Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small amount of foam, it quickly dwindles to a thin ring.

Aroma has an herbal and fruity quality reminiscent of Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Sort of sweet and musty.

Caramel, smoke, dark fruit, well water, tea-like. Raisiny plum in the aftertaste, with an herbal/peaty dryness. Earthy overall feel, thin on the palate, but with strong residual flavors. Strength is hidden, but has elements found in a nice Scotch Whisky. Light astringency stops one from gulping too much. Long finish of sweet dark fruits, bitter herb, and hints of smoke.

It clearly has the hallmarks of authenticity, and is one of the most distinctive Scotch Ales i've tried.

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Photo of SethB2
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Very, nice looking beer. Poured as dark ruby color with an cream colored head that lasts for quite a bit. Not much in the lacing department, but that's OK.

S - Chocolate, berries and a bit of alcohol. Traquair has a very pronounced sweetness to it..

T - Very smokey and malty. Dry fruit and a bit nutty as well. All the while, it isn't as strong in the mouth as I was expecting.. The nose notes come though well. Pretty good.

M - This is where this beer shines. Thick, almost syrupy full, and very smooth with little carbonation. Good stuff.

D: Not bad. I could have another pretty easily.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bottle dated BB June 18 (2014?):
Beer appears dark aubun brown (its clarity is obvious later in the drink). Large bubbles lie amidst an otherwise mildly foamy edge head. Nose is dark caramel to molasses sugariness, sugar plum, fig/date, with an obvious if indistinct tart bitterness as well.

Taste follows the nose, but the sweet scents are much more muted. An English bitter flavor lays over the flavors, which to me also adds a thinning feel to the beer. The carbonation is light doesn't add anything (more just preventing flatness), but does prevent a total failure in feel. After half the beer (which also gets it to a better temp), a woody dryness becomes noticeable.

I am seriously wondering about the age. As a wee heavy, I would think it might not matter as much, but I can't see this being rated so highly. The beer is decent, and not being an English bitter beer fan, I am trying to adjust for that. However, the feel really kills this beer for me from being rated highly, even for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an impenetrable deep chestnut, although the head is quite small even on a hard pour. Spotty lacing as I make my way down the snifter.

S: Toffee, butterscotch, light caramel, molasses, and hints of diacetyl are what I notice immediately. Everything is well integrated, though a bit lacking in the deeper caramelized malts that I would expect from such a noted Scotch Ale producer.

T: A bit of a letdown after the nose. Not nearly as complex, as a bit of roasted nutty caramel takes over the beer, leaving a bit of lingering bitterness. Hints of butter.

M: Quite thin, especially for the style and alcohol content. This has the mouthfeel of a light Scottish Ale rather than the big boy that it's supposed to be. Fairly low carbonation. Not much of an alcohol bite at all.

D: Quite drinkable given the lack of alcohol presence in the taste, and the general smooth drinkability that comes from a thinner mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of mcallister
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark dirty brown with light shining through the edges. Hadly any head and very little lacing.

What wonderful aromas are arising from this brew. Raisin, plum, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, cassis, and maybe black cherry.

Tastes much thinner in the mouth than in the nose yet very complex. Much more of a coffee aspect in the mouth which didn't really show itself in the nose. Some RS and some tannin. Complex yet so smooth it's overly drinkable.

Very good balanced wee heavy.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my DFH signature glass... Deep brownish/red Root Beer color with very little head retention. Not much carbonation or lacing.

S- Really comes alive as it warms up! Caramel, raisins, figgy jam, brown sugar and candy corn. Hints of marshmallow, pine and smoke.

T- Tons of caramel and toffee. A bit of spices, clove, pepper, and citrus. A hint of smokiness and licorice perhaps? Nice blend between sweet and bitter finish!

M- Kinda thin and watery. Loving the smoky caramel and citrus on the backend. No carbonation at all. Kind of like flat Dr. Pepper.

O- Nowhere near as good as Jacobite, but stands tall on it's own. I wish it was a bit stickier on the tongue. I'm not sure at $5.49 a bottle it's worth it, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this at the local liquor store, and had recently tried some stronger scotch ales based upon the recommedation of the guy at my home-brew supply place. He commented on the strength and huge maltiness, as well as the sometimes smoky characteristics... anyway.

These bottles were $5.99 a piece. for 11 oz. Let me say, this is outrageous for this beer. The second bottle I had last night for the purposes of review. It poured it into an ale glass, dark black color, cold but not freezing and it warmed nicely as I drank it. There was an immediate feeling of light to medium body, without much complexity. There was a start, middle and finish typical of the style, with a small bitter/floral hop near the finish that makes you swallow a little hard. There was a hint of smokiness deep in there somewhere. There was little or no head to speak of, and almost a flat taste. It was slightly smoky and malty in the nose.

Here is where the beer failed and in my opinion made it less than "World Class." The alcohol is almost imperceptable, until the finish, when it burns the esophagus. It is almost as if the beer "seperated" somehow. I am not knocking this beer because I don't like strong beer, I would drink Rochefort 10 for breakfast if it didn't have 1100 calories. it is just a strange and bad experience, two times for me. The taste was pretty good and truly smooth though.

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Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a major Scotch(ish) Ale fan, I've been eagerly awaiting this one...

A - Very little in the way of head... Only a thin layer fizzy laces appears before quickly fading away... A slight ring of bubbles remains around the outside portion of the glass... Very few carbonation bubbles rise throughout at a very slow pace... A very deep dark brown color... Very sleek...

S - Wonderfully sweet dark fruits... Plum... Figs... Raisins... Brown Sugar... Malt... Caramel... Toffee... Everything a good scotch ale should be, only wish it were a tad bit more assertive...

T - Taste is solid, but a slight disappointment given the stellar nose... The tastes hinted at by the nose are all their, but seem to battle one another for supremacy to the detriment of the beer... A certain smokiness emerges... A slight warmth as the alcohol rises at the finish and through the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Lots of biting carbonation... Medium bodied... A little thinner and dryer than I expect for a Scotch Ale...

D - A respectable Scotch Ale, but a slight let down given the my lofty expectations...

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter.

Leaves a quarter inch rather fizzy off white head after a fairly aggressive pour. This dissipates to almost nothing immediately. Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Decent lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Candy and sweet malts blend together quite nicely for an almost belgian styled treat. Red licorice and dark fruits nicely fermented in oak barrels? Some alcohol present. A unique, well balanced, clean smelling brew.

The taste brings on a more smoky malt profile. All around, a very well balanced, fairly complex brew. Alcohol could be better hidden.

Medium to full body, little carbonation. Some lingering aftertaste of malt and alcohol.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, no doubt. $5.99 for an 11oz bottle good? Not at all.

Poured into a pint glass, amazing how the head nearly totally disappates! A nice reddish amber color, the aroma is malty with a touch of hops, caramely, one of the better touches I've seen mentioned (and its RIGHT ON) is a hint of butterscotch.
The taste--good, but just seems disappointing after spending that kind of money!!! I'd take a 750mL of Maudite any day over this! It IS smooth, malty, a nice bit of hop at the end. This would be a GREAT dinner beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, decent creamy head that dissipates leaving a ring of foam on the outside. Smells of chocolate and caramel malt, some smokiness, a nice earthiness. Tastes of earthy and slightly smoky sweet malt with a nice mellow bitterness. Finishes with some faint smokiness and fairly sweet. Alcohol noticeable. Nice creamy body, very smooth.

A really nice beer, very smooth and mellow flavors. I was hoping for more to be honest, a little lackluster in the flavor. All in all, a very good wee heavy.

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Photo of levifunk
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - very murky appearance. low carbonation

s - fruity! weird smell actually, super sweet.

t - Raisens/prunes. other than that, somewhat of a thin palate.

m - medium body, so i would have liked it to be a bit heavier, but otherwise good.

o - good. better than the jacobite, but again over priced.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a smallish khaki colored head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. Sweet caramel and toffee all the way through with a hint of vanilla. Toasted bread and molasses give an extra bit of maltiness. A rather simple aroma, but quite good.

T: There is a hint of booze, but otherwise it's a rather nice combination caramel and toffee. Some more of the bread and toast character, but it is a touch watery at times. Maybe some brown sugar.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Overall pretty nice. A bit simple to me, but I liked what it had to offer.

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Photo of zerk
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut, with a thin but very persistent head that leaves very little lace. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, with some caramel and fruity alcohol notes. Flavor is very heavy on caramel malt, with some chocolate, alcohol, and just a touch of an herbal finish, could be a little bit more balanced for my tastes. Has a smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body. A solid strong ale, but just misses the mark (balance) required to be great.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.

S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. There's an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but it's not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.

T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, there's a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.

M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.

O: Personally, I'm more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). I'm also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesn't mean it isn't very good, however.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a far-reaching aroma of chocolate covered cherries and nice lumpy islets of standing foam. The body is highly particulate despite the lack of yeast in the bottle. Sexy, glowing ember color when held to the light, but more of an industrial haze red-brown at the table. Flavor is obviously malty with a good showing of fruit, oak, an edge of charred grains, and a late pinch of bittering.

I can’t recall what I paid for the tiny Euro bottle, but I remember it as something of an indulgent splurge. Traquair House is charming in its own rustic way, but overvalued in my view. I prefer Belhaven.

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Photo of katan
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint

A - A dark amber hue - certainly not extremely opaque. Head formation is quick and off-white. Lots of carbonation present. Appears to be highly filtered.

S - A combination of sweet barley malt tones and some phenolic hints as well. Some hints of oxidation exist in there as well.

T - Starts off rather flat with a mostly roasted malt flavor - some kind of specialty. Mid-stream starts to show bitterness, but no additional flavors develop. Finishes with a much more over malt sweetness and yet grainy astringency. No hops on the tongue or the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body - has some creaminess and body to it driven both by its high sugar content and higher carbonation. Does leave a clinging film on the tongue.

D - Seems very drinkable - easily quaffable. ABV is higher than average. Higher than normal sweetness does cause some palette fatigue. Carbonation is making it a hair filling.

A reasonable substitute for Old Chub when I can't get it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass, looks dark brown in color until it's held to the light and then it's a really nice, clear, burgundy brown color, almost like a raisin. The tan one pinky head goes away very quickly to an even lacing around the glass, mild carbonation.

Smells of lightly boozed plum, figs, prunes, bread. Also picking up hints of candied toffee and butterscotch.

Taste isn't anything like I expected judging by the nose. I expected more of a warm booziness which is pretty much non-existant. Has nuances of raisin, sour plums and dark fruit. As I work through the bottle, the beer becomes a mildly tart. An underlying flavor is a subdued chocolate with everything else piling on top of it.

Texture is very smooth and medium bodied, drinkability is very high.

I'm mad at myself because I purchased this bottle about two months ago and judging by the other reviewers, I'm not experiencing the same nuances, no telling how long it sat on the shelf in the store before sitting for an additional two months in my beer cellar. Because it lacks complexity and shows signs of sourness, something tells me this would have been a different experience had it been a fresher bottle or on tap. I'm dissapointed. (Mainly in myself.) This deserves a second review with a fresh batch.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 33cl bottle with no date evident, into a wine goblet. This beer is a deep ruby read with a few tiny carbonation streams. One finger creamy brown head fades slowly to a thin cap and scattered lace. Musty and earthy on the nose, along with semi-sweet malt. Clean and a bit plain. Tastes similar to nose, more akin to a Gruit/herb ale than a typically smoky Scotch ale. Definitely earthy and dusky with herbs. Subtle and somewhat plain. No fireworks here for sure, just earthy and natural. Mouth is clean and wet with light but full carbonation, smooth on the palate. Drinkability is very good given the light and subtle flavor profile.

Overall: A good, subtle brew, more akin to a gruit than Scotch ale in my opinion. Very mild and drinkable, perhaps to a fault.

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Photo of jreitman
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a lot more from this beer, but was somewhat dissapointed. Little to no head and a hazy cherry in appearance. Aromas were mostly that of sweet fruit. Very caramelly in flavor with some good fruitiness as well, but overall everything just seemed to blur together. Alcohol was evident, but not over the top... still had to drink pretty slowly.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent mahogany hue with a fizzy, off-white head that quickly dissipates towards the shoulders - no lacing on this one. Nose expresses vinous notes, yeast and a hint of cocoa towards the back. Taste is somewhat dull and flat - vinous notes remain; however, there's also an unleavened bread quality and a kiss of something herbal - no oak here. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of prickly and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a bit underwhelming for a beer considered to be a style archetype.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Aug 2007.

Medium sized fluffy tan head. Opaque drak chocolate brown color. Strong aroma of green bananas and cherries. Sweet cherries and toasted bread. Bready sweet and somewhat warming. Fairly flat. Surprisingly light body. Easy to drink.

A liked this a lot better than I did.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with amber hue when held up to the light with an off-white head. The aroma is dark toasted malts with dark fruits, sweet caramel, and molasses. The taste contains dark roasted malts, a touch of coffee and a dry lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is an interesting brew that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brownish mahogney reddish color with a good size tan head and decent retention and mild lacing.
Nose is coffee with malts,caramel and a hint of alcohol like rye whiskey and sweet fruit.
Taste is caramel,sweet figs,malt flavoring with some bitterness and turning to dryness at the very end when the alcohol flavor kicks in due to the 7.2%
This brew goes down creamy and kinda got a thickness feel to it,starts out very nice and creamy with all the flavoring coming thru but the finish is flavoring of rye whiskey,which is'nt really that bad,but not something you would drink too many of,one is good enough for me.
Overall not bad at all,have one,sit back and relax,enjoy the brew and then move on to something else.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours the color of iced coffee, with a thin tan head.
Aroma is malty, raisins, caramel, oak, Scotch.
Flavor is smokey, vanilla, molasses, scotch whiskey, some sugar with a healthy alcoholic kick. Seems a bit higher than it’s listed 7%. Don't think I could drink more than 1 of these in a sitting.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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