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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%


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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santanas95

New York

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

Poured nearly opaque, with a hint of rednes if I held it up to the light. Moderate head and carbonation, left a bit of lacing.... I din't pay much attention as the smell distracted me. At first the aroma was a bit harsh of alcohol, then it calmed down to sweet malts and a caramel / toffee.
upfront the taste was smooth and malty with hints of caramel and... plum? raisin?.. some sort of fruit that made it all the more inviting. Nice little alcohol kick on the back end of the taste.
Nice alcohol warming and balance of carbonation and bitterness. Overall smooth.
I could drink this again and again. Easily quaffed brew with nothing to detract from it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 03:41:11 | More by santanas95
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maltyb

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/chestnut colour with a tight and creamy off-white head. The head falls into some lace with a good ring.

Aroma: Estery, roasted malts and vanilla, some molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but surprising carbonation for it's strength. It's a bit a thin. The carbonation leaves a sharp and quick aftertaste with some astringency and a dry feeling after sipping. The alcohol gives a warmth as well.

Taste: Smokiness, reminiscent of good bourbon with a slight peatiness (explains bourbon/smoke combo). Vanilla is there, and the malts come through more, it is quite enjoyable. The aftertaste is fairly clean overall.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer, it's a good representation of the style, and a style I quite like. I wish the aroma was a bit more powerful, and the carbonation could be a bit lower with some some more thickness in the mouth, but I'd definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:09:29 | More by maltyb
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supercodes

Maine

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a bold, delivery of what can best be described as a black ale/wee heavy. With a taste that is milder than a barley wine, and not as smokey or chocolatey as a stout, Traquair House Ale relies on strong flavors of malty caramel that results in a fantastic aftertaste. This is a beer with bold flavor, but with plenty of sweetness without the strong dose of alcohol that accompanies most barley wines.

This is a highly recommended beer for those who want a fantastic sipping beer with loads of flavor, but without the over-powering inebriates.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:48:28 | More by supercodes
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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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jcsandlin

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a deep amber brown with a small pale brown head that subsides quickly, leaving islands of the larger bubbles behind.

Smell: It has a very faint aroma, but it seems spicy and woodlike, with the alcohol scent very present.

Taste: There is a light fruity and sweet taste that presents first along with a bit of caramel, but that is quickly overtaken by a more hoppy and smoky flavor. The taste is very warm from the alcohol, and the finish returns to a fruity and floral sweetness that is very pleasant for sipping. There is a bit of a bitterness in the aftertaste, almost like a strong tea.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium-bodied beer, not too high in carbonation, but still assertive on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer, one of the best beers from Scotland I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side for regular drinking, but it is certainly one to be enjoyed occasionally. It's a great warming beer for a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:50:15 | More by jcsandlin
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Cheesebubble

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is intriguing, as it suggests a blend of many flavours at work. An interesting, somewhat complex taste. Noticed the hint of raisin that others mentioned in the flavour. A pleasant surprise that goes down quite nicely. A good, smooth scotch ale (and no overt alcohol taste which is appreciated).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:43:37 | More by Cheesebubble
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Beguiler

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 15:19:22 | More by Beguiler
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kcstevens

New York

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hardly no head, semi-hard pour in to a challice. Very dark, coca-cola coloring, very little lace.
Nose: peaty, earthy, some fruity notes.
Taste: malty, peaty, and again, some fruity notes
Mouth feel: light on the carbonation, dry, tasty.
Overall: Love this beer, wished I could afford it more often. I sat and drank this, sipped this while sipping on Belvenie Scotch on the rocks, and watching NHL hockey playoffs. Doesn't get better than that.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 19:44:20 | More by kcstevens
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spacecommander


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

I no longer drink but far and away the best I ever had was the Traquair house ale. I've tried just about every thing available until 3 years ago. This was FAR and away the best ale I ever had. Second place was McEwan's Scotch Ale. Most beers are like a entree - this is a dessert. An expensive and well worth is dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:40:27 | More by spacecommander
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CaptainStubing

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1st, let me say that I was introduced to Wee Heavies with McEwan's Scotch Ale. To me, that will always be the target to aim for. Others may feel that is not the best example of the Ale to base one's opinion on, but apologies - it's how I was raised.

But this Traquair House Ale... wow! what a superb example of what a Wee Heavy SHOULD be. As Nacho Libre would say, "Let us get down to the neety greety" -

A - Beautiful coloring. Perfect shade of caramel - as dark as the bottle itself. When gently poured into a tulip it produced a rather large head - 3 fingers in height - and soft, compact foam. Dissipated quickly enough to not cause my wife (who can't stand it) not to enjoy a sip.

S - THIS is what a Wee Heavy should smell like. Gentle herbal notes, not overpowering. So gentle in fact, one might have to put their proboscis well into the glass - but it is worth the gamble.

T - Very soft. Sweet, but not sickeningly. Gentle carbonation. Slightly peaty aftertaste.

M - Light enough that it doesn't feel like cough syrup, but thick enough that it doesn't feel like an Anheuser-Busch product.

O - Just the slightest ding in my rating that has nothing to do with the beer itself - the price. At nearly $8, this isn't something I can buy often enough. But as far as the beer, if you enjoy a good Wee Heavy, this is a wonderfully delicious example.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:50:35 | More by CaptainStubing
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dsoft

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly found this at a local liqour store 5 min. from my house. wonderful caramel flavor along with deft sweetness. can tell alcohol is present, but balances the before mentioned flavors excellently. On my way back to the store for a few more....delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 04:56:43 | More by dsoft
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Jazzer1028

California

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

Appearance: Dark brown chocolate/root beer color with small somewhat lingering head.

Aroma:Sweet, malty fig and molasses

taste: coffee, toffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, light carbonation

Overall: very nice, good for after a nice meal. Maybe a bit pricey for the size.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 03:42:09 | More by Jazzer1028
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Enthusiast


4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pretty dark, and the head was very thick. It almost reminded me, visually, of a stout. The head wasn’t as pronounced as a Guinness, but still pretty impressive for an ale.

This beer has tons of flavor, and a complexity that you don’t typically see. The oak barrel’s influence is obvious and appreciated. It doesn’t hit you in the face, but is more of a trailing flavor that keeps you thinking about it as you contemplate your next sip.

I found this ale to be fairly sweet, and it reminded me of a Newcastle Brown. In fact, I’d say it was one of the sweeter beers I’ve had in awhile. I may have been avoiding them, but upon review, I shouldn’t.

Recommendation

I truly enjoyed every drop of this elixir. I don’t remember having an Ale that was aged in oak barrels, and if you’re wondering if it makes a difference, it does. The trailing oak flavor was a perfect compliment for a cool evening in a warm bar, and I look forward to an opportunity to try it again in the near future. I strongly recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:05:23 | More by Enthusiast
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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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