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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

829 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 99
Gots: 35 | 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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rye726

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 06:52:17 | More by rye726
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Medium brown in color with a small head that fades quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.

Scent of raisins, figs, and malty caramel goodness. The taste is very malty and sweet, but not too much, and there some earthy yeasty tones as well. There is also a bit of a bitter finish to the beer. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

Medium bodied with a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste. Love, love, love the malty, sweet, earthiness of this one. It may be my new favorite Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 05:11:31 | More by daythree16
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't believe my eyes upon returning to California and spying this in my local (albeit upscale) liquor store / deli. Grabbed both the Jacobite and this one. Enjoyed both immensely.

Less tha vigorous pour yields a small white head on top of a dark brown body that is clear when held up to a light. No lacing throughout the session, perhaps I didn't let it warm up enough.

Lots of malts with some carmel on the nose, I like where this is going.

Oh my. Beautiful malt structure. Complex and a joy to discover. Just a hint of bitterness keeps the malts in check. Wonderfully done.

Mouthfeel surprisingly light (not in a bad way) and crisp. I wish the flavor would linger a little bit longer.

Super drinkable. I've had two beers from Traquair and both have been world class. If you see this do not hesitate to try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 09:22:14 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love a good scotch ale, so after thoroughly enjoying Traquair Jacobite, I look forward to the original. On to the beer:

The head was dissapointing on top this light ruby borwn colored beer; small and fizzy. Still good to look at though. Mild sweetness and peat in the aroma. Suggestions of chocolate covered fruit. The taste is a little ambiguous to judge. It's not as diverse as Jacobite, but it's a very smooth beer that isn't heavy on the palate. Earthy caramel notes mixed with a breath of smoke and peat. There's also a touch of wooden cask in the taste. As it warms (and this is a key part to the beer), yeast comes in to add another dimension to the aroma and flavor. Consume liberally if you want; it's too easy to drink from.

I was wondering if I was ever going to experience the wonder others have had with this brew, and it came towards the last minute. And what a treat it was. Give it some time to warm after pulling it from the fridge and you too will experience the goodness of what others have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 03:36:03 | More by DoubleJ
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle > small snifter

The color is an intense red high-lighted amber, good carbonation with a thick and frothy, tan colored crown that rises 2" full with a slow dissipation and eventually leaves only a small covering of foam.

The second I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of pungent sweet malt. Even with a gentle pour the aroma bursts out of the glass! There's...licorice, brown sugar, brown rice, malted wheat, musty, earthy notes of hops. I spent a good amount of time enjoying this aroma. It was actually my favorite aspect of this beer.

As I suspected from the robust aroma the malt complexity is very impressive indeed. It's bold, rich and as complex as you could imagine for this great style. The malt flavor's includes, brown sugar sweetness, figs, only mildly sweet red grapes. The balance is achieved with an amazing array of earthy, herbal flavor's like charred wheat and peet moss. The hops are musty and grassy which leads to a oak-barrel aging flavor, not smokey, but woody. The heat comes on right at the end and gives light impressions of Scottish highland Whiskey. The finish is woody and mildly bitter. Very well-rounded.

This has a medium feel, plenty of crispness, but aslo mellow and hefty going down, finishes sharp due to the heat.

Summery in one word: Quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:32:52 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been cellared for a little over a year as I've been wanting to see how the time affected it. This pours a murky dark brown with little head or lace. The nose is interesting, with a heavy blanket of smoked dark malts with notes of butterscotch and caramel and a charcoal.

Good complexity throughout the sip with a smoky, malty backbone, some mildly spicy hops, and a velvety smooth texture. Some extant alcohol, but I find it complimentary. Almost no carbonation at all. Very relaxed and mellow overall, a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 04:53:07 | More by daliandragon
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is sweet caramel and buttery toffee malts, peat, cola and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and butterscotch malts, some dark fruits, a little smoke and a subdued bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one - it's very subdued. I'll take an Old Chub over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 06:46:58 | More by Beaver13
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jDoubleU

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Dark cola brown with thin head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation.

The aroma was all malts. Roasted malts? Almost 'bocky'. Nothing too complex.

This is the first Scotch Ale that I've had in awhile. I've tried a few before. But my palate wasn't as refined. Pretty tasty. Though I didn't get much complexity out of this. A little vanilla. Some toffee and caramel notes. I could taste a little diacetyl. A little wood in the finish.

Maybe it was a touch old? Wasn't as rich or robust as I would've imagined. But very drinkable.

I would definitely buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:01:29 | More by jDoubleU
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Yesac

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel color, no head. Small ring around the glass.

S - Smokey, scotch, grapes/dark fruits

T- Dark caramel taste with hints of vanilla. Almost like a wine or juice because it's so smooth and complex.

M - Very thin, malty

D - High drinkability.

Excellent Beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:52:59 | More by Yesac
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass with a dark red/brown body and a centimetre or so of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - A nice mixture of dark fruit, cocoa & some warming alcoholic phenols.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a bit of a sweet caramel touch as well.
M - A creamy, smooth medium bodied beer with fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice beer. Not something I'd drink often but every now and then would be fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 09:06:04 | More by brendan13
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ralree

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really Murky brown with just a slight head and decent lacing. The head dies down almost immediately.

S: Rich roasted caramel malt with backgrounds of vanilla. Smells great.

T: Smoky caramel malt, a touch of banana, vanilla, with a bit of raisin in the background.

M: Easy on the palate. Carbonation is a little low. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down easy, and is a joy to drink. Not too heavy, so one can knock back a few no problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:39:14 | More by ralree
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zeff80

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep auburn/copper color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, smoky and a little earthy. Some roasty malt notes, too.

T - This is a pretty malty beer with a nice bittersweet character. Subtle hop flavors come through.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice ale. Good malt taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 14:36:43 | More by zeff80
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into my DFH pint glass yields a rich, glowing, clear red-copper body capped with a thick finger of fine pale tan foam that recedes to a ring, but leaves a few wisps of lacing.

Smell is smoky, peaty and malty, with juicy notes of raisins and plums, with savory, earthy hops.

Taste is exceptionally juicy and well-balanced with smooth flavors of dark fruits, sweet light-bodied caramel, light biscuity malt, and a simple, proportionally dry, smoky bitterness that, after some negotiation with the fruits, gets the final statement.

Excellent drinkability is another shining feature among many in this, a truly outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 22:56:33 | More by cvstrickland
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toutaboutstout

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:03:30 | More by toutaboutstout
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 13:21:39 | More by Damian
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red with a short whitish head. laces nicely. Smells sweet and fruity and malty. Notes of truffles, figs, dates, strawberries, cherries and liquor. Very inviting...smells fantastic. Surprizingly unassertive flavor that doesn't live up to the smell. Subdued clean and peaty malt. reserved fruitiness. alcohol noticeable as a warming sensation on the finish. hints of blackcurrant, chocolate. thinner than i expected. Not the experience i though it would be, but reasonably tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 16:48:31 | More by aforbes10
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my Delirum snifter, the Traquair House Ale is a hazy dark brown with a small, wispy light tan collar with wispy skim.

Smell is rich and malty, with some prune like fruitiness.

Taste is very good, full of flavor. I can't believe I haven't got around to ever having this beer before, wow. Great caramel malt, very smooth and super rich, but overly cloying or too heavy - just a wee bit heavy! I like a hint of smoke in my wee heavies, which this could use more of.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a medium body.

Drinkability is high, but this is one to sip an savor. It gets a bit thick though towards the end of the glass, and I'm not sure I'd enjoy a second glass as much.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 04:20:24 | More by ccrida
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I havent had this beer since I was in Scotland two years ago. I actually picked this beer up in Amsterdam last Summer.

Poured into a snifter to reveal a glorious cream head over the top of a blackish brown body. Very nice looking, but lacking in lace.

Sweet malt with a huge aroma of cream. Rich and smooth.

What else do you need in a wee heavy. Huge malt, touch of alcohol, and a slightly bitter finish.

I love this beer. A fine example of a great style.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:38:15 | More by IPAcraig
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Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a rather small head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of brown bread, a bit buttery and nutty; some light wine like smells as well. The taste is of bready malt, hints of raisins, slight buttery, finishes with a smooth & mellow nutty malt flavor. The feel is well bodied with fizzy carbonation, finishes silky smooth. A very well constructed brew. The feel and finish of this brew is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 04:03:04 | More by Gmann
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willer

Brazil

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber/brown color with a thin tan head.

Smell - Delicate and complex blend of ripe fruits, wood, toast and pepper.

Taste - Wonderfull balance between the sweet malt and bitterness with a spicy touch.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability - Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 15:32:47 | More by willer
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and sweet, almost juicy save for the balancing bitter kick at the end. It appears a dark amber without head retention. Rich caramel aroma with a hint of peat and earth. The flavor is semi-dry caramel grains with a mild, herbal bit of hops at the end. This is a very subtle beer and it hides it's strength well. However, I'd like a little more flavor out of a 7%+ Scotch Ale. Worth a try for the great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 02:27:32 | More by tempest
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malcontent

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Deepest, nearly opaque garnet color with a generous head. Solid ring of foam remains as the head subsides.

Lightly sweet malt scent is reminiscent of prunes although not a heavy as that would seemingly indicate. Hints of peats frame a buttery and sometimes bready body nicely.

That's a tasty Wee Heavy! Dark fruit leads into a brief honey interlude concluded in a big way with a solid one-two-punch of peat smoke and herbal (not hop) bitterness. Long, dry wood-like finish.

The only weak point of the beer is that, despite good carbonation levels, it is quite thin for something of it's class. Still, the alcohol is completely masked and the flavor is top notch. I'd say Scotch ales don't get much easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 04:48:18 | More by malcontent
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charlzm

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 04/01/08.

Pours a semi-translucent dark caramel brown. A fine foam head forms but only a ring around the edges of the glass survives long.

Aroma is complex; smoky meats and maple.

Flavor reminds me of maple syrup glazed ham with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Some muted cherry flavor as well. Dark tea notes and a woody character lurk among the flavors. Some toffee as well, but only a trace.

Interesting and surprisingly drinkable for 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:07:52 | More by charlzm
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rebel1771

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 23:52:04 | More by rebel1771
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 11.2 oz bottle while brewing our own Wee Heavy.
A-Deep Amber red/Brown, darker colors are mixed in-very little head. Interesting color.
S-Very Earthy, Musty yeast, mild fruits. Again very interesting.
T-Sweet at first, Caramel/Toffee and biscuit mal flavors, the middle tasty earthy like peat/Scotch with a very mild smoky flavor, Black tea flavor as well which was not terribly pleasant. A little bitterness but very little hop flavor.
M-Very thin and watery with little carbonation. Mouth feel was disappointing on thie beer which lent to the tea flavor.
D-Better than average as there are interesting flavors here but I wouldn't drink alot of these. Very subtle flavors and aroma. I'll try this again as my palate improves.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 16:49:53 | More by hopsleeroy
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