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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

817 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 98
Gots: 32 | 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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Patrick999

Florida

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

By bottle, at The Room.

A - Poured into a snifter, attractive smoky red body when held up to a candle. Thin bony head.

S - A touch of whiskey - maybe it's the power of suggestion, but I get Scotch. Smells more alcoholic than it really is.

T - And tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Deep burnt caramel maltiness amid a lightly smoked character.

F - Solid feel, not syrupy, well-carbonated.

D - I wish I hadn't had this when I was already kind of full; I suspect I might have liked it even better than I already did. Still, I don't see how it can be anything other than a one-and-done.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:05:25 | More by Patrick999
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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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endovelico

Portugal

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

Let me say first and foremost, this is not a particularly unique or complex beer.

Don't get me wrong! It will definitely challenge your palate and depending on your sensitivity to given aromatic compounds and Qualia you might get anything from caramel, raisins, honey and peat to darker fuller flavors such as ripe grapes, chocolate, cherry, anise and even some ash (On the nose or tongue).

My problems with it, is that it lack the boldness and fullness you get from other beers of the style (the almost candy-ish and boozy notes) and the lack of depth, as it feels like you're having a beer that can't get itself to develop expression as it warms up and gets oxygenated. Having said that however, this beer is still a treat on the tongue, standing out as challenging, elegant, and most importantly extremely sessionable.

Finally and what I've yet to mention is what makes this beer remarkable. Like I've already hinted at, this beer isn't the best at any particular aspect even within it's own style. This beer does however, carry alot of 'soul'. It might seem like over-romantization, but it's something that i really struggle to put into words. It just feels like it was made with the purpose of capturing a specific frame of existence, and that it somehow perfectly captures it. I personally find it hard not to wonder off to a roadside tavern in the Scottish coastland. It really IS an experience like one of the bros pointed out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:46:05 | More by endovelico
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Deep chestnut with just a hint of red. A three inch head rolls and expands from the beer, settling to a thin mat in a few minutes. Lacing is stretchy and spotty.

Smell- Huge, gigantic malts and a blend of leather and fruit... not unlike a well structured Old Ale. Some alcohol strength shows in the aroma. The faintest notes of smoke and beef jerky as it opens up.

Taste- Rich, dark malt flavors slowly give way to sweet, booze soaked fig-like fruits... very big indeed, even for a wee-heavy. The hop bitterness is showcased, mildly, in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Relatively quiet in the mouth, even with some gentle swishing the bubbles don't seem to want to emerge. Surprisingly thin as the beer gradually warms, but certainly big in flavor and warmth. A bolder and more full-flavored alternative to some of our more available Scotch Ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 22:54:18 | More by yelterdow
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86sportster883

New Jersey

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

The Traquair House Ale is a good strong scotch ale. If you like a good porter, you'll probably really like this beer. It pours golden brown with reddish hues and has a thin tan head. The smell is a very nice malty aroma with hints of peat, chocolate and black licorice. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. The taste is predominantly roasted malt that is well balanced and not sweet, leading to a dry roasted malt finish. The perfect beer for kicking back a few pints on a cold night, sitting in front of a large fireplace, in an old Scottish hunting lodge.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 04:15:14 | More by 86sportster883
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dgilks

Australia

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

Very sweet, bready malt aroma. Lightly fruity but almost doppelbock like.

Hazy, dark chestnut colour with a small, short lasted, light tan head.

Malt and smooth but not a sweet as I thought it would be. There is a light nuttiness and minerality as well as a hint of smoke.

Medium-full body with moderately-light carbonation. Good on the whole.

A nice, full flavoured but easy to drink ale. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 07:54:35 | More by dgilks
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supercodes

Maine

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a bold, delivery of what can best be described as a black ale/wee heavy. With a taste that is milder than a barley wine, and not as smokey or chocolatey as a stout, Traquair House Ale relies on strong flavors of malty caramel that results in a fantastic aftertaste. This is a beer with bold flavor, but with plenty of sweetness without the strong dose of alcohol that accompanies most barley wines.

This is a highly recommended beer for those who want a fantastic sipping beer with loads of flavor, but without the over-powering inebriates.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:48:28 | More by supercodes
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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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

Brought this beer home from Las Vegas last year, strange to bring a Scottish beer back to the UK, but we don't see Traquair House beers around here!

330ml bottle poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip.

Lovely dark brown/reddy colour, tan coloured tightly knitted foamy head. The head left some good lacing on the glass, so condition of the beer was good.

Dark chocolate smells come from the beer, coffee esters also in the mix for my nose.

The flavours followed the smells, chocolate and coffee, with the coffee being the dominant one this time. The alcohol content is just below the surface, but can just about he found as the mouth dries after each sip. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, or expected after the first sniff. This ia a well balanced brew for a Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 20:00:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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JanM

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 16:16:49 | More by JanM
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

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

Poured a small light brown head that left a good amount of lacing. Brownish amber in color, with a little light passing through. The aroma of chocolate and sweet malt. Mildly bitter coco flavor combines with a light maltiness, and hardly any hops. All in all a smooth, well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 05:01:50 | More by HappyHourHero
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acrawf6

Louisiana

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

Pours out a dark oak brown from the small light getting through the beer. Seems quite clear with a nice tan head.

Smell. I should say now that my nose is a little stuffy, so i might miss some delicate aromas and flavors. I immediately get a menthol coolness to this. some notes of chocolate and slightly roasted malts. On big whiffs i get a little fruitiness, sweet apples and grapes..

Taste. I first get an interesting yeast flavor. Has very earthy flavors with some wood. as the beer warms up in my mouth, some chocolate notes come through with a little peppery spiciness. It seems to be on the dry side of flavor. aftertaste is a nice light roasted malt taste, still dry, with just a tiny amount of coffee tastes.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium and slicker than i thought. Carbonation is light, but seems appropriate and matches well with the taste. Nice balance.

Overall and interesting beer, not exactly what i was expecting. Quite nice, but i dont think i would put this on my top 100 beers. but who am i?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 01:28:57 | More by acrawf6
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thesilverhand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense ruddy brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly to a ring of suds.

Smells rich and darkly fruity, touched with spice. Not unlike a Christmas pudding. Mmm.

A touch of malty sweetness, overlaid with thick dark fruits, a lightly bitter nuttiness on the back end, and hint of alcohol.

Pleasant, nicely drinkable. An excellent cool-evening sipper. Not something I'd like a huge amount of, but a great change-up from the beers I've been drinking recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 03:55:13 | More by thesilverhand
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle in a pint glass at a "wee" bit below cellar temperature. Bad pun intended.

A - Pours a very gently hazed brown color with ruby highlights, pushing up a nice, tan inch-plus marshmallowy head. Lacing is spotty, but visible and head retention is good around the edges, but only a thin film in the middle.

S - Assertive toastiness with a sweetness beneath that can be attributed to both the hops and the roasted malt. Hints of dark cherry are also observed.

T - Understated sweetness up front, with a somewhat cordial-like alcohol presence, minus the typical burn. It is here that there is a slight metallic tinge noted as well. Malts round out in the middle, presenting a decent toasted quality, albeit subdued, along with that cherry character found in the nose. The finish brings in a very slight yeastiness that this overshadowed by a nice hop quality that leaves you somewhat dry. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and pleasant. Very "English" tasting, almost like a kicked up bitter.

M - A bit watery on the way in, but gaining excellent presence as it swells in the mouth and leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finish is throat coating and filling.

D - There is no doubt that this beer possesses a superb balance, but for my tastes, I prefer a more robust malt character from my Scotch Ales. Still, this is definitely quite drinkable, well crafted and if you're not careful to read, you might just miss the big ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:35:11 | More by EPseja
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Slynger

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, orangey, oak brown with orange highlights and a small off-white head.
The nose is gentle but through it comes a fruitiness I was not expecting. Grapes and apples. A touch of sweet caramel and roasted malts follows with some earthy (not quite smoky) oak and a dash of pepper.
The fruit really comes through in the flavor. Next comes roasted malt and earthy oak with a bit of spicy/bitter pepper and mildly hoppy finish. I also detect some menthol-like cooling to this one.
The m/f lies on the limp side of syrupy without a whole lot of carbonation but really doesn't take away from my overall impression.
This is a quite unique and enjoyable scotch. I think I prefer Jacobite but this is one that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 21:07:32 | More by Slynger
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jDoubleU

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Dark cola brown with thin head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation.

The aroma was all malts. Roasted malts? Almost 'bocky'. Nothing too complex.

This is the first Scotch Ale that I've had in awhile. I've tried a few before. But my palate wasn't as refined. Pretty tasty. Though I didn't get much complexity out of this. A little vanilla. Some toffee and caramel notes. I could taste a little diacetyl. A little wood in the finish.

Maybe it was a touch old? Wasn't as rich or robust as I would've imagined. But very drinkable.

I would definitely buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:01:29 | More by jDoubleU
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pentathlete

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 00:49:28 | More by pentathlete
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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by Fred at Mondial - cheers!

Light mahogany pour with just under a finger of off-white head that has decent retention and lacing. Smoky, peat-like aroma, with a touch of caramel and fruit. Not as sweet as I expected for a scotch ale, and far more drinkable for it. Smooth peat flavours, with a good smoked earth feel to them. This is complimented by caramel, mild fruit and a hint of wood. There's very limited hop presence, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Medium body and carbonation work well.

I found this to be a decent beer, but also a little underwhelming considering its ranked in the top 10 for its style. The flavours were pleasant, but I wouldn't mind a little more intensity to them to push this to the next level. However, I was impressed with the drinkability of this one, which was far higher than any other scotch ale I've come across, and the alcohol is skillfully hidden. Decent stuff, and worth the shot, even if its not mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 14:02:48 | More by bobsy
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-15-2014 03:25:23 | More by DaftPatrick
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel, peet smoke and dark fruit. The beer tastes a lot like a slightly smokey scotch whisky. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:20:53 | More by Mora2000
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-16-2012 14:52:46 | More by dsauter
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, but no way near the complexity and no way near as interesting as there Jacobite, it still is very classy though and tasty to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2002 20:40:04 | More by rastaman
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gstucker

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-07-2014 21:30:13 | More by gstucker
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into an over-sized thistle. No bottle date.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Looks a bit murky, but clearer on closer inspection. A bit of a head and some decent lacing down the sides.

Smell - Butterscotch and toffee. Really, that's pretty much it. It's exactly how a scotch ale should smell, I suppose.

Taste - A more complex flavor profile, but not inherently better. Definitely a butterscotch flavor throughout. Toffee and caramel malts as well, but it has a strong hop bitterness in the finish that rounds out the flavor into a pleasant brew.

Mouthfeel - Slick on the mouth, but not thick. Very oily tasting but still with a decent carbonation to it.

Overall - A solid scotch ale. No frills. Traditionally made and traditional tasting. Well made on all counts.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:11:31 | More by Alieniloquium
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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