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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery
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

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Photo of secondtooth
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely opaque amber ale here, with a small head and no lace.
Nose is rich and bourbonlike. Boozy, potent.
Flavor is a burst of sweet raisin, spice, and a warm, boozy burn (it's a relatively high 7.2% ABV).
Unique and distinctive, and a tasty beverage worthy of purchase, even at it's $5-6 retail per bottle.

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Photo of artdob
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark, cola like. Initial robust head. Lacks lacing.

S: Sweet malt, woodiness, light roasted toffee; minimal hopiness comes through

T: woodiness, light roasted toffee; seltzer water; minimal hopiness comes through

M: Body is on the thin side; carbonation plays on the tongue

O: Easy to drink but lacks a distinctive compelling character. Don't know that I'll return to this one however.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in an elegantly designed bottle. Pours an oaky brown color with a one and a half finger head. Decent retention and lacing. Nutty aroma, with a strong essence of caramel malt. Very strong malt in the taste, with some roast and faint coffee. Roasted nuts in the taste as well, very smokey overall. Highly carbonated and full bodied, drinkability is great as well. A very unique beer, and one of the best I have had in a while.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to ruby brown with a mild cream colored head.

Smell: Caramel and coffee with roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted coffee with hints of toffee and oarnge peel.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with slightly burnt textures.

Drinkability: One to drink slowly and savor with a good book.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep reddish brown body with one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving very little lace.

Interesting aroma with some dark fruity tartness upfront, followed by a little sweet malt. I can't ever recall experiencing an aroma like this. Not overly complex, but inviting.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's better. Great dark fruity flavors blend with the malt and just a tiny bit of hop bitterness. A touch of toffee and hint of cherry round out a really good flavor.

This is an excellent brew Very enjoyable.

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Photo of pioppo
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with red highlights. A not many fine and not many persistent clear beige foam.

S - Warm tone of malt: coffee, toasted, liquorice. Then red rip fruits (cherry. Also a little of nuts and Brandy.

T - In mouth there's an interesting flavour like chocolate and apricota that remember Sacher Torte!! Very fine!!

M - A full body and a dry finish. The sweetness is balanced by alcohol and vice versa.

D - A good beer with some appreciable flavours. An excellent taste!!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear yet murky brown. Light tan head with moderate retention and nice lacing.

smell; molasses and rum soaked, dried dates. Some bready malts and oak tannins...prunes, raisins, figs and sweet alcohol.

taste; woody with a clean, warm bitterness, this makes up the main backbone of flavor. Sweet dried dates with nutty malts run with the main flavor. Very warm, alcoholic burnt molasses, from start to finish. Bitterness of oak and light spruce needles hang in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; perfect medium body with a warm, fizzy alcohol burn. Very clean and smooth with a slick swallow. Heavy in the stomach but refreshing.

drinkability; very tasty but the alcohol is no joke, quite warm but not overly hidden. The aftertaste is a little rough around the edges. This is a drinkable beer but I would sip it, snuggled by a fire.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first scotch ale, poured into a Dogfish signature glass. A little over $5 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark purplish brown color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin splotchy layer on top. Leaves little patches of lacing all around the glass.

S - Smell is incredibly complex. Some peat is present as I would expect from a Scottish brew, with some dark fruits and maybe even some cola. Great nose on this beer.

T - Taste consists of some sweet malt and a lot of dark fruits and even some grapes for me. The peat that was evident earlier on the nose shows itself again in the taste, it's fantastic.

M - I found this beer to be just a little on the thin side but it's only a slight drawback, I love this beer.

D - Drinkability was great. A little too good considering the price and the fact that I wanted to down it too quickly.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've been passing over this beer for so long at my local Wegmans!

Pours a deep, and I mean deep, mahogany. Bordering on violet. Retains a HUGE, fluffy off-white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Already a beautiful beer.

Nose: First off is dark fruits. Really don't expect this off of a scotch ale but I'm ready to roll with whatever this beer will throw me.

To taste this beer is to taste the pinnacle of complexities of beer. There is so much going on but so much that works in perfect harmony. The subtle malt profile plays nicely with the mild fruit flavors resulting in an absolutely beautiful dance of flavors.

I will be going back to my store tomorrow and buying them out of this. Amazing.

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

Pours a rich and murky mahogany brown with scarlett red highlights that reveal themselves at the bottom of the glass. About a finger's worth of fine cream coloured head is produced but quickly falls to a thin ring. Alcohol film sticks to the sides of the glass along with splashes of spotted lace.

Classic syrupy butterscotch streams from the glass as notes of toasted malts, light peat with a bit of a smokey edge, figs, dates, and alcohol soaked raisons assert themselves around it. Earthy hops and a slight vinous character further the complexity of this fine scoth ale.

Sticky and sweet dark fruits coat the palate immediately with sappy butterscoth drizzled across the tongue. Lightly earthy towards the end with a subtle but tasty peat character that becomes more evident after slowly exhaling. Buttery on the tongue with some sweet toasted malts and gooey figs mark the beer's final breath.

Slick and smooth in the mouth with a medium to full body and low amount of carbonation that really allows the flavours to shine. The presence of the 7.2% ABV is kept to a minimal in both the nose and taste. A very nice and pleasurable sipper.

This is the second Scotch Ale I've had from Traquair, and for me, this one slightly edges out the other, being their Jacobite Ale. The unique peat character is beautifully rendered and comes out wonderfully in the finish, and makes for a great addition to all of the staple sweet and sticky Wee Heavy characteristics this beer already possesses. The next time I see this, I'll be sure to pick a bottle or two up.

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Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my best buddy in Scotland, good old Craig (Zimbo). Thanks a lot my friend.

What a nice beer this one is. Poured in my Struise glassthe beer looks sensational. Deepdarkbrown with i lightbrown head with millions of tiny bubbles. This is one of the best heads i have ever seen.

A good and inviting smell, the barley malt is super balanced. Very soft taste and the alcohol is not noticable at all.

A very good house ale. Thanks again Graig! Send me more of this house...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some BAs will always always be positively associated with certain beers. Two that come to my mind, are ColoradoBobs and his love for Vitus, and traquairlover for, well, his love for this brewery's beers. This is a first for me, from this brewery.

Clear, deep mahogany with reddish brown highlights with a dense, light-brown that recedes to a disk, leaving some lacing. Quite nice! The nose is marvelous. A prominent peat note is present up front, but there's also plenty for dark fruit, figs in particular, along with a little bit of toast and some dark brown sugar. A little cola is present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of a moderate peaty smoky flavor with some fruit. Again, I get figs with some red delicious apple. Quite dry, there's flavors of toffee, burnt sugar and a little caramel. Drying on the finish with a blend of peat and burnt sugar, the flavors that linger are excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer feels good on the palate. I really like the flavors on the finish here, flavors are wonderfully balanced. Alcohol is hardly apparent. An enjoyable beer that I will seek out again.

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Photo of runningjoke
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours dark brown wiyh reddish tones. The head that manages to form dissapates quickly.
Smells of caramel, toffee, mincemeat, vanilla.
Malty flavor of dark fruit, bread, somewhat earhty on the finish with alcohol esthers following.
Very thin mouthfeel, and the flavor does not linger. Ultimately, easy to drink.
I only feel that the body of the beer needs to be amped up a bit, but an exceptional beer otherwise.

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

A: Dark amber/brown color. Clear.
S: Butterscotch. Caramel. Plums. Slightly smoky. Warming and inviting aroma, like sitting by the fire in a cabin after a day of skiing.
T: Intense caramel sweetness. Earthy. Warming alcohol. Clean malt flavor. The only thing that balances the malty sweetness is the alcohol (hops and tartness absent).
S: Chewy. Full body. Rich. Fig fruitness.
O: I like this a lot. Great balance of caramel. Sometimes can be too sweet, so drink sparingly.

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

A brown muddy beer, a small off-white head, no lacing but good curtains.

Smelling of raisins, sherry, eggs(!) and yeast.

Upfront tasting sweet, dark syrup, brown bread, strong wine and sherry and yeast.

A small carbonation, soft and oily, a full body.

A good balance, well-done and a really nice sipping brew.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown with a slight off white head. Smells of yeast, bread, and caramel malt. The flavor is mostly of sweet caramel malts, with an earthy, almost funky finish. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh at the end from the alcohol, but this is still a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with a very fine, bubbly light tan head.

Smell is a winey, earthy, roasty and slightly sweet. Very complex.

Beautiful taste of mellow, earthy roast with some light wine/booze.

Mouthfeel is like cream. Like a dessert.

Beautiful balance and subtle complicated flavor makes this a world class beer.

I was blown away by this beer. The body is amazing.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass.

A: White head doesn't last very long, but survives right along the edge of the glass. Gentle mahogany with a ruby tint. It's dark enough that its gorgeous clarity is almost hidden.

S: A bit strange. Alongside the punchy dried fruits is a vegetable smell. Mild at any rate.

T: Smooth molasses with a bit of carbonation. Chewy, malty, with that vegetable tang in the background -- it could conceivably be hops, but that seems unusual. Some alcohol, a bit of spice, and the faintest touch of coffee. Aftertaste doesn't have much in the way of taste, but is enjoyably dry on the tongue.

M: Scintillating, slightly sticky, satisfying.

D: Overall, I think I prefer the Jacobite Ale to the House Ale, though this may be a better-brewed beer. It's a solid effort and definitely tasty. I will probably pick up another couple, if only for sharing. Recommended.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a deep red-brown with a one and a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, cookies, and dark fruit. The flavor was of very slight roasted malt, sour malt, subtle spices, extremely subtle alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palatae with low carbonation. Overall this was quite the awesome brew. The flavor on this one was very nice and well balanced. Also the aroma was very good as well. I'm really glad I got the chance to try this one. I must say, this is a must try for anyone who hasn't gotten the opportunity before.

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

This beer poured a Black amber color with a light off-white head. Moderate lacing was visible. The initial smell of the brew is that of light caramel, vanilla and bready malts. The initial taste of the brew was roasted malts, peat, some fruity notes (they give it some sweetness) with a subtle alcohol flavor being present at the end. This brew had a medium body and light carbonation.

Overall, this was a lighter beer than I expected it would be. The flavors blended nicely and made for quite a relaxing brew. As excellent as this beer was, this was a little bit too drinkable, aka I wish it lasted me longer than it did. Excellent beer, would recommend this one.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i must say that this does not suffer much with the lower abv but it does in turn not have as much to a body. the look and smell is about the same but the nose is but more muted. just as coriander and toffee caramel but subsides... palate is leaner but also seemed more susceptible. this has a tad of a metallic quality and may not age was well as the other. still a substancial amount of flavor for the sake of how nice and lean the body is. not as creamy and refreshing as the jacobite but more so just refreshing.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet, bready malt aroma. Lightly fruity but almost doppelbock like.

Hazy, dark chestnut colour with a small, short lasted, light tan head.

Malt and smooth but not a sweet as I thought it would be. There is a light nuttiness and minerality as well as a hint of smoke.

Medium-full body with moderately-light carbonation. Good on the whole.

A nice, full flavoured but easy to drink ale. Very good.

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

A - Pours an opaque chestnut brown color. There is a small, off white head that has sub par retention. Despite this, there is more significant lacing than I would expect. There is also a good amount of carbonation fizzing to the top.

S - There are sweet malts, hazel nut, and caramel. Maybe a little bit of maple too. Very nice, but it would be nicer if it was stronger.

T - I might be crazy, but i feel like this Ale keeps changing on me. At first, I thought there was some hazel nut and vanilla and that was it. But now, as I continue to sip on this ale more, the more complex it gets. Now, there is still notes of vanilla, and hazel nut behind a heavy malt back bone, but there is also, figs, grapes, and plum and caramel. There is also a chocolate after taste with some caramel and butterscotch . The only things that makes this taste a wee less than perfect is that the flavors could just a wee bit more pronounced.

M - Wonderful amount of carbonation. A wee bit too watery though, other than that it is perfect.

D - Easiest Scotch Ale to drink ever. Enough said.

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

Poured into a goblet. Brewed in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland? That is impressive.

Pours with minimal head, this beer looks thick. What head is present is off-white and fades away to a ring around the glass. Body is dark crimson with shades of tobacco brown showing, depending on the light. Some lacing despite the minimalistic head.

Smells of rich complex toasted and roasted malts. Caramelized sugars pair with withered tea-like hops to crown the head of malts. Complex, roasty, and inviting.

Slightly burnt caramel drizzled over roasted malts served garnished with whole grain toast and black tea bitterness. This taste is rich. The malts are strong and assertive, but somehow remain subtle. Traquair House Ale is never in you face, but has a strong current of flavors. Withered hops keep things in balance, and add a drying character that propels this Scotch Ale past much of the competition.

As full bodied as it can be without being syrupy. Wonderful, though this heavy mouthfeel is kept in check by a little carbonation bite that prickles nicely. Needless to say this is a very drinkable ale.

Conclusion: I expected greatness and was not disappointed. This is a great Scottish beer. I backpacked 95 miles in the highlands of Scotland when I was 16 and drank my first beer on that trip. Become of that experience my love for beer is connected with my love for Scotland, and this ale brings the two together in a lovely way. Drink this if you haven't yet.

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

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt thats a little smokey with some dark fruit

T - Like the smell starts off sweet then the dark fruit comes out ends with a nice smokey finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is quite possibly the best Scotch Ale that I've had so far its excellent taste makes this one very easy to drink worth hunting down to give a try sometime

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,085 ratings
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