Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,064
Reviews:
619
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
113
For Trade:
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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, murky brown, beyond opaque but for mahogany flairs. A finger of off-white head shrinks to a sheen of surface froth. Drips of lacing filigree the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather subdued, but bears cherry, sherry, berries, and a nutty earthiness. A backdraft of alcohol mingles with a masked sweetness.

Upon tasting, there comes a thick, grounded roasted malt presence that tends wotward sweet, but only briefly, before a tangy, vinous character lays across the tongue. More mellow nuttiness and then a slightly sour doughiness glide through, and then comes a dry but othertwise uneventful finish. It's maybe a tad stodgy...or not...but it's basic, traditional, rich, and damned good.

Bordering closely on heavy bodied, it feels syrupy, though minus any cloying sweetness. It dries and drops away promptly.


It's a glass of stalwart tradition, earthen and staid, rich and graceful, fitted like a well-worn favorite sweater. It's a warm, cozy British friend, easy to enjoy. There's no need for quantity, but the one or two you have are mighty fine in themselves. So, sure, one tonight...and then one another night as well, real soon.

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

Couldn't believe my eyes upon returning to California and spying this in my local (albeit upscale) liquor store / deli. Grabbed both the Jacobite and this one. Enjoyed both immensely.

Less tha vigorous pour yields a small white head on top of a dark brown body that is clear when held up to a light. No lacing throughout the session, perhaps I didn't let it warm up enough.

Lots of malts with some carmel on the nose, I like where this is going.

Oh my. Beautiful malt structure. Complex and a joy to discover. Just a hint of bitterness keeps the malts in check. Wonderfully done.

Mouthfeel surprisingly light (not in a bad way) and crisp. I wish the flavor would linger a little bit longer.

Super drinkable. I've had two beers from Traquair and both have been world class. If you see this do not hesitate to try it!

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

Hearty and rich with a thick grain flavor on the end. Definitely supremely crafted and well made and even more so definitely worth trying…and trying again. When I roamed the shelves (before the days of BA where I could find a little help here and there on what to keep an eye out for), this is exactly the type of brew I’d be searching for. Flavor and style. No need to say any more than that.

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

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter type of glass. Body is dark, dark brown - crimson when backlit - with a small tan head. No real lace.

S: Roasted malt and fruity sweetness, with more fruit becoming evident as it warms (also a touch of peat smoke as it warms, though I could've been imagining that given the power of suggestion; this is a Scotch Ale, after all). Touch of alcohol too - rum, I think.

T: Dark fruit - figs, raisins and plums. Slightly burnt toast. Finishes clean with a hint of lingering smoke and a mild drying bitterness that doesn't overwhelm, but rather provides nice balance to the malty sweetness. At times I'm reminded of birch beer. Slight warming is felt in the belly.

M: Medium-bodied in heft, though lighter on the finish than expected.

D: Very good. At $6 a bottle (small bottle) I won't be buying this regularly, but it was definitely worth trying.

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

A nice Scottish brew, not quite as powerful taste wise as Belhaven's Wee Heavy. Very similar, but the maltiness is not quite so dominant. A bit more bitter than Wee Heavy.

It pours a deep, muddy brown with slighlty off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves lingering traces.

Sadly, yet another one my liquor board has decided to stop carrying. Hopefully it, and stuff from Belhaven will return next fall.

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

Dark reddish brown with a large, two fingers sized off-white head that is quite foamy looking. Retention isn't too bad either with the head eventually settling to a thick looking lacing after about a minute or so.

Dark malts hit the nose straight away and are quite rich. The malts seem to be infused with some dark fruit & caramel and I can also detect a little grain and some of the alcohol as well. There is a background sweetness coming from some vanilla and butterscotch along with a bit of spice as well.

Dark malts with some dark fruits upfront, perhaps some figs in the taste. There is some caramel and vanilla too and a sweet, warm finish and a malty aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with light carbonation and an oily texture to the drink. It leaves a lingering warmth from the alcohol as the aftertaste.

A great beer and probably the best of the style I have ever tried, it was a lot better than I had been expecting. An excellent beer to sit and sip away at and most likely one I'll pick up again.

Featured in the 1001 Beers To Try List:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com/1001beers

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep looking brown color. Not much light gets through this one. The head was pretty good, left a decent amount of retention. The smell was earthy, had some sweet malts and a touch of smokiness to it. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness also, with a dry malty aftertaste. There might even be a touch of dark fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a good thickness to it as well. Overall, I found this Wee Heavy to be rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and the "1001" list.

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

Appearance: Little head. Cloudy. Dark brown.

Smell: Sharp. Very distinct and musky. Some malt. Hints of a berry sweetness.

Taste: Caramel. Mildly bitter. Musky and hoppy on the breath.

Drinkability: Smooth. Medium carbonation. This was good - very drinkable

This was a great beer. Found mine at BevMo. The bottle is simple, and I was sold on it's tag line "A handmade ale brewed in the ancient brew house, in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland" (Product of Scotland) Give it a shot. I could easily keep one in the fridge for special occasions. I think this beer does well on it's own, or would make a nice compliment to BBQ, roasted veggies or red meat.

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

A: pours a deep rich mahogany color with a nice tan colored head on top. good retention rate, with a moderate amount of lacing.

S: huge malty nose. some nice red licorice notes, hints of clove and a light banana tone. some earthy notes...almost oak-like.

T: wonderful flavors. this is what a wee heavy should taste like. robust malts supply the major caramel notes to this. light hints of licorice, clove, and some light banana flavors. small notes of pipe tobacco also come into play.

M: relatively smooth, especially for the higher ABV. medium bodied. solid carbonation level. great palate.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep reddish brown body with one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving very little lace.

Interesting aroma with some dark fruity tartness upfront, followed by a little sweet malt. I can't ever recall experiencing an aroma like this. Not overly complex, but inviting.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's better. Great dark fruity flavors blend with the malt and just a tiny bit of hop bitterness. A touch of toffee and hint of cherry round out a really good flavor.

This is an excellent brew Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%

poured into a nonic pint

A: almost no head very dark Carmel color light filmy head at rest

S: smells like peat moss, a little oak, maybe some roasted toffee a lot like watered down scotch would smell

T: Light sweet feel of watery scotch, a little burnt carmel and toffee a little barrel it's very smooth

M: soft carbonation And a little watery doesn't linger much on the tongue

O: it's pretty pleasant it's very smooth with a soft light taste that isn't overwhelming I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I'd grab it if I ever saw it again.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of diablo14
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep red and purple with a modest head. It's leaving pretty minimal lace as it goes down.

Alcohol dominates the beer's otherwise fruity smell. The taste is layered and full of flavor. The balance really drives this thing home.

Drinkability takes a small hit from the alcoholic content but remains high.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany colour into my pint glass with a muted ruby hue when held to the light. The creamy tan head that topped it was thin, but had good staying power.

Good Scotch ales are a malty delight to smell, this one's complexity was especially impressive. My nose is not especially well-trained, but picked up caramel, rum, raisins and brown sugar. No one element overpowered the others — they all contributed to the exquisite whole.

This beer's refinement is what sets it apart from others in the style. A more average example may have a grainier or sharper malt profile, but this was extremely smooth and mellow and transitioned smoothly to a slightly bitter hop finish with a touch of mild coffee grounds. The creamy medium body, and low carbonation made this one go down dangerously easily.

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep garnet hued, lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that quickly settles into a thin layer that coats the rim of the glass. Deeply malty sweet toffee, heavily caramelized sugar, a touch of fruity prune along w/ a hint of roasted barley sharpness in aroma. As the beer warms, unexpected mild but pleasant heaty fusels eek their way into the aroma. Although sweet due to the appropriately low hop bitterness, smooth roasted barley bitterness, light chocolate, and dark crystal malt provide a rich & enjoyable malt profile. Medium bodied w/ a smooth and dextinous mouthfeel. Finishes clean, pleasantly sweet, lightly roasty, w/ a bit of alcohol warmth. Simply put, Traquair House Ale is a balanced, flavorful and very drinkable brew. More than 11.2 ounces would've been appreciated.

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Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich and murky mahogany brown with scarlett red highlights that reveal themselves at the bottom of the glass. About a finger's worth of fine cream coloured head is produced but quickly falls to a thin ring. Alcohol film sticks to the sides of the glass along with splashes of spotted lace.

Classic syrupy butterscotch streams from the glass as notes of toasted malts, light peat with a bit of a smokey edge, figs, dates, and alcohol soaked raisons assert themselves around it. Earthy hops and a slight vinous character further the complexity of this fine scoth ale.

Sticky and sweet dark fruits coat the palate immediately with sappy butterscoth drizzled across the tongue. Lightly earthy towards the end with a subtle but tasty peat character that becomes more evident after slowly exhaling. Buttery on the tongue with some sweet toasted malts and gooey figs mark the beer's final breath.

Slick and smooth in the mouth with a medium to full body and low amount of carbonation that really allows the flavours to shine. The presence of the 7.2% ABV is kept to a minimal in both the nose and taste. A very nice and pleasurable sipper.

This is the second Scotch Ale I've had from Traquair, and for me, this one slightly edges out the other, being their Jacobite Ale. The unique peat character is beautifully rendered and comes out wonderfully in the finish, and makes for a great addition to all of the staple sweet and sticky Wee Heavy characteristics this beer already possesses. The next time I see this, I'll be sure to pick a bottle or two up.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with subdued ruby hues and minimal but fitting tanned head.

Amazing aromas of molasses and treacle, burn't sugar and hints, delicate hints of brewers mash also liquorice and cola cubes.

deep flavours evoking peat, charcoal and malts.
Stays away from over sweetness.

perfect solid mf.

Great, great stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my Delirum snifter, the Traquair House Ale is a hazy dark brown with a small, wispy light tan collar with wispy skim.

Smell is rich and malty, with some prune like fruitiness.

Taste is very good, full of flavor. I can't believe I haven't got around to ever having this beer before, wow. Great caramel malt, very smooth and super rich, but overly cloying or too heavy - just a wee bit heavy! I like a hint of smoke in my wee heavies, which this could use more of.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a medium body.

Drinkability is high, but this is one to sip an savor. It gets a bit thick though towards the end of the glass, and I'm not sure I'd enjoy a second glass as much.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with little head.

Smell - Notes of booze and butter are measured in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is the sweet malts with a slight grassy impression. Notes of nuts, brown sugar and sweet berries are also present. In the aftertaste, the smooth sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel - I can't get over how smooth this is. Low carbonation allows for a long aftertaste.

Overall - This import is both special and underrated.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,064 ratings.
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