Traquair House Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,105
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.


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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of Alexc11
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of beersampler6
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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 HoppingMadMonk
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
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 MNAle
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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 josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Atlas1
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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 FLima
3.71/5  rDev -11%
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 Holderness
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -11.5%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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 EMV
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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 patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of phishgator
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
2.77/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late January for $7.99. Best before 28 May 2026.

Beer poured brown with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is dark fruits, very nice.

Taste is figs, prunes, toffee that blends very nicely together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer. It is very similar to a doppelbock with the flavor profile and weight. I would recommend this brew if you like these characteristics.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good dark clear reddish purple color. Tastes like oak, dark fruits, and nuts. Really well hidden alcohol as well. First Wee Heavy so I have nothing to compare it to, but it's a great intro.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of oak and a general woodiness up front along with a vague fruitiness and some caramel and toffee malt notes

T: Follows the nose. Some oak, lighter fruity notes, caramel, toffee, and a bit of nuttiness. Very light vanilla in there as well. Finishes with lingering fruity alcohol and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An exemplary scotch ale that is quite hearty and has a good depth of flavor without being overwhelming or cloying in any way. Easy enough to drink but makes for a nice sipper as well

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decanted in a conical pint glass. Pour a hazy brown color, initially quite cloudy but setting down, with thin head, little in the way of legs. Smells of sugar biscuits and banana aromatics; tastes full of rich malt and mocha. Playfully effervescent, but light bodied. Passed this around with only positive reviews; a crowd pleaser.

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