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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

827 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 827
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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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

Bottle was given as an Xmas gift and consumed on Burns' Day. Served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Clear dark reddish chestnut capped by a small frothy tan head. Fades to a smallish film of bubbles that left "wee sneekit cowrin' timrous" amounts of lacings.

Smell: Intense and dark aromas of prunes, raisins, and molasses. Some smokey/peaty notes. Mild herby overtones.

Taste: Bittersweet dark malts, kinda caramelized, blended with herbacious hops. Grapefruit citrus hops on the finish. Would have like a bit more fruitiness and/or peat/smoke tastes.

Mouthfeel: Weakly medium bodied, slithgly watery. Light carbonation. Flaccid.

Drinkability: To quote the Scots Bard:
"Strong ale was ablution,
Small beer persecution,
A dram was memento mori;
But a full-flowing bowl
Was the saving his soul,
And port was celestial glory."

Traquair is neither ablution, persecution, or celestial glory. It's not quite memento mori either... not that earth-shattering. What we have is something in between all of these. It's good and worth a shot due to the sheer age of the brewery and presumably the basic recipe. Mad respek to the brewers for keeping this up. There's some strange shit going on in the Hibernia, man.. this is proof.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 03:40:43 | More by ManekiNeko
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with a lovely cream colored head that almost looked nitro-pushed. Stayed pretty, great head retention and lacing.

Smelled tart fruitiness as soon as I poured it. Oak, buttery toffee, port-wine, which became stronger as I drank.

Oak, cognac, port-wine, caramel, apples and prunes, smokey malt. Each drink seems to bring one of the aforementioned traits to the front of the palette, the others blending in an almost subliminal way. A bit sweet, hops and smokey grains helped with this.

I've tried quite a few beers aged in uncoated oak vessels, but Traquair House Ale has by far the strongest oak flavors and smells, which I found unrelenting by the time the beer was done. Amazing things going on, a juggling act of flavors, but not one I'll be back for any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 16:10:02 | More by Shultzerdugen
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

Interesting array of fruitiness that comes off as not just complex but intriguing.
Poured with a nice creamy firm one inch head. Amber of brown and reds. A rather dirty color. Somewhat clear.
Dessert like in its fruitiness (figs?), but not cloy or excessively sweet. Tickles the top of the tongue with a sweetness, then more of an overall fruitiness finishing with a mild dryness that is moderate in taste and length.
Appropriately flat and smooth. Moderately thick. Not very rich.
Good. Interesting. Enjoyable. Expensive.
Thanks to Todd (my brother-in-law) for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 02:38:05 | More by garymuchow
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Guinness4me

Florida

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

Muddy, red with hints of gold, this beer poured darker than I expected with a beige, welcoming head.

The smell was rich in peat with a musty, grape-like edge.

This beer started dry and smoky and hid the alcohol until a slight burn kicked in the back of my throat. Tastes like a slightly carbonated merlot?

Surprisingly smooth and pleasant on the tongue. I found it lightly carbonated which I feel brought out more of the malt flavor.

I could do some damage to this beer, but not before it did some serious damage to me at 7.20%.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 03:55:35 | More by Guinness4me
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Dukeofearl

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A handmade brew in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland; 7.2% ABV. (I read about this place in a travel book recently- I need to go there!). I recently tried the sister product, the Jacobite Ale, and really enjoyed it, so I came to this one with great anticipation.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with slight amber/ruby tint, and a thin but dense (small bubbles) off-white head. A beauty. Aroma is rich, with chocolate, molassas, and dark, heavy, brandied fruits. Very nice.

Flavor- this isn't as descriptive/objective as I would like, but my finest compliment to this beer is that it reminds me a lot of the flavor profile of Rochefort 10. Not that it tastes the same, but the wonderful fond feelings of richness and complexity are there. A little sharper, and with a greater spice profile than the Belgians. Is that coriander?

This is a heavy brew, and because of it the mouthfeel is almost too big and strong, and drinkability is lower on the scale.

Overall 9for me), a very good brew, but one to have occasionally only.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 05:30:53 | More by Dukeofearl
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Knuckles

Washington

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

This beer is truly magnificent. I don't know any other way to describe it.

The appearance is deceptive. The color of almost any other scotch ale, with a bit more insistent head than you might expect. 7.2% is nothing to sneeze at, but still a good 2% less than most wee heavy's I have at my disposal around here. All of them with a slightly darker appearance (perhaps the peated malts make the difference.

Smell: Oh my freakin' god, it's like I'm taking a bath in a whisky barrel. Good christ what a nose. This isn't a beer I smell, it's heaven.

Taste: Remarkably light. Served cold, the whisky character truly doesn't come out in the taste, but let that beauty warm and those incredible oakey flavors run wild with the malts across your tongue. Good god, it's like goddam "Misty of Chincoteague" with freakin' beer. Never did finish that goddam book. I'll finish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, cold it isn't that impressive. Once it warms however...yow. It's Salma Hayek's pants (if I could drink them).

Drinkability: I'm giving this a 4.5 as this is one badass muthaf**** of a 7.2% beer. I love it, but couldn't session the crap out of it like I can with beers like Fat Bastard (the closest comparison I can come up with). The nose on this, along with the complexity of flavors that arise once it warms to room temperature make this one imposing, and difficult to session, scotch ale. But jesus eatin' beans, it's an amazing beer (and the highest rating I've given yet).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 07:05:52 | More by Knuckles
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Shiredave

New York

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I first tried Traquair House Ale 10 years or so ago, it was by far the best beer I'd ever had. I've had hundreds of beers since, and pound for pound, flavor for flavor, it still may be the best.

Deep ruby brown color, crystal clear when back lit, lazy carbonation, very dense, tiny bubble head with remarkable retention and lacing. Visualy, a work of art.

Amazing aromas - soft and very unique resulting from the 200 year old Oak fermentation vessels. Leather and hay, toffee and wet wood, melon and hints of whisky all combine to make me want to plunge my nose deeper into the glass.

Velvety smooth up front flavors of caramel malts and scorched apples mix perfectly with chalky, mildly peppery hop flavors. Medium bodied and packed full of complex fruity / earthy flavors that you wont find in any other beer. Soft and refined while still being rich and bold.

Finish is long and pleasingly bitter with warming, smokey alcohol notes. Truly outstanding and unique, hand crafted Scotch Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 02:19:35 | More by Shiredave
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dgallina

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery chestnut with giant tan head which subsides quickly, but leaves a creamy film and good lace. Smells of caramel malts on a slightly smoky, hoppy, and spicy alcohol base. Starts with an initial bitter hop kick, develops dark rummy fruits balanced with sweet, toasted and smoky malts, and finishes with a bone dry flowery hop bitterness. Stupendously creamy and well-balanced in the mouth. Easy to drink, but quite heady. A superbly balanced and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 00:39:37 | More by dgallina
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HardTarget

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this baby up in Hawaii and hand carried it back to Texas.
Aroma: Light malt, peat, maple syrup, and smoke smells all blend into an inviting mix.
Appearance: Deep brown with clear edges. A thin collar of off-white graced the first pour, no head at all on the second.
Flavor: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Nowhere near that in the mouthfeel, but that is the main taste that I just couldn’t get past for a long time. As I struggled to find more, I experienced some of the malt/peat smoke and a bit of spice and alcohol tastes, and a mild hop finish, but the main flavor I experienced was: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Mouthfeel: Medium body that left a light coat that quickly faded to memory.
Overall Impression: Great Beer! The chocolate I so strongly tasted really fits into a great Scottish ale. I can see why this one is rated so highly.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 14:07:55 | More by HardTarget
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

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

Poured a rich brown with a red tinge and a thick white head that stuck around for awhile. The aroma was of rich sweet malt with a mineral quality to it. The taste has a very complex malt flavor that has hints of smoked malt mixed in with sweet carmelized grains and a touch of hop bitterness linger in the end with the smoke. The surprising effect of this beer is to have a sweet smoky malt flavor which masks the bitterness of the hops until the very end of the taste when the malt goes away to leave only the smoke and the hops. Finishes dry with a mild smooth carbontion that allows the flavor to be expressed very well. Nice to have once in awhile the high alcohol prevents one from having too many of these in a row. An excellent example of a historic brew which has survived the ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 05:55:28 | More by RenoZymurgist
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Headless pour... just a thin white ring around the collar, and zero carbonation. Still, what lace there is slides down the glass lethargically after a thinnish swirl. Beer is rosewood in color with bright, nearly cherry red highlights. First aromatic impressions suggest cocoa powder with a dry, mealy nosefeel. Date-like sweetness emerges to drag the nose into a bog of malt. Licorice liqueur whispers in the finish, which is clean and airy, if brief. And boy, does it taste good. Flavors of spoiled walnuts are balanced with the leafy bittersweetness of sasparilla; these presently merge with a forceful body of black pepper and moist tobacco. The last warm sips are quite whiskyish, as of peat and smoked cereal chaff. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with an uncarbonated yet tingly finish; slightly astringent. Hard to stop sipping, what with the light body and full flavor. This might go well with peanut brittle and cigarillos, but is probably best as a nightcap. Very relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 02:54:03 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Scottish brew, not quite as powerful taste wise as Belhaven's Wee Heavy. Very similar, but the maltiness is not quite so dominant. A bit more bitter than Wee Heavy.

It pours a deep, muddy brown with slighlty off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves lingering traces.

Sadly, yet another one my liquor board has decided to stop carrying. Hopefully it, and stuff from Belhaven will return next fall.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 17:27:38 | More by BDTyre
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Pours out a deep, dark ruby color with almost no head at first, but after it sits for a moment, it builds up to about a half a finger. Pleasantly fruity, malty aroma. Thick malt flavor, rather oaky, with rich fruity esters and a certain nutty breadness. Bitterness is moderately high but low hop flavor: emphasis is on other flavors. Tartness develops in the long finish. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

A complex and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 04:29:45 | More by allengarvin
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Rio

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, reddish brown color with a bit of head that disappeared before too long. A spicy hint to the aroma, rounded out with a nice, heavy sweetness.

Nice heavy malty base, fruity flavors, with a bit of a creamy sweetness I can't quite identify. A tiny bit of an alcohol flavor, but the alcohol is much more apparent in the warm feel, creamy and smoouth and with a bit of a hop bite to round it out.

Excellent, excellent brew. Great just to sit and sip, wonderful flavors, and leaves you very warm. Definitely worth the four and a half bucks for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 06:51:07 | More by Rio
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walleye

Michigan

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

from the bottle. poured a muddy amber with no head. aroma, like a port wine, malts, caramels, honey , black licorice with a hint of alcohol some smoke. flavor 1st sip did nothing 2nd sip I let it linger around in the mouth for a little while than the flavors came out. yum. sweet chocolate, honey, malts, port wine, caramel, a little bit of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 01:30:16 | More by walleye
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown with a white head - not a big one, but one that lasts throughout, leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, figs - just wonderful. I could smell it all night.

Taste: Very complex with malts predominating as you would expect. Everything well-balanced, from the chocolatey sweetness of the malt to the warmth of the alcohol. Long-lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Truly an exceptional Scottish Ale. Deserving of its accolades.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 01:59:06 | More by brentk56
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about the best brown I've ever seen. Its doesn't even attempt to be black, but it sure does a hell of a job being brown. Really perfect carbonation and head for the style. Just a tight off white cap of fuzz that just does enough to cover the liquid. The yeast is very floculant. Very clear beer for being bottle conditioned. Survived the car trip back earlier this afternoon with only a couple hours in fridge to settle out. I don't think the car ride phased it as the yeast was so firmly planted to the bottom of the bottle when I inspected it after pouring.

Really wild nose on this beer! Not sure how to describe it. Smells like spicy milk chocolate with just a touch of caramel in there.

Nice flavor. Very nice. Get some deep caramel flavors and some of that spicy chocolate that was in the nose. Not sure if this is brewed with chocolate malt or not, but it sure tastes like chocolate! Which is odd coming from such a caramel brown colored beer. Get some astringency in the finish, I might call it hop bitterness if I didn't know better. I mean, I bet there aren't a whole lot of hops that go in to this brew. Just a touch of astringency here under the tongue maybe from the chocolate malts or even just a toach of black patent or roast barley?

Mouthfeel is ok, but I could stand to have it beefed up a touch. I mean, this is a big tasting beer, might as well have a bigger mouthfeel to carry it.

Pretty freakin' drinkable if it weren't for the 4$ price tag for a single. Really goes down smooth for a 7%+ beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 01:25:11 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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soper2000

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sharp looking label, that's for sure. Pours with virtually no head save for a little white on the top that quickly retreats to the rings of my glass. The brew itself is a nice brown/deep copper color. Aroma is super strong. Rich malty notes fill the room. A bit of chocolate is noticable as well. The malt is very rich in this beer but it does not dominate. A little bit of spiciness adds a nice balance. There is also a little bit of smokiness present in the finish. Very rich and drinkable. Would be very nice after Thanksgiving dinner. I'll be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 01:51:04 | More by soper2000
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is the classiest beer in this style by far. The marriage of malt and hops with the smooth finish puts this in that top shelf beer club which lesser brews only aspire to. Belhaven Wee Heavy is a great beer but it lacks the refined complexity of this beer. It uses diplomacy rather than the club to bring its point across which is why it is a special beer to be savoured.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 05:24:49 | More by canucklehead
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent mahogany brown with a beige head and smooth slippery lace. Head retention is low. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with an earthy/roasty, yet astringent background. Taste is of malt, molasses and caramel with an astringent hop finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a smooth start and a tart biting roasty finish.

Notes: Lighter bodied than I expected. Smoothes and mellows as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:04:03 | More by SeanChouffe
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Hefe

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

9/1/04 - Poured into my McChouffe tulip from 11.2 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Toffeeish brown with a red cast. Head is off white and thin, fades to a wisp of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Deeply malty, with notes of prune, brown sugar, orange rind, molasses.

Taste: At first clean and toffeeish/malty but the beer is still cold. As it warms, the flavors gain complexity and dryness. An earthy groundwork is built upon by walnut, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dates, and caramalized sugar. The finish is refreshingly dry and slightly vinous.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a dichotomy on the tongue, it feels thick and rich although the carbonation is zippy enough that it seems thin. It's just right if you ask me.

Drinkability: I could live on a steady diet of this. Exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 00:57:33 | More by Hefe
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 330ml brown bottle, black foil around the neck. Best before date on the side of the front label is the end of Dec 2013--this screams to be cellared, that's a hell of a shelf-life. Pours out a deep clear ruddy walnut tone, a bit of beige foam on the head that subsides quickly. Alcohol immediately has a warming effect when inhaling the aroma, rich malts, brown sugar, molasses, dried dates. The combination of the flavour and the mouthfeel is what makes this truly a delight to drink. Alcohol is present immdediately upon the first sip as well, but has a soothing effect, not a bite. Rich caramel malts, chocolate, carob nut, some earthiness, but all so very smooth, along with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. This comes close to what Ambrosia must be like. It takes a while for the hops to make themself apparent, lightly herbal, a bit grassy, more spicy carob on the aftertaste. Incredibly smooth for the alcohol content, a masterful execution of the brewing arts. I would love to experience what this would be like after it's been aged a good 5 years or so. Humble gratitude is extended to stephenlouis for sending out a bottle of this for me to try, you have excellent taste sir!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 02:52:50 | More by IronDjinn
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque, dark brown colour...thin fine head leaving a bit of lace. aroma is strongly peatish....in fact it smells like a shot of tequila....very interesting. oh, the flavour of this beer! woody, smoky, burnt caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. delicious. in my haste to sample a few brews before my housemoving..i wish i would have saved this for a cool october afternoon in the country. this is a very earthy, malty and bittersweet ale that is bitter in the finish and longingly dry and smoky on the tongue. a taste treat...would be great with some roasted nuts and pumpkin seeds in the fall. a brew i will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 00:03:08 | More by budgood1
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red clear body with a three finger off-white head is quite attractive in my goblet. Despite having pre wetted the glassware there was excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma was sweetly fruity and a bit oxidized. The taste was vinous and peppery with definitely warming, liquor like, alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel was full bodied rich, but a bit rough around the edges. The hops were surprisingly strong for a Scotch Ale and dried the palette nicely. A good hearty offering from across the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 02:18:05 | More by rajendra82
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sitbooboosit

British Columbia (Canada)

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

a clean a clear reddish amber when poured. head settles nicely(it could be a bit thicker). Nice aroma, a little milder than expected, probably because i tried the jacobite ale first. it's an excellent scottish ale and perfect as a meal accompaniment. the flavour is strong but does not become overwhelming by the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 06:26:52 | More by sitbooboosit
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.