Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld
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4.78/5 rDev +14.4%
Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.
02-19-2001 23:38:21 | More by Jason
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. A bit of head retention & lacing
S: Bready & boozey notes
T: Big time breadyness and a little earthy bitterness up front. A hint of brown sugar & booze follows. Caramel emerges as this warms. Finishes warming, dry, bready & with ample caramel, a bit of choclolate & praline flavor
MF: Chewy/sticky with low carbonation
Drinks fairly easy for the abv, very nice wee heavy. A bit pricey at $5.50 a 11 oz bottle
02-03-2007 06:00:46 | More by russpowell
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
05-05-2003 12:26:33 | More by feloniousmonk
4.43/5 rDev +6%
Beer is dark brown and forms a thin light brown head that break and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Beer is sweet smelling with nice caramel notes to the whole thing. Aroma level is appropriate and it smells good.
Beer is really creamy, very nice. Good caramel notes in the mid and late palate. Finishes completely cleanly. Beer has a medium body and some early sweet notes but its not a super malty beer. Bitterness is really low but that's expected. A really really good beer. I'm so glad I picked these up finally. I would highly recommend it and I'm trying it side by side with the Jacobite and am quite excited about that now.
07-06-2010 01:01:17 | More by drabmuh
4.78/5 rDev +14.4%
I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a tulip from the chilled 11.2oz bottle.
A - A translucent deep walnut shade w/ garnet hue at the base as light passes through. 2 fingers of rocky ecru top the ale and lace collects on the glass.
S - Tons of toffee w/ nutty and fruity malt odors dominating. A gentle vanilla and mild peat touch of aromatic bark, light fragrance of yeast w/ gentle spice notes. The scent of toasted caramel is there mild butterscotch odors
M - A mild sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation and subtle spiced toasted texture. A mellow alcohol element is evident in the finish
T - A great flavor of malt w/ woody and cocoa notes w/ mild butterscotch, vanilla bean tinges. The malt flavor is smooth w/ a hint of coffee and sweet caramel. The toffee-like flavor is accented by a mild pine and cinnamon element. The taste has cocoa notes and is balanced by the flavor of alcohol which makes the sweetness less than cloying.
D - This has to be the most drinkable Scotch ale IMO, a beer that is smooth for its strength and calls for repeated tastes, would pair well with many desserts like creme brulee for example
10-18-2009 22:26:44 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to dfclav for this one.
Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly to a lighter head but sticks around for a bit longer at that point, over semi clear auburn maroon rosy brown colored beer.
Nose has some nice rich malts, darker malts and lots of reddish malts, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, bit of toffee, a lighter soft aged malt aroma, and a bit of herbal hop tones.
Taste is semi rich, again with dark malts, a semi soft aged malt flavor, some toasty and plenty of crystal malts, some reddish malts, and a very light chocolate and roast, then onto plenty of brown sugar and molasses once again, semi sweet, some toffee, some herbal earthy hops, semi bitter but not too much, and the hops don't get too crazy, but they do add a slight almost minty flavor but barely detectable, a bit of booze coming through but not a lot, and slight creamy almost ester flavor but hard to really say. Finishes still slightly sweet, some light lingering malt flavors and sticky feel, but mostly bitter with some earthy hop flavors dominate the finish.
Mouth is a slight bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, and a little booze.
Overall pretty good, the herbal hops are always a negative for me, but it was used in moderation here and tolerable, and some nice malts, overall a pretty good beer.
04-03-2011 03:27:30 | More by jlindros
4.06/5 rDev -2.9%
fellow BA claystation left this one in my fridge, and darn it all, I need a beer, so here goes. ill make it up to him. lovely pour, rich caramel color, deep dark, almost brown, with a dim red orange glow when held to the light. a quick flashing inch plus of just off white head that settles back to patchy spots, but leaves great lace. it smells dusty, timeless, ancient in some way, preindustrial, gorgeous. heavy earthen grain and a bready yeast strain that gives this a very genuine vibe, warming. there is that classic scotch ale sweetness to the taste, but it gives way to bolder roasty flavors, toffee and buttery richness, and a soil quality. its low key for its robustness, and the ale yeast on top really makes it sing. traditional and delicious, exemplar of the style. not sure ive had a wee heavy I like more. drinkably full bodied, warming booze that can be felt and not tasted. perfect for late fall. I have nothing but good things to say about this, and am now curious to try more of their beers. how cool would it be to visit this place? great beer.
11-26-2013 01:32:26 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and roated barley. The taste is good. It is an extremely smooth beer for having such a high abv. . It has a crisp malty flavor with a dry slightly warm finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine old ale. It has good aroma and flavor along with a smooth finish; a good drinker.
06-19-2004 21:15:36 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel, peet smoke and dark fruit. The beer tastes a lot like a slightly smokey scotch whisky. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.
05-29-2010 04:20:53 | More by Mora2000
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours brown with amber highlights near the top. The thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch.
The smell is of oak, figs and nuts. A nice, inviting, earthy aroma.
The taste is of sweet malt - oak, figs and nuts, with hints of pepper and butterscotch. The earthy, bready hops becomes more noticeable as the drink progresses. The malt stays in front, but it has a great balance, especially for the style. The alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. It has a long, dry, finish.
The medium-to-full body holds up well. It has a nice texture.
This is a very nice "sipping" brew. It has a unique, complex taste. I highly recommended this one.
11-26-2006 21:08:03 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours a deep brown, approaching an opaque almost black color that shows a clear beer as I pour it into my glass. The head is frothy and a light brown color, which dissapears to a ring of foam with a dusting of a light layer on top. The aroma is fairly rich, in a fairly thin way, if that makes any sense. The aroma reminds me of fermented dates, some definite toffee and coffee, and a ligthly sour note that reminds me of tamarind.
The taste of this beer is lightly tart up front, with a rich malt character that has notes of toasted malt, a dry biscuit-like note with lots of rich toffee on top. The taste is quite light up front, which is what I expected. The taste is fairly dry, which seems to accentuate the tart tamarind notes. I really like the malt notes in this beer, they are rich and satisfying despite the beer being light; something that seems to be missed on this side of the pond.
02-05-2006 02:37:13 | More by Gueuzedude
4.18/5 rDev 0%
Bottle bubbles over when opened. It did not produce a large head, though. Some spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark, ruby-amber color. Light shines through and appears clear.
The smell is of toasted English toffee and undercooked sweet caramel. Light milk chocolate in the background.
Full flavored with sweet milked cocoa malt flavor. There's a dollop of bittering hop in the swallow, but this is a tale of delicious, near cake-like chocolate malt taste. Rich bodied with a low carbonation level.
01-08-2012 22:07:49 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
11.2 oz. bottle,
A: Pours brown, with a creamy wisp of head, soft lace, looks great in a goblet.
S: Dark malt, burnt brown sugar and peat smoke.
T: Heavy on the molasses, figgy pudding and dark Scottish malt. Notes of smoke and sea salt, definitely has a whisky type flavour in there. Dark bread, delicious.
M: Soft carbonation, very smooth, the sweetness is there, but really doesn't become cloying.
D: The Stuarts have made a classic, James I would be proud, everything is here in balance. Just wish it wasn't so expensive, I can't believe this it the first time I've had this beer in 4 years.
01-17-2010 05:21:15 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Brought this beer home from Las Vegas last year, strange to bring a Scottish beer back to the UK, but we don't see Traquair House beers around here!
330ml bottle poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip.
Lovely dark brown/reddy colour, tan coloured tightly knitted foamy head. The head left some good lacing on the glass, so condition of the beer was good.
Dark chocolate smells come from the beer, coffee esters also in the mix for my nose.
The flavours followed the smells, chocolate and coffee, with the coffee being the dominant one this time. The alcohol content is just below the surface, but can just about he found as the mouth dries after each sip. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, or expected after the first sniff. This ia a well balanced brew for a Wee Heavy.
06-04-2011 20:00:05 | More by BlackHaddock
3.16/5 rDev -24.4%
Bottle (2002 vintagE) served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. 8.5% ABV. Expectations were high given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a beige ring/floater but no head at all. Body colour is a caramel-biscuit/beautiful copper. Rich and inviting. Truly appealing.
Sm: Wood, biscuit, and heavy heavy malts. Vinegar. Boozy heat. Heavy caramel. Hints of oxidation. A unique, striking aroma. Quite strong, with evidence of poor aging.
T: Oxidation, raisin, malty sweetness, graham cracker, wood, caramel, and candi character. Very striking and unique. Time has refined it, but it's not at all at ideal age; it's been cellaring far far too long. Has some troublesome off flavours, but also some masterful ones.
Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely thick. Carbonation holds up even after ten years. Surprisingly well put together for its age.
Dr: Drinkable but well past prime. I'd like to try it far younger; maybe at three years. Aging past five years seems like a terrible idea. I'll have to revisit this one, but there are buried elements that really strike me.
01-29-2013 22:11:08 | More by kojevergas
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
5/14/05- Purchased at a wine shop in Sonoma, CA
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Darker red in color, maybe a dark cherrywood color. 1/2 inch head and light lacing.
Smell- Mainly of sweet malts and various spices.
Taste- Malt, hops, spices, fruits all blend together pretty nicely. Maybe even an oak background. Mostly a sweeter caramel flavor with some prune or plum tastes.
Mouthfeel- Maybe a tad watery on the finish, but a nice sweet flavor on the back of the tongue. Fairly thick. Low carbonation.
Drinkability- A very good brew, but a costly one. Not sure it warrants $5.50 for 11oz, but maybe for a treat, pick one up. You won't be tricked.
05-17-2005 05:57:01 | More by GClarkage
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-02-2009 04:01:30 | More by corby112
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
02-19-2009 01:58:06 | More by weeare138
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-07-2008 02:27:32 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Revisiting this ale nearly 5 years since my first encounter, this bottle's BB date is... DEC. 2017! Served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.
A: super dark russet brown hue with mahogany shines, coming with a moderate carbonated body and a nicely lingering beige frothy head.
S: very different from the Wee Heavy tasted immediately before this - Orkney Skullsplitter - the aroma here is not so pronounced in its overripe-fruit departments; it's low-profiled, more distinctive with a clear highlight of the yeastiness, comprising touches of cheese, salty-sweet butterscotch and a yeasty-maltiness not unlike a robust and estery Belgian dark ale. The sour hint of Chinese herbed prunes provides a suitable balancer with the yeasty hints as well as with the rich yet underlying flow of overripe fruitiness (prunes, apples, and figs mainly).
T: a clean entry of faintly raisiny, sour black dates and black-sugary dark malts comes not sweet at all and pretty understated in taste actually, then the flavour seamlessly ventures into a slightly herbal and bitter aftertaste backed by a distinctive edge of wood-barrel ageing. In the finish, black sugar and a touch of dried herbs are coupled with a rather... "tannic"-chewy palate as of sour-yeastiness or wood-barrel ageing. Somehow, the complexity is not so... great in this bottle, but the overall impression is still all positive.
M&D: fine and smooth on the carbonation, the body is medium at most, and it drinks absolutely light for a 7.2%abv. ale, although it does lack a kind of "soul" (or a really soft palate) that is the key to a "live" British ale. Compared with my first encounter almost 5 years ago, I'd say (just like with Orkney's Skullsplitter) this ale can't give me that "oomph" effect anymore; but before I get to taste the cask-version (should it be available), I'd still revisit this unique and special ale whenever possible. The balance and integrity are the strengths of this ale, no doubt about it.
* Tasting Date: 13/10/05
Obtained this bottle from the London branch of the Royal Mile Whiskies Shop. BB date: DEC. 2014!!! Gosh, for a beer at just 7.2%abv. to boast this level of longevity takes incredible courage as well as unlimited self-confidence I think...
4.5 A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a very dark, elegant ruby hue, with an initially thick beige head slowly dissipating and settling down to a thin layer of tight froth - looking very elegant for a British bottled beers~~
5 S: the nose is incredibly malty and complex - profoundly sweet, but not intrusive, syrupy dark maltiness prevails along with a complex dark-fruit aroma mixed of preserved sweet date, plum jam and huge juicy raisins; plus a barley-candyish texture smelling so thick and delicious enough to eat... also at present is butterscotch note, or that profound buttery note of, guess what, Scottish shortbread... Overall, creamy, rich, rounded, laced with so many dark fruits while avoiding being overly sweet and thick; if only some exotic Belgian yeasts were used this beer could smell more complex and satisfying than a great bunch of Belgian strong dark ales!
4.5 T: full-bodied and almost oily-smooth texture of dark-maltiness and an intense flow of dark-fruitiness make a big entrance, bringing on board lots of buttery toffee, a tinge of roastiness, caramelised sugar, a rounded, bittersweet walnuty flavour, leaving a slowly intensifying dryish-bitterness as well as a mildly spicy-bitter touch developing at the deep end of the tongue; a slightly syrupy mouthfeel is left in the end, but not OTT, and the alc. touch is very restrained, only emerging deep down the throat at the very last, rather than from the beginning.
4.5 M: creamy, silky-smooth texture throughout; actually it tastes much much lighter and delicate for a 7.2%abv. malty brew... at the same time, the body is rich enough to buttress the full-flavour, and helps achieve a nice balance on the palate.
4.5 D: overall, this is an ultra-elegant beer with so much to offer - neither something you'd wish to savour every day, nor even for the second bottle on the same night - because it's so precious and rare, worth great patience until having next sip, and next bottle. Reviewing it "within style", I give it such high score over here, to reflect the fact that though this is just my second bottle of Wee Heavy, I already love it so much. Highly recommended!
07-13-2009 20:10:38 | More by wl0307
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
03-22-2007 01:39:05 | More by Georgiabeer
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew pours brown in color with 2 fingers worth of tan head. When held to the light, the beer shows excellent clarity with an amber to mahogany look about it. The cap recedes slowly maintaining a finger of froth atop with some patches of lacing sticking to the glass.
The aroma is rich and inviting with caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some notes of chocolate and mild fruity hints of raisins, plums, prunes and dates. As the brew warms up, there is a brighter citrus inclusion almost like coriander mixed with mild herbal hops. The hop quality mixed with the alcohol makes for more of a fruit and floral kick that was completely absent from this brew's nose while it was colder.
The taste follows through with what you would expect based on the aroma. Initial flavors of caramel and toffee malt hint lightly towards chocolate. More sips focus more and more on fruity alcohol notes with mild flavoring of prunes mixed with a bit of musty chocolate to coffee. Some citrus is present which is the first indication of hops that draws out some stale fruit flavors of raisins and a bit of earth. This is an enjoyable tasting brew but it has some unexpected twists and turns going on it without the antcipated smoked character one might expect in the style.
This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking for over 7%. I am glad I finally got around to trying this and I would probably reach for it again if given the chance. Overall, not a bad brew it is worth giving a try.
05-22-2012 02:39:03 | More by stakem
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
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
A dark, malty excellent ale. Low carbonation. Why is anything thing this good so expensive - $6.39 for 330ml. Very smooth, easy to drink but it is a sipper with the high ABV, anyway you want it to last more than a few minutes. Bought in Wells, ME.
03-06-2002 20:48:47 | More by jdhilt
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.