Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
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Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

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606
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1,028
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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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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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 shanblur
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating. Poured from 330cc bottle into a pint glass.

A - Mahognay color with a minimal head. Minimal lacing left on glass.

S - Pungent aromas of figs, molasses, toffee.

T - Sweet malts dominate the taste. No hops presence.

M - Oily with a hint of carbonation.

A great smelling beer. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Jazzer1028
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown chocolate/root beer color with small somewhat lingering head.

Aroma:Sweet, malty fig and molasses

taste: coffee, toffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, light carbonation

Overall: very nice, good for after a nice meal. Maybe a bit pricey for the size.

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Photo of AleEvangelist
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid scotch ale from a scottish brewer.

Everything with this beer is top notch. American palates might not appreciate the rich, buttery, subtlety to this beer. It really is worth trying more than once.

It's gorgeously rich in its coppery, brown splendor. The flavor is definitely nuanced with figs, spicy brown sugar....nummy. Rolling this beer around your tongue is light feeling brown sugar melt in your mouth. Calming, causes you to take a deep breath and let it out slowly....really beautiful experience.

In total, American palates might feel this beer is lacking punch. I've had beers all over Scotland, and the subtlety of these beers is not to be missed. Really, once you've had a good Caledonian 80- on cask, you can begin to really appreciate what European brewers are trying to do. Very rich, very malty....gorgeous experience.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark reddish brown with an attractive 1cm off-white head that dissipates quickly. Delicate lacing.

Dark, complex aroma suggesting figs, christmas pudding, dark malt.

Extremely smooth for such a dark ale. No bitterness at all, yet no other single flavor predominates. Instead, suggestions of dried fruit, roasted malt. Good sipper, asks to be savored and appreciated.

Mouthfeel is a little light, watery because of low carbonation. Long-lasting aftertaste of earth/peat in the upper throat. Slight stickiness on the lips.

Overall, very impressive.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. According to the label, this ale is brewed in the ancient brew house of the "oldest inhabited house in Scotland". Traquair's website states that, "Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost." Clearly there's a fair bit of history behind this beer; will it live up to this legacy?

Pours a deep, rich mahogany with hints of ruby as it is held up the light. A 2 finger tan head slowly reduces to a thin skim on top.

The aroma of this brew is thick, sweet and peaty. Sherry, fig, and currants slowly rise from this dark frothy ale.

The taste is smoother and more refined than other scotch ales I've had; a sweeter taste up-front is followed by a hint of booze and and healthy dose of sweet fruit, including dates, figs and raisins. There's a lack of any bitterness to finish.

Traquair House Ale has a sweeter, thicker mouthfeel with a very smooth finish, leaving a trace of smoky peat floating in near the nasal passages.

A very drinkable wee heavy, though quite smooth, it is a more refined, less "in-your-face" take on the scotch ale. As it from Scotland, perhaps I should instead look at this as more representative as compared to its more aggressive American cousins. Still, a nice ale that you should make sure to have if given the occasion.

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Photo of impending
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a rich cola, a strong back light shows crystal clarity of a garnet. Minor dense tan colored head receded fairly quick, ok lacing.

Aroma is fairly sweet raisins and figs. Earthy peat moss while present is mild.

Taste is less sweet than the nose and perfectly balanced by the slight bitterness that arrives early. A roasty peat moss signature is understated, earthy hops. The flavor evolves significantly within a narrow range. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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

I am a fan of the Wee Heavy style. I don't see it too often.

Appearance: A deep, rich cola brown with garnet notes, ample lacing and a fair head.

Smell: A dark fruit, heavy malt smell of a good Scotch Ale with hints of sea salted butterscotch.

Taste: fully malted with an alcohol warmth. More dark fruits and a butterscotch ribbon with a nice spicey hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Sticks to the palate with that alcohol spiceness.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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