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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%

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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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After years of passing this one over because of the 5.99 price for 12 ounces, and I mean YEARS, I finally gave it a go.

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma: Malty and some figs.

Taste: The taste is smooth with abundant malts, some dark fruits, then figs and oak in the aftertaste with just a hint of spice. The 7.2 is well hidden under the complex flavors.

Overall: This is an exceptional ale. Another great offering from Scotland, which in my opinion, has great beers for such a small country. This is a smooth but complex ale to be sipped and savored any time of year. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 17:50:36 | More by dahlen22
Photo of MJR


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark garnet with as much clarity as you can get with this dark of a red. A light tan head starts at around a finger thick and quickly shrinks to a small cap. Great lacing on my thistle-shaped glass.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of sweet fruits, toffee, dark chocolate, and Christmas figgy pudding. A touch of smoke hides just under the surface. There's a bit of spiciness in there too.

Taste: Spicy and sweet with a nice undercurrent of alcohol warmth. There's lots of rich chocolate, along with a nice dose of dark fruits. That figgy pudding note that appeared in the smell is here in spades. A touch of roasted malt. Smoke floats under the other flavors, revealing itself here and there... Finishes with a warming alcohol touch, as well as a hint of bitterness, probably from the grain, rather than the hops used. Very rich and complex...

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a thick, round mouthfeel. There's a solid alcohol feel that's there the entire time, and it makes the finish a bit dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable for it's strength...while it's good now, I can't wait for winter to come again so I can enjoy this one by a roaring fireplace, while laughing at the bitter cold outside.

While it seems a bit pricey at almost $5 for a small bottle, it's well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 14:21:23 | More by MJR
Photo of fizzyfred


4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:32:19 | More by fizzyfred
Photo of Wonka


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 18:49:16 | More by Wonka
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Alberta (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a deep chocolate brown with a touch of red hue when light is behind it. The head is white and quickly disperses into a ring around the top of the beer.

Smell – First thing that hit my nose was scotch…a good start in my books. This was followed by toffee, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, touches of roasted malt, and an almost earthy sensation. This beer seems to be full of dark sweet malts and smells absolutely amazing.

Taste – Tastes just like it smells. Unlike many I’ve had the smell did not advertise something that wasn’t quite there. Amazing scotch flavor with that sweet toffee malt kick in this one. Alcohol is very present as well with a subtle raisin flavor. Just plain great.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is low as I like it and the consistency is super heavy. It’s very viscous which I find pleasureable.

Drinkability – Rock solid drinkability here. I can sip at this beer easily although more than one might be a little much.

This beer is top notch. Traquair House has really reinforced my liking for the Scotch Ale making it among my favorite styles. Truly a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 19:29:01 | More by Orrshow
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a pillowy off white two finger head. Nice amount of lacing is left behind. Has the look of a "hearty" brew.

Smell: Some light oakyness, maybe some smoke. Spicy and peaty with some layered malts. Also some powdered sugar and possibly violets.

Taste: This enigma is complex. Such a large succession of layers and flavors. This will be very challenging to describe but ill do my best. Oak and smoke are up front with a small amount of spicy pepper-like acidity. A chain of about three to four different malt flavors stacked one on top of the other present themself in the middle along with some smoked peat. In the back I am getting soft and fluffy suggestions of maple syrup, powdered sugar, coffee and alcohol. Has a subtle, tart root-like component to its flavor as well. Absolutley amazing and astonishingly complex.

Mouthfeel: This beer is soo very soft and gentle. The carbonation that is present turns into this very light manifestation of cream as you drink and vanishes all together when you swallow. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This may be my new favorite beer. Utterly delicious and easy to drink. The 7.2% abv does not get in the way at all. The finest Scotch ale that has ever graced my lips. The people at Traquair are true artisans and if it wasn't so expensive I would treat myself to this one regularly.


Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:00:20 | More by cheers2beers
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year in the cellar.

Poured into a snifter, a beautiful, dark brew with some copper highlights, topped by a creamy, fluffy brown head with some retention and lacing. When held against hte light, it is just beautiful.

Toasted malts, toffee, choclate, fruits, even lightly smoked.
Minimally carbonated, landing a smooth, silky texture that feels great on the tongue.
Malted, fruity, sweetish but not excessively sweet. The same toffee, chocolate, lightly smoked flavors, vinous at times. Delicious.
Increadibly easy to drink, a remarkable brew bordering the exceptional. Not a session beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:08:10 | More by brdc
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I havent had this beer since I was in Scotland two years ago. I actually picked this beer up in Amsterdam last Summer.

Poured into a snifter to reveal a glorious cream head over the top of a blackish brown body. Very nice looking, but lacking in lace.

Sweet malt with a huge aroma of cream. Rich and smooth.

What else do you need in a wee heavy. Huge malt, touch of alcohol, and a slightly bitter finish.

I love this beer. A fine example of a great style.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:38:15 | More by IPAcraig
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown and boggy in the glass, a hard pour yielding a bubbly mass that leaves some hideouts of patchy bubbles and a nice filmy surface rendering a decent spotting of lace.

Aroma is rich and delicious. Intoxicating notes of malt, berries, peat, and caramel. Not too strong, but absolutely what I want out of a scotch ale.

Taste follows with strength and an amazing display of flavor for the style. I've had other scotch ales that were great, but this one is entirely a benchmark, true to form. Full grains with a delicate sweetness of faint berry and sweetened wet grains. A good dose of earthiness renders a slaty mineral quality and more sweet caramel and fertile soil, maybe even the quintessential scottish peat. Dark, firm and round, nostalgia aside, this beer is everything I imagine a scottish ale to embody.

Smooth and medium in body, though stiff and formidable all the same. Drinks well. Not your every day go-to beer for diving into, but this may well be one of my all-time favorite beers, especially for its representation of one of my fondest styles. Lacking little, overdone in nothing, nearly perfect for style by sweetness, balance, malt, and depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 18:32:39 | More by lightindarkness
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an adult's drink. It isn't some indulged adolescent Triple Imperial 360 Minute IPA repeatedly kicking you in the head for your attention.
Sadly,Traquair House Ale is often misunderstood by an impatient, unfocused and witless palate which misses its compexity and subtlety. Best to sample it over the long haul after multiple tastings before boking out any rash judgements and making an arse of yourself.

Restrained yet rich, deep brown and earthy with hints of caramel and wood all combine to make a seemless beer worthy of contemplation. Nothing else survives today which so denonstrates Sandy Hunter's capacity, vision and genius.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 17:53:02 | More by Zimbo
Photo of Rio


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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South Carolina

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

Upon decanting, this majestic ale sits in the snifter a shimmering chestnut color, with cherry red highlights. It is incredibly clear. One sense thus blown away, we have four to go.

The nose of this beer is simply out of control. Sweet and sour elements play off one another. The nose seems to share similarities with the "Noble Rot" of a fine Sauternes wine. In another context I might find this sickly sweetness off-putting, but in the Traquair House Ale it is downright captivating. Later in the experience, dark malt and alcohol enter into the picture. Second sense has been wowed.

The palate opens up sweet and fruity, showing dark fruits along with caramel and lightly toasted malt. There is a flash of tartness before bitterness and a touch of roast mingle on the finish. The substantial (though certainly not overpowering) alcohol presence establishes itself in that familiar gut-warming fashion. Three down, two to go.

For all its complexities Traquair House Ale seems to glide right down the throat, leaving enough in the slow fade of the finish to keep you pleased until you take your next sip. It thrills the mouth in the way that such fine, regal beers are wont to do. Four.

Traquair House Ale is a big time winner. It engages, challenges, evolves, and rewards. So what does it sound like? Well by my ear it sounds kind of like the ocean, but that could have just been the snifter... Oh well, four out of five ain't bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 00:58:08 | More by VoodooBrew
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - dark red with a thick head that doesnt dissipate very quickly to the lace, remains a film frothy on the edges

S - definite malty smell, but also hints of raisins or prunes, kind of a dried sweet fruit smell

T - very smooth, like velvet on your tongue, the raisins taste sweeter than they smell, almost like raisinets (for you foreigners Raisinets are an american candy of chocolate covered raisins) elicited a "Wow!" from both my friend and I

M - what can i say, it was like velvet on my tongue, very smooth, no bitterness or acidity

D - a good dessert, after dinner beer, easily drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 06:03:36 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle (fresh) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark reddish brown, good clarity as can be seen when held up to the light, frothy off white to tan head with good retention, slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass.

S = Caramel notes, peaty malt overlay.

T = Caramel and strong notes of smokey peaty tasting malts, long deep finish somewhat bitter in the back of the tongue but with fresh sweetness continuing in the front of the mouth.

M = Medium to heavy body, creamy mouthfeel when swished, excellent mouthcoating.

D = If not for the ABV I could drink these all day. An excellent wee heavy.

Other vintages (not scored for the database):

(Mid?)-70's bottle. Label is printed with "Brew No. __" & "Bottle No. ___" into which handwritten numbers have been written Brew "82" and Bottle No. appears to be "120642".

Appearance is a slightly hazy caramel brown with small off white head that dissipates quickly into a small layer of foam on surface. Smell is of a musty attic, tobacco, some "sharp" scents like a sharp cheddar. Taste has a strong bitterness to it, some malt flavors of tobacco and a light maple syrup flavored with bitter herbs, has a distinct sour finish. This tastes almost more like an aromatized wine than a beer (especially a wee heavy), something like a dry vermouth or a Campari. It still has medium body and decent drinkability for an aperitif maybe where it was once a dessert drink.

(1977) The front label and neck label were in a glossy silver. The back label was plain white paper and indicating this was Brew No 6 Bottle No 8635, with hand written numbers filling in blanks on a preprinted label.

A = Very slight head, really just light tan bubbles on about half the surface, resolving into a ring around the edge of the glass, deep reddish brown, good clarity. (4.5)

S = Some musty attic smells, nuts such as walnuts, roasted chestnuts, maple syrup, vanilla comes out strongly as it breathes, some dried cherries and prunes, very complex. (3.5)

T = Wow! This is really, really good. Predominantly sweet with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar mixed into a heavily creamed coffee, with walnut syrup, maybe some light traces of almonds, light butterscotch and toffee, heavy chocolate notes as it breathes result in a flavor almost like licking the chocolate syrup off of a vanilla ice cream hot fudge sundae. Really heavenly. Much better than I had expected. (5.0)

M = Heavy body, lusciously smooth feeling, very light carbonation for a while after it sits in the glass but eventually sorts out to a still liquid, while still fresh in the glass there is a light, frothy level of carbonation. Great mouthcoating. (5.0, maybe only a 4.5 depending on your veiwpoint of stillness in aged beers.)

D = Goes down SO smoothly. I just keep wanting more. It was a sad moment when the glass ran dry. (4.5)

(Best by 2006 -- consumed in 2010)

A = Very similar to the 1977 but a little murkier on pour. However, it quickly settled into the glass and gained better clarity. Ended up looking virtually identical to the 1977, maybe a slight bit darker with more brown/less red. (4.0)

S = Sweet malted chocolate, Not as complex as the older bottle. As it breathes I get more malt with smokiness, very slight smell of almonds, some fruit including cherries, dried apricots, some earthiness. (4.0)

T = Very good sweet syrup flavors with cocoa, light almonds, some butter toffee, caramel, light smoke, a very light yeast kick at the finish. Less of the light bitterness in the finish than when it is really fresh. This is a great beer but not as complex as it older sibling. While the older bottle had developed some very interesting flavors, this one was closer to the original malt forward with some smoke and yeastiness that exemplifies a good wee heavy, that said it had mellowed from the way a fresh bottle tastes. (4.5)

M = Medium body (a little thinner than I expected actually), very good mouthcoating, light carbonation. (4.5)

D = Very good, as excellent beer, but not quite as interesting as the 1977. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 23:12:24 | More by Traquairlover
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The store I bought this from, Martin's Liquors in Mt. Laurel, NJ, has had this in stock for a few years. It may be the same bottles, since they had a good dusting present. My guess, and I can't be sure, nor do I believe any of the staff there would have a clue, is that the bottles may be as little as a year old and possibly up to three or four years old.

That said, this ale is more or less the standard by which I measure other Scotch Ales. I find American versions tend to have a bolder, weightier feel to them. Which is fine as most are pretty enjoyable. This beer, however, has a mellower, refined, regal quality to it. Expert craftsmanship.

The head isn't terribly thick, maybe a 1/4". The beer generally sits rather still with a few tiny bubbles springing up round the edges. Deep rusty copper color - whiskey-like.

Don't expect a big, generously-hopped, thick malty ale. Medium-bodied at the extreme. Drinks dangerously clean. Has a smooth, barrel-aged feel to it, similar to cask. Alcohol is nearly undetectable at any stage. Malt, caramel, and a vague brandy fruitiness are all well-balanced and extremely subtle.

Top 3 most drinkable beers I've experienced. Curse the fact it's around $6 a 11.2.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:53:32 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sipping on this one after an evening dip in the spa. To start with, it looks like absolute perfection in the glass; tiny bubbles streaming up the vessel, meeting the beautifully compact, beige cream head. Nose is a bouquet of dark fruit and bittersweet caramel. Taste is more of the same, with a little sweet booze. Goes down very smoothly. A great evening sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:53:29 | More by gregb13
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 11/12
Sweet malts and caramel with strong plums and a hint of raisins. Very malty. No hops or diacetyl whatsoever.
As it warms the plums and raisins come out more and balance the malts and caramel out.

Appearance 3/3
Dark reddish-brown but just light enough to see through. Completely clear. Large foamy off-white almost tan head with long lasting retention. A thick layer of foam sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 18/20
Rich sweet malts and strong sugary caramel. A hint of nutiness as the sweet malt/caramel starts to fade at the finish. Just at the finish hints of plum and raisin present themselves. Medium-dry finish with a alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth lingers as the malt sweetness fades and gives way to the plums and raisins until nothing is left but the alcohol warmth and a hint of raisins on the tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit watery and becomes very salty, which starts to push out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium-high carbonation. Medium-dry finish. A littly thick. Smooth. Warm alcohol finish that lingers pleasantly.

Overall Impression 9/10
Excellent beer for this category. It could use less salt in the taste and a touch of smoke or peat in the taste and aroma to balance it out.
Toning down the carbonation just a touch would be advisable - but it could easily just have been the particular bottle I purchased.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:28:29 | More by Landar
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

Pours a gorgeous rich impenetrable cordovan with ruby hues. The fading beige/tan head with varying sized bubbles leaves a sliding lace. Citrusy hop, sweet malt and toffee aromas last awhile. An alcohol fume fades after a couple of whiffs. The full malty body provides a complex array of flavors of plums, butterscotch, coffee and blended Scotch. Citrus hops, a trace of mint candy sweetness and a slightly resinous camphor taste contribute to an ale just bursting with multi-directional flavors. This is a wonderful ale! What took me so long to try it?

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 08:04:28 | More by BeerResearcher
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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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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tan one finger head over a glowing dark mahogany body. Modest head retention and lalce. Sharp aromas of tart vinous fruit, crystal malt and a hint of smoke. Smooth is considerably more tame, but not less complex. Waves of sweet caramel malt with a background of mild plum and a smoke. Substantial tea-like bitterness. Little to no hop flavor. Medium to full-bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft with a dry finish.

The malt sweetness is nearly dead on for my taste preferences which tend to run on the malty side of things. It is a bit on the sweet side, but no where near levels of Belgian candi sugar derivation. The malt flavor itself is quite complex to boot. A beautifully crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 22:26:10 | More by Shovelbum
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly one of the more pleasurable beers out there, such a lively and complex brew. Borrowing the rich texture of a fine scotch and the soft, mellow flavouring as well. These flavours only enhanced as it warmed up as well. I think this is an ultimate dessert beer and as impressive as any liquor, etc. A beer which exibits such refinement and elegance, a truly special Scottish Ale

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 15:22:16 | More by biegaman
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've horded this beer that's been safely stored in my beer fridge for 6 months and was sort of waiting for a special occasion to drink it. In this case it's to celebrate New Beer Sunday week 100).

Pours a chill hazed dull copper bronze color with a uniform tight 1'4" cream colored head. The liquid of this beer takes on a bright ruby tone when held against my 60-watt soft white light bulb. It seems to literally change color when held directly against the light.

After a few brisk swirls, which build the head back up to 1/2", I bury my nose into my Gulpener Korenwolf 10 oz. tumbler glass. Sweet notes of almonds soaked in Amaretto (very nutty!) and toasted malts are first in the scent order. A couple more swirls evoke figs and caramel apples. This baby's blossoming with sweet gushing dark fruits and caramel/toffee all over the place.

Everything I discovered in the scent category holds very true in the flavors as well. An elegant and interesting dryness wraps-up the taste experience nicely. The dryness tastes and feels like freshly cracked walnuts. The alcohol is ever-so-slightly warming and not fusel or apparent at all.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied and the low carbonation level holds very true to style. A long flavorful dry finish caps things off.

Drinkability is way, way high. It's a good thing this stuff runs $5.00/11.2 oz. bottle or I'd be stocking up.

Overall this ale holds up to it's famous heritage. I can't remember a better smelling ale from the bottle in a very long time (I'd give it a '6' if I could). The dryness makes this otherwise sweet and sometimes cloying style really stand alone in the originality category. I bet it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible to find a finer wee heavy in my neck of the woods. I'm very grateful and glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:55:00 | More by malty
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a real dark brown, clear with one finger of white foam that dissapates rather quickly.
Smell is caramel malt and sugar daddies candy. Roasted malt/grain and slight fruityness like plum or raisin.
Taste is wonderful. Dark coffee and caramel malt with a hint of fruit like bitter dark cherry but with more of grape flavor.
Aftertaste is dark and broody with an alcoholic afterburn that sweetens the black hoppiness.
I like this beer and wish I could get my hands on lots more. Dang, San Diego is a long way away.(only place I could find it)

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 02:06:43 | More by peabody
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Requested that a local wine/cigar/beer shop bring this in...and they did. Awesome.

A - deeep mahogany. visible by holding up to light source. poured finger head.

S - perfection. sweet, warm, malty, caramel, spices, my vocab isnt big enough to describe

T/M - sooo smooth. big malt up front. warming but alcohol isnt detectable. as beer warms spices are more up front. taste fills mouth, lingers. yum

D - maybe a bit sweet to drink all night but with a beer tasting this good, hell, go for it.

looking forward to jacobite.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 08:00:38 | More by Rippeddisc
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of my favorite beers. This beer pours heavy into a glass with low carbonation. Rubyish highlights sparkle wih strong light.

The nose is what defines this beer. The aroma of malt is so intense that it approaches overload. Just the faintest bit of hops on the nose for a change before a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This bottle is old as the beer has a definite metallic flavor not normally present in a more well cared for sample. Brown sugar and raisins and plums swing out from the thick brew. The beer is certainly warming as you swallow.

All in all a wonderful beer and the true exemplar of the Wee Heavy style.

Serving type: bottle

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