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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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JBushEsq

Pennsylvania

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

Perhaps one of the easiest beers I have ever had to drink - just an incredibly pleasant beer.

A: A nice dark red/brown that fades to tan at the edges.

S: Really subdued actually - the beer looks like it should really overpower, yet it doesn't. It has a nice malty sweetness.

T: Once again, it looks like it should be a real monster - yet the taste is just perfectly balanced - malty and a little sweet, with a bit of bitterness to it - yet none of this hits you over the head. Its not watery by any means, I could easily drink this all day in lieu of.

M: Not much carbonation to it, nor does it really need it

D: I could drink this all day - just perfectly balanced, not too strong, yet it has a ton of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:23:28 | More by JBushEsq
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CaptainStubing

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1st, let me say that I was introduced to Wee Heavies with McEwan's Scotch Ale. To me, that will always be the target to aim for. Others may feel that is not the best example of the Ale to base one's opinion on, but apologies - it's how I was raised.

But this Traquair House Ale... wow! what a superb example of what a Wee Heavy SHOULD be. As Nacho Libre would say, "Let us get down to the neety greety" -

A - Beautiful coloring. Perfect shade of caramel - as dark as the bottle itself. When gently poured into a tulip it produced a rather large head - 3 fingers in height - and soft, compact foam. Dissipated quickly enough to not cause my wife (who can't stand it) not to enjoy a sip.

S - THIS is what a Wee Heavy should smell like. Gentle herbal notes, not overpowering. So gentle in fact, one might have to put their proboscis well into the glass - but it is worth the gamble.

T - Very soft. Sweet, but not sickeningly. Gentle carbonation. Slightly peaty aftertaste.

M - Light enough that it doesn't feel like cough syrup, but thick enough that it doesn't feel like an Anheuser-Busch product.

O - Just the slightest ding in my rating that has nothing to do with the beer itself - the price. At nearly $8, this isn't something I can buy often enough. But as far as the beer, if you enjoy a good Wee Heavy, this is a wonderfully delicious example.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:50:35 | More by CaptainStubing
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Cervezaconcalor

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Beautiful dark color with a finger high head that leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet scotch with cocoa, oak and dark fruit.

T - The dark fruit nose is the first flavor you get followed by a slightly creamy caramel, toffee and cocoa flavor with a slight bitter alcohol finish.

M - Medium and creamy in the mouth.

O - World class beer that should age well or drink great fresh. Like great food it is not overly complex with to many competing flavors but the couple of flavors that are present are just right and that is what makes it the great beer it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:14:45 | More by Cervezaconcalor
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2001 23:38:21 | More by Jason
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Realale

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous mahogany-tinged deep brown. Lovely extremely fine beige cap leaves nice lacing.

Incredible nose of rich cakey treacley malt. Soaring whisky-like notes and some dried fruits cherry, prune, raisins, and a touch of citrus. Simply stunning.

Lighter in the mouth than the nose would lead one to expect, but still rich doughy malt aplenty. Lots of dark treacle notes as well. Touch of ruminess, but no alcohol apparent. Finish is long and malty and the only place hops are really evident, and then only as a balance to the malt.

Very soft bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Carbonation level is enough to keep it from being cloying, and actually manages to make it almost refreshing. A classic for good reason. Incredibly drinkable for what it is. Great stuff. Glad to have this old favorite for my 200th review.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 19:52:28 | More by Realale
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear yet murky brown. Light tan head with moderate retention and nice lacing.

smell; molasses and rum soaked, dried dates. Some bready malts and oak tannins...prunes, raisins, figs and sweet alcohol.

taste; woody with a clean, warm bitterness, this makes up the main backbone of flavor. Sweet dried dates with nutty malts run with the main flavor. Very warm, alcoholic burnt molasses, from start to finish. Bitterness of oak and light spruce needles hang in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; perfect medium body with a warm, fizzy alcohol burn. Very clean and smooth with a slick swallow. Heavy in the stomach but refreshing.

drinkability; very tasty but the alcohol is no joke, quite warm but not overly hidden. The aftertaste is a little rough around the edges. This is a drinkable beer but I would sip it, snuggled by a fire.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:39:35 | More by Sachsenfreude
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dsoft

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly found this at a local liqour store 5 min. from my house. wonderful caramel flavor along with deft sweetness. can tell alcohol is present, but balances the before mentioned flavors excellently. On my way back to the store for a few more....delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 04:56:43 | More by dsoft
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a tulip from the chilled 11.2oz bottle.

A - A translucent deep walnut shade w/ garnet hue at the base as light passes through. 2 fingers of rocky ecru top the ale and lace collects on the glass.

S - Tons of toffee w/ nutty and fruity malt odors dominating. A gentle vanilla and mild peat touch of aromatic bark, light fragrance of yeast w/ gentle spice notes. The scent of toasted caramel is there mild butterscotch odors

M - A mild sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation and subtle spiced toasted texture. A mellow alcohol element is evident in the finish

T - A great flavor of malt w/ woody and cocoa notes w/ mild butterscotch, vanilla bean tinges. The malt flavor is smooth w/ a hint of coffee and sweet caramel. The toffee-like flavor is accented by a mild pine and cinnamon element. The taste has cocoa notes and is balanced by the flavor of alcohol which makes the sweetness less than cloying.

D - This has to be the most drinkable Scotch ale IMO, a beer that is smooth for its strength and calls for repeated tastes, would pair well with many desserts like creme brulee for example

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 22:26:44 | More by Slatetank
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beutiful deep russett with a nice thick tan head, shows ruby highlights when held to the light and head keeps working throughout. A fantastic nose starting with alcohol, but softening to a great earthy nose. Woody with hints of figs and caramel. The flavor is the same way; soft malty sweetness, rolling into hop bitterness with slight alcohol afterbite. It rolls softly across the tongue leaving one ready for more. This is the Stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:51:16 | More by templar316
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pkalix

California

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. beautiful dark ruby, garnet with little lacing, but toffee smell. one of my all time favorites and after the chimay blue and duvel, it brings an awesome balance to my tatsebuds. the website says it's a 'winter ale' but it tastes great in the summer warm. a good scotch on the side almost sounds very complimentary... i'm a happy man tonight!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:55:28 | More by pkalix
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

11.2 brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Poured a mirky mahogany color with some deep ruby red highlights with a small creamy light tan head and some sparsely tiny bubbles slowly rising.

Pleasing dark fruit aromas mostly of dates and figs,earthy spicyness with smokey peat Very inviting aroma,complex and delicate.

Very smooth and complex taste all the ingredents are blended very well,no standouts and very well balanced taste. Dark fruit,lots of earthyness with subtle maltiness has a nice touch of tartness with gentle hints of smoke.Complex tastes of malt and dark fruit and a slight tangyness with no taste of alcohol at 7.2 make this beer extremely quaffable. Has a nice creamyness making for a light mouthfeel. Could drink this beer all night if i could afford it the steep price tag over a $100 a case knock the drinkability down a half notch for me. Excellent brew, must try beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:27:51 | More by jcdiflorio
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-18-2013 00:55:36 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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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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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

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

I can't believe I've been passing over this beer for so long at my local Wegmans!

Pours a deep, and I mean deep, mahogany. Bordering on violet. Retains a HUGE, fluffy off-white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Already a beautiful beer.

Nose: First off is dark fruits. Really don't expect this off of a scotch ale but I'm ready to roll with whatever this beer will throw me.

To taste this beer is to taste the pinnacle of complexities of beer. There is so much going on but so much that works in perfect harmony. The subtle malt profile plays nicely with the mild fruit flavors resulting in an absolutely beautiful dance of flavors.

I will be going back to my store tomorrow and buying them out of this. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:07:18 | More by hippityhops85
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-13-2012 01:04:21 | More by JoshuaGoins
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daythree16

Tennessee

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

Poured into a snifter. Medium brown in color with a small head that fades quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.

Scent of raisins, figs, and malty caramel goodness. The taste is very malty and sweet, but not too much, and there some earthy yeasty tones as well. There is also a bit of a bitter finish to the beer. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

Medium bodied with a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste. Love, love, love the malty, sweet, earthiness of this one. It may be my new favorite Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 05:11:31 | More by daythree16
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Bucknak3d

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-27-2014 14:13:26 | More by Bucknak3d
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-29-2014 13:16:01 | More by JimmyAloysius
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Timmy13T

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-24-2013 17:17:44 | More by Timmy13T
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lightfool

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-03-2013 01:19:39 | More by lightfool
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Twotonsandwich


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-19-2014 15:38:18 | More by Twotonsandwich
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-31-2013 13:56:10 | More by paulys55
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BrewQuest

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-18-2012 01:07:59 | More by BrewQuest
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-24-2014 02:07:53 | More by ujsplace
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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