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The Lairds Liquor | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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The Lairds LiquorThe Lairds Liquor

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2005

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 30
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. My bottle reads Laird's Legacy. Close to a year old.

A: light, bubbly tan head. Clear auburn-brown. Pretty.

S: Raisins. Belgian yeast? Interesting. Dry and spicy.

T: Roasted malt and tart fruit. Carmelized sugar. Still, lightly bland. Touch of beeriness.

M: burnt sugar and smooth watery.

O: Not the most impressive beer, but pleasant enough. Now that I've had one, I don't intend to seek it out again, but not Traquair beer is worth turning down.

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Photo of JBarx
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice burgundy color with a large fizzy off white head almost showing crimson notes. Fades into it's topper quickly leaving no lace.

Nice peat smoky notes at the front with toffee, caramel, spice, and hints of meat lying underneath, green bell pepper, with a licorice ester rounding things out.

Nice soft rounded beer with moderate carbonation. That green pepper from the aroma is at the forefront of the palate but fades into gamey malts, butterscotch and caramel, peat smoke, settles on the finish with earthy and spicey flavors mingling. Overall a nice beer, sligh residual sugars keep this and easy drinker as well.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured aggressively into a shaker pint glass.

BBE Jun 2010

A- Dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. 2 finger creamy head, excellent lacing and moderate head retention

S- Paprika, chargrilled meat note, mild peatyness. What an odd aroma!

T- Smokey note hits first, chargrilled meat is hinting again. A touch of biscuit malt sweetness.Tea like sweetness/dryness lingering in the finish.

M- Low carbonation, medium body, slightly chewy

D- What an odd beer! Scottish ale? Not so sure! Flavour profile didnt really fit! I can imagine it would be brilliant with a burger though! Enjoyable enough and the different flavour profile definitely kept me interested!

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3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has the toffee and biscuit malt you expect in a Scottish Ale, but there is also a little bit of green pepper in the aroma. It is not smoke like you would get from peet, but rather the aroma of roasted peppers.

The pepper is present in the flavor as well. In addition to the pepper I also get some toffee, yeast and a light peet presence. Everything works well except for the pepper notes which don't jive with the other flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think this could be a very good beer, but the pepper notes are keeping me from rating it higher.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it breathe. Let it warm up.

Color is perfect butterscotch, apple-butter brown. Just the right cloudiness.

Coffee, Cocoa, Malty, Burnt sugar, heathery.

Perfect carbonation (if you like them less fizzy like me) alcohol level is overt and felt at every point. Mildly sweet aftertaste.

Flavor is an excellent demonstration of the style, but thinner than it could be. An easy all-night drinker, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, one of the better Scotch Ales available in the US. NOTE: US craft brewers take a lesson - THIS is what Scotch Ales should taste like. Guess what it doesn't taste like - freaking HOPS!

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from York Beer & Wine, York

Poured a deep dark russet brown colour... creamy mocha head poured small but tight, thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to patchy wispy covering with thick edging... some light strands of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of treacle sweetness mixed with dark fruits (prunes, fig and raisins), very woody (oak) and earthy, lots of liquorice, toasted bread, some red berry fruitiness, faint cinnamon spice, lots of sweet almond nuttiness, some dark chocolate, some traces of peaty smoke...

Tastel... Toffee, rich fruits (figs, prunes, date, some raisins also), rum, some light peat smokiness comes through after the sweetness, strong anise, almond nuttiness, toasted bready malts, some light medicinal notes, some soy...

Feel - Rich and smooth... medium / full bodied...Drinkability is pretty decent although it might become too sweet after more than bottle...

Overall - A very fine brew... recommended.

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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/ blondish color, with a small white head. In the aroma, licorice, anise, and a malty caramel. In the taste, sweet peat, malty, and small licorice hint. Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry caramel like aftertaste. Smooth and dry, and a nice sipper even if it is 6%.

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Photo of champ103
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms, but recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, and sweet toffee up front. Peat and smoke is very welcoming. Lots of dark fruits of plums, cherries, and raisins. A nutty almond aroma lingers on as this warms up. Really complex and inviting.
T: Follows the nose. A toasted malty treat. Sweet toffee, smoke, and peat again. Dark fruits, and a great nutty almond flavor that is very unique.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Cream and smooth. Really easy to drink. The bottle is gone in no time, and I wish the bottle would not end.

This is excellent. So complex. Traquair is the standard in making Scottish Ales, and this is why. A world class beer from a world class brewery. Highly recommended.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very classic and gentlemanly Scottish Ale. Bold on flavor but the body is quite light and sessionable for a malt-forward beer.

The rusty, dusty haze of brown malt give the first impressions while the creamy sheet of foam gives just a bit of life to the lowly carbonated beer. Off white, the head reduces to a lace arround the glass and leaves slight evidences of lace on the glass. A classic cask ale-like look.

Aromas of brown malts, light chocolates, nuttiness, toast, and wood decororate the nose. No real hop presence but the malts (along with a light vinous note) provide more than enough complexity for the aromas.

Flavors obviously favor the malts: richly constructed of toffee, soft caramels from kettle caramelization, and a subtle berry/woodsy/peppery twang that caught me by surprise. Light on smoke phenols, the beer only takes on a slight peated character. The peppery phenols almost taste like chipotle. And, the woodsy/vinous flavor takes a light red wine character into the finish.

Medium up front but still, the beer lightens considerably without watering. All leading to a very smooth, soft, and light finish. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but sessionable definately enters the picture.

A great example of a Scottish Ale. Where the beer's specifics probably land it in the /-70 range, it drinks much more like a /-60.

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3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a dark iced-tea color. A thin covering of light tan foam rests above.

Aroma - a faint whiff of licorice and a distant note of metal.

Taste - a roasted grain start with a malty sweetness is further flavored with mild licorice. A subtle bite of hops on the swallow, nicely complementing the beer's sweetness to this point. A lengthy aftertaste, more licorice emerging with warmth. Ends with a cozy, dry bitter edge and a clean malty warmth.

Mouthfeel - nice smoothness, medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - a pricy beer to session at $5.50 per 12-ouncer. I enjoyed, but there's plenty of more affordable around as good or better.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured almost a black dark red clear amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, caramel and chocolate with a hint of coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee & toffee. The body was medium light and the finish slightly burnt, yet sweet. A nice beer for the style.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark red with a nice light tan head. Head retains to a thin layer on top of the brew. Looks really nice and clean.

S- Smells of dark fruits (plums, cherries and raisins), touch of smoke, caramal malts and a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T- Caramel malts, spicy, little dark chocolaty flavour, dark fruit, caramel and bready malt. Slightly sweet but balanced pretty well.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- Great example of the style and a solid brew for sure.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very special thanks to GHGRiver for this bottle, sent to me even before we had settled on what he might want in return. I must say, I am excited to try this as it is one of the Traquairs I have not tried.

11.2 oz bottle poured into a mug.

A = Very clear, red oak and dark maple syrup with fair size foamy head that looks like heavy cream slightly whipped with a small amount of vanilla to give it a bone color.

S = Smoked peat, maple syrup, charred oak logs from last night's fire place, bittersweet cocoa powder. Quite complex and deep especially for the style.

T = Great flavors of smoke, peat, light bitterness past the mid-palate, light flavors of cocoa powder and cream are also in there. Perfect fit with the smell. Possibly the best Scottish Ale that I have had. Very reminiscent of its stronger Scotch Ale brother, the House Ale.

M = Medium body, good foaming carbonation and good mouthcoating.

D = This is an excellent drinking beer. I definitely want to take sip after sip and once I am done it has not become at all cloying. I could definitely go for another.

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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. Winking Lizard (a chain of 16 restaurants in Ohio) is carrying this bottle as a semi-exclusive along with two other beers, Oud Orval and an organic Samuel Smith Cherry beer. It was a pleasure to be able to sample this after having had three other Traquair beers.

A Pours deep mohogany brown with minimal off white head. It looks very much like the other Traquair beers that I have sampled.

S Distant, possibly sweet smell, malt, no hops.

T Barley malt, no hops. There is that black licorice, ansine taste that is not dominating but I am not a big fan. Not as dynamic as other Traquair offerings, especially the Jacobite. This was really a straight forward Scottish Ale taste without complexity. I think that it is probably true to style but it is not one that pleases me.

M Moderate, watery, disspointing.

D Not really that good. I enjoyed the one and it is rare to find this in bottles but that was not enough to improve its drinkability for me. I will stick with Jacobite in the future.

Notes: To me this is a good example of a beer that is not readily available and therefore carries with it that much uniqueness but that is not enough to increase its ratings. As I have suggested I am sure that it is true to style but it is not very interesting beyond its difficult to find status.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spied this one while on a Hefe-weizen run.

Have to be quick on the pour as mine wanted to spew a bit when popping the cap. Dark beer, almost a black mahogany in color, quite clear with a tan head tht while not huge showed very nice retention before moving on the the tan ring phase of it's lifespan.

Lot's of sweet maltiness with a rum raisin aroma that is very pleasing. Taste starts with a good blast of sweet roasted caramel/chocalate like malt before some of the more subtle flavors like dates, dried plum and a slight nuttiness make an appearance.

Smooth, not overly heavy or sticky mouthfeel.

Would certainly try another in a winter's eve, but more than 2 might be a push for me.

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