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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

911 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 115
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Winter
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of unknownlamer
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of rrwiltse
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, no doubt. $5.99 for an 11oz bottle good? Not at all.

Poured into a pint glass, amazing how the head nearly totally disappates! A nice reddish amber color, the aroma is malty with a touch of hops, caramely, one of the better touches I've seen mentioned (and its RIGHT ON) is a hint of butterscotch.
The taste--good, but just seems disappointing after spending that kind of money!!! I'd take a 750mL of Maudite any day over this! It IS smooth, malty, a nice bit of hop at the end. This would be a GREAT dinner beer.

Photo of Wonka
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml
7.2% alc. vol
Marked on back label: L 1

Appearance – two-finger thick, fluffy off-white head that peels back to just cover the body midway then dissapears; brown/red, slightly opaque body; lace isn’t impressive

Smell – big malts; dates, nut, wood, raisin

Taste – malts (dark fruit, molasses, nut) dominate but the hops never leave; aftertaste is perfectly tolerable

Mouthfeel – elegantly smooth light carbonation (5.0) with a bit of stickiness to close (erase 0.5)

Drinkability – smoothness is in the house

Wow. Now that’s special. Buy now.

Photo of klewis
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a cloudy reddish-brown. Almost no head, even with a hard pour.

S: Huge smell, I can smell it without holding it up to my nose. Notes of butterscotch, malt, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: Much different than its aroma... Not much going on here for me. There are some tannic flavors that are overpowering anything else that might be trying to sneak through.

M: Nice body and weight, but the carbonation is a little rough and may be detracting from the flavor..

D: Based on the other reviews, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle. I may try this one again hoping that this is the case, but if it's like this one, it's just not worth spending the money on.

Photo of fizzyfred
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft head that dissipates quickly. Nice and deep amber, mohagony color. Has a deep malt character and a beautiful aroma. The initial taste seems dry with a slight alcohol warming. Later, there is a delicious nutty, biscuit flavor that lingers. Nothing overpowering, but very complex. This beer has a smooth and deep body, but not too thick. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol, hops and carbonation. This is an amazing beer on its own, I can only imagine pairing it with a good meal.

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

I saw this at the local liquor store, and had recently tried some stronger scotch ales based upon the recommedation of the guy at my home-brew supply place. He commented on the strength and huge maltiness, as well as the sometimes smoky characteristics... anyway.

These bottles were $5.99 a piece. for 11 oz. Let me say, this is outrageous for this beer. The second bottle I had last night for the purposes of review. It poured it into an ale glass, dark black color, cold but not freezing and it warmed nicely as I drank it. There was an immediate feeling of light to medium body, without much complexity. There was a start, middle and finish typical of the style, with a small bitter/floral hop near the finish that makes you swallow a little hard. There was a hint of smokiness deep in there somewhere. There was little or no head to speak of, and almost a flat taste. It was slightly smoky and malty in the nose.

Here is where the beer failed and in my opinion made it less than "World Class." The alcohol is almost imperceptable, until the finish, when it burns the esophagus. It is almost as if the beer "seperated" somehow. I am not knocking this beer because I don't like strong beer, I would drink Rochefort 10 for breakfast if it didn't have 1100 calories. it is just a strange and bad experience, two times for me. The taste was pretty good and truly smooth though.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ron at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH for getting this and Jacobite per my request.

Saved this for a quiet Saturday evening. In a thistle glass, it had a warm, ruby glowing, deep caramel hue with a noticable carbination and a lively 1/2" head of mixed tan foam that faded quickly, yet laced beautifully on that first sip. Nose, while understated, was interesting. Dry, peaty, wisps of crackers, lightly sweet, malts (of course) and some light oak.

The understated quality of the nose was a hint of things to come. This is one well crafted, smooth, understated ale that is just beautiful - especially to a Scotch Ale afficianado. Its initially rich, yet not overbearing. Oak is present, but not overbearing, along with soft malts, a nice warming glow, hints of dried fruits and some mild peat. The tastes all compliment each other wonderfully, yet no one stands tall. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the finish - so clean and even, smooth on the throat, still warming as it fades, leaving a whisper of a scotch aftertaste.

While most beers have dominate tastes that yell, this one is so seemless, truly less is more. There are no sharp corners to this, all the tastes & experiences have rounded edges that flow seemlessly. It was an eye opening to a new type of beer construction. I highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy Scotch Ales or barreled spirits.

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

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in summer 2004, cellared for a year, and consumed in June 2005. Freshness notch on the label was 2004. Pours a thin layer of tan foam that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. The beer is cloudy and ruby-brown in color. Smells of alcohol, raisins and chocolate. The taste is thick malty, with some alcohol and a late sweet chocolate rising. The aftertaste is chocolate that then fades leaving a sweet malt left behind. Thick and bready. Caramel toffee is strong-almost to the point of having a twang. Warmed it has a woody quality and the raisiny/toffee flavor is sweeter and hangs around as a nice aftertaste. The alcohol is tamer and places a nice dry on the side tastebuds to temper the malt sweet. All around, a good beer. Thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. No lacing on the inside of the glass.

Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a dark brown colour with a hint of red . Had a small tan head which quickly disappeared and left a little ring round the top of the glass…

Aromas – sweet, malty, caramel, dates and some nuttiness.

Taste – quite sweet with a little bit of spiciness.. chocolate.. hints of caramel as well..

Mouthfeel – smooth and creamy.. not too heavy

Overall – another amazing beer from these guys. Very drinkable…

Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a copper-tan. Aroma was quite assertive, promising harsh alcohol and dense malt in a barleywine sort of way. Flavor was much, much more muted and mellow than the aroma suggested. Broad malt flavors with butterscotch, toffee and brown sugar swapping back and forth. A touch of dark fruit barely peeked through toward the end, with a bit of thinning out in the mouthfeel. Interesting, and unlike other Scottish ales in the complexity of the malt.

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

The only thing I don't quite understand how to take/do/rank is the appearance of smell of great beers that aren't stouts. Anyhow.

A medium to dark brown with slight yellow tones when put to the light. The head was minimal but held until the bottom, even though it was a bit sparse. Smelled a bit sweet but not too much there. The taste has great malts, solid sweetness, a bit of acid residue, a bit of smoke. Bloody smooth and very drinkable for a 7+. It was good enough to be a desert beer while not reminding you of a sweet tooth.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do believe wee heavies are becoming one of my favorite beer styles. Pours much darker brown than I thought with a centimeter deep head that receded to the edges of the glass. Light lacing around the sides too. Aroma is heavy on the malts. Flavor is hoppier than I thought too for an English brew. The malts provide a nice sweet base, but the hops provide a great balance. There are also tones of caramel and lots of dried fruits: figs, prunes and apples. Mouthfeel has a great full body. Only slightly carbonated. Has a nice syrupy feel to it. This is a great beer to sip with dinner or even better as an after dinner drink.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid brown color with a slight tinge of ruby. A small head falls to a fine ring over top. The nose is raisiney, peaty/slightly smokey, and some brown sugar sweetness. The flavor is nice and peaty and smokey with raisin dancing in the background. I like it. Very flavorful, but not offensive as others in the style have been to me. The feel is moderate, with a slight carbonation. Maybe a touch more thickness would help it. Overall, I really like the brew. The flavors are intense, but not offensive. The alcohol is not present at all in the nose or the flavor. Very solid.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.