beautiful head that slowly dissapates leaving a little lacing behind. Color is bright and dark amber to brown. Smells very nutty and creamy, very nice. It has a very bready taste and aftertaste. Taste is a little creamy, nutty, and smooth. It has a coffee undertone and a slight hint of smoke. It's also slightly sweet and malty. It has a smooth mouthfeel that's a little watery.

Erdinger2003, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation. The head is a smooth thick foam of tan with a slight tint of red.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt is slightly sweet with a peat note in the sweetness. There is a faint smoke in the finish that has notes of cherries.

T- The taste of dark malts have some chocolate and earthy notes. The finish has a faint chocolate covered cherries with a smoky note and a little peppery bite. As it warms the cherry notes become more of a sweet oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creaminess in the texture.

D- This beer really caught me by surprise. It has nice earthy sweet malts with some notes of cherries that really compliment the other flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiced raisins, dates and a good bit of alcohol and peat in the aroma. Poured rum brown with a sliver of a white head. Molasses-like texture and the flavors of bourbon spiced bread pudding. Very malty and full. The alcohol flavors actually would lead me to believe it was 10% rather than 7.2% but I have noticed many Scottish brews often taste more alcoholic than they actually are. it is kind of the inverse of the Belgian trademark of masking alcohol.

Jredner, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of masikon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark hue of red, very attractive when held to light as the ruby tones emerge. Head was ok and didn't last long, leaving a ring and some patchwork. Nose was malty and full, a slight hint of fruitiness as well which gave me a strong impression of apples? Taste was unexpectedly clean and pure, full of rich robust maltiness with just barely enough bitterness to balance things out. Alcohol was actually less forward than expected...probably because I am trying this after a Rochefort 10, maybe not the best combination but I couldn't help it. Overall a really nice beer which is deserving of all the acclaim, however as others have said, cost is completely prohibitive for me....over 5 bucks for a 12 oz. bottle. Unfortunately I probably won't have this one again very soon due to the cost although I have no doubt that this is an expensive beer to produce.

masikon, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

deep brown cola color with a touch of translucence around the edges. medium off-white head that falls leaving no lacing.

sweet, malty aromas; hints of cinnamon, caramel and bread.

full bodied in the mouth with heavy maltiness. smooth, buttery sweetness with hints of caramel. little carbonation and hops to get in the way, but just enough bitterness to make it very drinkable. alcohol is well-hidden compared to other scotch ales i have tasted.

excellent beer to sip slowly and enjoy. rich and complex enough to rival any belgian ale.

Prufrock, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Black foil covering the neck.

Pours a deep reddish-brown. The beige head is modest and too oily to leave much for lace. The aroma is mostly malts, caramel, and alcohol...and is fairly faint. Very sweet earthy malt character & acrid hop bitterness with an alcoholic chaser. I remember this being better last time I tried it, but this was a fairly fresh bottle. Not bad, but certainly not worth the $5 price tag for me.

hero27, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium mahogony brown color with a small snow-white head, a number of slow-rising streams of carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Profoundly sweet, with caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, I could not detect any hop presence at all.

Taste: Sweet, with a bitter coffee note, dark fruit, rich malt, caramel. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and earth note, a mild flourish of medicinal hops and alcohol. The palette of flavors offered is quite rich.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with soft carbonation, and a strikingly dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A perplexingly complex and superb beer, well worth the effort to find. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this.

Pegasus, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass

Beer pours a deep crimson color with a 1inch whitish head

Smell indicates sweet malts and fruits pears, possibly apples, also some citrus hops

Taste of caramel and apples, a faint trace of hops coming through, with a bit of minerals on the finish.

This a medium bodied scottish ale smooth but bitter a nice balance of both.

I wouldnt drink this all the time but a nice change of pace.

charlottebeerguy, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head and lacing. mostly islands and ring lacing. dark.

butterscotch is the prevailing taste and smell.

Alcohol comes through rather abrubtly and the malts are gloriously deep and sweet. Some dark fruits creep in the picture towards the middle ell: Figgy, a little butterscotch, sweet and spicy alcohol and a malty nose that has depth to it.

quite chewy in the mouth. some bready malted characteristics. just a touch of alcohol again and light sweet fruity finish. I would drink this regularly but for the price i'm one and done.

DogFood11, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep amber. Slightly off-white head. Poor retention.

Smell: Nice. Yeast, red apple, caramel malt, cake spice, with a slight hint of wood and butterscotch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep and malty. Sweet, a bit spicy, a bit roasty, apple, raisin, with bittering hops cleaning up the finish. Alcohol is well-disguised. The mouthfeel is smooth, but quite thin.

Drinkability: It's... OK. It's a nice beer, but not the special experience I was expecting. Given the outrageous price and rather (IMO) run-of-the-mill flavor, I'll stick with Skullsplitter.

WetCoaster, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby colour, off-white head. Not much head, retention, or lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt aroma.

T: Well balanced, but slightly sweet, no hop flavour, perfect for style. Bready caramel, a little prune/raisin, roasty (but not burnt), hint of chocolate, slightly nutty, with a subtle fruityness from the yeast. The full malt profile really hides the alcohol strength and flavour. Very well rounded, none of the flavours are over-powering. Perfect!

M: Moderately heavy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Obviously, this style isn't suited to sessions.

Awesome. Best of style.

Derek, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Vinous aroma of sweet caramel and malt. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Smooth malty flavor. A hop bitterness coincides to balance the malty smoothness. Touches of caramel and oak appear toward the back. Finish exhibits a slight tobacco taste. This is a top-notch scotch ale.

Winter, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of JanM
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stereotypical tourist-friendly marketing on the label made me feel a bit suspicious about this beer. No reason, this is an excellent ale. It poured with a dark amber almost maroon color, and with a brownish head. The foam melted quickly away and settled as half a finger's hat. The smell was of malt and caramel with some bitterness and smoke in the background. Too much carbonation, though. It tasted pretty much as it smelled with the hops kicking in in the aftertaste, and not with as much alcohol as expected. Traquair House Ale is a fully developed ale with a rich mouthfeel.

JanM, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber color with a small head. Has an aroma of caramely malt and alcohol. I smell a lot of alcohol in this, and it dominates the aroma. I am almost afraid to take a sip...

The alcohol, thankfully, doesn't show up very much in the taste. The malt dominates in this brew with just the right amount of hops to balance it out in the finish. It doesn't leave any bitter taste behind either. It has a bit of a smoky taste to it. It's ever so slightly thin in the mouth, but it works with the taste.

This is very drinkable, but also very expensive.

unknownlamer, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was a rich clear amber, with a low head (under a half finger). I didn't expect much more from a Scotch ale, since they're often somewhat heavy (hence the name)

The aroma was of very rich malts, caramel, and a little bit of earthy mustiness. A hint of alcohol wafted in at the end.

The taste was of rich malt, mostly medium bodied (caramel malt, maybe a little crystal). It had a slight mustiness to the flavor as well, and the alcohol was noticeable and quite nice.

Mouthfeel was full, rich, and chewy. Everything I expected and more.

Drinkability has to take a hit though. It's a bit strong, which isn't too bad... but it is also a bit expensive, and that puts it a little more out of reach.

connecticutpoet, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of bark
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

The colour is very dark wine red – brown. The high beige foam sinks down to a firm half-finger thick head with lots of lacing.

The smell is very sweet with notes of rye bread, some sourness, brown sugar, coffee, raisins and maybe some alcohol.

The taste is full bodied, with some notes of strong wine (Port?). There are creamy, fruity notes of raisins and dried apples. The taste is sweet, but there is also a fresh bitterness, maybe even some sour notes. The aftertaste got an earthy matured taste with a passing bitterness and notes of alcohol, dried fruits, fresh flowers and a dry touch of iodine. It tastes like a very luxury beer, but the finish is a litte bit to dry for beeing a taste-4.5 beer.

The carbonation is mild (like one could expect) and short, the bubbles are very small.

bark, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a one-finger white, creamy head. The aroma is buttery and caramelly. The taste is of sweet caramel, and roasted malt withbuttery notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry with nice cabonation. Overall, this is a nice, relaxing brew.

KarlHungus, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep barnet topped woth a frothy khaki head that settles to a frothy coating. Not a lot of activity going on, possibly due in part to the 7.2% ABV.

Aroma has a slight peat moss suggestion.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and husky malt. A middle of vanilla bean ice cream and cake. Some woody characteristics. Dry woody aftertaste.

Feel is frothy and smooth. Some lingering ash on the tongue.

Last swigs: A delicate scotch ale. Kinda flip flopped to me as being interesting and then just smokey. Cryptic L 1234 etching on the label. This beer just really didn't warm my curiosity to the point of being overwhelmed. A round beer with a hearty body and feel.

Beer is good. Happy Scotch Wee-Heavy bering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There's almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.

RedHaze, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep brown with red highlights. Not really any head to speak of, even in well-rinsed glassware. Earthy, heavy malt aroma backed by peat, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavour was sweet and malty with a low, herbal bitterness. Toffee was more pronounced than caramel, it finished quite malty yet not overly sweet. Very low carbonation, a bit dead, but the full body was velvety. What a big, complex malt bomb. Definitely an experience!

DrJay, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of flavor in here. Similar to a dopplebock, but more robust, caramelized, and heavy. Aromas bring out a serious molassas sweetness with a very slight grainy bitter quality. Some dark fruits like plumb, dates, raisons. Flavors are more intense than the aroma. Throw in brown sugar, caramel, and above all... malt. Subtleties of smoke, chocolate, and coffee accentuate the flavors. With a sypupy thick texture, this beer falls short of silky smooth because of the carbonation, light grain texture, and alcohol sensation (not drying). A bit cloying makes for slow sipping. Still the best Wee Heavy I've had.

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle.
Pours the color of iced coffee, with a thin tan head.
Aroma is malty, raisins, caramel, oak, Scotch.
Flavor is smokey, vanilla, molasses, scotch whiskey, some sugar with a healthy alcoholic kick. Seems a bit higher than it’s listed 7%. Don't think I could drink more than 1 of these in a sitting.

Padron4KM, Sep 18, 2005
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.