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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139
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Reviews: 614 | Ratings: 1,051
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 spacecommander
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I no longer drink but far and away the best I ever had was the Traquair house ale. I've tried just about every thing available until 3 years ago. This was FAR and away the best ale I ever had. Second place was McEwan's Scotch Ale. Most beers are like a entree - this is a dessert. An expensive and well worth is dessert.

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

A dark sweet beer, not sure I'd call it an ale. Not a huge head but nicely laced. Great mouthfeel. Not very bitter, not hoppy. At over $5 for a bottle, I 'd say you're paying a premium for uneconomical home brewing (oldest house in Scotland...) and travel across the pond. I think this is a good beer, but a little too sweet for my taste and way overpriced.

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Photo of neorunner
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DougoftheFuture for sending me this in
Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Slightly smaller than 12oz bottle split two ways. Hazelnut brown in color with a thin coating of carbonation. Aroma is strong caramel / molasses and some smoke and vanilla. Flavor is consistent with a northern English brown, but slightly stronger in the alcohol department. There is a lingering hop flavor at the end similar to east kent goldings. This beer brings me back to the Caledonia sleeper train going to Scottland, only because I had one to many of it in the bar train car. I'm enjoying this one and Pitasoup is not. My guess is Traquair.

The reveal: Traquair House Ale. Nice, good stuff. Also this is a 1001 book beer, thanks!

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Photo of vkv822
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a deep red when held to the light. A thin off white head.

The aroma is of dark malt. Molasses as well as dark fruit comes through as well.

The taste follows the nose, though seems a bit subdued.

A thin to medium body, with low, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, though the taste was a bit subdued and the mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet glass.

Pours an extremely dark amber colour, black to the naked eye. Light head and no lacing.

Smells quite potent and of alcohol.

Tasty though, alcohol is there but not overpowering amongst the dark but not too dark malts and slight hop tinge to the finish.

Very pleasant to drink, everything is well balanced and not too much.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter: Deep, murky amethyst with some medium ruby highlights. About a half-finger of eggshell head that drops to a bubbly collar & thin dusting.

Smells of a moderate caramel, a fruitiness like grape jelly, slight bubble gum, & a mildly spicy alcohol note.

Taste pretty much follows with the smell, plus a slightly ashy, dry character that comes about halfway through & really hangs in there. Flavors are surprisingly muted & a little watery.

On the thin side, pretty smooth with a lightly gummy caramel-like feel.

I'd had this on my list for years, as I'd always heard & read that it was a really good example of a style I really liked. Don't know if there was something wrong with this particular bottle, but I thought it really fell pretty flat. Nothing bad about it, but not much very memorable, either. I'd be up for trying it again, but I can't really say I'm impressed by this one.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a dark red hue. Finger-thick, white head that dissipates slowly to a decent amount of lacing on top of the beer. Not much lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Toffee. Some caramel. The end of the sniff reminds me of Werther's candies. Not bad.

Taste: Slightest bit of sweetness at the beginning of the sip. Ends with a bitter finish. Caramel flavors throughout. It's a great balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. Perhaps it could be a bit sweeter, but I would only enjoy that if there was still a bitterness that balanced it out towards the finish. Regardless, this beer is still good.

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

Appearance:
Pours very little head but doesn't diminish entirely. The beer is a clear and transparent brown with very little lacing.

Smell:
A bit of vanilla and smoked malts. Caramel malts dominate the smell with a hint of alcohol and cocoa.

Taste:
Caramel malts with a slight hint of toffee dominate the palate. In addition, there is the taste of smoked malt and a hint of money that is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and smooth but a little watery.

Overall:
A very good scotch ale. The ale is not as malty as other scotch ales and easily drinkable . Personally, I'd like the feeling to be a little more thick and texture.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for the gift

Pours a rather opaque garnet with a firm off-white head. Little to no lacing, but some solid retention.

The nose is of figs, candied plums, peat, biting alcohol, and some butterscotch. Pleasing aroma.

The flavor profile matches the nose. Peat up front then butterscotch and sweet, ripe fruit through the middle. The finish is earthy, dry oak, and sugary sweet. I have to be honest, the flavors and nose are really well-balanced. Nothing takes command, which in this case is very nice.

Full body, with a big, chewy malt foundation. The carbonation is low, which makes this nice and smooth. A little bit of sugary fruit lingers, but not much.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Everything has its place. Nothing overpowering and a smooth overall feel. Rich and complex without overwhelming the palate.

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

Traquair House Ale

Appearance: A lighter brown, murky look. Looks like a 60-90 shilling ale by the shade and old standard.

Smell: Aroma of pumpernickel bread. Small roast, and stewed noble hops.

Taste: Real nice peaty scotch style malting. Robust and full malt body. Tea like hops with a slight tang. Mild but lasting presence and bitterness. Mostly malty and slightly roasted, in the finish some smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, even feel, well carbonated.

Overall: A well done brew, which has come from the ancient brewhouse in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland to my glass. Proof that history can be tasty.

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Photo of Thads324
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a deep dark copper with a light tan head. Thick head dissipates slowly. Barely see through with hints of ruby. Lots of lacing.
S: a fruity start. After a few whiffs there is a hint of toffee and cara malt, but that's it. Much like an English esb.
T : starts light, with a bready biscuit flavor. Hints of freshly dried fruits. The end is hints of caramel and toffee with a bit of bitter hops at the end. The hops are grassy and flavorful, with just very subtle bitterness. A hint of smoke lingers at the tail end. As it warms the fruit flavor disappears and the beers subtle flavors come through. More cara, more toffee, more biscuit and some smokey, dry malt.
M : medium bodied, low carbonated. Easy going. Semi smooth, Dry finish.

The fruity flavor leaves quickly and yields a full flavored beer that has multiple layers of flavor. The hops break up the malty sweetness nicely. At first sip I wasn't a fan. At last sip I'd like another, which I find to be a great quality in beer. It shows it's depth. Great stuff despite the high price tag

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

330 mL bottle poured into an over-sized thistle. No bottle date.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Looks a bit murky, but clearer on closer inspection. A bit of a head and some decent lacing down the sides.

Smell - Butterscotch and toffee. Really, that's pretty much it. It's exactly how a scotch ale should smell, I suppose.

Taste - A more complex flavor profile, but not inherently better. Definitely a butterscotch flavor throughout. Toffee and caramel malts as well, but it has a strong hop bitterness in the finish that rounds out the flavor into a pleasant brew.

Mouthfeel - Slick on the mouth, but not thick. Very oily tasting but still with a decent carbonation to it.

Overall - A solid scotch ale. No frills. Traditionally made and traditional tasting. Well made on all counts.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bubbles over when opened. It did not produce a large head, though. Some spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark, ruby-amber color. Light shines through and appears clear.

The smell is of toasted English toffee and undercooked sweet caramel. Light milk chocolate in the background.

Full flavored with sweet milked cocoa malt flavor. There's a dollop of bittering hop in the swallow, but this is a tale of delicious, near cake-like chocolate malt taste. Rich bodied with a low carbonation level.

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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 fx20736
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Rich, Sienna brown with a pale sandstone head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma of deeply toasted malt and a faint plumminess.

Mouthfeel: good

Taste: caramel infused malt with a thin layer of plum jam.

Notes: decent but not exceptional and definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep red/mahogany color with a nice, creamy off-white head leaving a small amount of lacing and a nice thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate, a hint of caramel and vanilla.
T-Lots of malt sweetness. Flavors of roasted and slightly smokey malt along with som caramel sweetness, a little vanilla and some herbal hops to balance everything.
M-Full bodied, somewhat sticky with very good carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
Overall, one of the best scotch ales available. The complex flavors of the different malts and the herbal hops make this a fun beer to drink. I'd prefer a little more malty thickness in the body and a very small amount more smoke but for the style this is very very good.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A nice light caramel evenly pinhead sized head is presented of about three fingers. Tight in appearance, almost creamy, solid as a rock. Body is a clear dark brown amber with some pinhead carbonation on the sides. Good sticky lacing too while drinking.

Nose is a light toast malt, but also very barleywine like smelling. Extremely fruity and sense of smoke. Grape like sweetness as well.

Woah this was very unexpected. Velvety thick body, with a light palate. Palate fills with malt and light smoke. Sensations of grilled meats and sausage come to mind. Light toast and mild char.

Overall an impressive display of light and bold from taste to feel. Very impressive, and an interesting unique Scotch Ale. I am drinking this by a fire with snow outside and I can't think of a better time to do so.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A suprising find at another Total Wine & More, 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. Cola brown with a cream off white head, shit ton of booze legs for the abv here & a small amount of lacing scatters the glass. Booze, toffee, mixed nuts, mild tobacco, dark chocolate and some dark fruits in the nose. Pretty complex nose for their house ale, I would assume their flagship here.

Big toffee & tobacco like qualities on the palate. Backbone is a ton of sweet malts & backend of a touch of booze heat. I think the body could be a bit more beefy, but that just might be my americanized palate that needs everything to be over the top. Other than the body being a bit thin for my taste, its a solid Wee Heavy. If only the price were a bit lower, (or my income a bit higher) I would go back for more & more & more & more.

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

A: Deep opaque brown, like Coke, with a 1" light brown head on top. Head fades a bit within a few minutes but still remains as a thin crown on top of the brew. Super sticky lacing.

S: Layers upon layers of malt, with delicious nutty and spicy notes. Sweet but dark, like molasses.

T: Rich malty goodness with a whole spectrum of flavors, from chocolate to butterscotch. Earthy as well, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Sweet but not cloying, the hops do their job well here by mostly staying out of the way. Almost has a woody flavor to it, especially on the finish– if you told me this was barrel aged, I'd have no problem believing you.

M: Medium bodied, with a super smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Could maybe benefit from a touch more carbonation, but otherwise amazing.

O: My god this is delicious... Everything a Scotch ale should be. Rich and fantastically smooth, this is a perfect winter beer. My only complaints are that the carbonation seemed to disappear a little too quickly, as did some of the flavor. Otherwise, I'd say seek this one out ASAP.

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

A-Pours clear dark amber with a creamy, fluffy khaki head. Leaves thin, inconsistent rings of lacing.

S-Caramel, toasted hazelnuts, raw honey, chocolate milk.

T/M-Medium bodied with light, chewy carbonation. Soft hazelnut/nutella sweetness, accompanied by flavors of whole wheat toast and candied figs. The finish is soft, with a lingering delicate caramel sweetness.

O-A classic scotch ale.

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

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a three-finger fluffy lightly tan head that never completely dissipates, leaving impressive lacing in my tulip glass.

S: Rich treacle, brown sugar, toffee, and a lightly-roasted coffee scent.

T: Caramel, malt, and a light nut flavor (hazelnut/almond) dominate the front. The middle is surprisingly dry, although without any hop bitterness. The dryness, rather than bitterness, offsets the high malt with great finesse.

M: Full-bodied without being heavy, great carbonation. Little alcohol burn.

O: Recent American malt-bomb Scotch ales could learn a thing or two or three from this amazing Old World original.

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

Tulip glass.

Pours very dark copper, light stone head which quickly dissipates to a ring which persists for the glass; not much lacing. Aroma is restrained sweetish caramel malt and a touch of dark fruit as the beer warms up. Taste is caramel over roasted malt, very dry, some chocolate and dark fruit characteristics as it warms. Medium carbonation and medium light bodied, this is less rich than others of the style. Overall, a good light scotch ale, pretty drinkable.

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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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