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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

901 Ratings
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 116
Gots: 53 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of katan
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint

A - A dark amber hue - certainly not extremely opaque. Head formation is quick and off-white. Lots of carbonation present. Appears to be highly filtered.

S - A combination of sweet barley malt tones and some phenolic hints as well. Some hints of oxidation exist in there as well.

T - Starts off rather flat with a mostly roasted malt flavor - some kind of specialty. Mid-stream starts to show bitterness, but no additional flavors develop. Finishes with a much more over malt sweetness and yet grainy astringency. No hops on the tongue or the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body - has some creaminess and body to it driven both by its high sugar content and higher carbonation. Does leave a clinging film on the tongue.

D - Seems very drinkable - easily quaffable. ABV is higher than average. Higher than normal sweetness does cause some palette fatigue. Carbonation is making it a hair filling.

A reasonable substitute for Old Chub when I can't get it.

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with no freshness or best by date.

A- pours a murky, cola colored brown body with a sparse cream colored crown of a head.

S- very subtle. somewhat smoky, very earthy/peaty. small amount of alcohol is detectable.

T- very smooth and complex. lots of earthy notes and a little bit of smoke. sweet malts in here as well. lots of dark fruits which i wasnt expecting. figs, plums, cherries, and raisins/tobacco.

M- light bodied and thin. low level of carbonation. very smooth and clean.

D- easy to finish and left me wanting to reach for another. a little pricey to be drinking more than one of in a sitting. something ill check out again, but not for a while.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown with amber and reddish highlights when held to a lamp. Pours with a mild head that recedes quickly into a collar around the drink, with no lacing down the glass.

S: Smoke, roasted and caramel and toffee malts, cherries, figs, and a very light alcohol nose. Nice and rich aroma.

T: The taste is a bit off. Following the nose, the initial taste is smoke, with noticeable malt character in the roast, caramel, and toffee varieties. By the mid-taste, only the toffee is left, combining with cherry and fig flavors to produce a sweet, but not overbearing, flavor. The finish is all toffee with a very light alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: In the first few sips it feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy, but later it becomes increasingly watery, resulting in a thin and watered-down feel, like drinking Coke wherein the ice has long melted. An unpleasant sensation.

D: I'm beginning to move away from scotch ales and wee heavies, and this one really isn't going to draw me back. If I were still into the style I'd acknowledge that it is mid-range, but the watery mouthfeel is one heck of a drawback.

Photo of mrquartetman
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A heavy looking beer, dark in color, with a big head.

S: Very malty, with hints of molasses, fruity. Highly inviting.

T: A big, sweetish, malt flavor, like an aperitif. Excellent

M: Dense, toasty, stays on the tongue all the way through the follow.

D: One of the great beers to drink. One of those great malty, deep beers one wants to drink as a session beer, which would fairly quickly get one into trouble - just as the price would quickly deplete a checking account.

The web site describes this ale as sherry-like, which gets at the very mellow fruitiness and depth of this ale.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle aged in the cellar...
Appears a dense, dark brown with a fluffy, light tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, smoke, roasted malts, with a ripe fruitiness that seems to liven up the smokey notes that seem to be a bit too much in my face...though it was expected from this one.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of raisins, grapes, nuts, cocoa, and dried figs swirling around the palate.
Mouthfeel is malty, yet bitter with some "scotch" like delicacies along the tongue, leading to slick ending.

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

A: pours a deep rich mahogany color with a nice tan colored head on top. good retention rate, with a moderate amount of lacing.

S: huge malty nose. some nice red licorice notes, hints of clove and a light banana tone. some earthy notes...almost oak-like.

T: wonderful flavors. this is what a wee heavy should taste like. robust malts supply the major caramel notes to this. light hints of licorice, clove, and some light banana flavors. small notes of pipe tobacco also come into play.

M: relatively smooth, especially for the higher ABV. medium bodied. solid carbonation level. great palate.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter.

Leaves a quarter inch rather fizzy off white head after a fairly aggressive pour. This dissipates to almost nothing immediately. Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Decent lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Candy and sweet malts blend together quite nicely for an almost belgian styled treat. Red licorice and dark fruits nicely fermented in oak barrels? Some alcohol present. A unique, well balanced, clean smelling brew.

The taste brings on a more smoky malt profile. All around, a very well balanced, fairly complex brew. Alcohol could be better hidden.

Medium to full body, little carbonation. Some lingering aftertaste of malt and alcohol.

Photo of Tone
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color. 1/3 inch head of a off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet chocolate, and strong malts. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. Bitter mouth feel, that is still very smooth and slightly chewy. Average carbonation levels are present. Tastes of strong malt up front and then quickly the alcohol flavors dominate. A slight hop kick is noticeable in the finish. Overall, a very smooth beer with lots of strong malt characteristics. I'd feel very confident in recommending this brew.

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For no apparent reason I've overlooked this one for a while. Looks promising though, so here goes. A dark reddish-brown pour is completed with a nice two-finger, light tan head that disappears quickly. A smattering of lace is left behind. Aroma is complex, with plenty of cherries, figs, sweet malts, yeast, caramel and dark chocolates. A slight booziness wafts up in the middle of it all. More dark chocolates, subtle cherries, toasted malts and a faint bit of spice (perhaps nutmeg) all fill the palate. While not quite as bold as the smell, the taste is almost perfectly balanced. The mouth-feel is weighted more toward the medium than the heavy, and it goes down smooth and maybe even a little bit creamy. There's a pretty good pop of bubbles upon a good shake, which evinces good carbonation and keeps things from being too heavy on the way down. The alcohol content, while not huge by any means, helps keep the beer interesting, as its not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. This is the best beer I've had from the UK. A quick bit of internet research reveals that this brew is an 18th century recipe which was discovered in the 1960's. We could only hope more of these lost gems could be rediscovered, as that would make for some very tasty brews from the Isles.

Photo of bryanbrick
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy, malty and big; sort of a perfect combo in my opinion. With a pretty chestnut color and ever the slightest head this is more than presentable in the glass.

Nothing to really nerd out on in the appearance department, but I think that is overrated anyways. If a beer looks great and tastes like crap it is still crap in my book, but I digress.

What this is all about is flavor and it has tons of it. Sure it is really pushed to the malty side of the spectrum, but that is what it is supposed to do. Full of Sticky Pudding, fig, burnt caramel and carob this has tons of complexity and richness.

Little carbonation is present but this still feels plenty alive in the mouth from all of the flavor bouncing around.

Don't serve this too cold, it really limits the beer. A nice cellar temp will do just fine. A great cold winter beer that would be really versatile with food, I'm thinking breakfast.

Photo of erz316
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown 330ml bottle poured into duvel tulip glass.

A - a definite dark brown with ruby hues, and wholly opaque. the head is thin and quickly dissipating.

S - there is a nice twang that I dont know how to describe. the malts are the most noticeable thing to the beer they have a sweet alcohol twang to them, like fermented figs.

T - there is a malty frutiness, that is made notable from a roasted or earthen character to the taste. there are many flavours playing here, but they are of the same family I feel. there are fruit flavours like raising, fig, plum; the alcohol is sweet, this ties in with the fruit , and does not make it particularly outstanding. the earthen must that comes during the finish is most exceptional and is worthy of high praise. but the sweetness of the fruits in the beer also come to blend to a certain extent with the malts and does not let the malts be that outstaning. ne'er the less, the taste is very good.

MF&D - easy to drink, but not enough carbonation for my taste, hardly any. but, still fitting for the style, I guess.

Photo of Bung
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/7/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown/slight reddish color. Little head, slight off-white, brown, diminishing. Aroma of dark fruit, plums, citrus, & sugar. Lightish aroma. Strong taste of dark fruit, some coffee, slightly flat tasting. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Watery porter kind of taste.

Photo of n00tz
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown nearly bronze body. Light tan head stacked 2 fingers high on pour. Excited carbonation. Slight lacing.

S - Malty cream and some smoke. Grainy (barley) with some floral hops and a bit of added peppery spice.

T - Smoky cream malts, floral hops and slight pepper. Nothing intense, every bit as balanced as picked up in the scent.

M - Medium bodied, layered presentation. Clears the palate and burps as a cream ale. Delightful.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Great at 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours mahogany; dark, but just barely able to see through. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, light tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, cap. No lacing noted.

S- Malty molasses and a hint of butterscotch. For some reason, the smell makes me think "creamy."

T- Malty, sweet molasses. Alcohol is expertly concealed/blended. Very minimal biterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Very viscous and coating.

D- Great flavors and mouthfeel....easy drinking...quite good.

Future outlook: Excellent stuff. I'll have this again anytime.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In honour of tomorrow's Hogmany celebration (at least that's what my Scottish friends call it), and the frigid (even frightful) weather outside, a wee heavy is just what the doctor ordered.

This beer pours a mildly murky, red rust-tinted deep browned amber colour, with a few fingers of tightly foamy, sort of creamy off-white head, which recedes rather lazily, leaving some broad swaths of random limestone cliff lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of sultana raisins, molasses, chocolate-ensconced caramel, and grassy, earthy hops. The taste is dominated by a heavy caramel/toffee maltiness, ever so slightly astringent smokiness, well-understated benign fruitiness, and a quite tame earthy hop twinge. There lies a rather subtle kind of oakiness, one pithy enough to allow the sweet malt to retain its dominance, even in the face of a 15-proof alcohol quotient.

The carbonation is duly understated, the body a hefty tartan-worthy full weight, with a supportive smoothness and lingering creaminess. It finishes quite off-dry, a northern malty aftertaste slightly warmed from the elevated alcohol.

One deftly rendered wee heavy, to be sure, everything one might need to prepare/fortify you for your particular stramash tomorrow. After that, this will still do you well, at least until spring's first tentative promises of lager-fueled patios.

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

A: mahogany with red and a minimal white head which rings the glass

S: plum, cherries, shoe polish, light smoke and butterscotch. Aroma is nice but it took awhile to pick up what I was smelling

T: oaky, molasses, butterscotch and an underlying dark fruit taste

M: full mouthfeel, sweet and a little viscous with a dryish finish

D: great beer. I'll have again. It made for a nice Sunday night sipper

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have passed by this beer for years, have always heard good things about it and am finally getting around to trying it for once. 11.2oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Looks like a lighter version of Scotty Karate, an American Scotch Ale that I am most familiar with. Pours out a deep ruby amber with golden brown highlights. Quarter inch thick beige head remains in cap form for the duration while leaving behind some spotty lacing, pretty good for a non hop-centric beer.

Aroma seems a bit dissapointing, reminds me a bit of a watered down rye beer with white pepper that Don Du Ciel puts out. Mild white pepper and boy do I mean mild, vanilla, nutmeg, earthy and oaky, actually pretty good on second thought. I keep forging this is not an American brew and things are a bit more understated.

Slightly smokey, woody good amount of peppery spice, slighty fruity. Interesting complexity but seems a bit lacking in mouthfeel, just a bit too watery for my liking. Smoke and oak is what I think of as soon as the beer hits my tongue, midway and after the beers warms a bit, sweeter, fruitier and finishes with a bit of pepper and nutmeg spice.

A surprisingly easy drinker at 7.2%, heat is incredibly well hidden, I mean you really can't tell its there, mouthfeel only makes you want to confirm this more, add this to a rich and complex flavor profile and you have the markings of an excellent brew. Though at 6.50 a pop I won't be making this a regular addition to the fridge.

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

I was shocked to see this was advertised as an English Strong Ale, as it has all of the taste and appearance of a Scottish Ale... just like the site says. Brown pour with an off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel, smoke, and earthiness. More caramel and smoke in the taste, with some peat, toffee, and a lot of malt. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Delicious.

Photo of Squelch
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. slight tan head. nice looking beer

Smell: My wife said Teriyaki sauce, and I pick it up as well. Very estery, malty, no hop aroma. Very distinctive.

Taste: I taste bubblegum. Coffee. Interesting flavor combination but it works.

Mouthfeel: Light carb. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: excellent beer. Will be having again.

Photo of beveritt
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Man, do I wish I had a thistle. Label is simple black, white, and gold, with a picture of what I assume is a brewery and a brief description of the beer. No readily apparent freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of light tan head, thick and creamy like it was a nitro-pour. Amazing. This settles slowly, still leaving a fair amount of foam and some lacing. The beer itself is walnut brown and opaque in the middle, although you can just barely see through around the edges. Maybe a slight reddish tint. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Extreme caramel aromas, much stronger and darker than normal malt, including butterscotch and molasses. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: This tastes exactly like what it is, concentrated beer. The intensity of caramel and molasses flavors is amazing. Very little bitterness, but a long lasting brown sugar sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is thick and viscous; incredible.

Drinkability: I have seen this particular beer sitting on many store shelves and just recently picked one up to try. Man, what was I thinking. Being a malt-head, this is exactly what I like, a relatively big beer with tremendously complex malt flavors. Very good.

Photo of adamette
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle looking alot like the one pictured here. Purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio a few weeks ago for $4.99 I believe. Poured into my clean, clear Brewery Ommegang Abbey Ale goblet.

A Pours a deep red, brown body with a one finger but short lived head. By the end of the pour I was TRYING to get more of a head. The head which lasted for about 30 seconds (there is a thin outline of bubbles now, some 90 seconds after pour) was very light brown, pleasing.

S A nice, grainy, malty smell which is not really that strong. There is some sweetness also to the nose.

T A bit thinner than Jacobite and 900 (I cannot help but compare), there remains, however, a strong malt with a bit of bitterness in this nice tasting beer. The sweetness is there but there is a bit of bitterness to balance things out more than the other Traquairs imo. I certainly have a sense of how this is their "House Ale" as it is more drinkable than the other brews.

M As mentioned, a tad lighter in mouthfeel than Jacobite or 900 and therefore more drinkable.

D Good. I can see drinking more of these than Jacobite or 900.

Notes: This completes the trio of Traquair beers that are available for purchase to me. I would love to try the other more available one (name escapes me) as it is apparently a completely different style but anyway I enjoyed all three of them. This one specifically is the most drinkable and it is appropriately named the House Ale. I recommend this one and any Traquair beer that you find. All of the Traquair beers, imo, demand your attention and are excellently crafted.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A strong, pungent (in the best sense of the word) aroma of malt and sweets.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and caramel. A rich, thick, chewy, complex taste, well worth the effort.

M: Fairly high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is the best wee heavy I've tried so far. It's a subtle, drinkable brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color with a slight light beige head.

S: Fresh raisins, fig, plums and caramel on nose. really nice and promising here.

T: Sweet malt palate. Some decent toasted bread notes with caramel for flavor which includes spicy alcohol and dried fruit. Some dried cherry and caramel are also present.

M: Mouthful is moderate, filled with some dried fruit and a subtle hop presence.

D: Overall a decent brew, but somehow was expecting more.

Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By bottle, at The Room.

A - Poured into a snifter, attractive smoky red body when held up to a candle. Thin bony head.

S - A touch of whiskey - maybe it's the power of suggestion, but I get Scotch. Smells more alcoholic than it really is.

T - And tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Deep burnt caramel maltiness amid a lightly smoked character.

F - Solid feel, not syrupy, well-carbonated.

D - I wish I hadn't had this when I was already kind of full; I suspect I might have liked it even better than I already did. Still, I don't see how it can be anything other than a one-and-done.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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