Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 618 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of ajm5108
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a leather brown color with little head. Aroma and flavor profile is more akin to a Belgian quad with lots of dark fruit flavors (raisin, fig, aged cherries) with some oak wood flavor underneath. Finished with an earthy yeast note.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass from 500 ml bottle

Pours a dark but nearly clear mahogany with less head or head retention than I anticipated but excellent lacing throughout.

The nose is molasses, caramel, and malt, with nuts and dark fruits. But a bit underwhelming overall

The flavor follows the nose but with so much complexity it is difficult to cover it all. Caramel/toffee and malts forward with fig, raisin, and cherry in mid-stream, and just a touch of peaty, smoky, hoppy goodness at the end. This is one of the best-tasting wee heavy's I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is just a shade on the "thin" side, but I've noticed that appears to be a common characteristic among barrel-fermented and aged offerings like this one.

Overall, as good a wee-heavy as you will taste.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like scotch with a tight tan head. Great mahogany color.

Malt and toffee aroma. Bread and butter.

Taste is hoppy malt, toffee and oak. Great richness without sacking drinkability.

Smooth carbonation.

Great brew. A true wee heavy.

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Photo of vinicole
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a tan coloured head. Lacing is noticeable.
Strong aroma of malt, nuts and caramel with alcohol.
The taste reflects the bouquet with the addition of wood,treacle and toasted wholemeal bread.
Smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into thistle glass. A little head becomes a ring, leaves a decent lace.

Sour, nutty nose, some date or fig.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, some toasty, some milk chocolate, raisin, a little fig.

Mouth is incredibly smooth.

A very good ale. Flavors are balanced amazingly well, and the smoothness is surprisingly. Not as cloying as many barrel-aged scotch ales can be.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-11-10 in Columbia, PA from a 500ml bottle

A - Clear ruby-brown with a 1-finger tan head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Figs, sweet-smelling toasted brown bread with apple butter and caramel. Rich.

T - Figs, dates, caramel, oak, toasted brown bread (no char), brown sugar, mocha and earthy spice. These flavors linger nicely into the finish, which presents some mild-moderate bitterness for balance. As the beer warms, the flavors continue to bloom with more emphasis on the barrel characteristics.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Thinner than I expected for a Wee Heavy but seems right for this brew. Finishes on the dry side.

O - This is elegant, sophisticated and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark rosewood to mahogany colour. A light white pine coloured head with low retention and spotty surface foam, before depleting to nothing more than a chunky ring around the glass.

Aromatics: There is a slight tang and spice to the sweet and malty nose. Raisins and french toast with a light caramelized brown sugar and butter sweetness with a charred oaky co-scent.

Taste: A little bit burnt caramel and a hint of dark roast coffee with some yeasty bread; the fresh water actually carries with it a grassy note and keeps everything smooth and clean. There is a bit of the char and some walnut that shines through as it finishes.

Mouth: Relatively light, but still in the medium body realm. It has a unique clean water delivery which makes it highly drinkable - even at 7.2% it has a way of passing the palate without hindrance and finishes super clean.

Overall: Super enjoyable. A nice brew for truly any occasion. I just may get a few of these to server over this year's winter holidays and festivities.

Pairing: I have to go with the "xmas party potluck" it really has a versatile palate which means it can go with just about anything. So enjoy it with friends, family, crackers and cheese, fruitcake, chips and dip, chili, and what ever is on the spread table.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a schooner, the beer is a dark, ruby-tinted toffee coloring, with a solid flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of rich toffee and burnt caramel, floral highlights, thistle, berry esters, and sugary overtones. Flavors are heavily roasted and tangy sweet forward, with a solid blend of tangy caramel, rich toffee, burnt sugary notes, wood spice, solid char overlays, and earthy undertones. Very dynamic palate. The body is slick and bold, with a very richly sweet and heavily roasted aftertaste. The finish is slick, smooth, and with a solid cloying linger. Very solid representation of the Wee Heavy style.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Dark brown with a tan half finger head that turned to bubbles. Fragmented lacing.

S: Boozy, malty, peaty, with shades of vanilla, caramel and oak.

T: Follows nose with an outburst of malts and peat. Vanilla, booze, caramel and oak make great supporting tastes.

M: Here's what took the excitement down for me. Very watery and thin with medium carbonation.

O: Needed to have been more chewy, especially for a wee heavy.

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Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottle or import date listed anywhere.

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown but when exposed to some light it shows a very deep red-brown color. The head is a creamy texture and eggshell white in appearance. There is some spotty lacing on the glass and it manages a very minimal head with moderate lacing. Eventually it fades into a frothy ring around the glass.

Aroma: There is a light scent of burnt caramel, toffee, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very light amount of charcoal and just a touch of toasted bread with a light caramel flavor. There is a slightly nutty finish with a bit of a charcoal bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It is a very clean beer that is highly drinkable and walks the tightrope between bitterness and sweetness very well. It has a medium body that edges on the heavier side of bitterness yet leans on the lighter side of texture. Overall the mouthfeel works for the beer but it could use a bit more texture.

Overall: It is an alright beer but nothing outstanding. Much of the beer character seems to be lost or perhaps never existing at all. With all imports it is a roll of the dice whether or not you are getting a well treated product. I would try it again if I could have it in the UK but I wouldn't buy it in the U.S. again.

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Photo of FBarber
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish mahogany brown clear when held up to the light. Thin tan head dissipates leading no lacing and no residual head.

Smell has aromas of oak, must, peat, figs, wood, and robust malts. Its a strong aroma, but very mellow - the aromas are well blended and oaken. touch of booze on the back of the nose.

Taste has notes of toffee, butterscotch, and figs up front. Gives way to a lovely oaken flavor with hints of vanilla. Tons of malt here, robust and flavorful. Hint of a cocoa like dryness with a slight bitterness on the finish. Nice lingering chocolate aftertaste.

Feel is light and drinkable even with the high ABV. Mild carbonation. Smooooooth and buttery.

This is easily top 3 for scotch ales - so incredibly well done and directly from the Laird (now Lady) of Traquair. True CRAFT beer here.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, best by date of 3/28/25. Pours clear reddish-amber with a medium sized tan head. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, oak, some spice, and some peat. The taste follows closely with oak, malts, caramel, spice, and peat; very nice complexity. Some light sweetness and bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, it's a tasty beer and an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of gonger
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best.
Proper pour into pint pub glass produces 2 finger head which soon dissipates to thin pancake that remains leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass. Flavors of raisins, plums, prunes, cider, and cherry chocolate. Perfect mouth-feel. Love the aftertaste. Alter the serving temperature a bit to discover different flavors. Experiment a bit. It's worth it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; a little lighter than cola brown; ruby highlights visible throughout; 1 finger light tan head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: sweet malt dominates up front; oak, vanilla, and tobacco come in shortly after;

T: vanilla for a moment, then a ton of caramel; toward the end, some tobacco; finish is mildly bitter with a little vanilla, caramel, and tobacco;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: complex flavors and aromas; very enjoyable;

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Photo of Pauken
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really surprised on this one. Very nice English style brew, in fact, one of the best I've had from the island. My only complaint on this is the lack of complexity. Especially compared to their Jacobite.

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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 MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark cola with a pretty, ruby hue when held to the light, with a foamy, one-finger ecru-colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very pretty pour. It smells of earthy peat, dark chocolate, tobacco smoke, dark fruit, and spices that I can't quite identify. The taste, as might be expected, is oaky but it is also very dry. I'm not tasting the chocolate that I smelled and the dark fruit is fairly subdued although it becomes more noticeable as the ale warms in the glass. It has a very earthy, smoky taste. Although I don't discern any hops, it is dry and has a slightly bitter finish. This ale is medium-bodied and light in carbonation. I didn't notice the alcohol despite the moderate ABV of 7.2% Overall, I enjoyed this ale: it has a complex, but pleasing blend of flavors and it would pare well with a hearty meal before a fire in a Scottish pub.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola and bubblegum in the aroma. Fruity and floral. Interesting herbal minty note. Milk chocolate and toasted bread. No hop aroma...maybe a bit earthy herbal.

Slightly hazy cola brown with amber highlights. Small thin off white head. Poor retention and lacing.

Sweet dark fruits and earth. Cola and herbs. A bit of cardamom. Rich and complex. Surprisingly dry finish. Just a touch of bitterness to balance.

Medium light body and low carbonation. Rich and full.

Hearty and complex but still balanced.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a beige, two finger high, head.

Nose: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, plum, brown sugar and some tea.
Taste: Again caramel malt, nuts, fudge, chocolate and bread. I get some Coca Cola here also! Strange...
Mouthfeel: A bit light... Light carbonation. Medium to light body. A light bitterness at the end.

Smooth and very drinkable!

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. Nice pour, initial airy head which subsides to a tight beige head. Heady aroma of malt and peat, taste moreso, with some added caramel. Earthy, cloying finish. Nice!

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Photo of badgustav
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color is a lovely deep red-brown, little head but light lacing
Aroma - sweet, dark fruit, plum especially. Malty with no hopiness
Flavor - world class. Rich, malty, with notes of raisin and plum, oak on the dry, slightly bitter finish
Feel - medium mouthfeel, lightly coats the tongue then fades away

Really enjoyed this beer, would love to have more!

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