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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see Traquair on the bottle I know the brew will be noteworthy.
This one's no exception.
I'd say that the brewing style puts more emphasis on WEE than Heavy of "wee heavy".
Still a nice characteristic. Subdued and sublime.
This beer is in balance-- pour, nose, flavor, finish and over-all.
It's long finish lingers on the palate that eventually sublimes into an overall hops finish.
There's lots going on in the flavor-- hops, caramel and more.
A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Voldigar
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a pint bottle at neighborhood bottle shop in Western Washington. Larger than pictured.

Look: Thick, foamy two-tone head, dissipated quickly. Hazy chestnut brown. Hints of red/orange firelight when held up. Complex color, less opaque than expected.
Smell: Yeasty, bread-like, very little alcohol smell on the nose. Almost savory/salty.
Taste: Mellow scotch tones with some stout impressions. Vague hints of nuttiness (almonds) and ripe apples.
Feel: Very little carbonation. I enjoy the slippery diacetyl in scotch ales, but it was lower in this variety. Still quite pleasant mouth feel. A little thinner than hoped.

Overall: A rather enjoyable take on scotch ale with some surprises and beneficial complexities. One of the better I've tried.

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Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Utah State Liquor store. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very dark brown, darker than the typical brown ale. No head except a foamy white ring around the glass.

Smell: malty, slight notes of tea, some white chocolate, brown sugar and slight cola smell.

Taste: sweet and malty. Taste milk chocolate, dried figs, and cola.

Mouthfeel: little disappointing, seems almost flat with very little carbonation. Yet it does have a medium bodied mouthfeel that is a little creamy.

Overall: I like this beer - the aromas and flavors were great but the mouthfeel wasn't that good.

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Photo of dro7
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very light to little carbonation and is very dark amber color. the smell reminds me of a Belgian strong ale, slight bitterness, very malty, dark fruit taste.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is a true Scottish Wee Heavy.. Very beautiful looking beer with a nice smooth smelling malt and the taste is unreal with grate tasting malts and no hop taste to speak of, Which is how a Wee Heavy is supposed to be....

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Photo of thebigredone
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure of this bottle was really old, or what, but I thought this was nothing more than barely acceptable. Thin, without much flavor, and overpriced. Will not seek this out again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep brilliant chestnut under a 2” cream colored foam collar that slowly recedes to a thick, lacy film. S: a little roast, caramel and plum in the aromas. T: Dark roast and kettle sugars and plum but leaves kind of a minerally, salty after taste. F: Creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation. O: A classic but just a little too salty for my tastes.

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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 brohler
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite beer at the moment. Extremely smooth yet complex. It's the best scotch ale I've ever had bar none. It's just hard to the justify for $8/pint.

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out. Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast. Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. It’s fermented in oak, but I didn’t pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Nice mahogany color with an off white full, creamy looking head, light comes through when held up given it a nice amber color, head died down, medium amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks really good.

A: Peat, moss, grassy aroma, picking up some oak, has a rich earthy, herbal aroma, not getting any alcohol on the nose, this smells really solid and rich. There is a slight caramel aroma at the end.

T: Peat, moss, herbal earthy flavors, slight oak, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs, really complex flavors, very drinkable, really smooth, very nice. Alcohol is present in the after taste.

M: Very smooth, dry finish, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed, very balanced, I've have Wee Heavy beers that lean on the mossy, peat side and I did not enjoy them, however, this beer has a slight peat, moss, earthy introduction that blends into a nice dark fruit flavor, nice creamy mouthfeel, smells great ad tastes great, a sipper I will definitely seek out in the future.

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