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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery

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BEER INFO

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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#1,494
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,085
pDev:
10.1%
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice sipping private beverage. Can picture sitting in Scotland and enjoying the scenery now or even a century back. Some complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

fellow BA claystation left this one in my fridge, and darn it all, I need a beer, so here goes. ill make it up to him. lovely pour, rich caramel color, deep dark, almost brown, with a dim red orange glow when held to the light. a quick flashing inch plus of just off white head that settles back to patchy spots, but leaves great lace. it smells dusty, timeless, ancient in some way, preindustrial, gorgeous. heavy earthen grain and a bready yeast strain that gives this a very genuine vibe, warming. there is that classic scotch ale sweetness to the taste, but it gives way to bolder roasty flavors, toffee and buttery richness, and a soil quality. its low key for its robustness, and the ale yeast on top really makes it sing. traditional and delicious, exemplar of the style. not sure ive had a wee heavy I like more. drinkably full bodied, warming booze that can be felt and not tasted. perfect for late fall. I have nothing but good things to say about this, and am now curious to try more of their beers. how cool would it be to visit this place? great beer.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy deep brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that faded away, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, toasted malts and dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: The overall taste has some sweetness with flavors of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisins and toasted malts. The finish has some hints of peat.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer goes down rather easy for the style because it is well balanced, relatively light in body and has its alcohol well hidden from the taste.

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

A lot of flavor in here. Similar to a dopplebock, but more robust, caramelized, and heavy. Aromas bring out a serious molassas sweetness with a very slight grainy bitter quality. Some dark fruits like plumb, dates, raisons. Flavors are more intense than the aroma. Throw in brown sugar, caramel, and above all... malt. Subtleties of smoke, chocolate, and coffee accentuate the flavors. With a sypupy thick texture, this beer falls short of silky smooth because of the carbonation, light grain texture, and alcohol sensation (not drying). A bit cloying makes for slow sipping. Still the best Wee Heavy I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. In honour of tomorrow's Hogmany celebration (at least that's what my Scottish friends call it), and the frigid (even frightful) weather outside, a Wee Heavy is just what the doctor ordered.

This beer pours a mildly murky, red rust-tinted, and deep browned amber colour, with a few fingers of tightly foamy, sort of creamy off-white head, which recedes rather lazily, leaving some broad swaths of random limestone cliff lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of sultana raisins, molasses, chocolate-ensconced caramel, and grassy, earthy hops. The taste is dominated by a heavy caramel/toffee maltiness, some ever so slightly astringent smokiness, well-understated benign fruitiness, and a quite tame earthy hop twinge. There lies therein a rather subtle kind of oakiness, one pithy enough to allow the sweet malt to retain its dominance, even in the face of a 15-proof alcohol quotient.

The carbonation is duly understated, the body a hefty, and tartan-worthy full weight, with a supportive smoothness and lingering creaminess. It finishes quite off-dry, a northern malty aftertaste slightly warmed from the elevated alcohol.

One deftly rendered Wee Heavy, to be sure, everything one might need to prepare/fortify you for your particular stramash tomorrow. After that, this will still do you well, at least until spring's first tentative promises of lager-fueled patios.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2002 vintagE) served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. 8.5% ABV. Expectations were high given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige ring/floater but no head at all. Body colour is a caramel-biscuit/beautiful copper. Rich and inviting. Truly appealing.

Sm: Wood, biscuit, and heavy heavy malts. Vinegar. Boozy heat. Heavy caramel. Hints of oxidation. A unique, striking aroma. Quite strong, with evidence of poor aging.

T: Oxidation, raisin, malty sweetness, graham cracker, wood, caramel, and candi character. Very striking and unique. Time has refined it, but it's not at all at ideal age; it's been cellaring far far too long. Has some troublesome off flavours, but also some masterful ones.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely thick. Carbonation holds up even after ten years. Surprisingly well put together for its age.

Dr: Drinkable but well past prime. I'd like to try it far younger; maybe at three years. Aging past five years seems like a terrible idea. I'll have to revisit this one, but there are buried elements that really strike me.

C+

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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 brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown with a white head - not a big one, but one that lasts throughout, leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, figs - just wonderful. I could smell it all night.

Taste: Very complex with malts predominating as you would expect. Everything well-balanced, from the chocolatey sweetness of the malt to the warmth of the alcohol. Long-lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Truly an exceptional Scottish Ale. Deserving of its accolades.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown and burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of subtle peat with some toffee malt is well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some toffee malt with some subtle notes of peat which is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture. Very well done and something I would love to have more often.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep auburn/copper color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, smoky and a little earthy. Some roasty malt notes, too.

T - This is a pretty malty beer with a nice bittersweet character. Subtle hop flavors come through.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice ale. Good malt taste.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with good clarity. Pours with a fairly small head that dissipates into a crown.

Smell: Very toasty and malty - caramel and rum raisins come to mind.

Taste: Once again the toasty, caramelly malts are the dominant character here. It has a butterscotch quality to it, and an underlying smokiness. The finish is dry and smooth, with a bit of cocoa in it. Very little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation; slick on the palate.

Notes: This is pretty rich and complex stuff, but it's so good that I'd almost consider it sessionable (if not for rarity and price). Highly recommended.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits (fig). Hints of oak and brown sugar.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malts adding some light sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of dark fruit (fig), brown sugar, and oak + peat. Light amounts of earthy bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with a light amount of alcohol warming and just a touch of thinness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with lighter mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable and a nice example of the style. Overall, well balanced.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served (3x) in 6oz. glass in 2010/ 330 ml in Scotland with a BB date of March 2025 in August 2015.

A - dark, slightly reddish, amber

S. slightly smokey, but much less so than many Scottish ales.

M - Medium body and medium light carbonation; a bit lighter than suggested by the appearance.

Tasty, interesting, and highly drinkable. Toffee and dark dried fruits dominate the flavor and aftertaste.

Overall: This is a malt bomb with exceptionally well hidden alcohol. Outstanding! A must try ale from a small Scottich brewery.

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