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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

819 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 819
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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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
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-30-2014 00:05:30 | More by bmurray10
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-09-2013 18:48:18 | More by trevorpost
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown and burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of subtle peat with some toffee malt is well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some toffee malt with some subtle notes of peat which is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture. Very well done and something I would love to have more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 18:54:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-06-2012 19:20:43 | More by LJWalker
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cabsandking

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a cherry hue against the light. Dirty tan head, two fingered dissapating to a slim frothy ring. The generous nose consists of roasted malts, raisons, cedar, and prunes. The first taste strong with toasted wheat and roasted grains. Hop notes are faint offering a sour, floral background. The tartness remains in the finish along with an alcoholic warmth. Medium to thick body with a suprisingly water mouthfeel. Bitter dark chocolate and a raisony sweetness develop towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 13:44:46 | More by cabsandking
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-15-2013 18:59:02 | More by bigbeers84
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-25-2012 10:55:32 | More by BrazilianAussie
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AriesBeerBitch


4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-30-2012 21:33:28 | More by AriesBeerBitch
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-22-2014 17:58:53 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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comicblunder89

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-06-2014 01:06:54 | More by comicblunder89
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fx20736

New York

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Rich, Sienna brown with a pale sandstone head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma of deeply toasted malt and a faint plumminess.

Mouthfeel: good

Taste: caramel infused malt with a thin layer of plum jam.

Notes: decent but not exceptional and definitely not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:48:12 | More by fx20736
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-14-2013 18:43:22 | More by pathman
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jibbyvonjibb

California

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

A: Dark amber/brown color. Clear.
S: Butterscotch. Caramel. Plums. Slightly smoky. Warming and inviting aroma, like sitting by the fire in a cabin after a day of skiing.
T: Intense caramel sweetness. Earthy. Warming alcohol. Clean malt flavor. The only thing that balances the malty sweetness is the alcohol (hops and tartness absent).
S: Chewy. Full body. Rich. Fig fruitness.
O: I like this a lot. Great balance of caramel. Sometimes can be too sweet, so drink sparingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:41:49 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Medium mahogony brown color with a small snow-white head, a number of slow-rising streams of carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Profoundly sweet, with caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, I could not detect any hop presence at all.

Taste: Sweet, with a bitter coffee note, dark fruit, rich malt, caramel. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and earth note, a mild flourish of medicinal hops and alcohol. The palette of flavors offered is quite rich.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with soft carbonation, and a strikingly dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A perplexingly complex and superb beer, well worth the effort to find. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 03:36:08 | More by Pegasus
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to dfclav for this one.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly to a lighter head but sticks around for a bit longer at that point, over semi clear auburn maroon rosy brown colored beer.

Nose has some nice rich malts, darker malts and lots of reddish malts, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, bit of toffee, a lighter soft aged malt aroma, and a bit of herbal hop tones.

Taste is semi rich, again with dark malts, a semi soft aged malt flavor, some toasty and plenty of crystal malts, some reddish malts, and a very light chocolate and roast, then onto plenty of brown sugar and molasses once again, semi sweet, some toffee, some herbal earthy hops, semi bitter but not too much, and the hops don't get too crazy, but they do add a slight almost minty flavor but barely detectable, a bit of booze coming through but not a lot, and slight creamy almost ester flavor but hard to really say. Finishes still slightly sweet, some light lingering malt flavors and sticky feel, but mostly bitter with some earthy hop flavors dominate the finish.

Mouth is a slight bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall pretty good, the herbal hops are always a negative for me, but it was used in moderation here and tolerable, and some nice malts, overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 03:27:30 | More by jlindros
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GreenCard

Oregon

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

Appearance: pours a ruddy hazelnut brown, small amount of sudsy head depletes almost entirely

Aroma: a nutty (hazelnut, again) sweetness, oaky, rich

Flavor: full and smoothly sweet, a malty forefront gives way to an oaky semi-bitter/dry finish, very little hop flavor or bitterness, some roastiness, a twinge of nuttiness, slightly metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, slight warming sensation

Drinkability: a great savoring beer, should almost be enjoyed out of a snifter or wine glass

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 11:38:38 | More by GreenCard
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-02-2014 03:59:18 | More by dillon_1005
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themind

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-04-2013 23:51:18 | More by themind
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510a

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-18-2013 05:31:26 | More by 510a
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown color with ruby tint, dark brown head that lingers well, and slowly dissipates to decent lacing. Sweet malty aroma of chocolate and toffee, with more of the same in the taste. Nice thick body with a hint of alcohol creeping in at the end leaves for a nice long finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 13:45:34 | More by kimcgolf
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NoelJets

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-21-2013 19:59:46 | More by NoelJets
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Douglas88

Utah

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

330 ml. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a decent head. The aroma is quite fruity, like grapes perhaps. The taste is a rich fruity flavor, some burnt malt, some smoke perhaps, and a little hop finish. A thin to medium body. A really nice and easygoing drink. No noticeable alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:13:54 | More by Douglas88
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ReDave

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While pouring it is a milky brown, with a strange greenish almost iridescent hint only seen while pouring [weird]. Get a strong whiff of nice Scottish malt. medium dark cream colored head that stays very thin but present through the enjoying glass. A strong lace that only appears while tipping the glass. A woody nutty aftertaste that's very pleasant. Good mouth feel. Nice wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:28:38 | More by ReDave
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A lot of flavor in here. Similar to a dopplebock, but more robust, caramelized, and heavy. Aromas bring out a serious molassas sweetness with a very slight grainy bitter quality. Some dark fruits like plumb, dates, raisons. Flavors are more intense than the aroma. Throw in brown sugar, caramel, and above all... malt. Subtleties of smoke, chocolate, and coffee accentuate the flavors. With a sypupy thick texture, this beer falls short of silky smooth because of the carbonation, light grain texture, and alcohol sensation (not drying). A bit cloying makes for slow sipping. Still the best Wee Heavy I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 21:43:00 | More by BEERchitect
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.