Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery chestnut with giant tan head which subsides quickly, but leaves a creamy film and good lace. Smells of caramel malts on a slightly smoky, hoppy, and spicy alcohol base. Starts with an initial bitter hop kick, develops dark rummy fruits balanced with sweet, toasted and smoky malts, and finishes with a bone dry flowery hop bitterness. Stupendously creamy and well-balanced in the mouth. Easy to drink, but quite heady. A superbly balanced and tasty brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this baby up in Hawaii and hand carried it back to Texas.
Aroma: Light malt, peat, maple syrup, and smoke smells all blend into an inviting mix.
Appearance: Deep brown with clear edges. A thin collar of off-white graced the first pour, no head at all on the second.
Flavor: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Nowhere near that in the mouthfeel, but that is the main taste that I just couldn’t get past for a long time. As I struggled to find more, I experienced some of the malt/peat smoke and a bit of spice and alcohol tastes, and a mild hop finish, but the main flavor I experienced was: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Mouthfeel: Medium body that left a light coat that quickly faded to memory.
Overall Impression: Great Beer! The chocolate I so strongly tasted really fits into a great Scottish ale. I can see why this one is rated so highly.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown with a red tinge and a thick white head that stuck around for awhile. The aroma was of rich sweet malt with a mineral quality to it. The taste has a very complex malt flavor that has hints of smoked malt mixed in with sweet carmelized grains and a touch of hop bitterness linger in the end with the smoke. The surprising effect of this beer is to have a sweet smoky malt flavor which masks the bitterness of the hops until the very end of the taste when the malt goes away to leave only the smoke and the hops. Finishes dry with a mild smooth carbontion that allows the flavor to be expressed very well. Nice to have once in awhile the high alcohol prevents one from having too many of these in a row. An excellent example of a historic brew which has survived the ages.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Headless pour... just a thin white ring around the collar, and zero carbonation. Still, what lace there is slides down the glass lethargically after a thinnish swirl. Beer is rosewood in color with bright, nearly cherry red highlights. First aromatic impressions suggest cocoa powder with a dry, mealy nosefeel. Date-like sweetness emerges to drag the nose into a bog of malt. Licorice liqueur whispers in the finish, which is clean and airy, if brief. And boy, does it taste good. Flavors of spoiled walnuts are balanced with the leafy bittersweetness of sasparilla; these presently merge with a forceful body of black pepper and moist tobacco. The last warm sips are quite whiskyish, as of peat and smoked cereal chaff. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with an uncarbonated yet tingly finish; slightly astringent. Hard to stop sipping, what with the light body and full flavor. This might go well with peanut brittle and cigarillos, but is probably best as a nightcap. Very relaxing.

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

A nice Scottish brew, not quite as powerful taste wise as Belhaven's Wee Heavy. Very similar, but the maltiness is not quite so dominant. A bit more bitter than Wee Heavy.

It pours a deep, muddy brown with slighlty off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves lingering traces.

Sadly, yet another one my liquor board has decided to stop carrying. Hopefully it, and stuff from Belhaven will return next fall.

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

Pours out a deep, dark ruby color with almost no head at first, but after it sits for a moment, it builds up to about a half a finger. Pleasantly fruity, malty aroma. Thick malt flavor, rather oaky, with rich fruity esters and a certain nutty breadness. Bitterness is moderately high but low hop flavor: emphasis is on other flavors. Tartness develops in the long finish. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

A complex and interesting beer.

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Photo of Rio
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, reddish brown color with a bit of head that disappeared before too long. A spicy hint to the aroma, rounded out with a nice, heavy sweetness.

Nice heavy malty base, fruity flavors, with a bit of a creamy sweetness I can't quite identify. A tiny bit of an alcohol flavor, but the alcohol is much more apparent in the warm feel, creamy and smoouth and with a bit of a hop bite to round it out.

Excellent, excellent brew. Great just to sit and sip, wonderful flavors, and leaves you very warm. Definitely worth the four and a half bucks for the bottle.

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

from the bottle. poured a muddy amber with no head. aroma, like a port wine, malts, caramels, honey , black licorice with a hint of alcohol some smoke. flavor 1st sip did nothing 2nd sip I let it linger around in the mouth for a little while than the flavors came out. yum. sweet chocolate, honey, malts, port wine, caramel, a little bit of coffee.

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Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown with a white head - not a big one, but one that lasts throughout, leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, figs - just wonderful. I could smell it all night.

Taste: Very complex with malts predominating as you would expect. Everything well-balanced, from the chocolatey sweetness of the malt to the warmth of the alcohol. Long-lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Truly an exceptional Scottish Ale. Deserving of its accolades.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about the best brown I've ever seen. Its doesn't even attempt to be black, but it sure does a hell of a job being brown. Really perfect carbonation and head for the style. Just a tight off white cap of fuzz that just does enough to cover the liquid. The yeast is very floculant. Very clear beer for being bottle conditioned. Survived the car trip back earlier this afternoon with only a couple hours in fridge to settle out. I don't think the car ride phased it as the yeast was so firmly planted to the bottom of the bottle when I inspected it after pouring.

Really wild nose on this beer! Not sure how to describe it. Smells like spicy milk chocolate with just a touch of caramel in there.

Nice flavor. Very nice. Get some deep caramel flavors and some of that spicy chocolate that was in the nose. Not sure if this is brewed with chocolate malt or not, but it sure tastes like chocolate! Which is odd coming from such a caramel brown colored beer. Get some astringency in the finish, I might call it hop bitterness if I didn't know better. I mean, I bet there aren't a whole lot of hops that go in to this brew. Just a touch of astringency here under the tongue maybe from the chocolate malts or even just a toach of black patent or roast barley?

Mouthfeel is ok, but I could stand to have it beefed up a touch. I mean, this is a big tasting beer, might as well have a bigger mouthfeel to carry it.

Pretty freakin' drinkable if it weren't for the 4$ price tag for a single. Really goes down smooth for a 7%+ beer.

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Photo of soper2000
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sharp looking label, that's for sure. Pours with virtually no head save for a little white on the top that quickly retreats to the rings of my glass. The brew itself is a nice brown/deep copper color. Aroma is super strong. Rich malty notes fill the room. A bit of chocolate is noticable as well. The malt is very rich in this beer but it does not dominate. A little bit of spiciness adds a nice balance. There is also a little bit of smokiness present in the finish. Very rich and drinkable. Would be very nice after Thanksgiving dinner. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the classiest beer in this style by far. The marriage of malt and hops with the smooth finish puts this in that top shelf beer club which lesser brews only aspire to. Belhaven Wee Heavy is a great beer but it lacks the refined complexity of this beer. It uses diplomacy rather than the club to bring its point across which is why it is a special beer to be savoured.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent mahogany brown with a beige head and smooth slippery lace. Head retention is low. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with an earthy/roasty, yet astringent background. Taste is of malt, molasses and caramel with an astringent hop finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a smooth start and a tart biting roasty finish.

Notes: Lighter bodied than I expected. Smoothes and mellows as it warms.

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Photo of Hefe
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

9/1/04 - Poured into my McChouffe tulip from 11.2 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Toffeeish brown with a red cast. Head is off white and thin, fades to a wisp of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Deeply malty, with notes of prune, brown sugar, orange rind, molasses.

Taste: At first clean and toffeeish/malty but the beer is still cold. As it warms, the flavors gain complexity and dryness. An earthy groundwork is built upon by walnut, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dates, and caramalized sugar. The finish is refreshingly dry and slightly vinous.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a dichotomy on the tongue, it feels thick and rich although the carbonation is zippy enough that it seems thin. It's just right if you ask me.

Drinkability: I could live on a steady diet of this. Exceptional!

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

Came in a 330ml brown bottle, black foil around the neck. Best before date on the side of the front label is the end of Dec 2013--this screams to be cellared, that's a hell of a shelf-life. Pours out a deep clear ruddy walnut tone, a bit of beige foam on the head that subsides quickly. Alcohol immediately has a warming effect when inhaling the aroma, rich malts, brown sugar, molasses, dried dates. The combination of the flavour and the mouthfeel is what makes this truly a delight to drink. Alcohol is present immdediately upon the first sip as well, but has a soothing effect, not a bite. Rich caramel malts, chocolate, carob nut, some earthiness, but all so very smooth, along with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. This comes close to what Ambrosia must be like. It takes a while for the hops to make themself apparent, lightly herbal, a bit grassy, more spicy carob on the aftertaste. Incredibly smooth for the alcohol content, a masterful execution of the brewing arts. I would love to experience what this would be like after it's been aged a good 5 years or so. Humble gratitude is extended to stephenlouis for sending out a bottle of this for me to try, you have excellent taste sir!

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Photo of budgood1
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque, dark brown colour...thin fine head leaving a bit of lace. aroma is strongly fact it smells like a shot of tequila....very interesting. oh, the flavour of this beer! woody, smoky, burnt caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. delicious. in my haste to sample a few brews before my housemoving..i wish i would have saved this for a cool october afternoon in the country. this is a very earthy, malty and bittersweet ale that is bitter in the finish and longingly dry and smoky on the tongue. a taste treat...would be great with some roasted nuts and pumpkin seeds in the fall. a brew i will revisit.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red clear body with a three finger off-white head is quite attractive in my goblet. Despite having pre wetted the glassware there was excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma was sweetly fruity and a bit oxidized. The taste was vinous and peppery with definitely warming, liquor like, alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel was full bodied rich, but a bit rough around the edges. The hops were surprisingly strong for a Scotch Ale and dried the palette nicely. A good hearty offering from across the Atlantic.

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

a clean a clear reddish amber when poured. head settles nicely(it could be a bit thicker). Nice aroma, a little milder than expected, probably because i tried the jacobite ale first. it's an excellent scottish ale and perfect as a meal accompaniment. the flavour is strong but does not become overwhelming by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of avylover
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Nice cream colored head that settled into a lacy film atop my beer.Caramel notes in the aroma, along with subtle fruits, butterscotch, alcohol and a slight roastiness. Taste is equally refined & subtle. Fruity malts (fruity malts??? yup, it's in there) sweet toffee type taste, and very impressive sweet alcohol. Everything is subtle and blends together great. Finish is clean, with a slight stickyness on the roof of the mouth. Drinkability is ridiculous. I could chug this but it demands sipping. Excellent!

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Photo of tjd25
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very regular head fades into a thin collar on a very dark amber-red color body. The smell shows a very round maltiness, some caramel, some dark fruits, sweetness, wood and notes of scotch. The taste is of a rich maltiness, showing dark chocolate and coffee with sweet notes of nuts, giving the brew a moccha like flavor. A warming but not overwhelming alcohol aspect appears at the time when hops usually get noticeable. The dark chocolate aspect persists and the finish is a bit sweeter than the body. The mouthfeel is excellent, very round and full, smooth, creamy, almost buttery. Thick and chewy, with a low to medium carbonation. A very good beer.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep red and purple with a modest head. It's leaving pretty minimal lace as it goes down.

Alcohol dominates the beer's otherwise fruity smell. The taste is layered and full of flavor. The balance really drives this thing home.

Drinkability takes a small hit from the alcoholic content but remains high.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque amber body everlasting smallish head. The lacing runs rampant.

Aroma of sweet malt and cocoa nose.

Cola, peat. tabacco and caramel flavor are complex but not very forward. An earthy hoppy flavor dominates the finish. I expect far more from a top 100, especially when it costs so much.

Vinous slight body.

Easy drinking dispite the high alcohol.

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

Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.

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

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and roated barley. The taste is good. It is an extremely smooth beer for having such a high abv. . It has a crisp malty flavor with a dry slightly warm finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine old ale. It has good aroma and flavor along with a smooth finish; a good drinker.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany in color with a minimal tan head. The aroma is smoky, woody, toasty, and malty, with a bit of dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor is malty and toasty, with a woodiness and smokiness. It finishes dry with a slight alcohol finish. It is a tasty brew with a lot of complexities.

Sampled 3/9/04

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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