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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 114
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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

A brown muddy beer, a small off-white head, no lacing but good curtains.

Smelling of raisins, sherry, eggs(!) and yeast.

Upfront tasting sweet, dark syrup, brown bread, strong wine and sherry and yeast.

A small carbonation, soft and oily, a full body.

A good balance, well-done and a really nice sipping brew.

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

Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There's almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.

Photo of yen157
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.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for the gift

Pours a rather opaque garnet with a firm off-white head. Little to no lacing, but some solid retention.

The nose is of figs, candied plums, peat, biting alcohol, and some butterscotch. Pleasing aroma.

The flavor profile matches the nose. Peat up front then butterscotch and sweet, ripe fruit through the middle. The finish is earthy, dry oak, and sugary sweet. I have to be honest, the flavors and nose are really well-balanced. Nothing takes command, which in this case is very nice.

Full body, with a big, chewy malt foundation. The carbonation is low, which makes this nice and smooth. A little bit of sugary fruit lingers, but not much.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Everything has its place. Nothing overpowering and a smooth overall feel. Rich and complex without overwhelming the palate.

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

Pours a deep amber, with a creamy tan head, about a finger tall. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, caramel...did I mention caramel? Slight alcohol in the nose as well. No hop aroma detectable.

Taste: Tastes much like it smells, big malt/caramel/brown sugar with a hint of alcohol. But wait...the aftertaste is furkin' amazing! Chocolate, toffee and biscuit flavors meld on the tongue for a great lingering flavor. It is absolutely amazing...that's what kettle caramelization will do for you. I was also struck by the lack of esters or phenols, and I could not detect any diacetyl either. For a beer of fairly high gravity like this, that takes some work.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full body and low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer. It is not necessarily an everyday quaffer but I could down a few pints in the right mood.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best by Jun 2018
500ml served in a snifter

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a small beige head.

S - Rustic caramel malt, burnt toffee, charred apples, earthy peat, deep sorghum molasses, cocoa, smoked malts, the caramel malt runs from front to back.

T - Charred caramel malt, rugged smoked tea-like bitterness, chocolate, molasses, plum fruit, burnt cereal grain, finishes smoky and bitter.

M - Incredibly smooth, full body, perfect amount of carbonation.

Dense malt profile, smokey, charred, bittersweet flavors meld with an almost perfect mouthfeel. Good drinker for a February evening.

Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red clear body with a three finger off-white head is quite attractive in my goblet. Despite having pre wetted the glassware there was excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma was sweetly fruity and a bit oxidized. The taste was vinous and peppery with definitely warming, liquor like, alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel was full bodied rich, but a bit rough around the edges. The hops were surprisingly strong for a Scotch Ale and dried the palette nicely. A good hearty offering from across the Atlantic.

Photo of scottoale
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With an aggressive pour from the 330ml.brown bottle, into a Duvel tulip, a very dark red-brown with 1/2" ivory foam head that dissipates quickly to a ring and minimal lace.

Big caramel malty nose with a faint roastiness and an earthy wooden aire. Very nice smell to this, sweet and earthy ale with notes of vanilla.

Pleasantly sweet malty intro of toffee, vanilla and oak, that winds down nicely with a balanced hop finish. Nice aftertaste of vanilla and the faintest hint of alcohol.

Light-medium body that doesn't seem heavy at all for a Wee Heavy and the alcohol is masked extremely well. Very tasty and very drinkable for an ale drinker that likes a malty brew.

Photo of Bunnyhop
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

Photo of Guinness4me
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, red with hints of gold, this beer poured darker than I expected with a beige, welcoming head.

The smell was rich in peat with a musty, grape-like edge.

This beer started dry and smoky and hid the alcohol until a slight burn kicked in the back of my throat. Tastes like a slightly carbonated merlot?

Surprisingly smooth and pleasant on the tongue. I found it lightly carbonated which I feel brought out more of the malt flavor.

I could do some damage to this beer, but not before it did some serious damage to me at 7.20%.

Photo of Bierman9
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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


Photo of yelterdow
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle that poured very dark with a 2 inch head that quickly dissipated to one inch. It had a light scotch whiskey smell with a hint of juniper, but I had to practically stir the brew with my nose to get it. I liked the taste: Heavy malty flavor washes over the tongue with a nutty chocolate taste, but leaves a light impression, which makes for easier drinkibility in the long run. I didn't notice any strong alcohol taste despite the slight whisky smell, and at 7 percent, it's almost pushing it. The mouthfeel was rather watery. Interesting how the taste is rather bold, but the texture of the beer is not.

Photo of jmz62565
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark mahogny with a large white head. This is a great looking beer. The smell is malty, with alcohol, bananas,and some nuttyness. The taste is sweet malt with bananas and a hoppy aftertaste. Surprisingly, there is no alcohol taste,this is a smooth and creamy beer. The m/f is light and the flavors are very well balanced. This is an ale to behold. I could drink this all day. Mmmm.

Photo of Lukie
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to my parents for me, at Purvis Cellars quite a few months ago. I didn't want to open it, as I had never heard of it before, and because of the interesting "use by date". December 2016.

Pours out almost cola brown, with a small head that dissipitated into some sticky lacing on top. Looks very interesting.

Smell is of sweet malts, and bitter chocolate. There is also a herbal, or medicinal quality about it. Almost leafy like.

Really complex fruity malts. Plums, figs, caramelised apple. Almost tastes like drinking sweet tea, with a bitter finish to it. Very, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is moderate, while not too light, it has some heavier qualities, but nothing like a dark ale or stout. Again, interesting. Very drinkable for the alcohol, and a very enjoyable experience.

Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my best buddy in Scotland, good old Craig (Zimbo). Thanks a lot my friend.

What a nice beer this one is. Poured in my Struise glassthe beer looks sensational. Deepdarkbrown with i lightbrown head with millions of tiny bubbles. This is one of the best heads i have ever seen.

A good and inviting smell, the barley malt is super balanced. Very soft taste and the alcohol is not noticable at all.

A very good house ale. Thanks again Graig! Send me more of this house...

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

Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter.

A: Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings.

S: A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and som coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth.

T: Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs.

M: Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation.

D: A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression.

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

Appearance: It's dark brown with a good bit of light passing through. Head is off-white and roughly two fingers. Retention was a bit short and lacing light.

Smell: Excellent smelling roasted and caramel malts roll off the top. Nice, sweet smell. Dark fruit aromas (plum and raisin) are apparent and blend well. A hint of scotch is noticeable. Hops and alcohol were not noticeable in smell.

Taste: Very good malty base. Caramel and roasted malts provide an initial sweet taste. Plum and raisin flavors blend very well. Light scotch flavor is excellent, is well integrated, and really defines the beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is good. It's smooth and very drinkable. At 7.2%, it's relatively modest and amplifies drinkability. Overall, this is a very good beer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy deep brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that faded away, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, toasted malts and dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: The overall taste has some sweetness with flavors of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisins and toasted malts. The finish has some hints of peat.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer goes down rather easy for the style because it is well balanced, relatively light in body and has its alcohol well hidden from the taste.

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

Some BAs will always always be positively associated with certain beers. Two that come to my mind, are ColoradoBobs and his love for Vitus, and traquairlover for, well, his love for this brewery's beers. This is a first for me, from this brewery.

Clear, deep mahogany with reddish brown highlights with a dense, light-brown that recedes to a disk, leaving some lacing. Quite nice! The nose is marvelous. A prominent peat note is present up front, but there's also plenty for dark fruit, figs in particular, along with a little bit of toast and some dark brown sugar. A little cola is present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of a moderate peaty smoky flavor with some fruit. Again, I get figs with some red delicious apple. Quite dry, there's flavors of toffee, burnt sugar and a little caramel. Drying on the finish with a blend of peat and burnt sugar, the flavors that linger are excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer feels good on the palate. I really like the flavors on the finish here, flavors are wonderfully balanced. Alcohol is hardly apparent. An enjoyable beer that I will seek out again.

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

Pours a pleasant brown with caramel highlights. Decent head, but it fades fast (may have been too cold).

Aroma is typical, sweet and malty, tiffee, coffee, and some mild chocolate in there too.

Tastes very smooth and malty, with coffee notes and some burnt wood or caramel. Great, creamy mouthfeel, makes it pleasant with simple food. Nice mildly bitter aftertaste with a hint of brown sugar.

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

330ml bottle

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. Thick off white head from somewhat aggressive pour, dissipates quickly with splotchy lacing. Sour cherries and hints of malt in the nose. Alcohol taste is next to none, i believe this is due to colder fermentation temps and cold conditioning. The pleasant sour flavor hits the tongue and is washed over by a fig like maltiness. A mild sourness remains begging for another sip. I was not expecting this beer to be as dry and thin in the mouth. The lingering sourness along with the low alcohol perception and dryness make this incredibly drinkable. Top on my list of Scottish Ales.

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

This has been in Alberta for a couple months now, but I have only now found this in Calgary. Finally! The House Ale is in a 330ml bottle with a black and soft-white label showing Traquair House. Black foil around the neck. Very simple, very...dark. Traquair House looks delightful--what a quaint little brewery. On to the wee one here.

Pop goes the plain black cap, and alcoholic rum-soaked cherries waft up through the neck. Mmm. There is a beauty in a wee heavy unlike any other style, and this is no exception: rich dark chestnut hue, with less ruby than some others of the style I have had. Hints of red but mostly an ebony tea-like colour. I got only a thinnish head from the beer, but what was there was nice and tight, dusty white colouration. Fine tiny bubbles and quick-moving lace. A respectable looking wee heavy. Plenty of sweet candy and red licorice at first on the nose, then some herbal aromas reminiscent of pine(somewhat akin to some of the Heather Ale beers). Alcohol is fairly detectable. Then lots of prunes and rum and brown sugar. There is also a creamy milk note that renders the aroma extremely appetising. A unique malt/hop combination here too: the malts are very grainy, but the hopping makes it seem very floral--like sweet flowers. The malts dominate as they should though, adding a myriad of smells like raisins, sweet chocolate, maple syrup and caramel. Lovely aroma. The taste falls a little short for me from what I was expecting. At first there are all sorts of lovely sugar-laden fruits and plenty of alcohol. I think it is the end where the beer leaves a very dry, dusty charcoal feel, rather than following up on the sweet smoothness before it. Too the body seems to thin out at the end. Not too say that the beer is without taste. Plenty of woody hop character, dry dark malts, and chocolate and coffee up front. Almonds, licorice, oak, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium-carbonated and very smooth. Very easy to drink, this is. However I find it too dry for the style. Still lovely, but not as good as I had hoped. Have another? Why yes, thank you.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a wine goblet at Stumptown in Portland, OR - $3/bottle special.

A: Muddy dark brown with virtually no head or carbonation. Only a slight ring of pale cream and flecks of sticking lace. Not too attractive, but that's to be expected with most Wee Heavies - this is a little better looking than 'average'.

S: Almost nothing initially, then sweet malt tickles the nose - raisins, figs, cocoa powder, a little sugar, and lightly toasted grain.

T: Malty sweet and nicely fruity. Flavors of peaty earth, light smoke, raisins, light anise/licorice, cocoa, and mild spices. Very tasty.

M: Velvety smooth. At first I found it mundane, almost boringly flat, due to minimal carbonation. then the character developed and ample alcohol warmth enveloped the mouth. Carbonation stays light but mouthfeel is medium/full.

D: Quite good, a very nice example of the style. This isn't a beer I'll rave about, but it's one I'd like to have again. Recommended.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.