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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

903 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 115
Gots: 53 | 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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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.

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

The tan to brown head over a red/brown body presents a very solid look.

The aroma is sweet, of dark fruits.
The taste is woody and well rounded, with malt and hops in the back. Finish is gently warming.

This is an excellent savory sipping ale- perhaps best in winter but great on a cool summer night, as well.

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

Deep crimson-dark bronze with orange accents at the periphery; a truly stunning color when run through with sunlight. The cap is small in size and pale brown sugar in color. It doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, but the rest more than makes up for it. This beer isn't a stunner, but it's definitely a looker.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. My only (admittedly minor) complaint is that it could be a tad more complex. I smell heavily toasted dark malt, along with more than a little dark fruitiness. I expect some smoke and/or peat with my Scotch ales, but don't pick up any here.

Traquair House Ale tastes remarkably like it smells... 'cept better. There's a more than solid malt undercarriage that provides flavors of dark butterscotch, treacle and even cocoa. As in the nose, dark fruits are front and center, with sticky dates, dried figs and raisins leading the way. There's now a wee bit of smoke and a pinch of peat that limns this portrait of a classic wee heavy.

I can also appreciate just a whisper of well-integrated alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least. Port wine notes weave in and out; or at least they would be port wine-like if they were more concentrated and more forceful. The mouthfeel is in the upper ranges of medium with a light (just right) degree of mouthcoating. That ever so slight syrupiness promotes appreciation of the deep flavor profile long after the swallow.

Traquair House Ale is the second best wee heavy (Belhaven) to ever cross my lips. I love this style and I wish more breweries would dedicate themselves to making just such a rich, complex, traditional Scotch ale as the one I just consumed. If you love this style as well, this one should be on your short list of 'must tries'.

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/14/05- Purchased at a wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker red in color, maybe a dark cherrywood color. 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Mainly of sweet malts and various spices.

Taste- Malt, hops, spices, fruits all blend together pretty nicely. Maybe even an oak background. Mostly a sweeter caramel flavor with some prune or plum tastes.

Mouthfeel- Maybe a tad watery on the finish, but a nice sweet flavor on the back of the tongue. Fairly thick. Low carbonation.

Drinkability- A very good brew, but a costly one. Not sure it warrants $5.50 for 11oz, but maybe for a treat, pick one up. You won't be tricked.

Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark shoe leather brown with a small light tan head. Nose is made up of peaty, caramelly, brown sugar malts, hints of smoke, oak, sherry, and some whiskeyish alcohol. Very nice. Taste starts off with toasted caramely malts. Oak and peat moss come on as I detect a slight whiskey burn. Traces of vanilla, smoke, and grapes before a malty, yet slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with a little too much carbonation. A very good beer, but not my favorite Scotch Ale. In fact, I liked the Jacobite more.

Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark brown with a sturdy small beige head. Smell is malty and then a little more malty. Taste is bubbly malts with some slight bitterness. Finish is not as mellow sweet as I was anticipating. Mouthfeel was somewhat less than full, and dissapointing considering the beer's reputation. Of course, even with the slight bitterness this beer is wonderfully smooth. It was delicious. I'll have it again.

Photo of Gaisgeil
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"O in the sweetest plums there's stanes,
And in the fairest beef there's banes
Rum turns ye rude, wine makes ye pale,
There's life and love and soul in ale:
Gude ale's the medicine oft spae'd of,
The very stuff that life is made of,
Dropt in a receipt from the moon,
To haud men's sinking hearts aboon."
- Robert Burns, beloved Scottish Bard. 1795.

I've been saving this ale to put me over the 100 karma mark, just the ale to do it!

This is honestly the best beer I have ever partaken of. Combined with my affinity for Scotch and complete adoration of beer, not to mention my natural propensity for anything of my land of ancestry, Scotland, all in all I would drink this every day if I had the means. So naturally I of course have a natural inclination toward really liking this beer as a result. I was quite aware of my "slight" bias in reviewing this one with my background. But in then end, with lots of thought and honest effort toward being fair and unfettered I really do love this beer as it stands alone, on it's own merit. It truly is a work of art in my book and I'm totally convinced even if blindfolded this beer would hit my beer nerves perfectly every time, sip after sip. It being Scottish is simply the icing on the cake. Truthfully, I never saw myself giving any brew all 5's, but I can't help myself, there isn't a thing I don't love about this one.

This beer pours a deep brown, with red highlights, chestnut in color, just a tad cloudy with just a bit of carbonation apparent, quite unlike many Scotch ales which tend to be much darker in color. A creamy and perfect slightly off white head accompanied with great retention, lots of lacing along the way. Nose is dark and almost musky, slight hint of smoke, reminds me of a library for some reason, old leather armchairs, fireplace, natural bound texts. Taste is wonderful, following the nose of course but with even more layers, reminded me slightly of Scotch whisky as one might expect, a bit smokey. The oak is definatly strong and present. Quite malty, only enough mild hops to balance the whole affair out perfectly. Stewed fruit, plums, maybe a little fig, a very slighty peaty nuance and a bit of vanilla. Notes of sherry are apparent toward the finish with a detectable, but not overpowering alcohol character. I also detect a slightly herbal tone as well, almost tea-like. Finish isn't overly dry, just a tad bit so. Mouthfeel is medium, but coats the palate quite well. Definatly best served slightly under room temperature, otherwise you are missing out on a lot of the complexity.

This is a gorgeous product and I was pretty sure I would adore it as much as I love the Jacobite but as it turned out I love this one even more. This brew is like the heir to the throne, while the Jacobite is more of the rebel younger brother. I will be bringing lots of this home with me during my future trip near Edinburgh. This truly leaves me a happy man.

Slàinte maith, h-uile latha, na chi 'snach fhaic! Gun cuireadh do chupa thairis le slàinte agus sonas!

Photo of cypressbob
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a deep browny burgandy body, off white head almost tan, good retention, very creamy head

Smell, estery malt, sweet vanilla. Some hint of chocolate covered dried fruit

Taste, thick creamy malt mouthfeel, some chocolaty bitterness. This would pair really well with a nice dark chocolate. Not an overly heavy body

Fantastic, pricey (£2.50 a bottle) but well worth the money. Would work great as an after dinner beer, or with a chocolate dessert

Photo of horndecker
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is tobacco-stained walnut, clear and intense, with a foamy latte of a head yielding mucho lace.
The nose is chocolate, pepper, leather, figs ; a hint of canteloupe (!?), and cabbage. Complex and fabulous.
The flavors are predominant malt, roasted and slightly bitter up front, along with unsweetened cocoa, and a hint of something woody and nutty.
The mouthfeel is very creamy, perhaps slightly oily, with a warming alcohol prescence.
A wonderful beer.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.