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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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837 Ratings

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 100
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a dark brown colour with a hint of red . Had a small tan head which quickly disappeared and left a little ring round the top of the glass…

Aromas – sweet, malty, caramel, dates and some nuttiness.

Taste – quite sweet with a little bit of spiciness.. chocolate.. hints of caramel as well..

Mouthfeel – smooth and creamy.. not too heavy

Overall – another amazing beer from these guys. Very drinkable…

06-20-2005 15:18:04 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Greggy


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A- pours a deep ruby color with a nice amount of fine sediment. The head is a light tan color, 1 finger in height that recedes to a cap in a couple minutes. Some lacing remains.

S- Quite a bit of fig, prune, butterscotch, a bit of smoky peatiness.

T- Starts out with a big maltiness, quite a bit of fig, and prune, with a bit of butter scotch. The finish goes dry with oaky, lightly smoked notes.

M- Carbonation is appropriately low. Great finish.

D- This is a very nice scotch ale. It isn't as aggressive as many out there but rather, more balanced.

10-14-2008 02:31:03 | More by Greggy
Photo of KarlHungus


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a one-finger white, creamy head. The aroma is buttery and caramelly. The taste is of sweet caramel, and roasted malt withbuttery notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry with nice cabonation. Overall, this is a nice, relaxing brew.

11-11-2005 01:59:45 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Traquair House Ale

Appearance: A lighter brown, murky look. Looks like a 60-90 shilling ale by the shade and old standard.

Smell: Aroma of pumpernickel bread. Small roast, and stewed noble hops.

Taste: Real nice peaty scotch style malting. Robust and full malt body. Tea like hops with a slight tang. Mild but lasting presence and bitterness. Mostly malty and slightly roasted, in the finish some smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, even feel, well carbonated.

Overall: A well done brew, which has come from the ancient brewhouse in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland to my glass. Proof that history can be tasty.

01-15-2012 07:56:17 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of garymuchow


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Interesting array of fruitiness that comes off as not just complex but intriguing.
Poured with a nice creamy firm one inch head. Amber of brown and reds. A rather dirty color. Somewhat clear.
Dessert like in its fruitiness (figs?), but not cloy or excessively sweet. Tickles the top of the tongue with a sweetness, then more of an overall fruitiness finishing with a mild dryness that is moderate in taste and length.
Appropriately flat and smooth. Moderately thick. Not very rich.
Good. Interesting. Enjoyable. Expensive.
Thanks to Todd (my brother-in-law) for this sample.

02-19-2005 02:38:05 | More by garymuchow
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pour yielded two fingers of fairly dense, frothy head that topped a mahogany liquid with faint ruby highlights.

S: Very pronounced malt character, bread-like with a bit of spice, with a light hop side evident.

T: Hints of dark fruit, grainy malt up front. A surprisingly smooth transition to middle and finish, with only the faintest of hop bitterness that complements the intro so well. The flavors make a decrescendo, easing from front to back into washed out finish that refreshes. I expected this to be a lot heavier, but was pleasantly surprised at its mellow flavors.

M: Carbonation is at an optimal level, which is not very high. Still, it imparts a texture that is silky, and never detracts from the taste.

D: All around, a brilliant ale that would seem to suit any frame of mind. Its malt character is delicious, and its balance and composition is so well executed that it ranks very high in the drinkability category.

07-15-2007 20:08:24 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A:It has a nice dark brown color with a white head that has an average head retention and leaves just a little bit of foam on the top.
S:A big malty/caramel aroma hits the nose right away.
T:Very malty. The caramel flavor has some burnt sugar flavor to it and also a hit of toffee and raisin is coming through. The finish is slightly sweet and there is no perceivable hop flavor presence but there is a little bit of bitterness there. It really doesn't taste like there is 7% alcohol in it.
MF:Medium mouth feel with low carbonation and a creamy texture.
D:Very easy to drink because of how balanced the flavor is. The malty flavor is strong but not too over powering. Also the sweetness is there but not too sweet either. I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these because of the higher alcohol but it would make a great session ale other than that fact.

02-26-2008 00:51:46 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of Winter


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Vinous aroma of sweet caramel and malt. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Smooth malty flavor. A hop bitterness coincides to balance the malty smoothness. Touches of caramel and oak appear toward the back. Finish exhibits a slight tobacco taste. This is a top-notch scotch ale.

11-24-2005 02:35:58 | More by Winter
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan14 2010

A deep maroon with two fingers worth of head that quickly fall to a thick 1/4in film leaving a few patches of lace

S lots of burnt sugar and molasses with a little raisin

T as it smells but heavy on molasses, licorice, a pleasant smokey earthy flavor and a little dark fruit. I will admit I was impressed by this beer quite a bit going on

M a little slick, it coats your mouth and foams up a bit in your mouth

D no problems with this beer and for the strength it's pretty easy to down, tasting great doesn't hurt its cause either

Nice beer a little sweet but nothing that takes away from its good characteristics. This beer is worth looking for try it if you ever get a chance

01-15-2010 06:07:46 | More by wordemupg
Photo of raoulduke37


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

"From the oldest inhabited house in Scotland." Sitting in my tasting glass, it's a beautiful dark brown color contrasted with a foamy cap, resting right on top. This gives off a distinctly doughy, almost cinnamon-bread aroma, subtle yet distinct, like a good bakery. The scotch ale taste is refined. It's very well balanced, with caramel, bready, and raisiny sweetness. Slight hints of roasted coffee as well. This would go well with a cinnamon roll or something sweet and crumbly. Goes down easy, with a slight hop kiss and leaves you wanting more. I was inspired to drink this one from Traquairlover's username. I now understand why he chose that. Can't wait to try the Jacobite sitting in my fridge!

04-10-2010 21:41:52 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer makes me think of "Old Peculier", in a way. Dark, a lttle dry, with chocolate overtones. Poured with a medium sized head, disappeared soon after. Very little lace. The alcohol strength is not noticed at all in the flavor. Warming, pleasant, and flavorful. Kind of a unique, and maybe old- fashioned type of beer. A pleasant change of pace, definitely one to try!

01-21-2003 22:12:24 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt thats a little smokey with some dark fruit

T - Like the smell starts off sweet then the dark fruit comes out ends with a nice smokey finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is quite possibly the best Scotch Ale that I've had so far its excellent taste makes this one very easy to drink worth hunting down to give a try sometime

10-11-2010 23:28:26 | More by armock
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

The House Ale pours a murky dark reddish with a finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. It tricks you as it looks like you see some small rounds suds but they soon go back to their home and not stay on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and of figs. The taste is smooth and it malt dominated up front but as it lingers on the palate it is bitter. Very cool. It has a earthiness to it like a mushroom from the ground. Overall the best scotch ale or strong Scottish ale I have tasted to date.

02-03-2008 04:01:08 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of TinusTime


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a caramel copper colour with an nice tuft of offwhite head.. The smell is of dark wet breads, spicy hops , a bit of smokeyness, and dried fruits soaked in brandy or rum. The taste is malty up front with roasted malts and a bit of smoke and anise. The alcohol marches up and then the rum soaked fruits take over. Finally a bit of hops come in to balance and dry everything out. Complex beer, but very well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is evident but not overly so. Nice subtle carbonation ads to drinkability. The alcohol keeps the drinkability from being higher

03-04-2004 22:03:22 | More by TinusTime
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep garnet color with only a small 1/4" head. The foam didn't stick around for all that long and ended up as a small tan layer across the top of the beer that stayed pretty much in tact though there were very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Really rich Oaky bite along with a sweet dark caramel aroma. There is a bit of buttery sweetness in this beer as well as some grassy hops to help round things out. As the beer sits and warms a bit, there is more contribution being made by the alcohol. It is adding a bit of spice to the mix as well as combining with the dark malts to give more spicy complexity. As the beer warms further, there is some earthy Peat-like aromatics becoming noticeable.

Taste: Very clean and sweet caramel-like flavor. The Peat (if present) was only noticeable in the nose as the flavor doesn't show it at all like some beers do. The flavor stays balanced firmly toward the malt the entire time. The sweetness is the first and the last thing you pick up. Somewhere in the middle there is a bit of diversity provided by the hops and alcohol, but they compliment rather than dominate that part of the profile. As I mentioned, the finish is also balanced toward the sweet malt, but the dark malts, hops, and spicy notes give it some balance so that it isn't cloying.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It is probably one of the better Scottish styles that I have had in some time. I enjoy the fact that this beer isn't really Peaty like many from this region as I don't care for that character. This is a pretty good and very drinkable beer and one that I am sure that I will be drinking again in the future.

04-21-2006 03:12:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

330ml (?) bottle. top of neck is printed with: L8072 07:20

tasted in early/mid-june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

dark brown w/ dark, ruby red tint, esp. under the light. minimal sediment. 2-finger tan head, almost creamy on top. recedes to wisps and ring, some of it sudsy. decent lacing, tho at times splotchy and thin.

aroma: dark caramel maltiness blends w/ fruity cherry (dried and fresh), plum and apple. hint of spice or licorice? whiff of hops, very faint. port or sherry characters.

taste: malty w/ brown sugar notes, but drier than aroma lets on, w/ trace roast note. cheery and apple esters still peek in, before lightly grassy hop gives a mild to moderate bitterness to balance and dry things out, accompanied by light phenols and hints of spice in back.

medium body, with a crispness from phenols and a light astringency towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is also quite crisp, w/ light to moderate tingle, but also gives "body".

classic, well-balanced and not over-the-top like many american attempts.

06-02-2010 08:06:43 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of alexgash


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a murky dark shoe leather brown with a small light tan head. Nose is made up of peaty, caramelly, brown sugar malts, hints of smoke, oak, sherry, and some whiskeyish alcohol. Very nice. Taste starts off with toasted caramely malts. Oak and peat moss come on as I detect a slight whiskey burn. Traces of vanilla, smoke, and grapes before a malty, yet slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with a little too much carbonation. A very good beer, but not my favorite Scotch Ale. In fact, I liked the Jacobite more.

05-14-2005 02:15:57 | More by alexgash
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Deep crimson-dark bronze with orange accents at the periphery; a truly stunning color when run through with sunlight. The cap is small in size and pale brown sugar in color. It doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, but the rest more than makes up for it. This beer isn't a stunner, but it's definitely a looker.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. My only (admittedly minor) complaint is that it could be a tad more complex. I smell heavily toasted dark malt, along with more than a little dark fruitiness. I expect some smoke and/or peat with my Scotch ales, but don't pick up any here.

Traquair House Ale tastes remarkably like it smells... 'cept better. There's a more than solid malt undercarriage that provides flavors of dark butterscotch, treacle and even cocoa. As in the nose, dark fruits are front and center, with sticky dates, dried figs and raisins leading the way. There's now a wee bit of smoke and a pinch of peat that limns this portrait of a classic wee heavy.

I can also appreciate just a whisper of well-integrated alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least. Port wine notes weave in and out; or at least they would be port wine-like if they were more concentrated and more forceful. The mouthfeel is in the upper ranges of medium with a light (just right) degree of mouthcoating. That ever so slight syrupiness promotes appreciation of the deep flavor profile long after the swallow.

Traquair House Ale is the second best wee heavy (Belhaven) to ever cross my lips. I love this style and I wish more breweries would dedicate themselves to making just such a rich, complex, traditional Scotch ale as the one I just consumed. If you love this style as well, this one should be on your short list of 'must tries'.

05-24-2005 20:35:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Pours darker brown with plum highlights, patchy white head.

S - SMells very sweet malty. Spicy and sweet to the nose, dark sugar and alcolhol are present.

T - Wow this tastes good. Great sweet alcohol blended with dark sugars. Raisins and figs support the fruit taste. Sweet and malty with dark sugars. Nice complexity and rich flavor.

M - SO smooth and so silky, this beer is a wonder on the palate. Its very rich yet mild carbonation gives it a smooth ride down your throat. The alcohol is warming and lovely.

D - This one is meant to be sipped, savoured and enjoyed thoroughly. One will do and each sip is better then the next.

Notes - Hadn't heard of this one before buying it on a whim tonight, and read up on it afterwards. I didn't need to see the good reviews to figure this one out. Top shelf beer here.

10-23-2009 02:49:29 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation. The head is a smooth thick foam of tan with a slight tint of red.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt is slightly sweet with a peat note in the sweetness. There is a faint smoke in the finish that has notes of cherries.

T- The taste of dark malts have some chocolate and earthy notes. The finish has a faint chocolate covered cherries with a smoky note and a little peppery bite. As it warms the cherry notes become more of a sweet oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creaminess in the texture.

D- This beer really caught me by surprise. It has nice earthy sweet malts with some notes of cherries that really compliment the other flavors.

01-29-2006 03:32:43 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of kmo1030


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

this house ale is a beautiful rich ruby brown with a very pale thin head. it smells somewhat buttery with a hint of fruit, maybe grapes. the taste is something between a tangy chocolate and toffee. something a little walnutty there too...and again, like the smell, something reminiscent of fruit, but i can't put my finger on it, really, really nice though. good thick mouthfeel, with more carbonation than i expected. overall a real treat, that i'll definitely be trying again (so expensive though).

06-22-2003 11:27:14 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Pours a brown/plum hue with 1 finger of tan head that's gone before I put the bottle back down, no lace.

S- This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had, I can't keep my nose out of it for fear that the taste won't live up to the nose. Oodles of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. There's some raisins and vanilla as well, with just a touch of peat malt. This smells like something I'd want to smother my ice cream with.

T- No! What could of been. The flavors here are really dialed down. Still has a nice flavor profile though, just like the nose.

M- Medium body, nice and smooth. Really soft as well which I wasn't expecting.

D- This could of been a world class brew if the taste was more pronounced, still an excellent beer that I'll be revisiting very shortly.

12-31-2009 01:27:48 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of moulefrite


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Perfect chestnut brown color-almost murky to the eye with a very minimal but fine veil of foam that lingers throughout, and puffs up quickly with added swirling. Wonderful warm, almost spirit like in the nose with cinnamon, raisin, and vanillla-some chocolate as well. Lovely bitter/fruity hop bite showing dried fruit, bitter chocolate and malt-nicely spicy in a very warming way. Medium bodied and creamy-the finish is long,warm and memorable. A very decent drink!

10-29-2003 03:37:17 | More by moulefrite
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours out a medium brown with a small head. Smell is malty and sweet. Taste is well-rounded, with a nuttiness that's quite intriguing, with a little hop tinge in the back. Sweet, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is warm; my taste buds really liked this one.

06-22-2003 10:34:37 | More by euskera
Photo of adman08


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

A-Deep red/mahogany color with a nice, creamy off-white head leaving a small amount of lacing and a nice thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate, a hint of caramel and vanilla.
T-Lots of malt sweetness. Flavors of roasted and slightly smokey malt along with som caramel sweetness, a little vanilla and some herbal hops to balance everything.
M-Full bodied, somewhat sticky with very good carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
Overall, one of the best scotch ales available. The complex flavors of the different malts and the herbal hops make this a fun beer to drink. I'd prefer a little more malty thickness in the body and a very small amount more smoke but for the style this is very very good.

11-26-2011 18:47:33 | More by adman08
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