Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery

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Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
traquair.co.uk

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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#1,656
Reviews:
630
Ratings:
1,092
pDev:
10.1%
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4.61
 
 
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Photo of FLima
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…

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
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

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Photo of captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OntheLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanglow
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcbroome
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phishgator
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!

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Photo of ICTguy21
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mnine
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,092 ratings