Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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

Photo of KingBovril
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ronniebruner
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like scotch with a tight tan head. Great mahogany color.

Malt and toffee aroma. Bread and butter.

Taste is hoppy malt, toffee and oak. Great richness without sacking drinkability.

Smooth carbonation.

Great brew. A true wee heavy.

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Photo of Samiam2007
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak, Caramel and yeast are the prominent flavors. Dark fruit undertones and incredibly smooth. Definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of vinicole
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a tan coloured head. Lacing is noticeable.
Strong aroma of malt, nuts and caramel with alcohol.
The taste reflects the bouquet with the addition of wood,treacle and toasted wholemeal bread.
Smooth and well balanced.

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

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into thistle glass. A little head becomes a ring, leaves a decent lace.

Sour, nutty nose, some date or fig.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, some toasty, some milk chocolate, raisin, a little fig.

Mouth is incredibly smooth.

A very good ale. Flavors are balanced amazingly well, and the smoothness is surprisingly. Not as cloying as many barrel-aged scotch ales can be.

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

Photo of Tucquan
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-11-10 in Columbia, PA from a 500ml bottle

A - Clear ruby-brown with a 1-finger tan head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Figs, sweet-smelling toasted brown bread with apple butter and caramel. Rich.

T - Figs, dates, caramel, oak, toasted brown bread (no char), brown sugar, mocha and earthy spice. These flavors linger nicely into the finish, which presents some mild-moderate bitterness for balance. As the beer warms, the flavors continue to bloom with more emphasis on the barrel characteristics.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Thinner than I expected for a Wee Heavy but seems right for this brew. Finishes on the dry side.

O - This is elegant, sophisticated and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JonCorbett
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark rosewood to mahogany colour. A light white pine coloured head with low retention and spotty surface foam, before depleting to nothing more than a chunky ring around the glass.

Aromatics: There is a slight tang and spice to the sweet and malty nose. Raisins and french toast with a light caramelized brown sugar and butter sweetness with a charred oaky co-scent.

Taste: A little bit burnt caramel and a hint of dark roast coffee with some yeasty bread; the fresh water actually carries with it a grassy note and keeps everything smooth and clean. There is a bit of the char and some walnut that shines through as it finishes.

Mouth: Relatively light, but still in the medium body realm. It has a unique clean water delivery which makes it highly drinkable - even at 7.2% it has a way of passing the palate without hindrance and finishes super clean.

Overall: Super enjoyable. A nice brew for truly any occasion. I just may get a few of these to server over this year's winter holidays and festivities.

Pairing: I have to go with the "xmas party potluck" it really has a versatile palate which means it can go with just about anything. So enjoy it with friends, family, crackers and cheese, fruitcake, chips and dip, chili, and what ever is on the spread table.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Bunman3
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 1,075 ratings
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