Traquair House Ale
Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #12
Ranked #4,304
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
May 07, 2022
Jun 07, 2000
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4 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 07, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AzfromOz from Australia

Purchased at Purvis Beer in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne in Australia, in November 2021.

Colour is hard to describe. Is it muddy brown, or amber, or dark, burnt copper? Maybe all of them...

Aroma has cola, some dark fruits, a tangy caramellyness and some tobacco.

Taste has sweetness, brown sugar (burnt?), molasses, raisins and red fruit. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with mild carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent, and given how well it hides its alcohol, possibly quite dangerous, beer. It screams of warm fires, misty walks and fog-bound valleys. Beer as a device for long contemplation is on display in this glass. If this is what the Scottish Lairds were drinking back in the day they fortunate men!


May 01, 2022
3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia on Apr 04, 2022
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Mar 22, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by janubio from Spain

Bottle from Altopalato, served at home in a thistle glass.
Brown color, medium head with average retention, good lacing.
Aroma of licorice, oak, caramel, prunes, vanilla.
Medium to full body, viscous texture, average carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste of licorice, caramel, prunes, oak.

Mar 20, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2022
4.1 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by illtexzona from Illinois

POURS transparent dark amber, small off white, quickly dissipating head
AROMAS of dark roasted malt, warm leather work boots, left out banana peels, freshly packed Marlboro reds flip top box, decomposing leaves
FLAVORS of Italian roast coffee, carmel, clove, burnt sugar, pumpernickel, raisin, oak
FEELS crispy up front, tiny effervescent bubbles, medium body, finishes semi dry
OVERALL not as sweet as many Scotch Ales, and certainly hides the alcohol.

Jan 21, 2022
4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jan 20, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottles poured into a tulip

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger tan head.

S- Molasses, dark fruits, oak, earthy, some toffee, touch of peat/smoke.

T- Molasses, earthy, peat, dark fruits, toffee/caramel, some oak, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A well done and nicely balanced Scotch Ale, very easy to drink

Dec 19, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

Perfect example of the style. Well balanced and delicious.

Dec 19, 2021
4.36 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 06, 2021
4.68 by beerrat from Virginia on Aug 23, 2021
4.3 by SevenBeersDaily from Finland on Jul 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by trevormajor from Ohio

500 ML bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - somewhere between a barleywine and a stout, buttermilk colored head lingered
S - bread, malt
T - flavors of malt, peat, biscuit; the peat flavor adds a sweetness on the finish
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very interesting beer, good. This one is fresh, so I'm going to age my second bottle 3 years

Jun 07, 2021
4.06 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Apr 25, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by backblast from Alaska

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
3.6 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Mar 20, 2021
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2021
3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jan 19, 2021
4.36 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Dec 23, 2020
4.31 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2020
4.43 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado on Dec 18, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

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
4.18 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Nov 25, 2020
3.83 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Nov 13, 2020
4.14 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 24, 2020
4.31 by DarrellK from Florida on Oct 12, 2020
3.01 by stephenlee93 from England on Sep 05, 2020
4.23 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 30, 2020
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 24, 2020
3.9 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on Apr 30, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

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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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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
4.24 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jan 28, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

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.


Jan 20, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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
4 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Dec 15, 2019
3.95 by Hophazzard from California on Nov 22, 2019
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