Traquair House Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #8
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,552
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
645
Ratings:
1,141
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Traquair House Brewery
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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SCORE
92
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backblast from Alaska

3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that dissipates quickly.

Tastes of light toasted malts with a tad of dark fruit in the mix. There is a bit of barrel but you have to search for it and a slight bitterness in the finish. Thin body and mouthfeel, I was hoping for more "scotch ale" but was left wanting it to be more than it was.

Apr 08, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle stamped BBE MAY 29 poured into thistle glass at just above fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours light to medium brown in color with reddish highlights and milky, light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is faint with rich malt, cocoa, leather and earthy hops. The taste is rich, deeply toasted malt with subtle smokiness. Earthy flavors of leather, tobacco and oak can also be found before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Subtle, balanced and complex.

Dec 06, 2020
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep brown/cola color, perfectly translucent. Head is light tan, very small with poor retention.

S: Medium strength smell. It does smell like Scottish malt man. You get some caramel, vanilla, buckwheat honey, figs/prunes/dates and some banana bread. It has quite a bit of musk too.

T: Medium strength taste. It does taste like Scottish malt too. You get caramel, vanilla, buckwheat honey, prunes and banana bread like the smell. You also get leather and oak tannins and some light peat. Coffee on the retrohale. Not a lot of residual sugars and slightly sour like some whisky's can be. A bit mineral. Super old school.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. No stickiness.

O: This is a nice blast from the past. Old school flavors all around. Really reminiscent of Scottish whisky's.

Mar 19, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/29/17; best before 6/28/27

Pours an almost glistening brownish amber with near-purple highlights and topped with a fast-rising multiple fingers of pillowy mocha-beige foam; head holds endlessly, slowly fading to a thick, creamy cap and collar long with an equally dense walling of chunky lacing.

Aroma is subtle though expanding, with a deepening complexity of wood and dates sweetened by a milk chocolate undercurrent; apple core, smoked fig, dusted almond, and tart plum skins feature heavily in a secondary capacity.

Taste profile is an even softer and fading profile of oak, dried plum, prune, and apple skin upfront, while woody milk chocolate shows on the back end with a dusty cocoa exhale.

Mouthfeel has a medium body lifted by an almost untamed fluffy carbonation, expanding a cloudy lightness throughout; steadily thinning, though picks up for a more rounded finish highlighting a mild malty grit and an almost spritzy heft from a carbonation still going strong.

Light and drinkable considering its ABV, thought the oak aging leaves plenty to be desired as it holds bar minimum bearing on the profile; decent overall and far from an ale to turn down, just far too passive to progress beyond anything average.

Mar 18, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from just under fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tinge. A good amount of tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. Nose is rich toffee, malts, brown sugar, wheat, and raisins. The taste is super interesting. Not what I was expecting. Definitely not as sweet as the Scotch ales from the US. Almost a bit salty. Definitely some nice toffee, licorice, chocolate, raisins, bread, and a touch of earthiness. A somewhat dry and lighter mouthfeel. Overall, very impressive!

Jan 26, 2020
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Best Before: January 2029 (Consumed Jan-19-2020)


It pours ruby and clear but looks opaque mahogany in the glass with a couple inches of tan, foam-insulation head that descends to a healthy film. Some lacing. Very appealing-looking. The aroma is crusty brown bread, dark fruits, a hint of banana bread without enough bananas, caramelized sugar. It tastes similar but a little different. Bready and sweet with some tea-like earthy bite in the middle, slight mineraly bite and thinness that rounds out a little as it warms up from 50°. This is a nice traditional Scottish beer and I'm glad to have got to tried it. A textbook wee heavy as far as I am concerned. Personally, I could do with a little thicker body and a little more roundness and complexity in the flavor compared to the aroma, but regardless it was very tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed trying it.

4.25...4.25...4...3.75...3.75

Jan 20, 2020
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped + tulip glass.
Opacity: Deep veiled.
Color: Dark brown with a sexy reddish hue.
Head: Slightly creamy beige 1-2 finger.
Legs: Okay overall.
Smell: Prunes/Black liquorice/Vanilla.
Taste: Dark barley/Raisins/Coffee/Toffee/Scotch.
Feel: Roasted/Earthy/Dark esters/Wood.
Body: Light to medium creamy and oily, decent smoothness but a little thin.
Carbonation: Proper soft crisp.
Overall: A delicious rich one but rough regarding the ABV with a higher alcohol feel, also quite dry and chalky though really warming on this cold winter night. Still an excellent quality traditional Scotch ale.

Visual 7/10 - Flavors 9/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 2/10 - Intensity 8.5/10 - Complexity 8.5/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

Dec 22, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Wee Heavey. Pours a dark mahogany rush with no no head. It goes straight to the malt, caramel (and I detect some, toffee, dates and figs) flavor and aroma. Carbonation medium high with no bitterness. On the bottle they describe it as a 'potent liquor'. Not sure what this means but it does have a liquor feel (it also feels more like liquor cola if there's such a thing) and taste to it. This may sound weird but this session matches well with the beautiful plaid Scottish blanket I bought in Nova Scotia. Not my style of beer but I can appreciate it.

Oct 20, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated BB 1/2027 into the test glass.
A - Dark mahogany color, a steady carbonation feeds a thin ring during the experience. Lacing is haphazard.
S - Toffee, dark fruit, brown bread, earthy like the woods after rain.
T - Caramel, toffee, earthy hops, sweet dark malts, superb malt experience
M - A bit thin on the palate, exceptionally clean finish. Surprising with this incredible malt base
O - What an offering, wonderful Scotch ale

Sep 17, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice wee heavy from a brewery I’m trying for the first time. Pours a deeper dark amber with a little nice head. Smells of stone fruit, malt, wood and a little caramel. Tastes similarly - raisin, plum and currant are the dominant fruit flavors - as well as some vanilla, molasses and brown sugar. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Tasty but not particularly memorable.

Jan 07, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky reddish brown color. Medium light body with medium carbonation that dissipates a bit.
Aroma is oak,earthy,wood,malt, some grain/cracker.
Taste follows the nose with oak being very forward. Hard to find a lot of flavors with the way the oak dominated

Dec 24, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky reddish-brown color with a 1/2 inch+ slightly tan head that dies at a moderate pace, leaving lots of bubbles on the cap. Aroma of alcohol, molasses, plenty of dark fruits. Leaves stringy lacing sliding down the glass as you tip to drink. Very nice earthy taste, with dark fruits, a touch roasty. Only moderately bitter in the middle and finish. Slightly sweet initially, controlled nicely by the hops. Body is moderate to a bit on the thin side. Excellent traditional ale flavor. Outstanding scotch ale.

Dec 03, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Saveur- Biere. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. Deliciosas notas acarameladas, sobre todo en nariz, donde resulta superaromatica dentro del estilo, y con boca agradable aunque algo aguada

Oct 11, 2018
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of this. I have historically loved wee heavies, and this is one of the oldest running examples. It pours a nice dark brown color with hints of reddish mahogany that shine through with the light. No head to speak of, though, and very little carbonation. The nose here is rich and deep, but also not as complex as I'd anticipated. Notes of pear and plum, but nutty and earthy at the same time. I detected a tree bark smell here as well, but that wasn't necessarily bad. Very autumnal in aroma overall. Smoother on the intake than I expected too, but also not as complex. Nutty again, with strong dark fruit flavors. Bold, but understated at the same time, if that's possible. Mouthfeel was a bit watery, to be honest.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but I was conflicted. Either my expectations for Wee Heavies is far too high, or this is an example of how this style should be done and everything else I've had was way off base. Either way, I both enjoyed and was mildly disappointed in this beer. Not at all sorry, however, for having tried it.

Sep 23, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cellaring this for 6 years already, and it has less than a couple for maturity.
Brown color with red highlights and apparently flat, no head at all.
Aroma with notes of prunes on caramel syrup, maple, a bit of wood, vanilla and apple puree.
Flavor with notes of prunes, cinnamon, raisins, caramel, red berries, distant wood, molasses, figs, minerals and cloves. I could swear I got some peat, which is good, although inappropriate for the style. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light towards medium body with almost flat carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is not felt at all.
I don’t remember have felt so natural flavor of prunes in any other beer. Probably only in some top Belgian Strong Dark Ales. This Wee Heavy also delivers some decent spicy notes. Reference for the style. I was writing that I was expecting a bit more complexity, but as it warmed up…

Jul 09, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L -- Clarified reddish amber body with two fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention and lacing
S -- Brown sugar, hint of spices, maple, oak, caramel, vanilla
T -- French toast, touch of herbal hop, barley, pumpkin, dark fruit
F -- Has a decently fluffy mouthfeel, but finishes watery. Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O -- Solid interpretation of a Scotch ale. The Traquair offerings I've had all display this nice French toast character to them instead of being entirely dominated by molasses

73/100

May 29, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer I've been wanting to try for a while, I came across several bottles at a shop in Glasgow and scooped them up. Pours a medium light brown, mostly clear, with a smaller than expected head that left spotty lace. Nose was fairly classic EKG/fuggles and stale cardboard, without the fruity malts you'd expect from a bitter (or in this case what I'd call and imperial bitter). Taste is more in line with what I'd expect from a "imperial bitter" with a fairly standard light caramel malt fruitiness. At 7% I was expecting more frankly. I have no idea what this is termed a wee heavy here...not really getting that. Overall, it was good, with the flavor being better than the nose. I was hoping for something more, especially for the price. I may re-review after trying one with some age on it.

Apr 12, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on bottle neck is '28 MAY 2026'.
Ruby brown colored body, clear appearance. Thick light tan head settles to cap. Lots of lacing coverage. Removing the bottle cap brought forth some foam overflow out of the bottle.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruits (such as raisins and prunes). Just a whiff of peat.
Underpinning flavor is dark malts, but there is some sweet caramel throughout. Dark fruits also contribute a little sweetness. Dark malts seem to have a real peaty/smoky aspect. Tea flavor is there too.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Seems to be a good example of the beer style. Must like the darker malt flavor to enjoy.

Feb 15, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an IPA glass. Had at Fujii Jade Garden in State College

L: Clear dark copper mahogany pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Thin rim of lacing.

S: Toasted sugars and sweetness... malt forward. A bit of smoke and oak.

T/F: Follows the nose. Semi-sweet toasted malts... a little bit of stone fruit in the background. Some oak/barrel character. Not as sweet as I'd feared from the nose but definitely a Scotch Ale. A little peat/earthiness. Finish is toasty grains.

O: A solid Scotch Ale. Nothing crazy exciting but I'd have it again. This one might do really nicely in a whiskey or bourbon barrel if given the chance.

Dec 01, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a nice, ruby tinge. Moderate carbonation, and a finger of beige head that lays nicely on top.

Smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, creme brulee, raisins, dates, and figs. Smells like a solid Christmas pudding.

The taste follows the nose, but is very light, not as heavy and sugary as I'd expected. I'm getting cherries in with the dark fruits. It really unfolds with each sip.

Tastes light and foamy, and smooth for the ABV, style, and overall weight of the brew.

Excellent brew. I found this in Kunming, China, and I'm drinking it in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov 8th, 2017. Great feel, flavour, smell, and look. Must try if you can find it.

Nov 08, 2017
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times over the years

fresh bottle, Aldi.

Pours a deep red hued brown. Small head.

Aroma is pretty mild - liquorice, highland toffee, chocolate fudge. Nice.

Taste adds some fruityness some tartness but plenty of sweet toffee malts too. Enough bitterness, not over or underdone. Some dryness, little mineral quality.

Just a great beer for once in a while. It's not one I want to drink all the time though.

Oct 13, 2017
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phishgator from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is kind of the example i tell most people to seek out and purchase. I've had it many times over a more than a decade. It is dark amber to brown in color. poured into a tulip glass the head is white and thin. The bready malt comes through and gets sweeter as it warms in the glass. I recommend to let this get up to 60 degrees and take your time sipping it!

Sep 07, 2017
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ICTguy21 from Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark reddish brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: fruits, boozy, bit of caramel

Taste: roasted malt, caramel, bit boozy, bit of oak, peat, touch of mocha

Feel: a bit thin, not much carbonation

Overall: good beer, the oak/peat make themselves apparent and add nice balance to the malt and mocha flavors. Exceptionally smooth and at $5.99 for a 500ml bottle it isn't a terrible deal.

Sep 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a healthy finger's worth of foamy white head. Softly dissipated to leave some mild lace running around nicely.
The aroma had some dark fruits, herbal sweet and floral bits melding together to play with a little bit of dark bread and caramel malts.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side to peg the herbal and floral portions down nicely. Adequate maltiness coming and supplying the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, maybe just a touch under with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt just a touch under with a nice absorbent feel of the malts soothing my tongue nicely. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, as a scotch ale, I'd say this one works and drinking one with a nice late Summer's breeze riding through the air makes me want more of this style to get ready for Autumn.

Aug 24, 2017
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lovemesumipa from Washington

2.77/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

I've never been more disappointed in a much anticipated beer. I suspect that I somehow got a bad bottle. It poured completely flat with virtually no signs of carbonation. The taste was bland and the overall experience was a bit like chewing on a used tire.
So for now I will temper my criticism until I have the chance to try another bottle.

May 20, 2017
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1141 ratings