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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

829 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 99
Gots: 35 | 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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Reidrover

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well , well well ..Im just a daddy and i bought this among others to celebrate her arrival.
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great.
The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma.
Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice.
Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round.
Only modesty prevents me giving this beer the 5 , 5s..yes it would get excellent drinkablity..but who could afford to drink many?

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 20:36:44 | More by Reidrover
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StevieW

Florida

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

11.2 oz small brown bottle. Simple black and white label. No freshness dating on this one. Murky bown color. Dark. Creamy bubbly beige head settled to a very thin covering. Sweet malt and fig smells. Full, some molasses as well. No earthy peat or spiciness to be found.
Taste was smooth, lots of figs, and molasses sweetness. Hints of spices, but mostly toasted malt. Maybe a hint of toasted almonds as well. I don't know what figgy pudding tastes like, but I can imagine it's something like this. Plums and other roasted plums mixed in with sweet malt flavors really explode as the beer sits.
Higher carbonation and therefore a super bubbly feel. Much more than I expected. Lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles everywhere, created an almost fuzzy feel to it.
Medium to full bodied. Good going down. I would list it more toward the Dark Strong Ale end of this category.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 18:04:21 | More by StevieW
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importguy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one. Pours a nice tan colour with a very nice head. Should be drunk at room temperature to get a real sense of the flavour of this beer.

A nice malty/nutty flavour with a nice smooth dry finish. This ale is very drinkable with out that normally bitter finish that these types of beers have.

After I finished this one I wanted more.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 10:22:33 | More by importguy
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Beguiler

Ohio

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

This is an ale to be savored not devoured. If you keep this in the fridge make sure that you let warm up to the proper serving tempature. There you will find all of the subtle tastes come out, if not this will far from impress you. This is an ale that I like to end my tastings with because if I start the evening with it very few ales can follow it.
The color is wonderful dark amber shade with a nose that to me has an almost gingerbread smell (but that is just me). The only compliant that I can find with Traquair is that the bottle is to small. I would love to find it in 750 ml bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 15:19:22 | More by Beguiler
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fattyre

Georgia

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

This beer pours a clear dark brownish red color with a thick clingy tan head and a firm mouthfee. The smell is roasted malt with a slight grassiness. The taste is clean, nutty malt, with a slight herbal quality and pleasant warming alcohol. Overall a rich malty ale with a clean, rather dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:22:44 | More by fattyre
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Indian brown/dark amber in color. A small but thick off-white head forms and leaves a nice lace, but no lacing down the glass. Raisins and dark fruits as well as some alcohol are in the strong aroma. It's a smooth, medium-bodied brew with low carbonation. The aroma translates to the flavors, very amazing with just the right balance and touch of alcohol. It's definitely a sipper. As it warms, prepare for a little more alcohol character and a pleasant toasty touch, as well as more pronounced raisin/dark fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 13:17:26 | More by AudioGilz
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yen157

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head was tiny, but it was sticky and the color of old lace. The beer itself had the color of real maple syrup. Very nice malt aroma with occasional jabs of alcohol and some fruit. Rich toasted malt flavor and a surprising bitterness that started out very mild but built to quite noticeable levels by the end of the glass. Some chocolate milk was tasted somewhere along the way. Pleasant, soft mouth feel.

Unfortunately this was my second beer at the sitting, the first was Westy 12. I’m going to have to come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 08:15:22 | More by yen157
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer brewed in a castle. A nice start is the pour.A deep dark brown beer with a perfect 1 inch tan head. The aroma is a stand-out, a very complex mixture of ripe fruit,tobacco with a hint of smoke,chocolate,molasses,vanilla,brown sugar and various spices. This is a medium bodied beer but not as complex tasting as the aroma. It starts malt sweet with a little orange peel with a nice dry hop bitterness and smoke in the finish. The finish is drier and shorter than I remember from past bottles, this one may be a bit oxidized.I'll have to try another one to see, boo hoo me! A very nice scottish strong ale and another bottle may give it a better score.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 14:21:46 | More by jeffboo
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jreitman

California

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a lot more from this beer, but was somewhat dissapointed. Little to no head and a hazy cherry in appearance. Aromas were mostly that of sweet fruit. Very caramelly in flavor with some good fruitiness as well, but overall everything just seemed to blur together. Alcohol was evident, but not over the top... still had to drink pretty slowly.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 16:00:19 | More by jreitman
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marburg

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to no head atop this dark chesnut/copper brew. It was consumed a little below room temp, and a distinct mix of piney earth and alcohol aromas was present. Tasted of dry earth and alcoholic carmel-ish flavors. Malt sweetness. Just the tiniest bit bitter at the end. Well-balanced. Nothing that stands out in my mind as "one of the greats" but it's certainly a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 18:11:48 | More by marburg
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark brownish-red Ale with a thick, clingy, tan head. The smell is malty and sweet reminiscent of butterscotch,as well as, herbal. The taste is earthy, reminding me of peat, along with a roastedess, nuttiness, and slight bitter finish. As it warms (some) the taste of the alcohol becomes more prominent. The body is firm in my mouth. A surprising taste and quite drinkable.

"A handmade Ale brewed in the ancient Brew House of the oldest inhabited house in Scotland."

(source: Paradise Alley; Jacksonville, FL)

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 19:54:11 | More by Bunnyhop
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zerk

California

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut, with a thin but very persistent head that leaves very little lace. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, with some caramel and fruity alcohol notes. Flavor is very heavy on caramel malt, with some chocolate, alcohol, and just a touch of an herbal finish, could be a little bit more balanced for my tastes. Has a smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body. A solid strong ale, but just misses the mark (balance) required to be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 17:38:54 | More by zerk
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

This beer makes me think of "Old Peculier", in a way. Dark, a lttle dry, with chocolate overtones. Poured with a medium sized head, disappeared soon after. Very little lace. The alcohol strength is not noticed at all in the flavor. Warming, pleasant, and flavorful. Kind of a unique, and maybe old- fashioned type of beer. A pleasant change of pace, definitely one to try!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 22:12:24 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this from an 11.2 oz bottle.
The beer poured to give an amber liquid with a trace of white foam. The aroma was mild malt. The taste was dry, with hops the dominant flavor, though not very strong. The mouthfeel was thin, with low carbonation. The finish was thin (hops). The drinkability was OK. I wasn't very impressed with this beer. Perhaps I should give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 21:25:50 | More by UncleJimbo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep scarlet red color. No head or collar. No carbonation is evident. Rum, oak notes, alcohol, dark fruits like plum and cherry and some dry notes are perceived on the nose. This is one of the beers that I can tell I'm really going to like just from the nose. The flavors are subdued, mellow and very nice. Rum soaked raisins, cedar, chocolate covered cherries, bread pudding, plum and fruit cake all seem to dance on my palate here and there. From that description, this would make for a fine X-mas brew. I can't wait to try the Jacobite I've got in the fridge. Mouthfeel is slick and uncarbonated. Body is medium. Drinkability exceptional. Spendy brew, but worth it once a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 20:31:55 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Into the glass it goes a beer that is deep garnet in color with an unobjectionable head, sufficing lace to coat the glass. Nose that of a fine brandy, with malts and a touch of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, the top middling in mouth feel. The finish is fundamental in its carbonation, germane in its hops with a droughty aftertaste, quite a drinkable beer, and a pleasure to "Whiff" such a nose.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 10:53:44 | More by Gusler
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown in color with a 1/8 " white head. Very complex and rich flavor. I detect roasted flavors with caramel and butterscotch. Sweet with a bit of bitterness. I taste some oak and sherry flavors too, the alcohol has a warming effect. Beer for sipping. You could spend a lot of time thinking of the flavors present. The bottom of the glass comes too soon to fully appreciate everything going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 18:10:30 | More by mjohn27603
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the greatest fortune and privilege to drink this beer from the Cask once at a UK Beer Festival. Even at 7.2% ABV, it was the first beer to sell out. Perhaps it was the uniqueness of being in Cask format, but I like to think it was because this is a bloody superb strong beer that is in 100% sheer perfect balance.
Pours with a deep brown colour, little head that soon retreats and clings to the glass edge with meniscus-like fervor. Huge Nose – wow, I could be here all day describing the aromas. Very rich, malty, chocolaty, berries, dried fruits, orange zest, light sherry and oak, and all of these are discernable in the taste, yet it has a surprisingly lightish mouth feel. Complex tastes that are very well assembled and by no means “jumbly”, but perfectly organised. It is a very accomplished, super smooth (and I don’t mean Nitro!!), very drinkable beer that belies its strength.
I prefer this to the Jacobite to be honest; it just has that bit more, Package-wise.
Another, Superb, World-Class, Scottish Strong Ale from Traquair House.
Slainte-va!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 14:13:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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putnam

Michigan

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

Alright, I'm really going to try to retire this year and move to the Traquair house. It is beer paradise. This is a clinic in balance. I had this fear of Scotch Ales that was based on some experiences with some overly sweet, alcoholic versions. This is like a great Burgundy wine, expressive of the place from which it emerged and where it was aged. Stony with notes of overripe cherries, strawberries, caramel, coffee, baked pear, chocolate-orange sauce, linden leaf, and dune grass. Do not miss this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 12:29:01 | More by putnam
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hyuga

North Carolina

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

Dark, mysterious, and rich looking. Reddish brown color that's hard to notice without close inspection. Pours a small head that settles quickly, but leaves enough behind for satisfaction. Rich, roasted aroma of malty sweetness. Very earthy. With a taste, the first of the many flavors that hit me is a roasted coffee-like flavor. Then butterscotch sweetness rolls around. Mostly malty, very rich, earthy, and chewy. Just a slight hop bitterness that makes it perfectly rounded. Very complex flavors here. You can definitely see, smell, and taste the work that went into this fine ale. All of it just says "handcrafted". Absolutely top-notch, and worth every penny of the steep price in my opinion. Unfortunately, the price also makes it just an occasional treat for me, but it's definitely worth the wait to savor another.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 02:04:17 | More by hyuga
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mzwolinski

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is really terrific. The first thing the nose picks up is the noticeable aroma of alchohol, but this is quickly overpowered by a rich fruity smell -- first struck me as cherries, but BeerAdvocte's description of "fig" seems right on the money -- smells just like Fig Newtons!

The head is very thin, and disappears almost immediately, leaving only a thin lace around the edge of the glass. Attractive ruby color against backlight.

The beer is, as others have noted, very very smooth. Malt dominates, with fruity notes (perhaps a hint of pear?), and a roasty, slightly chocolately finish.

The only major complaint I have about this beer is that its mouth seems a bit thin for the style. Beer is extremely drinkable as it is, but a bit more body would have made it truly decadent.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 17:29:34 | More by mzwolinski
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marc77

California

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

The deep garnet hued, lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that quickly settles into a thin layer that coats the rim of the glass. Deeply malty sweet toffee, heavily caramelized sugar, a touch of fruity prune along w/ a hint of roasted barley sharpness in aroma. As the beer warms, unexpected mild but pleasant heaty fusels eek their way into the aroma. Although sweet due to the appropriately low hop bitterness, smooth roasted barley bitterness, light chocolate, and dark crystal malt provide a rich & enjoyable malt profile. Medium bodied w/ a smooth and dextinous mouthfeel. Finishes clean, pleasantly sweet, lightly roasty, w/ a bit of alcohol warmth. Simply put, Traquair House Ale is a balanced, flavorful and very drinkable brew. More than 11.2 ounces would've been appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 18:19:29 | More by marc77
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown in color; very small head, even from a hard pour. I liked the nose. Picked up alcohol and a pleasing raisiny/pruny aroma. Mouthfeel - smooth over the tongue, but perhaps a thin body. Nice flavors of dark fruit mingling with alcohol. Not as rich as I expected from the aroma, though. This would be real(!) good with more body and pronounced flavors.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

157

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 17:53:52 | More by Bierman9
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stoutman

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew has an oaky earthiness to balance its dark-malt nuttiness. Best served with game in a thistle.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 17:37:43 | More by stoutman
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

A dark, malty excellent ale. Low carbonation. Why is anything thing this good so expensive - $6.39 for 330ml. Very smooth, easy to drink but it is a sipper with the high ABV, anyway you want it to last more than a few minutes. Bought in Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 20:48:47 | More by jdhilt
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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