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 coasterfreak75
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a dark copper red with a bubbly one inch head. The head quickly dissapated to an almost non-existent white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was strong with alchohol and malt tones. It had an evident undertone of fruit, raisons I would say.

The drink started with a raison taste that was quickly followed by malt sweetness. It finished with a quick hit of hops. The taste is rather complex and diffucult to describe. The hops don't linger at the end, in fact nothing does it finishes very clean.

All and all this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I would love to find this beer again. Thanks to Chatter for finding it for me!

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

Pours a deep rosy brown with a medium, tightly bubbled head. Quite lacey, but not sticky. Nutty alcohol notes and a deep brown mollasses malt overtake the aroma. Some darker fruits. Taste is complex, but not rich. A dark malty character, with a sweeter, fruity underbelly, and a hop bite that kicks lightly at the end. A very nice concoction, though I would prefer a bit bolder flavor profile.

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Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown appearance, some highlights warm things up. Head is small, lightly tannish, and sturdy at 1/8 of an inch. Laces adequately but incompletely around the glass. Malty aroma, some senses of light molasses, maple sugar, with a buttery tone to it. Good body and carbonation, chewy and smooth. Flaovor is quite good, big emphasis on malt with caramel, some light fruit, cocoa, and a pleasant light diacetyl touch. Hops mostly balance here, the malt dominates the stolid flavor profile. Finishes with a sense of mushroom muskiness, a woodsy sense. A very nice beer, drinkable, slightly potent, and well-brewed.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby brown tone thin tan creamy textured head leaves nice even lacing. Aroma: Strong rich malt backbone , peated malts bring an air of mild smokiness, oak edge to it, plums and raisin glazed with alcohol nice, world class. Taste: Peated malts touch of smoke good stuff here, fruity hightlights caramel note finishes with the oak and strong sweetness great classic ale. Mouthfeel: Coats the palate nicely medium bodied amazing beer to experience. Drinkability: Very nice balanced all around solid beer one of the best old strong scotch ale, excellent beer glad I finally gave it a try.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bier is as close to perfection as I have had. It is an amazing brew. The aroma and of flavor is of old wood. Malty and extremely smooth, it is obviously made with incredible quality, love and time.

The feeling of happiness that overcomes you while quaffing this bier is quite surreal.

The only downside, the price. Over $5.00 for 330ml is really not too much considering the quality, but leaves you wishing you could stock an ample supply.


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Photo of TinusTime
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel copper colour with an nice tuft of offwhite head.. The smell is of dark wet breads, spicy hops , a bit of smokeyness, and dried fruits soaked in brandy or rum. The taste is malty up front with roasted malts and a bit of smoke and anise. The alcohol marches up and then the rum soaked fruits take over. Finally a bit of hops come in to balance and dry everything out. Complex beer, but very well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is evident but not overly so. Nice subtle carbonation ads to drinkability. The alcohol keeps the drinkability from being higher

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Photo of genaro
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traquair House Ale was a dark copper brown color with a small head. The aroma was sweet, malty chocolate and caramelly. The toasted chocolate taste was pretty good. The smooth taste also had a little hop bite and was not too carbonated. The finish was slightly sweet and dry. The alcohol added a nice boost to this beer. Overall very well-balanced and tastey beer.

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

Presented in a quaint 11.2 ounce bottle, this was a beer that I had been looking forward to trying. Pours a deep brown-burgundy color with a restrained brown head. The head is short-lives. Oak, smoke, molasses, alcohol, and an earthy, dry maltiness mingle in the aroma. The woody tones follow through to the taste, where a slightly astringent dryness stands out. Earthy and rusticÂ…peat, nuts, dried fruits, and a British hop bitterness. Extraordinarily drinkable, and marvelous in small sips. Yummy.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz classy looking little bottle with foiled cap. Pours into a tumbler a clear, dark, copper amber with a moderate tan head that quickly collapses into sheets of lacing. Minutes later, only some rings remain. Aroma is toffee and molasses upfront, then a melange of everything else. Burnt campfire wood, some rum soaked raisins and figs, some butternut, some vague spices, and some other strange notes that are impossible to describe. To me, there are notes of soapsuds here, as well. Mouthfeel is easygoing, with low carbonation and medium body. Tatse is about as complex as the nose. Toffee, molasses, leather, wood ash, and just enough hops bitterness to keep it all in harmony. Very reminiscent of a fine Scotch ale. Alcohol is well concealed. My only complaint with this one is the small bottle. I could easily enjoy a bomber of this at a sitting in front of the fireplace. An excellent old ale here!

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Photo of Realale
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous mahogany-tinged deep brown. Lovely extremely fine beige cap leaves nice lacing.

Incredible nose of rich cakey treacley malt. Soaring whisky-like notes and some dried fruits cherry, prune, raisins, and a touch of citrus. Simply stunning.

Lighter in the mouth than the nose would lead one to expect, but still rich doughy malt aplenty. Lots of dark treacle notes as well. Touch of ruminess, but no alcohol apparent. Finish is long and malty and the only place hops are really evident, and then only as a balance to the malt.

Very soft bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Carbonation level is enough to keep it from being cloying, and actually manages to make it almost refreshing. A classic for good reason. Incredibly drinkable for what it is. Great stuff. Glad to have this old favorite for my 200th review.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy pour reluctantly gives up a small, creamy, dense head. The beer is ever-so-slightly hazy and a dark, red/brown. Spotty lacing. Wow. Hella nutty chocolate nose. Bready with a touch of grapes. Roasty! grains in the front. A smooth, sweet, fruity-chocolate middle with more roasty grains in the finish. Bitter chocolate. Warming alcohol. It is a nice, nutty, roasty, sweet, malty beer. Chocolatey smooth with pleasant warming alcohol, yet little alcohol taste. I would drink this all winter if I could get it here.

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

Lovely chesnut body with a smallish off-white head and moderately effective lacing. The look is great and is followed by a decently full nose that is full of dried fruit and malting.

The flavor is quite malty and gives the kind of rich fruit sense that one might get from a rum-laden fruitcake. There is small licorice sense that is hinted as well. Delicious and rich to a fault.

Good smooth feel but with definite edge in the finish. Good, but not great drinkability.

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Photo of dannyvee
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at cellar temperature in my trusty chimay chalice. poured a clear deep copper with not much head to speak of, just a rim of white foam clinging to the edge of the glass. aromas of caramel, malt, a touch of chocolate and earth.
body is full and carbonation light. first sips give a fruity maltiness with an alcohol bite in the back of the throat. pleasant caramel sweetness with a creamy, nutty finish.
all in all a great brew for this 15 degree boston evening.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear amber with ruby tinges. Small bubbly head that disappeared immediatly. Sweet complex aromas of roast malt, brandy soaked fruit, burnt sugar and a hint of licorice. There was also a faint tartness(yeast?) at the end.
Flavor was not as sweet or complex as the aroma. Bready dark malt, macerated fruits of all colors, caramel and a tangy/bitter finish.
Thin to medium bodied in the mouth. A highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chestnut with dark purple and heavy burgundy melted inside. Fast pour devoloped very little head just a ring around the glass. Slippery lacing fell apart which was a sad moment.

Smells insanely strong! Smells of sweet dark fruits covered in sugar and soaked in alcohol. I also noted some barnwood, brown sugar, molasses, spoiled plums, figs, malts and loads of alcohol. At first scent I assumed this was about 9%. It smells strong but wonderful. I can't wait for the first sip!

Seeking more flavor on this one! It's good but seems a little under-carbonated and lacking some juicy dark fruit flavors that I was hoping for after smelling it. Loads of caramel with some fruits. Some woodiness in the finish that leaves my mouth feeling sticky and hoping for more. Nice lingering aftertaste of juicy hop bitterness.

Has a smooth mouthfeel but light bodied.

Not bad but certainly not what I was expecting.

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

Pours a deep coppery chestnut color with a pillowy tan head. Dark crystal malt aroma and a peaty earthiness (compost pile) mixed with a healthy yeast smell, too. Caramelly sweet with the same earthiness coming through in the taste. A little bit of vinous hop character, but predominantly malty. Alcohol noticable but masked with malty goodness. Best Scotch ale in the world, hands down. The quality of a Belgian trappist, only from Scotland. Enjoy at 55-60 degrees.

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

The beer pours deep amber brown with just a smidge of head rimming the surface of the beer. That rim of head stays with the beer but does not lace the glass.

The aroma is pure heaven. Smoky, malty, caramel aromas are a delight for the senses. Chocolate is also present.

The flavor is not able to back up the promise of the aroma. A smoky chocolate flavor becomes dry slightly bitter chocolate in the finish. The more time that passes the drier the finish becomes leading to a pleasant smoky coffee aftertaste after a few moments.

The body is medium with a low carbonation. The 7.2% ABV is not present except in a slight warming.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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

Appearance: a very drak brown/mohagany pour with a minimal off-white head.

Smell: The nose is sweet with licorice & molasses. Hints of caramel. Also some dark fruits such as plum & grape. Port like and warm.

Taste: The sweetness is toned down here. Nice maltiness and very light hints of molaases and plum. Light roasted flavour here as well. A warm alcohol kick makes it a great sipper. A complex & mature beer with fine underlyimg flavours that don't overpower the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lively and and fullfilling. Soem bubbliness without being "full".

Drinkability: A great ale. This is my perfect winter warmer or fireplace sipping drink. A classic.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a small light brown head that left a good amount of lacing. Brownish amber in color, with a little light passing through. The aroma of chocolate and sweet malt. Mildly bitter coco flavor combines with a light maltiness, and hardly any hops. All in all a smooth, well balanced beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a of a chestnut brown, no real head appeared as I poured it slowly into a 10 oz tulip, just a few big bubbles, no real lace either. Aroma is all malts, loads of caramel, sweet, dark, with a earthy undertone of tobacco and wet wood. Taste is super mellow of caramel, dark toffee, some dark fruit notes of plum and banana, the malts are provided all over the place, but not thick, more so of a very clean and softly calming chewyness, thinnish to the point of becoming non-existent really. Not very flavorful. Some notes of hazelnut and molasses poke through as it warms but nothing sticks out really. Kinda boring and plain. Feel is a bit thin, the front of this is like water, nothing there, but luckily it picks up some and renders some light heft over the middle and has a smooth lightly sticky, calm, malty sweet finish that doesn't last all that long. Not something I'd buy again, nearly forgetable.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-amber body. Thin, multi-bubbled, bone-white head fades fairly quickly (but doesn't vanish) with minimal lace.
Smell: Wow.. this is beautiful. Obvious malt, but with a woody/casky hint of whisky, peet, lightly-roasted malt smoke.
Taste: Not as stale tasting as some other old ales. Good balance of sweet and bitter elements. A simple, pleasing taste.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation is appropriate. Creamy malt, silky, alcohol stays in the background.
Drinkability: Agree with other reviewers...make sure the chill is off before this is served. Slightly cold, it's thin and blah... let it warm and the character explodes. Pricey... but a great way to treat yourself. Best example of the style I've ever had.

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

Perfect chestnut brown color-almost murky to the eye with a very minimal but fine veil of foam that lingers throughout, and puffs up quickly with added swirling. Wonderful warm, almost spirit like in the nose with cinnamon, raisin, and vanillla-some chocolate as well. Lovely bitter/fruity hop bite showing dried fruit, bitter chocolate and malt-nicely spicy in a very warming way. Medium bodied and creamy-the finish is long,warm and memorable. A very decent drink!

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Photo of grynder33
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sat very dark in the glass with little visible activity, wonderful champagne like aroma,lots of nice flavors happening, especially molasses and currant, because of its low carbonation, it had the smoothest of all possible textures, loses a little bit of its sweetness as it goes along, lots of setiment on bottom of glass. Wonderful stuff, a little pricey and the next morning I had some intestinal problems that I couldn't blame on anything but the beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are chocolate. Plums and other dark fruit sort of dominate the flavors. There is also a touch of soy sauce amongst the smoke and peat. Hints of the 7.2 % alcohol sneak through at time. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of nomad
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown wood color,with a very small head but it left serious stain off of thick lace. Not too shabby. Smell was very rich, with oak, dark, grainy, and roasty notes, but altogether of a serious scotch ale strength of sweetness - love those unattentuated sugars aged at Scottish low temperatures. Tasted of fruity malt, but opened to wonderful woody bitterness accompanied by bark-like dryness - rough at an elevated level, though amazing to taste. Had some strange sweet and roasted nutty notes as well, and a body that came across a bit winey in a moderate way. Ends with some very spicy like a well-ground black pepper. Thin mouthfeel which is nice given the bitter roast flavors but also seemingly strange for a scotch ale or strong/old ale.

Quite a tart finish once you have a hold on it. Good but a bit to handle.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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