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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 110
Gots: 50 | 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 ElGeeH
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a deep browny burgandy body, off white head almost tan, good retention, very creamy head

Smell, estery malt, sweet vanilla. Some hint of chocolate covered dried fruit

Taste, thick creamy malt mouthfeel, some chocolaty bitterness. This would pair really well with a nice dark chocolate. Not an overly heavy body

Fantastic, pricey (£2.50 a bottle) but well worth the money. Would work great as an after dinner beer, or with a chocolate dessert

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a thin head. No lacing to speak of. Not a pretty beer. The aroma is complex and winey with the alcohol noticeable but not dominant, and with top notes of dry malt and brandied dark fruits with some sherry notes there as well. The flavor has more of that malty winey flavor, more dark fruit, a touch of woodiness and attenuated raisin and sweet sherry flavors. There is a little nutty spiciness on the finish and a rich creaminess in the mouthfeel, although the beer is slightly thinner than you might have guessed it would be. Quite drinkable, but best as an after dinner sipper. This beers was one of my early favorites maybe 20 years ago,and its nice to see that it still impresses after all these years. Great brew.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with a lovely cream colored head that almost looked nitro-pushed. Stayed pretty, great head retention and lacing.

Smelled tart fruitiness as soon as I poured it. Oak, buttery toffee, port-wine, which became stronger as I drank.

Oak, cognac, port-wine, caramel, apples and prunes, smokey malt. Each drink seems to bring one of the aforementioned traits to the front of the palette, the others blending in an almost subliminal way. A bit sweet, hops and smokey grains helped with this.

I've tried quite a few beers aged in uncoated oak vessels, but Traquair House Ale has by far the strongest oak flavors and smells, which I found unrelenting by the time the beer was done. Amazing things going on, a juggling act of flavors, but not one I'll be back for any time soon.

Photo of kbub6f
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy pour reluctantly gives up a small, creamy, dense head. The beer is ever-so-slightly hazy and a dark, red/brown. Spotty lacing. Wow. Hella nutty chocolate nose. Bready with a touch of grapes. Roasty! grains in the front. A smooth, sweet, fruity-chocolate middle with more roasty grains in the finish. Bitter chocolate. Warming alcohol. It is a nice, nutty, roasty, sweet, malty beer. Chocolatey smooth with pleasant warming alcohol, yet little alcohol taste. I would drink this all winter if I could get it here.

Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque very dark chestnut brown color with a thick frothy 1.5 finger tan head. Decent retention but slowly fades into a lasting ring after a bit. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of hazelnut, chocolate and leathery malts. Very earthy with a nice alcohol scent.

Roasted chocolate malt flavor with some caramel sweetness and subtle hop bitterness. Estery dark fruit notes, mostly plum and berries with some chestnut/hazelnut notes and slight alcohol warmth. Kind of a barleywine brown ale hybrid.

Photo of WarrenGofstein
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color with a tan head. The nose has sweet malts, candy and figs. The taste is simply delicious. A perfect balance of bready malts, fruits, candies and ligt hops. Full body suits beer perfectly. A beautifull beer that I could enjoy most anytime.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with the faintest ruby highlights when held up to light. Thin brown head with decent retention and great lacing.

S - Very deep aroma of dark fruits including plums and prunes. Also a hint of butterscotch candy in the nose. Very sweet aroma.

T - Very strong sweetness initially. Many of the same tastes in the nose come through in the taste including plums and a candied apple taste. A light spiciness provides just enough balance to the sweetness making a nicely balanced Scotch Ale.

M/D - Medium to full bodied. Excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking despite the high sweetness.

Photo of jcsandlin
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a deep amber brown with a small pale brown head that subsides quickly, leaving islands of the larger bubbles behind.

Smell: It has a very faint aroma, but it seems spicy and woodlike, with the alcohol scent very present.

Taste: There is a light fruity and sweet taste that presents first along with a bit of caramel, but that is quickly overtaken by a more hoppy and smoky flavor. The taste is very warm from the alcohol, and the finish returns to a fruity and floral sweetness that is very pleasant for sipping. There is a bit of a bitterness in the aftertaste, almost like a strong tea.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium-bodied beer, not too high in carbonation, but still assertive on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer, one of the best beers from Scotland I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side for regular drinking, but it is certainly one to be enjoyed occasionally. It's a great warming beer for a chilly night.

Photo of dannyvee
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at cellar temperature in my trusty chimay chalice. poured a clear deep copper with not much head to speak of, just a rim of white foam clinging to the edge of the glass. aromas of caramel, malt, a touch of chocolate and earth.
body is full and carbonation light. first sips give a fruity maltiness with an alcohol bite in the back of the throat. pleasant caramel sweetness with a creamy, nutty finish.
all in all a great brew for this 15 degree boston evening.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. Label says BB JUN 2018.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Full ring of sticky lacing.

S- Notes of mocha, caramel and a hint of booze.

T- Starts off with some roasted malt and a bit of oak, then moves into some alcohol and hop bitterness before ending with a slightly metallic flavor. Everything is well-balanced and smooth which almost results in a neutrality of flavor but, once multiple sips are taken easily, the beer's character comes through loud and clear.

M- Creamy and semi-thick. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O- This is quite wonderful. Pricey but mostly worth it due to the high drinkability. Traquair continues to be solid in my book.

Photo of Reswald
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with moderate carbonation, producing a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Its color is a very dark ruby or reddish-gold, and on the palate it is velvety smooth, very rich. You can taste a hint of the 7.2% ABV on the tongue, as well as the slightest suggestion of peat smoke. The finish is dry, enticing you to take another sip. Absolutely true to the style, one of the classic Strong Scotch ales in the world today.

Photo of sommersb
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-24-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Thistle
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Big tan head sits on this dark, red-brown and clear beer. Both head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Aromas are quite complex and have a definite wow-factor! Cherries, wood/oak, whiskey, caramels, toffee, dark fruits and licorice all come to mind. A delight to smell...

Taste: Very malty and of dark breads, plus woody notes, vanilla, smoke and tobacco. Light and earthy bitterness is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth-drinking with moderate carbonation levels. The body is between medium and full, with an aftertaste that is lightly sweet and bready, with a slight sour aspect, such as with rye bread.

Overall an excellent beer; a rich nightcap with a warming alcohol affect.

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep brown with red highlights. Not really any head to speak of, even in well-rinsed glassware. Earthy, heavy malt aroma backed by peat, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavour was sweet and malty with a low, herbal bitterness. Toffee was more pronounced than caramel, it finished quite malty yet not overly sweet. Very low carbonation, a bit dead, but the full body was velvety. What a big, complex malt bomb. Definitely an experience!

Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany red color with a thin bone-white head.

Great roasted malt aroma; hints of currants and fermented raisins; molasses, caramel, and toffee; gentle roasted grains...

Rich, sweet taste. Very robust; emphasis on the caramel sweetness. Excellent bitterness sneaks up for the finish, providing a wonderful, lingering counterpoint to the malt sugars.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel; sweet and clean.

A very clean, robust tasting dark ale. Well-balanced with excellent depth, complexity, and richness to satisfy a wide-range of dark ale aficionados. Highly recommended.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do believe wee heavies are becoming one of my favorite beer styles. Pours much darker brown than I thought with a centimeter deep head that receded to the edges of the glass. Light lacing around the sides too. Aroma is heavy on the malts. Flavor is hoppier than I thought too for an English brew. The malts provide a nice sweet base, but the hops provide a great balance. There are also tones of caramel and lots of dried fruits: figs, prunes and apples. Mouthfeel has a great full body. Only slightly carbonated. Has a nice syrupy feel to it. This is a great beer to sip with dinner or even better as an after dinner drink.

Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not many good Scotch Ales available here, but this one of them. Pours mahogany with a thin, loose ecru head. Rich caramel and toffee, subtle mustiness like mossy decomposing wood, nice spicy oak note, vanilla and toasted nuts. Balanced bitterness, with an earthy hop flavor, slightly metallic mineral note on the finish. This is a relatively young bottle and is already super mellow. I like the new 500ml format as opposed to the old 330ml bottles.

Photo of Wattsox
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2020.

A - Dark brown / ruby body with a rapidly dissipating, tightly-bubbled head that leaves some patchy thin cover and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet malts open the aroma with some spicy alcohol notes and a little in the way of smoky, roasty coffee aromas.

T - Similar to the aromas, a roasty malt taste with some chocolate and spice notes. Finishes with some bitterness which balances against the sweet malts fairly well. No alcohol notes present, in spite of the slight twinge in the aroma.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, smooth and well-balanced.

O - Excellent beer to sit and sip and enjoy on its own or with a meal. Probably not one for a session drink, but certainly top notch.

Photo of genaro
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traquair House Ale was a dark copper brown color with a small head. The aroma was sweet, malty chocolate and caramelly. The toasted chocolate taste was pretty good. The smooth taste also had a little hop bite and was not too carbonated. The finish was slightly sweet and dry. The alcohol added a nice boost to this beer. Overall very well-balanced and tastey beer.

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just drank the second bottle I bought in 2006...WOW!

Dirty, rich, Port-like, smoky, vanilla - slick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Definitely raising my score for taste and overall...this one sat in the cellar for 7 years and showed out well.

2006 review:
A - 1/2" off-white cream colored head. Falls quickly but retains as a cap. Dark brown scotch ale. No lacing.

S - Rich and malty. Tangy aroma. Fruit (fig). Syrupy raisin. Spice?? Sweet. Toffee. Some floral hop aroma hiding back in there.

T - Mellow malt. Hint of smoked malts at first subdued and then begins to blossom somewhere about 1/4 of the way through. A pleasant bitterness creeps up way late in the finish. This beer is somewhat more complex than my review. I have another bottle for later so I can re-visit this review if needed.

M - Between medium and full-bodied mouthfeel. Slick. Low carbonation. Soft (almost delicate) and smooth, smooth, smooth.

D - Very drinkable. So mellow yet with a good deal of complexities. Definitely let this beer warm up some before diving in. Somewhat pricey but well worth the try.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Ron's. Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a quarter inch of off-white head. Toasty nutty aroma on this one. Tastes like nut, caramel malt, with roasty and burnt malt, with hints of chocolate. Full flavored and complex. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to support it. Fairly drinkable for the full-bodiednesss and abv. Fantastic.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours dark reddish coffee flavor. There is a thin layer of foam on the surface.

The aroma is rich with caramel and toffee and a hint of woodiness. There is a nuttiness and a slight mineral smell as well.

Flavor is rich, and follows the nose at first. There is sweet caramel and toffee though the taste is much drier than I expected, not quite as sweet. There is an earthy taste as well, could be a bit from hops but also from the brewing process I assume. The finish is slightly sweet with a bit of a mineral/metallic flavor in there. The hop bitterness is slight and comes through more as the beer exits.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is pretty good, rich and fairly complex. The finish leaves something to be desired however, it's a bit thin and doesn't reflect the beer well. It is very drinkable and goes down quite smooth.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: a beautiful, bright brown body, showing reddish at the sides. Head is slim, and of a tannish hue. Aroma: something else!
The fruit of the vine is on good display in this nose, massive fruit up in here, but it's a sophisticated, complex mix: dates, figs, grapes, a bit o' nuts, earth, wood, and a touch of pepper here and there.
On palate, it arrives in full promise, a fine blend of hop and malt, bitter and sweet seem to patch up any differences, make amends, and create a perfect coupling. Hops continue a pretty, spicy ride upon the tongue, all the while backed up by solid and tasty, sweet malt.
Wherever this is the House Ale, I'm coming over more often! Big thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the trade!

Photo of SLeffler27
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with murky, ruddy brown ale and a quick, thin creamy beige head. Each swirl leaves a viscous film on the glass.

Sweet toasted malt gives way to strong fig and light sherry. Some brown sugar and cashew or hazelnut is also discernible.

Malt is up front with moist wheat bread or perhaps pumpernickel. Fruit flavors are less prominent, followed by milk chocolate that comes out after warming. There is a nice balance to the sweetness of butterscotch and dates in the mild finish.

A medium to full body with cotton texture, fizzy carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a comfortable beer with enough character to be interesting but not so much as to be distracting from other pursuits while consuming. Warmth is a good friend to this beer, which was aged four years in the cellar.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
94 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.