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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,480
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
1,081
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
4.61
 
 
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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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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 archero
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmich24
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 nicole309
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Clippershipp
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For me, fine at cellar temperature.
A good-Looking brown with nice foam that stays long enough as lace. Smells are mostly malt with some oak traces.
Tastes are the same, but very balanced and, as a winter beer, has some holiday spicing. Its Feel is full and satisfying.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Traquair 4 of 4 stars (super-rare) and said "it has a touch of Oak-earthiness to balance its dark malt nuttiness."
Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and the "1001" list. Both reviews tell the tale of how an heir to this estate of Scottish nobles revived the brewhouse in the 1960s and made this first beer based on the recipe from his ancestors of the 18th Century. Such dedication to ones ancestors should be appreciated!

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

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

Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 South2NW
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,081 ratings
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