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

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan14 2010

A deep maroon with two fingers worth of head that quickly fall to a thick 1/4in film leaving a few patches of lace

S lots of burnt sugar and molasses with a little raisin

T as it smells but heavy on molasses, licorice, a pleasant smokey earthy flavor and a little dark fruit. I will admit I was impressed by this beer quite a bit going on

M a little slick, it coats your mouth and foams up a bit in your mouth

D no problems with this beer and for the strength it's pretty easy to down, tasting great doesn't hurt its cause either

Nice beer a little sweet but nothing that takes away from its good characteristics. This beer is worth looking for try it if you ever get a chance

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P- Barley's and Hops in Pittsburgh
rec. by owner

A- a murky red mahogany color. a red tint to the half finger head that leaves a sticky circle on my pint. more i loko at the color its like a dark brown mixed some red (plum) color.

S- lots going on here: toffee, plum, nuts, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla bean. This is a very aromatic beer and i cant wait to taste it. The smell and the aromas mix quite well together.

T- this is very nice. the smell matches the exact flavor to a T. Great blends and magnificently smooth on all accounts.

M- creamy and heavy with alcohol but leaves a warm coating all the way down the throat.

D- this beer lives up to the hype. goes down easy and smooth. I could drink a case of this in a week. I would def recommend this for the those who like micros.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brown/plum hue with 1 finger of tan head that's gone before I put the bottle back down, no lace.

S- This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had, I can't keep my nose out of it for fear that the taste won't live up to the nose. Oodles of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. There's some raisins and vanilla as well, with just a touch of peat malt. This smells like something I'd want to smother my ice cream with.

T- No! What could of been. The flavors here are really dialed down. Still has a nice flavor profile though, just like the nose.

M- Medium body, nice and smooth. Really soft as well which I wasn't expecting.

D- This could of been a world class brew if the taste was more pronounced, still an excellent beer that I'll be revisiting very shortly.

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Photo of SargeC
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy brown colored brew. Extremely thin, short lived head.

Smell: Smoky Malt. Toffee, brown sugar, berry and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet cherry and smoky malt with vanilla and a finishing alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied brew. Creamy and smooth. Very dense.

Drinkablity: A classic brew, very satisfying. Rich and flavorful.

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

Shockingly found this at a local liqour store 5 min. from my house. wonderful caramel flavor along with deft sweetness. can tell alcohol is present, but balances the before mentioned flavors excellently. On my way back to the store for a few more....delicious!!

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Photo of jbowers56
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown hue with some coppery/red tones as the light peeks through. Great head, was about 2 fingers at first pour and settles to a good layer.

Fantastic nose. Really great. Get notes of sweet fruits, pudding, malt and other great stuff.

Caramel, dried fruits are the first things on the palate. Fairly full bodied. A bit of alcohol warmth and then... wow maybe a kind of roasted malt chocalatey/coffee like taste at the end. Beautiful.

It's a Traquair beer. It feels amazing in the mouth. Slightly chewy, but has just enough carbonation to lift it a little.

I'd sip on this, as the full, sweet flavours dont really lend themselves well to drinking quickly at all. Still highly drinkable though.

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Photo of kbm
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours thin amber/ruby with good head with nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell: maltiness and spices little bit of vanilla.

Taste: I had to check to see if I had water in my glass because this tastes like a water down wee heavy... There's nothing heavy about it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing just don't expect a malt bomb wee heavy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: low carbonation and totally gulpable.

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

Perhaps one of the easiest beers I have ever had to drink - just an incredibly pleasant beer.

A: A nice dark red/brown that fades to tan at the edges.

S: Really subdued actually - the beer looks like it should really overpower, yet it doesn't. It has a nice malty sweetness.

T: Once again, it looks like it should be a real monster - yet the taste is just perfectly balanced - malty and a little sweet, with a bit of bitterness to it - yet none of this hits you over the head. Its not watery by any means, I could easily drink this all day in lieu of.

M: Not much carbonation to it, nor does it really need it

D: I could drink this all day - just perfectly balanced, not too strong, yet it has a ton of flavor.

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Photo of apwilla
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was pretty expensive, $5 for ~12oz bottle.
I picked it up randomly, just something new never seen or tried. Read the reviews before cracking it, got me excited.
It's kind of a let down, another user described it as a "watery porter," that sums it up perfectly. there's nothing really wrong with it, its just very average. there is a very very gentle smokiness, leather, tobacco, all of which i wish were just a bit more pronounced. like there are some great flavors in there, just hidden behind the weak, watery flavor and mouthfeel. Maybe its the exorbitant price that makes me expect a big beer, if this was the regular $7 or $8 for a good craft six pack, i would think it was a better deal.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque very dark chestnut brown color with a thick frothy 1.5 finger tan head. Decent retention but slowly fades into a lasting ring after a bit. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of hazelnut, chocolate and leathery malts. Very earthy with a nice alcohol scent.

Roasted chocolate malt flavor with some caramel sweetness and subtle hop bitterness. Estery dark fruit notes, mostly plum and berries with some chestnut/hazelnut notes and slight alcohol warmth. Kind of a barleywine brown ale hybrid.

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

A - Pours darker brown with plum highlights, patchy white head.

S - SMells very sweet malty. Spicy and sweet to the nose, dark sugar and alcolhol are present.

T - Wow this tastes good. Great sweet alcohol blended with dark sugars. Raisins and figs support the fruit taste. Sweet and malty with dark sugars. Nice complexity and rich flavor.

M - SO smooth and so silky, this beer is a wonder on the palate. Its very rich yet mild carbonation gives it a smooth ride down your throat. The alcohol is warming and lovely.

D - This one is meant to be sipped, savoured and enjoyed thoroughly. One will do and each sip is better then the next.

Notes - Hadn't heard of this one before buying it on a whim tonight, and read up on it afterwards. I didn't need to see the good reviews to figure this one out. Top shelf beer here.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at around 50 degrees into a snifter. The color is a deep brown cola color, extremely murky looking. Light tan head tops the body, one finger width at first, but quickly dissipating to a thin ring. Some small lacing occurs, but it's not sticky by any means.

This beer smells tremendous! There's a lot of raisin going on with lots of caramel too. Some vanilla is around the edges but never in abundance. There is also a background roastyness to it.

Caramel is apparent early on at the front of my palate, but quickly moves toward the fruity end of things. There's some definite red grape flavor here, some aspects even remind me of red wine. There's some chocolatey stuff going on in the background as the transition towards some of the roasty bitterness comes in to round the beer out.

The feel is medium-thin for the style, but well carbonated with tiny bubbles floating around after a good swirl. Coats the mouth well too, but leaves it a little chalky.

Drinkability is good for the style, a pitfall many other scotch ales have in my opinion is that they tend to be overly sugary/sweet. The roastyness hits at a nice time for balance and leaves me thinking about taking the next sip to bring some sweetness back. This is the best scotch ale I have had, and will be my benchmark for the style in the future.

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

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a tulip from the chilled 11.2oz bottle.

A - A translucent deep walnut shade w/ garnet hue at the base as light passes through. 2 fingers of rocky ecru top the ale and lace collects on the glass.

S - Tons of toffee w/ nutty and fruity malt odors dominating. A gentle vanilla and mild peat touch of aromatic bark, light fragrance of yeast w/ gentle spice notes. The scent of toasted caramel is there mild butterscotch odors

M - A mild sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation and subtle spiced toasted texture. A mellow alcohol element is evident in the finish

T - A great flavor of malt w/ woody and cocoa notes w/ mild butterscotch, vanilla bean tinges. The malt flavor is smooth w/ a hint of coffee and sweet caramel. The toffee-like flavor is accented by a mild pine and cinnamon element. The taste has cocoa notes and is balanced by the flavor of alcohol which makes the sweetness less than cloying.

D - This has to be the most drinkable Scotch ale IMO, a beer that is smooth for its strength and calls for repeated tastes, would pair well with many desserts like creme brulee for example

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Photo of zoso493
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint-glass.

Appearance: Pours a a deep coca-cola color with some amber tints where the lights hits it. Even with a vigorous pour, it still only produces a tiny had that dissipates quickly to a thin film over the beer.

Smell: Pretty interesting in the nose. Smells like green apple, molasses, cinnamon, yeast and even some earthy grains. Very impressive smell.

Taste: Tastes like a lot of dark fruits, some sweet and roasted malts and maybe a touch of chocolate. Very smooth, but no flavors are really pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Feels pretty slick and is light- to medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkabillity: As it's so smooth, this beer is pretty drinkable. Not what you'd call a session beer at 7.2% ABV, but you could drink a few.

Overall, this is a solid brew. The taste kind of lets you down after the wonderful scent of the thing, but it's a pretty mellow Scotch ale that's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with ruby tints and a small but persistent off-white head.
Very malty aroma combining caramel (crystal?), loads of toffee, some diacetyl, butterscotch, molasses and dates. Excellent.
Equally malty flavours, predominantly caramel and cookie-dough, with some of the alcohol showing through. Mild earthy hops notes are also noticeable, finishes slightly watery with a very gentle bitterness.
Nice rich body, good creamy carbonation.

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

A - A very small head of light brown foam on a dark brown body with caramel colored highlights.

S - Lots of cola-like malt with light chocolate and coffee. Some fruity yeast as well, red apple, plum and a bit of cinnamon.

T - Lots of toffee malt up front with dark caramel and brown sugar. Some apple from the yeast in the middle. Cola flavor in the finish with chocolate malt and light malt bitterness.

M - Oily, medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a thick, malty, somewhat unusual beer. The malt flavor works pretty well, but the aroma is kind of weak. A nice wee-heavy, but it doesn't quite manage to justify its $5/12oz bottle price tag.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $3.

A: Medium brown color with a nice red accent, thin cream colored head disappears just as fast as it comes. A few globs of lacing here and there. Pretty fair looking beer, but nothing impressive.

S: A few hints of chocolate and smoke, fairly earthy, smells like an old bar, sort of, has some rum hints at it as well, pretty fair amount of booze, a few hints of caramel. Smells quite malty.

T: Pretty light in flavor compared to the nose, really doesn't have much flavor, slightly smoky, a few hints of chocolate and caramel, with a little alcohol, and a slightly bitter hop bite in the end. Has a sort of offsetting cola like flavor as well. Sort of nutty aftertaste. Really not that impressed.

M: Thin, and that really hurts this beer for me, light yet prickly carbonation. Wish this had a little more body to it.

D: One is enough, this beer just doesn't do it for me at all. I figured on a little bit stronger, more robust beer, but it really dies in the mouth. The nose is good, but this just comes up a bit short in my book. Won't seek out again.

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Photo of juhl31
3.12/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-dark brown with no carb or much head at all

-malt, reminiscent of a barleywine smell

-it tastes like a watered down and flat rum and coke

-there is no carb whatsoever, which is why i might change this review. tastes like alcohol more than it needs to

-i need to try this beer again in case i got an old or bad bottle because it seems to be that way

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely pleasant ale with good caramelized malt sweetness and a full character. The beer pours a deep magenta-brown with spotty lacing. The aroma is very good. There are dark stone fruits spicy rum and sweet caramel notes. The flavor is similarly good, particularly for a style that I don't always love. It's a fruity, caramel-y beer with enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, decent creamy head that dissipates leaving a ring of foam on the outside. Smells of chocolate and caramel malt, some smokiness, a nice earthiness. Tastes of earthy and slightly smoky sweet malt with a nice mellow bitterness. Finishes with some faint smokiness and fairly sweet. Alcohol noticeable. Nice creamy body, very smooth.

A really nice beer, very smooth and mellow flavors. I was hoping for more to be honest, a little lackluster in the flavor. All in all, a very good wee heavy.

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

Last of the May Beer club's in me basement... a rich teak wood..Rich tan head, good retention..webs of lacing.

Lot's of rich dark fruit..plum, date..molassess. Some definite spiciness in there as well.

Quite nice and complex with the fark fruits and molassess blending seamlessly with a bit of ainse. Alchol warms nice but doesn't ruin the balance.

Mouth feel is full without being too thick and syrupy.

Best wee heavy I have tried to date.

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

A - Deep ruby red, almost black. Small amount of carbonation. Head fades very quickly, with medium lacing.

S - Strong scents of sweet liquorish. There is a noticable spiciness to it. Dark fruits, which makes the ale smell slightly like red wine.

T - Dark chocolate, with sweet malts. Dark fruits are also prominent. There is also an oaky quality to the alcohol.

M - Strong and heavy in the palete. There is an oily feel to it, and a warming alcohol.

D - Superb scotch ale, the flavours work beautifully together, and make this a beer that I will certainly be having again...and again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a major Scotch(ish) Ale fan, I've been eagerly awaiting this one...

A - Very little in the way of head... Only a thin layer fizzy laces appears before quickly fading away... A slight ring of bubbles remains around the outside portion of the glass... Very few carbonation bubbles rise throughout at a very slow pace... A very deep dark brown color... Very sleek...

S - Wonderfully sweet dark fruits... Plum... Figs... Raisins... Brown Sugar... Malt... Caramel... Toffee... Everything a good scotch ale should be, only wish it were a tad bit more assertive...

T - Taste is solid, but a slight disappointment given the stellar nose... The tastes hinted at by the nose are all their, but seem to battle one another for supremacy to the detriment of the beer... A certain smokiness emerges... A slight warmth as the alcohol rises at the finish and through the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Lots of biting carbonation... Medium bodied... A little thinner and dryer than I expect for a Scotch Ale...

D - A respectable Scotch Ale, but a slight let down given the my lofty expectations...

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Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this ale nearly 5 years since my first encounter, this bottle's BB date is... DEC. 2017! Served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: super dark russet brown hue with mahogany shines, coming with a moderate carbonated body and a nicely lingering beige frothy head.
S: very different from the Wee Heavy tasted immediately before this - Orkney Skullsplitter - the aroma here is not so pronounced in its overripe-fruit departments; it's low-profiled, more distinctive with a clear highlight of the yeastiness, comprising touches of cheese, salty-sweet butterscotch and a yeasty-maltiness not unlike a robust and estery Belgian dark ale. The sour hint of Chinese herbed prunes provides a suitable balancer with the yeasty hints as well as with the rich yet underlying flow of overripe fruitiness (prunes, apples, and figs mainly).
T: a clean entry of faintly raisiny, sour black dates and black-sugary dark malts comes not sweet at all and pretty understated in taste actually, then the flavour seamlessly ventures into a slightly herbal and bitter aftertaste backed by a distinctive edge of wood-barrel ageing. In the finish, black sugar and a touch of dried herbs are coupled with a rather... "tannic"-chewy palate as of sour-yeastiness or wood-barrel ageing. Somehow, the complexity is not so... great in this bottle, but the overall impression is still all positive.
M&D: fine and smooth on the carbonation, the body is medium at most, and it drinks absolutely light for a 7.2%abv. ale, although it does lack a kind of "soul" (or a really soft palate) that is the key to a "live" British ale. Compared with my first encounter almost 5 years ago, I'd say (just like with Orkney's Skullsplitter) this ale can't give me that "oomph" effect anymore; but before I get to taste the cask-version (should it be available), I'd still revisit this unique and special ale whenever possible. The balance and integrity are the strengths of this ale, no doubt about it.

* Tasting Date: 13/10/05
Obtained this bottle from the London branch of the Royal Mile Whiskies Shop. BB date: DEC. 2014!!! Gosh, for a beer at just 7.2%abv. to boast this level of longevity takes incredible courage as well as unlimited self-confidence I think...
4.5 A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a very dark, elegant ruby hue, with an initially thick beige head slowly dissipating and settling down to a thin layer of tight froth - looking very elegant for a British bottled beers~~
5 S: the nose is incredibly malty and complex - profoundly sweet, but not intrusive, syrupy dark maltiness prevails along with a complex dark-fruit aroma mixed of preserved sweet date, plum jam and huge juicy raisins; plus a barley-candyish texture smelling so thick and delicious enough to eat... also at present is butterscotch note, or that profound buttery note of, guess what, Scottish shortbread... Overall, creamy, rich, rounded, laced with so many dark fruits while avoiding being overly sweet and thick; if only some exotic Belgian yeasts were used this beer could smell more complex and satisfying than a great bunch of Belgian strong dark ales!
4.5 T: full-bodied and almost oily-smooth texture of dark-maltiness and an intense flow of dark-fruitiness make a big entrance, bringing on board lots of buttery toffee, a tinge of roastiness, caramelised sugar, a rounded, bittersweet walnuty flavour, leaving a slowly intensifying dryish-bitterness as well as a mildly spicy-bitter touch developing at the deep end of the tongue; a slightly syrupy mouthfeel is left in the end, but not OTT, and the alc. touch is very restrained, only emerging deep down the throat at the very last, rather than from the beginning.
4.5 M: creamy, silky-smooth texture throughout; actually it tastes much much lighter and delicate for a 7.2%abv. malty brew... at the same time, the body is rich enough to buttress the full-flavour, and helps achieve a nice balance on the palate.
4.5 D: overall, this is an ultra-elegant beer with so much to offer - neither something you'd wish to savour every day, nor even for the second bottle on the same night - because it's so precious and rare, worth great patience until having next sip, and next bottle. Reviewing it "within style", I give it such high score over here, to reflect the fact that though this is just my second bottle of Wee Heavy, I already love it so much. Highly recommended!

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Photo of RodBurg
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a thick tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

Nose is dominated by caramel malt with some fruity esters and maple syrup in the background.

Taste is very malty and sweet, but not at all unpleasant. Loads of caramel and toffee finish with a sweet and slightly bitter note. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy.

Very good. Probably the best Scotch Ale I've had.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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