Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 75 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of light caramel foam that fades away to a small collar. There is a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is a rich nutty aroma, with hints of coffee and toffee. The smell really pumped me up for the taste. The taste is a smooth roasted malt and alcohol mix. Not too much hops present, but who needs it with this sweet caramel and roasted nutty flavor. The body is heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is also pretty nice for 7.2%. A big thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this fine ale!

Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of euskera
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a roll. Westie12 last night, Traquair House Ale tonight. This one looks better to me in the glass than the Abt12. It has a root beer float look to it, like a soda pop that has a little melted ice cream in it. No head on the pour, not even a collar after is settles into the glass. Just a little bubble flow coming up.

The aroma to me is like Hershey's syrup and butterscotch with a hint of molasses. Fruit notes also present and some indistinct maltiness.

Taste is dominated by malt, fruit, and sugar flavors. A low hop bite at the end as the alcohol comes through a bit on the aftertaste. Coffee and faint nutty flavors come through sometimes as it warms up, sometimes a candyish flavor, too. More carbonation than I would have thought, pleasant enough.

Solid mouthfeel, somewhat heavy, but not syrupy in the least. A clear invitation to keep drinking. It's high alcohol may prevent some from making it a session pick, but if you're eating, having good conversation, and not just knocking 'em back 2 an hour, I could make a night of these, maybe 3 per 2 hours, that's pushing it. It'd be a good Octoberfest pick when it's cool out and it doesn't warm the beer too fast. Ideally, I'd be rich enough to be able to afford killing a mess of these in the comfort of my home, they certainly are tempting and quite efficient at impairing one's ability to operate heavy machinery.

I wonder if SheepNutz has tried this... :-) SN, Kindly refrain from this purchase until we meet again, please...


Photo of BeerResearcher
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous rich impenetrable cordovan with ruby hues. The fading beige/tan head with varying sized bubbles leaves a sliding lace. Citrusy hop, sweet malt and toffee aromas last awhile. An alcohol fume fades after a couple of whiffs. The full malty body provides a complex array of flavors of plums, butterscotch, coffee and blended Scotch. Citrus hops, a trace of mint candy sweetness and a slightly resinous camphor taste contribute to an ale just bursting with multi-directional flavors. This is a wonderful ale! What took me so long to try it?

Photo of drewbage
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of my favorite beers. This beer pours heavy into a glass with low carbonation. Rubyish highlights sparkle wih strong light.

The nose is what defines this beer. The aroma of malt is so intense that it approaches overload. Just the faintest bit of hops on the nose for a change before a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This bottle is old as the beer has a definite metallic flavor not normally present in a more well cared for sample. Brown sugar and raisins and plums swing out from the thick brew. The beer is certainly warming as you swallow.

All in all a wonderful beer and the true exemplar of the Wee Heavy style.

Photo of GreenCard
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  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 MJR
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark garnet with as much clarity as you can get with this dark of a red. A light tan head starts at around a finger thick and quickly shrinks to a small cap. Great lacing on my thistle-shaped glass.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of sweet fruits, toffee, dark chocolate, and Christmas figgy pudding. A touch of smoke hides just under the surface. There's a bit of spiciness in there too.

Taste: Spicy and sweet with a nice undercurrent of alcohol warmth. There's lots of rich chocolate, along with a nice dose of dark fruits. That figgy pudding note that appeared in the smell is here in spades. A touch of roasted malt. Smoke floats under the other flavors, revealing itself here and there... Finishes with a warming alcohol touch, as well as a hint of bitterness, probably from the grain, rather than the hops used. Very rich and complex...

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a thick, round mouthfeel. There's a solid alcohol feel that's there the entire time, and it makes the finish a bit dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable for it's strength...while it's good now, I can't wait for winter to come again so I can enjoy this one by a roaring fireplace, while laughing at the bitter cold outside.

While it seems a bit pricey at almost $5 for a small bottle, it's well worth it.

Photo of Reidrover
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well , well well ..Im just a daddy and i bought this among others to celebrate her arrival.
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great.
The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma.
Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice.
Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round.
Only modesty prevents me giving this beer the 5 , 5s..yes it would get excellent drinkablity..but who could afford to drink many?

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

11.2 oz small brown bottle. Simple black and white label. No freshness dating on this one. Murky bown color. Dark. Creamy bubbly beige head settled to a very thin covering. Sweet malt and fig smells. Full, some molasses as well. No earthy peat or spiciness to be found.
Taste was smooth, lots of figs, and molasses sweetness. Hints of spices, but mostly toasted malt. Maybe a hint of toasted almonds as well. I don't know what figgy pudding tastes like, but I can imagine it's something like this. Plums and other roasted plums mixed in with sweet malt flavors really explode as the beer sits.
Higher carbonation and therefore a super bubbly feel. Much more than I expected. Lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles everywhere, created an almost fuzzy feel to it.
Medium to full bodied. Good going down. I would list it more toward the Dark Strong Ale end of this category.

Photo of importguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one. Pours a nice tan colour with a very nice head. Should be drunk at room temperature to get a real sense of the flavour of this beer.

A nice malty/nutty flavour with a nice smooth dry finish. This ale is very drinkable with out that normally bitter finish that these types of beers have.

After I finished this one I wanted more.

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

This is an ale to be savored not devoured. If you keep this in the fridge make sure that you let warm up to the proper serving tempature. There you will find all of the subtle tastes come out, if not this will far from impress you. This is an ale that I like to end my tastings with because if I start the evening with it very few ales can follow it.
The color is wonderful dark amber shade with a nose that to me has an almost gingerbread smell (but that is just me). The only compliant that I can find with Traquair is that the bottle is to small. I would love to find it in 750 ml bottles.

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

This beer pours a clear dark brownish red color with a thick clingy tan head and a firm mouthfee. The smell is roasted malt with a slight grassiness. The taste is clean, nutty malt, with a slight herbal quality and pleasant warming alcohol. Overall a rich malty ale with a clean, rather dry finish.

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

Indian brown/dark amber in color. A small but thick off-white head forms and leaves a nice lace, but no lacing down the glass. Raisins and dark fruits as well as some alcohol are in the strong aroma. It's a smooth, medium-bodied brew with low carbonation. The aroma translates to the flavors, very amazing with just the right balance and touch of alcohol. It's definitely a sipper. As it warms, prepare for a little more alcohol character and a pleasant toasty touch, as well as more pronounced raisin/dark fruit flavors.

Photo of yen157
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head was tiny, but it was sticky and the color of old lace. The beer itself had the color of real maple syrup. Very nice malt aroma with occasional jabs of alcohol and some fruit. Rich toasted malt flavor and a surprising bitterness that started out very mild but built to quite noticeable levels by the end of the glass. Some chocolate milk was tasted somewhere along the way. Pleasant, soft mouth feel.

Unfortunately this was my second beer at the sitting, the first was Westy 12. I’m going to have to come back to this one.

Photo of jeffboo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer brewed in a castle. A nice start is the pour.A deep dark brown beer with a perfect 1 inch tan head. The aroma is a stand-out, a very complex mixture of ripe fruit,tobacco with a hint of smoke,chocolate,molasses,vanilla,brown sugar and various spices. This is a medium bodied beer but not as complex tasting as the aroma. It starts malt sweet with a little orange peel with a nice dry hop bitterness and smoke in the finish. The finish is drier and shorter than I remember from past bottles, this one may be a bit oxidized.I'll have to try another one to see, boo hoo me! A very nice scottish strong ale and another bottle may give it a better score.

Photo of jreitman
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a lot more from this beer, but was somewhat dissapointed. Little to no head and a hazy cherry in appearance. Aromas were mostly that of sweet fruit. Very caramelly in flavor with some good fruitiness as well, but overall everything just seemed to blur together. Alcohol was evident, but not over the top... still had to drink pretty slowly.

Photo of marburg
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to no head atop this dark chesnut/copper brew. It was consumed a little below room temp, and a distinct mix of piney earth and alcohol aromas was present. Tasted of dry earth and alcoholic carmel-ish flavors. Malt sweetness. Just the tiniest bit bitter at the end. Well-balanced. Nothing that stands out in my mind as "one of the greats" but it's certainly a fine beer.

Photo of Bunnyhop
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark brownish-red Ale with a thick, clingy, tan head. The smell is malty and sweet reminiscent of butterscotch,as well as, herbal. The taste is earthy, reminding me of peat, along with a roastedess, nuttiness, and slight bitter finish. As it warms (some) the taste of the alcohol becomes more prominent. The body is firm in my mouth. A surprising taste and quite drinkable.

"A handmade Ale brewed in the ancient Brew House of the oldest inhabited house in Scotland."

(source: Paradise Alley; Jacksonville, FL)

Photo of zerk
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut, with a thin but very persistent head that leaves very little lace. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, with some caramel and fruity alcohol notes. Flavor is very heavy on caramel malt, with some chocolate, alcohol, and just a touch of an herbal finish, could be a little bit more balanced for my tastes. Has a smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body. A solid strong ale, but just misses the mark (balance) required to be great.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this from an 11.2 oz bottle.
The beer poured to give an amber liquid with a trace of white foam. The aroma was mild malt. The taste was dry, with hops the dominant flavor, though not very strong. The mouthfeel was thin, with low carbonation. The finish was thin (hops). The drinkability was OK. I wasn't very impressed with this beer. Perhaps I should give it another chance.

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep scarlet red color. No head or collar. No carbonation is evident. Rum, oak notes, alcohol, dark fruits like plum and cherry and some dry notes are perceived on the nose. This is one of the beers that I can tell I'm really going to like just from the nose. The flavors are subdued, mellow and very nice. Rum soaked raisins, cedar, chocolate covered cherries, bread pudding, plum and fruit cake all seem to dance on my palate here and there. From that description, this would make for a fine X-mas brew. I can't wait to try the Jacobite I've got in the fridge. Mouthfeel is slick and uncarbonated. Body is medium. Drinkability exceptional. Spendy brew, but worth it once a year or so.

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

Into the glass it goes a beer that is deep garnet in color with an unobjectionable head, sufficing lace to coat the glass. Nose that of a fine brandy, with malts and a touch of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, the top middling in mouth feel. The finish is fundamental in its carbonation, germane in its hops with a droughty aftertaste, quite a drinkable beer, and a pleasure to "Whiff" such a nose.

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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