Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

942 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 77 | 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:
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 Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown with amber and reddish highlights when held to a lamp. Pours with a mild head that recedes quickly into a collar around the drink, with no lacing down the glass.

S: Smoke, roasted and caramel and toffee malts, cherries, figs, and a very light alcohol nose. Nice and rich aroma.

T: The taste is a bit off. Following the nose, the initial taste is smoke, with noticeable malt character in the roast, caramel, and toffee varieties. By the mid-taste, only the toffee is left, combining with cherry and fig flavors to produce a sweet, but not overbearing, flavor. The finish is all toffee with a very light alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: In the first few sips it feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy, but later it becomes increasingly watery, resulting in a thin and watered-down feel, like drinking Coke wherein the ice has long melted. An unpleasant sensation.

D: I'm beginning to move away from scotch ales and wee heavies, and this one really isn't going to draw me back. If I were still into the style I'd acknowledge that it is mid-range, but the watery mouthfeel is one heck of a drawback.

Photo of Bung
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.

Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

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

poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass

Beer pours a deep crimson color with a 1inch whitish head

Smell indicates sweet malts and fruits pears, possibly apples, also some citrus hops

Taste of caramel and apples, a faint trace of hops coming through, with a bit of minerals on the finish.

This a medium bodied scottish ale smooth but bitter a nice balance of both.

I wouldnt drink this all the time but a nice change of pace.

Photo of Jwaks
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Beautiful, airy beige froth settles above a placid chestnut brown body, slowly shrinking into a faint collar with a dearth of lacing.

Prominent acidic apple cider, dark bready malt and vinous grape redolences play on the nose with hints of fertile damp earth, butterscotch and dry wood. The complex bouquet keeps my interest, diverting my attention from the odd aromas of rotting apple and damp earth.

Very fine dark bready malt and delicate tart fruit savors glide over the palate, supporting malts tail off revealing more tart fruit, earthy flavors and tannic, vinous grapes on the mid palate. Hints of butterscotch meld with vinous grapes and woody dryness on the finish. A long grip on the aftertaste lends a bit of dry wood, vinous fruit and earthy spice. The flavor profile is wonderfully complex, charming and well restrained, to a fault; unleash the malty and woody flavors and this would be a awesome monsterous wee heavy scotch ale.

This medium bodied brew is smooth and very classy for a scotch ale making it a great pleasure to drink. Take it slow, sip this one and enjoy!

Cheers!

Photo of toutaboutstout
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forms an 1/8th of an inch head. The apprearance is exactly what I look for in a beer(deep garnet). Thats not important though. The smell is very nutty and smokey. This seems to always be a good sign. The taste is exceptional...earthy, and smokey.

This will be a repeat buy for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer after reading some of the reviews. I was a little disappointed. It was nice to look at and smell, but I didn't particularly like the taste. It was a medium to dark brown color with a sweet caramel odor. It had a sweet taste, with some hops, but a fairly yeasty aftertaste. It was thinner than I expected from its' appearance. A fair beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty and light burned, chocolate malt flavors. There is an earthy smell, which probably comes from the yeast. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste is slightly burned with the roast of chocolatemalt, which gives the beer it's maltbitter. There is a light bitter but nothing to really fight against the roast flavors. The yeast adds a spiciness which is a little liquorice and a little green herbs. Body is quite thin, I always thought Scotch ales are supposed to be more sweet.

Photo of Damian
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz./330 ml bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a clear, crimson-mahogany. The frothy, one-finger, off-white head quickly faded to a clingy film. Spotty lacing clung to the sides of the glass on each sip.

The aroma was earthy and peaty. Malty rich and sweet with spicy alcohol notes. Bready and bourbony. Some oak characteristics were noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma really opened up. Sweet toffee and brown sugar notes came out strong.

The flavor profile was complex yet rather thin. Malty rich with some dominating woody flavors. Earthy and quite tannic. Whiskey-like alcohol notes appeared immediately and lasted until the finish. Some fruitiness was noticeable in the center. The finish was also woody with lingering mineral notes and a touch of alcohol warmth. Some British bittering hops came through as well. Very dry overall.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied and creamy with a very fine, mild carbonation. The liquid was nearly flat by the end of the glass.

Drinkability was decent. While many aspects of this beer were interesting, I found the overall flavor profile to be a bit harsh in some aspects yet lacking intensity in others. At 7.2% ABV, the alcohol was not hidden but nor was it offensive. Toward the end of the glass however, it had become much more apparent. This is definitely a sipping beer.

This beer makes no bones about it origins. I feel like I am tasting peat smoked malts in every sip. Even though this scotch ale may not be as extreme as some of its stateside cousins, it is very true to the style.

Photo of Radome
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, deep reddish-brown color. Head is tan and made of large bubbles with a slightly oily appearance.

S - A very earthy, rich malt aroma with hints of wood and butterscotch. Extremely complex.

T - Taste is also rich and earthy and all about the malt. It is unexpectedly dry, with a lack of the sweetness that I expected from the aroma. There is no sourness, but the finish is an earthy taste reminiscent of mushrooms or even soy sauce, like I have found in some poorly aged barley wines (perhaps this sample is older than is good for the beer). The alcohol is well-hidden. I don't get any roastiness.

M - Fairly thin, which enhances the drinkability. Carbonation is light, as expected for a Scottish style.

D - A good beer, but not my favorite Wee Heavy. The earthy flavors dominate the experience for me. I'd prefer a cleaner malt taste and maybe a bit of smoke, but this character is totally different.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $3.

A: Medium brown color with a nice red accent, thin cream colored head disappears just as fast as it comes. A few globs of lacing here and there. Pretty fair looking beer, but nothing impressive.

S: A few hints of chocolate and smoke, fairly earthy, smells like an old bar, sort of, has some rum hints at it as well, pretty fair amount of booze, a few hints of caramel. Smells quite malty.

T: Pretty light in flavor compared to the nose, really doesn't have much flavor, slightly smoky, a few hints of chocolate and caramel, with a little alcohol, and a slightly bitter hop bite in the end. Has a sort of offsetting cola like flavor as well. Sort of nutty aftertaste. Really not that impressed.

M: Thin, and that really hurts this beer for me, light yet prickly carbonation. Wish this had a little more body to it.

D: One is enough, this beer just doesn't do it for me at all. I figured on a little bit stronger, more robust beer, but it really dies in the mouth. The nose is good, but this just comes up a bit short in my book. Won't seek out again.

Photo of jpittman80
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark reddish brown. Very little head from the pour, even though I tried. It fades quickly.

S - Not getting much. Maybe a little sourness? Maybe soured malts? Also, something like oak barrel. I have no idea if this is aged in oak.

T - That sour note is definitely in there. Caramel maltiness. The oak bite is there too, in the back of the tongue. Dries out nicely with minimal hops.

M - Pretty good carbonation, medium bodied. Dry finish bordering on astringent.

D - I'll get through the bottle easily enough, but I won't be craving another... maybe another Jacobite! That blows this out of the water.

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 donniecuffs
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. Poured a reddish-mahogany hue, with a small off-white head, poor retention, and modest lacing. Smell very malty sweet, with some hints of dark fruit/raisin and toast. The taste confirmed a very sweet, malty, dark fruit-oriented flavor, with a modest toastiness and a sweet finish. Non-carbonated, full-bodied feel. The excessive sweetness combined with the syrup-like texture was a little overpowering for me.

Photo of artdob
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark, cola like. Initial robust head. Lacks lacing.

S: Sweet malt, woodiness, light roasted toffee; minimal hopiness comes through

T: woodiness, light roasted toffee; seltzer water; minimal hopiness comes through

M: Body is on the thin side; carbonation plays on the tongue

O: Easy to drink but lacks a distinctive compelling character. Don't know that I'll return to this one however.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cola brown, just transparent. Very little head, settling to a top clear of foam.

S- A faint, simple, barely perceptible smell of malt with a weak note of dark dried fruit.

T- A one dimensional malt flavor, slightly nutty with fig. Very pleasant but uninspiring.

M,D- One the fuller side of medium bodied, with a nice feel, this House Ale has a good level of drinkability.

Photo of apwilla
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was pretty expensive, $5 for ~12oz bottle.
I picked it up randomly, just something new never seen or tried. Read the reviews before cracking it, got me excited.
It's kind of a let down, another user described it as a "watery porter," that sums it up perfectly. there's nothing really wrong with it, its just very average. there is a very very gentle smokiness, leather, tobacco, all of which i wish were just a bit more pronounced. like there are some great flavors in there, just hidden behind the weak, watery flavor and mouthfeel. Maybe its the exorbitant price that makes me expect a big beer, if this was the regular $7 or $8 for a good craft six pack, i would think it was a better deal.

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown color much like some of the Belgian abbey ales. It had a small and quickly dissipating head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity - again, like some of the better Belgian abbey ales - the aroma of malt is also present. The flavor is very full and has lots of character. The flavor of some sweet fruit (maybe grapes) is very apparent. My only gripe is that it tastes very tart. After the head died down, there was no carbonation left in the drink, which made it pretty smooth. Pretty decent beer. A little tart, but good none-the-less.

Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Black foil covering the neck.

Pours a deep reddish-brown. The beige head is modest and too oily to leave much for lace. The aroma is mostly malts, caramel, and alcohol...and is fairly faint. Very sweet earthy malt character & acrid hop bitterness with an alcoholic chaser. I remember this being better last time I tried it, but this was a fairly fresh bottle. Not bad, but certainly not worth the $5 price tag for me.

Photo of rebel1771
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that fades quickly.

The aroma of honey is first to hit the nose along with a sharp malty, bready aroma.

The first flavor to arrive is that of rasins. Followed quickly by a malty punch that delivers a strong bready flavor. The end is metallic and pretty unpleasent.

Well after reading some of the other reviews of this brew I think I may have gotten a skunked bottle. At least I hope I did.

Photo of CraftFan5
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunning beer. Deep, dark reddish color with a large head. That's about where the good stuff ended. I expected a stronger aroma, especially from the oak, but I got very little. Didn't get much flavor-wise either. I found it to be more of a very easy drinking ale with not much to it. Not bad, but nothing noteworthy.

Photo of mattd017
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12(ish) ounce bottle, poured into a trappist (Chimay) glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Has a very thin head that dissapears almost immediately. Smells malty, citrusy, smokey with a hoppy background. Very little hop in the taste, more fruity malt, very much like a brown ale. Palate is kind of disappointing. The carbonation it has is extremely tiny bubbles, feels almost flat. Not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag ($3.99/bottle)

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2002 vintagE) served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. 8.5% ABV. Expectations were high given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige ring/floater but no head at all. Body colour is a caramel-biscuit/beautiful copper. Rich and inviting. Truly appealing.

Sm: Wood, biscuit, and heavy heavy malts. Vinegar. Boozy heat. Heavy caramel. Hints of oxidation. A unique, striking aroma. Quite strong, with evidence of poor aging.

T: Oxidation, raisin, malty sweetness, graham cracker, wood, caramel, and candi character. Very striking and unique. Time has refined it, but it's not at all at ideal age; it's been cellaring far far too long. Has some troublesome off flavours, but also some masterful ones.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely thick. Carbonation holds up even after ten years. Surprisingly well put together for its age.

Dr: Drinkable but well past prime. I'd like to try it far younger; maybe at three years. Aging past five years seems like a terrible idea. I'll have to revisit this one, but there are buried elements that really strike me.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.