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
Reviews:
614
Ratings:
1,051
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of skillerified
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black. Some reddish-brown hues come through nicely though. Small, but nicely colored tan head with a thick looking lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, dark malt (not roasted). A little dark fruit (not sweet). A slightly floral note comes through after a little while too. Very nice.

Dark malt (roasted a little this time, strange that the brew doesn't smell roasted). Coffee with a slight leaning toward espresso. Alcohol hits a little strong when you run air over it. Just the faintest hint of chocolate too. Possibly a little tobacco flavor. Again, very nice.

A slight prick of carbonation tickles the tongue with this one. Fairly medium bodied, which is interesting because the taste is closer to what you'd expect from a heavy beer. It's almost like a light-bodied stout. Fairly smooth despite the lighter texture.

This is a very interesting and tasty beer. Thoroughly enjoyable. Seems like the kind of beer that would be really excellent with a heavy meal. If you want stoutish flavors, but less body, this is your beer. If you want it for less than $5 a bottle, you're probably out of luck.

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

Poured a deep dark hue of red, very attractive when held to light as the ruby tones emerge. Head was ok and didn't last long, leaving a ring and some patchwork. Nose was malty and full, a slight hint of fruitiness as well which gave me a strong impression of apples? Taste was unexpectedly clean and pure, full of rich robust maltiness with just barely enough bitterness to balance things out. Alcohol was actually less forward than expected...probably because I am trying this after a Rochefort 10, maybe not the best combination but I couldn't help it. Overall a really nice beer which is deserving of all the acclaim, however as others have said, cost is completely prohibitive for me....over 5 bucks for a 12 oz. bottle. Unfortunately I probably won't have this one again very soon due to the cost although I have no doubt that this is an expensive beer to produce.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass

It has a nice red/ brown look with a decent white head that doesn't linger too long. The smell is that is raisins,sugars, the usual strong Belgian scents. The taste is excellent. It is very smooth and has a great finish. This one really surprised me and I'm glad I picked it up. The abv is above 7 so it's not something to guzzle but more to enjoy after a nice dinner. If you can get 2.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"From the oldest inhabited house in Scotland." Sitting in my tasting glass, it's a beautiful dark brown color contrasted with a foamy cap, resting right on top. This gives off a distinctly doughy, almost cinnamon-bread aroma, subtle yet distinct, like a good bakery. The scotch ale taste is refined. It's very well balanced, with caramel, bready, and raisiny sweetness. Slight hints of roasted coffee as well. This would go well with a cinnamon roll or something sweet and crumbly. Goes down easy, with a slight hop kiss and leaves you wanting more. I was inspired to drink this one from Traquairlover's username. I now understand why he chose that. Can't wait to try the Jacobite sitting in my fridge!

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Photo of rustymoore
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the finest ales I have tasted. Pours a murky brown almost black with minimal head and very little lacing. Smells of dry fruits such as fig, raisens and dates. Also strong caramel notes. Has a very pleasently sweet taste but not too sweet as the alcohol taste is just right. Very notable caramel and fruit notes. All around just an excellent brew.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - cloudy brownish red with a khaki colored head. Slight film of head left on top. great lacing.

s - smoky spicy and slightly alcoholic. caramel malts with a little sweet fruitiness.

t - sweet ripe fruits, caramel malts, sweet alcohol bite, seems very delicate yet full of flavor. smoky/musty. Slight bitterness that dissipates into a clean yet mildly dry finish.

m - full bodied without much carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel.

d - this is an outstanding ale. I couldn't really find a scotch ale I liked, until now. The only problem is that it costs about $6 a bottle around here. Won't be having this one too often because of the price, but it will be a real treat every time I do.

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Photo of gregb13
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sipping on this one after an evening dip in the spa. To start with, it looks like absolute perfection in the glass; tiny bubbles streaming up the vessel, meeting the beautifully compact, beige cream head. Nose is a bouquet of dark fruit and bittersweet caramel. Taste is more of the same, with a little sweet booze. Goes down very smoothly. A great evening sipper.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2020.

A - Dark brown / ruby body with a rapidly dissipating, tightly-bubbled head that leaves some patchy thin cover and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet malts open the aroma with some spicy alcohol notes and a little in the way of smoky, roasty coffee aromas.

T - Similar to the aromas, a roasty malt taste with some chocolate and spice notes. Finishes with some bitterness which balances against the sweet malts fairly well. No alcohol notes present, in spite of the slight twinge in the aroma.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, smooth and well-balanced.

O - Excellent beer to sit and sip and enjoy on its own or with a meal. Probably not one for a session drink, but certainly top notch.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown with a slight off white head. Smells of yeast, bread, and caramel malt. The flavor is mostly of sweet caramel malts, with an earthy, almost funky finish. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh at the end from the alcohol, but this is still a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After years of passing this one over because of the 5.99 price for 12 ounces, and I mean YEARS, I finally gave it a go.

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma: Malty and some figs.

Taste: The taste is smooth with abundant malts, some dark fruits, then figs and oak in the aftertaste with just a hint of spice. The 7.2 is well hidden under the complex flavors.

Overall: This is an exceptional ale. Another great offering from Scotland, which in my opinion, has great beers for such a small country. This is a smooth but complex ale to be sipped and savored any time of year. Cheers!!

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Photo of artdob
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark, cola like. Initial robust head. Lacks lacing.

S: Sweet malt, woodiness, light roasted toffee; minimal hopiness comes through

T: woodiness, light roasted toffee; seltzer water; minimal hopiness comes through

M: Body is on the thin side; carbonation plays on the tongue

O: Easy to drink but lacks a distinctive compelling character. Don't know that I'll return to this one however.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL

This is a beer that needs to be served warm. I normally serve my beer chilled @ around 40 in a warm glass. Then I drink it slow to let it warm to try and find differences. Some beers better at colder temps bc they are just to damn overpowering warm. While others better warm bc you miss a lot of the subtle hints in flavor when cold. This beer SUCKS cold, but evolves into a formidible beer as it warms up to the proper ~50-55 range. My review is based upon the warm beer, so if at first you think this is a terrbile beer, LET IT WARM.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown. With lots of head. Nothing spectacular here, dont really like the huge bubbles it left on the sides of the glass, I like th lace to be finer than that...

S: Mmmm smells buttery, but spiced with a nuttyness to it. Smelss kinda sweet also, and a little burnt. Very complex nose which I like.

T: Pretty good beer. Nothing amazing but has nice features. Has a bit of smokiness but not a lot. Tastes sweet, I think a little too sweet. A good strong malt backbone with some hops thrown in there making a very nice balance of malt and hops. I think I may taste/smell a touch of biscuit malt, but if so its extremly small...

M: A touch less carbonation would have made me a little happier, as it kind of attacks the palate with each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little thicker than most medium bodied beers.

D: Meh, this is not my favorite style, but I am still sipping at it. Not hugely drinkable, at least for me, but I plan on finishing the bottle.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've been passing over this beer for so long at my local Wegmans!

Pours a deep, and I mean deep, mahogany. Bordering on violet. Retains a HUGE, fluffy off-white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Already a beautiful beer.

Nose: First off is dark fruits. Really don't expect this off of a scotch ale but I'm ready to roll with whatever this beer will throw me.

To taste this beer is to taste the pinnacle of complexities of beer. There is so much going on but so much that works in perfect harmony. The subtle malt profile plays nicely with the mild fruit flavors resulting in an absolutely beautiful dance of flavors.

I will be going back to my store tomorrow and buying them out of this. Amazing.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into snifter

A: deep brown/black body with ruby edges, very creamy off white head. head subsides rather quickly, no stick or lace.

S: rich malt, a touch of booze, carmelized sugar, butterscotch. as the beer warms bright fruit emerges. vinous, ala Port. barbeque, light light smoke.

T/M: soft and creamy body, good carbonation level, a little thin and weak however. lacks some weight and viscosity for a style built around tons of malt. rich malt flavors, a split second of stale/sour notes, sugar, dark fruits like raisons. touches of coffee and even the butterscotch in the nose comes through. some bbq sauce, bbq'ed meat as well. finishes a tad watery and dry with a spot of hops, a one last emergence of the stale notes.

D: enjoyable for sure but for the price a once in a while kind of treat at best.

this is a nice beer, but for the money I am let down. I would like to enjoy it again but dont see myself opting for this often when so much else is available, better, and for less.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good ale, refreshing with grassy and licorice notes. Mouthfeel is probably the best I have had in an ale and with a lack of any real hoppy flavor, it leaves a clean, earthy taste in the mouth. 7.2 abv is well hidden and makes this beer almost worth the price.

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Photo of sentomaster
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, although I've had the flavors imprinted on my brain like the sun burning into your retina.

Aroma- Light chocolate/toffee and sweet licorice. Worthers butterscoth candies. Floral, a bit earthy and light fruity notes- apple and pear maybe. Like heaven all up in your nose.

Taste- Follows the nose. Chewy soft bread in front with powdered chocolate/soft toffee sweetness following, but in great moderation and balance. Light floral and fruity notes appear and lead into an earthy, slightly smoky finish that lingers and lingers. If you pause for a minute you can hear children laughing and dolphins chirping among waves. Small twangy snap near the end where the bready flavors subside and the minimal alcohol spiciness mixes with the floral.

This is a brew for the ages. A masterpiece not to be taken for granted. Bathe in it's glory and craftsmanship and you will know there is greatness in man.

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Photo of supercodes
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Traquair House Ale is a bold, delivery of what can best be described as a black ale/wee heavy. With a taste that is milder than a barley wine, and not as smokey or chocolatey as a stout, Traquair House Ale relies on strong flavors of malty caramel that results in a fantastic aftertaste. This is a beer with bold flavor, but with plenty of sweetness without the strong dose of alcohol that accompanies most barley wines.

This is a highly recommended beer for those who want a fantastic sipping beer with loads of flavor, but without the over-powering inebriates.

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Photo of Knuckles
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truly magnificent. I don't know any other way to describe it.

The appearance is deceptive. The color of almost any other scotch ale, with a bit more insistent head than you might expect. 7.2% is nothing to sneeze at, but still a good 2% less than most wee heavy's I have at my disposal around here. All of them with a slightly darker appearance (perhaps the peated malts make the difference.

Smell: Oh my freakin' god, it's like I'm taking a bath in a whisky barrel. Good christ what a nose. This isn't a beer I smell, it's heaven.

Taste: Remarkably light. Served cold, the whisky character truly doesn't come out in the taste, but let that beauty warm and those incredible oakey flavors run wild with the malts across your tongue. Good god, it's like goddam "Misty of Chincoteague" with freakin' beer. Never did finish that goddam book. I'll finish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, cold it isn't that impressive. Once it warms however...yow. It's Salma Hayek's pants (if I could drink them).

Drinkability: I'm giving this a 4.5 as this is one badass muthaf**** of a 7.2% beer. I love it, but couldn't session the crap out of it like I can with beers like Fat Bastard (the closest comparison I can come up with). The nose on this, along with the complexity of flavors that arise once it warms to room temperature make this one imposing, and difficult to session, scotch ale. But jesus eatin' beans, it's an amazing beer (and the highest rating I've given yet).

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Photo of Altrurian
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich head gathers over a chestnut body, and stays. Moderate lacing. Aroma (outdoors, on the roof of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2015) is too subtle to make much of an impression. The taste Is marvelously refined; understated but distinctive. The beer goes down easily, belying its purported 7.2%. Earthy, but lightly so. Lovely. Aftertaste is redolent of caramel. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense ruddy brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly to a ring of suds.

Smells rich and darkly fruity, touched with spice. Not unlike a Christmas pudding. Mmm.

A touch of malty sweetness, overlaid with thick dark fruits, a lightly bitter nuttiness on the back end, and hint of alcohol.

Pleasant, nicely drinkable. An excellent cool-evening sipper. Not something I'd like a huge amount of, but a great change-up from the beers I've been drinking recently.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber color with a small head. Has an aroma of caramely malt and alcohol. I smell a lot of alcohol in this, and it dominates the aroma. I am almost afraid to take a sip...

The alcohol, thankfully, doesn't show up very much in the taste. The malt dominates in this brew with just the right amount of hops to balance it out in the finish. It doesn't leave any bitter taste behind either. It has a bit of a smoky taste to it. It's ever so slightly thin in the mouth, but it works with the taste.

This is very drinkable, but also very expensive.

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Photo of HopNelius
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark black.small head, lightly carbonated.
S-faint traces of dark roasted malts.
T-notes of roasted malt, burnt coffee, oak, molasses and honey.
M-good
O-very smooth compared to most Scotch Ales, wishing it had more aroma though. The alcohol did not overpower the beer.if I was searching for a good Scotch Ale I would seek it out.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to ruby brown with a mild cream colored head.

Smell: Caramel and coffee with roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted coffee with hints of toffee and oarnge peel.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with slightly burnt textures.

Drinkability: One to drink slowly and savor with a good book.

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Photo of gnaussea
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rosy brown with a medium, tightly bubbled head. Quite lacey, but not sticky. Nutty alcohol notes and a deep brown mollasses malt overtake the aroma. Some darker fruits. Taste is complex, but not rich. A dark malty character, with a sweeter, fruity underbelly, and a hop bite that kicks lightly at the end. A very nice concoction, though I would prefer a bit bolder flavor profile.

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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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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,051 ratings.
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