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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 01:39:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is malty, figs, prunes, raisins, slight licorice, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, very slight alcohol warming in the throat, otherwise abv hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little wee heavy, quite different than other's I've had, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 01:42:10 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Traquair House Ale

Appearance: A lighter brown, murky look. Looks like a 60-90 shilling ale by the shade and old standard.

Smell: Aroma of pumpernickel bread. Small roast, and stewed noble hops.

Taste: Real nice peaty scotch style malting. Robust and full malt body. Tea like hops with a slight tang. Mild but lasting presence and bitterness. Mostly malty and slightly roasted, in the finish some smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, even feel, well carbonated.

Overall: A well done brew, which has come from the ancient brewhouse in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland to my glass. Proof that history can be tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 07:56:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-05-2013 02:18:07 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly one of the more pleasurable beers out there, such a lively and complex brew. Borrowing the rich texture of a fine scotch and the soft, mellow flavouring as well. These flavours only enhanced as it warmed up as well. I think this is an ultimate dessert beer and as impressive as any liquor, etc. A beer which exibits such refinement and elegance, a truly special Scottish Ale

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 15:22:16 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:03:37 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-09-2011 04:54:08 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Had this at Trios in Denver. The waitress insisted that I drink it from the bottle. Luckily I ignored her.
Pours a dark reddish/rust color. The room was dark so I can't expand. One finger head, some staying power.
Smells of sweet malt, pears and some earthy herbs. Can't quite place it. A little spice to stay the sweet.
Taste; very nice. A slight hint of yeast and biscuit. Some soft fruit and red plum flavors. Not as sweet as it smells. Little hops, but enough.
A very drinkable brew. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 17:46:10 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:39:55 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A nice light caramel evenly pinhead sized head is presented of about three fingers. Tight in appearance, almost creamy, solid as a rock. Body is a clear dark brown amber with some pinhead carbonation on the sides. Good sticky lacing too while drinking.

Nose is a light toast malt, but also very barleywine like smelling. Extremely fruity and sense of smoke. Grape like sweetness as well.

Woah this was very unexpected. Velvety thick body, with a light palate. Palate fills with malt and light smoke. Sensations of grilled meats and sausage come to mind. Light toast and mild char.

Overall an impressive display of light and bold from taste to feel. Very impressive, and an interesting unique Scotch Ale. I am drinking this by a fire with snow outside and I can't think of a better time to do so.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 23:07:48 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but thick dark red/brown, small off white head forms, some spots of lace, head settles down to a thin layer but stays there. Smell is malty, toffee, perfume/floral, some vanilla, chocolate, maybe an oakiness, little alcohol, nice. Taste is real malty, floral and toffee, vanilla, chocolate, grains, some oxidization, so this may not be too fresh of a bottle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice smooth scotch ale, although I fear this isn't the freshest example.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 21:46:38 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 20:31:55 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 02:14:20 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a nice light brown color with a one-finger espresso-colored head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of creamy toasted malt with light hints of toffee and caramel.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth toasted malt flavors start things off, giving way to mild toffee flavors and ending with earthy peat flavors.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I drank my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a very tasty beer that's true to the style. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 16:33:25 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-28-2014 02:02:21 | More by afsdan
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby colour, off-white head. Not much head, retention, or lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt aroma.

T: Well balanced, but slightly sweet, no hop flavour, perfect for style. Bready caramel, a little prune/raisin, roasty (but not burnt), hint of chocolate, slightly nutty, with a subtle fruityness from the yeast. The full malt profile really hides the alcohol strength and flavour. Very well rounded, none of the flavours are over-powering. Perfect!

M: Moderately heavy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Obviously, this style isn't suited to sessions.

Awesome. Best of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 23:01:06 | More by Derek
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-08-2013 02:25:19 | More by PEIhop
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Gusler

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 10:53:44 | More by Gusler
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Tone

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:51:32 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

11.2? oz. bottle served (3x) in 6oz. glass

A - dark, slightly reddish, amber

S. slightly smokey, but much less so than many Scottish ales.

M - a bit lighter than suggested by the appearance.

Tasty, interesting, and highly drinkable.

Outstanding! A must try ale from a small Scottich brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 04:42:20 | More by chinchill
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a dark ruby red/brown color with a one-finger head of foam. Aroma is strong and fruity, malty with a decent smokiness in the nose. Warm and inviting aroma. Taste is a mixture of caramel and smoked malt that feels very smooth in the mouth. Goes down with a bit of warmth from the alcohol coating the belly.

A second sip and swirl in the mouth reveals a very nice smokiness underneath the caramel tones. Very smooth, drinkable and worth its' weight in shillings.

Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 01:26:19 | More by Brad007
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-20-2013 21:15:56 | More by Zaphog
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan14 2010

A deep maroon with two fingers worth of head that quickly fall to a thick 1/4in film leaving a few patches of lace

S lots of burnt sugar and molasses with a little raisin

T as it smells but heavy on molasses, licorice, a pleasant smokey earthy flavor and a little dark fruit. I will admit I was impressed by this beer quite a bit going on

M a little slick, it coats your mouth and foams up a bit in your mouth

D no problems with this beer and for the strength it's pretty easy to down, tasting great doesn't hurt its cause either

Nice beer a little sweet but nothing that takes away from its good characteristics. This beer is worth looking for try it if you ever get a chance

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 06:07:46 | More by wordemupg
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-24-2013 17:28:28 | More by GraduatedCashew
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.