Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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Photo of Nass
2.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am getting dark fruit notes, the abv is not too intense. Good beer but nothing special especially for the cost. Cheers! C

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Photo of beersampler6
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of DBosco
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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Photo of travelguy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNAle
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of crouching050
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidEgo
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blasphemus-Maximus
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Atlas1
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Nunya
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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…

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
3.61/5  rDev -13%
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


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Photo of captaincoffee
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OntheLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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