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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

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 templar316
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beutiful deep russett with a nice thick tan head, shows ruby highlights when held to the light and head keeps working throughout. A fantastic nose starting with alcohol, but softening to a great earthy nose. Woody with hints of figs and caramel. The flavor is the same way; soft malty sweetness, rolling into hop bitterness with slight alcohol afterbite. It rolls softly across the tongue leaving one ready for more. This is the Stuff!

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

Poured into a tulip and produced a finger of foam for couple of minutes. Attractive dark brown liquid. Smells very pleasant - sweet, fig, grape, caramel, toffee, wood, and an overall earthy must. Gadzooks! The flavor is pretty complex and I must not be very familiar with this style because it is not what I am used to. It is very earthy, not much sweetness at all really. A very nice bittering hop evens out the biscuity malts. Finishes like licorice and some nice alcohol warmth. About average carbonation for the style. Pretty smooth and a little bit more than a medium body. Overall, it rocked my socks off.

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

Appearance: Little head. Cloudy. Dark brown.

Smell: Sharp. Very distinct and musky. Some malt. Hints of a berry sweetness.

Taste: Caramel. Mildly bitter. Musky and hoppy on the breath.

Drinkability: Smooth. Medium carbonation. This was good - very drinkable

This was a great beer. Found mine at BevMo. The bottle is simple, and I was sold on it's tag line "A handmade ale brewed in the ancient brew house, in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland" (Product of Scotland) Give it a shot. I could easily keep one in the fridge for special occasions. I think this beer does well on it's own, or would make a nice compliment to BBQ, roasted veggies or red meat.

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

Found this at the Piggly Wiggly in Hilton Head, SC of all places.

A - 11.2oz black bottle with an offwhite label. Poured into a red wine glass, the beer pours a very deep tawny, almost black in certain angles and lights. The body supports a light brown frothy head after a sturdy pour that lasts a good 5 minutes then settles to a nice whispy lace on top. Great lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet sugary cherries with a backing of port and rum-soaked plums. Just a hint of alcohol, not as strong as I'd of thought. Quite pungent smell overall and you can smell it the second the top is popped.

T & M - Very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation lending to a sweet, somewhat syrupy drink. Much sweeter taste than I expected. I really taste dark rum-soaked maraschino cherries with a hint dark chocolate (very light) and some light hop bitterness. Very complex but the sweentess is somewhat hard to get past in order to pick out other flavors. As it gets warmer, flavors of caramel and english toffee come through.

Overall, a very good beer. It was a little sweeter than I would have liked it, could have gone for some more bite.

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

This is outstanding, complex, rich, yet highly drinkable and amazingly light.

It is extremely dark ruby-red-brown, almost black, with red highlights and a small-medium, dense, creamy tan head that is long-lasting, slowly shrinking to a thin, wispy top. it leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is at first more alcoholic and winey but soon develops a drier, more toasty-chocolaty, porter-like quality. It has fermented plums, fruit, apple, light chocolate, dark, toasted bread crust, prunes, and a light earthy-leafy quality.

The taste has similar qualities and is wonderful. It's zesty, lively, and complex, very full of flavour but all restrained and nothing overpowers the other qualities or the drinkability. It is on the dryish side despite a light port and fermented plum/raisin character, with toastiness, quitwe a bit of black pepper and licorice, some chocolate and a faint leafy and earthy quality. It has a dryish, toasty, lightly bitter, zesty finish.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Poured a mirky mahogany color with some deep ruby red highlights with a small creamy light tan head and some sparsely tiny bubbles slowly rising.

Pleasing dark fruit aromas mostly of dates and figs,earthy spicyness with smokey peat Very inviting aroma,complex and delicate.

Very smooth and complex taste all the ingredents are blended very well,no standouts and very well balanced taste. Dark fruit,lots of earthyness with subtle maltiness has a nice touch of tartness with gentle hints of smoke.Complex tastes of malt and dark fruit and a slight tangyness with no taste of alcohol at 7.2 make this beer extremely quaffable. Has a nice creamyness making for a light mouthfeel. Could drink this beer all night if i could afford it the steep price tag over a $100 a case knock the drinkability down a half notch for me. Excellent brew, must try beer in my book.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been excited to try this brewery and waited for the cooler weather that September brings to finally crack it open.

Traquiar's House Ale pours a dark brown similar to molasses. The head quickly dissipates to a thin creamed coffee color.

Smells of peat, lightly of smoke, caramelized sugar, dates, and a dash of spice.

Tastes of smoked sugar. A handful of peat and dark fruit. All around fairly sweet and somewhat thin in taste. No alcohol found anywhere. This one could sneak up on you.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery. Very light carbonation. Highly drinkable, yet delicate and softly complex.

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Photo of Lukie
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to my parents for me, at Purvis Cellars quite a few months ago. I didn't want to open it, as I had never heard of it before, and because of the interesting "use by date". December 2016.

Pours out almost cola brown, with a small head that dissipitated into some sticky lacing on top. Looks very interesting.

Smell is of sweet malts, and bitter chocolate. There is also a herbal, or medicinal quality about it. Almost leafy like.

Really complex fruity malts. Plums, figs, caramelised apple. Almost tastes like drinking sweet tea, with a bitter finish to it. Very, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is moderate, while not too light, it has some heavier qualities, but nothing like a dark ale or stout. Again, interesting. Very drinkable for the alcohol, and a very enjoyable experience.

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

Appearance: Deep glossy brown, with nice head that faded into a lace.

Smell: Complex malt with slight tones of fruit and a very subtle note of alcohol.

Taste: Deep, richly complex malts, with some subtle notes of fruit balanced nicely on the tail end with just a little hop "bite". Nice oaky finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich and smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I picked this up never hearing anything about it, and I'm glad I did. A great ale one that is nicely savored and can easily be pared with cheese or red meat, maybe even try smoked cheeses and meats.

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

a: Deep brown body, cream colored head.

s: Figs, sweet caramel, maybe butterscotch.

t: From BA style description:
"Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort."

That explains a lot. Full, rich and complex malt dominates this brew. Caramel and butterscotch flavors show up big. Notes of oak. Tea-like hop bitterness as the description also mentions. Some fig/raisin too. Quite the experience.

m: Full body, rich and thick feel. Low carbonation suits this beer.

d: As good as I remember. A legendary beer that provides a defining example of what a Scotch Ale can and should be. Very complex, rich but delicate. A must try for beer geeks.

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

A ruddy brown fluid poured into my tulip tumbler. A fragrant two fingered head of tight carbonation rises up and slowly fades. A touch of lace on the sides of my glass. The clarity is good and allows me to observe a distinct lack of carbonation activity.

Smell is sweet and bready. A heavy dose of dark fig like fruits and a touch of butterscotch. Alcohol and faint florals.
Malt, toffee, a hint of coffee as well.

Taste is a big malt palate with some earthy peat like smoke. Sweet burnt caramel dipped figs and a dusting of mocha powder. Gentle hops show up in the dryish finish. A clean bitter that leaves a trace of wine and alcohol and fades into graham crackers.

Moutfeel is gentle, creamy and smooth,

Drinkability oh so good. Not a chugging beer but one to sip continuously through the night, glass after glass.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body with a slim ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Rich, complex maltiness smelling of chocolate, caramel, roast, and syrup-coated nuts along with a modicum of dried dark fruitiness and splash of spiced rum.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of burnt toast spread with dark caramel and chocolate. Raisiny, vinous fruitiness. Faint touch of alcohol. Rather subtle hop character yielding on a light spicy bitterness. Taste of rum raisin on the finish. Hints of maple syrup and bittering herbs in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A satisfying, malty brew that delivers both on taste and complexity, but still remains fairly easy to drink. Jacobite's up next!

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color with a tan head. The nose has sweet malts, candy and figs. The taste is simply delicious. A perfect balance of bready malts, fruits, candies and ligt hops. Full body suits beer perfectly. A beautifull beer that I could enjoy most anytime.

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Photo of daythree16
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Medium brown in color with a small head that fades quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.

Scent of raisins, figs, and malty caramel goodness. The taste is very malty and sweet, but not too much, and there some earthy yeasty tones as well. There is also a bit of a bitter finish to the beer. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

Medium bodied with a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste. Love, love, love the malty, sweet, earthiness of this one. It may be my new favorite Scotch Ale.

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

Couldn't believe my eyes upon returning to California and spying this in my local (albeit upscale) liquor store / deli. Grabbed both the Jacobite and this one. Enjoyed both immensely.

Less tha vigorous pour yields a small white head on top of a dark brown body that is clear when held up to a light. No lacing throughout the session, perhaps I didn't let it warm up enough.

Lots of malts with some carmel on the nose, I like where this is going.

Oh my. Beautiful malt structure. Complex and a joy to discover. Just a hint of bitterness keeps the malts in check. Wonderfully done.

Mouthfeel surprisingly light (not in a bad way) and crisp. I wish the flavor would linger a little bit longer.

Super drinkable. I've had two beers from Traquair and both have been world class. If you see this do not hesitate to try it!

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

I love a good scotch ale, so after thoroughly enjoying Traquair Jacobite, I look forward to the original. On to the beer:

The head was dissapointing on top this light ruby borwn colored beer; small and fizzy. Still good to look at though. Mild sweetness and peat in the aroma. Suggestions of chocolate covered fruit. The taste is a little ambiguous to judge. It's not as diverse as Jacobite, but it's a very smooth beer that isn't heavy on the palate. Earthy caramel notes mixed with a breath of smoke and peat. There's also a touch of wooden cask in the taste. As it warms (and this is a key part to the beer), yeast comes in to add another dimension to the aroma and flavor. Consume liberally if you want; it's too easy to drink from.

I was wondering if I was ever going to experience the wonder others have had with this brew, and it came towards the last minute. And what a treat it was. Give it some time to warm after pulling it from the fridge and you too will experience the goodness of what others have had.

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

11.2 oz. bottle > small snifter

The color is an intense red high-lighted amber, good carbonation with a thick and frothy, tan colored crown that rises 2" full with a slow dissipation and eventually leaves only a small covering of foam.

The second I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of pungent sweet malt. Even with a gentle pour the aroma bursts out of the glass! There's...licorice, brown sugar, brown rice, malted wheat, musty, earthy notes of hops. I spent a good amount of time enjoying this aroma. It was actually my favorite aspect of this beer.

As I suspected from the robust aroma the malt complexity is very impressive indeed. It's bold, rich and as complex as you could imagine for this great style. The malt flavor's includes, brown sugar sweetness, figs, only mildly sweet red grapes. The balance is achieved with an amazing array of earthy, herbal flavor's like charred wheat and peet moss. The hops are musty and grassy which leads to a oak-barrel aging flavor, not smokey, but woody. The heat comes on right at the end and gives light impressions of Scottish highland Whiskey. The finish is woody and mildly bitter. Very well-rounded.

This has a medium feel, plenty of crispness, but aslo mellow and hefty going down, finishes sharp due to the heat.

Summery in one word: Quality.

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

This one has been cellared for a little over a year as I've been wanting to see how the time affected it. This pours a murky dark brown with little head or lace. The nose is interesting, with a heavy blanket of smoked dark malts with notes of butterscotch and caramel and a charcoal.

Good complexity throughout the sip with a smoky, malty backbone, some mildly spicy hops, and a velvety smooth texture. Some extant alcohol, but I find it complimentary. Almost no carbonation at all. Very relaxed and mellow overall, a nice sipper.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is sweet caramel and buttery toffee malts, peat, cola and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and butterscotch malts, some dark fruits, a little smoke and a subdued bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one - it's very subdued. I'll take an Old Chub over this any day.

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

Poured into a tulip. Dark cola brown with thin head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation.

The aroma was all malts. Roasted malts? Almost 'bocky'. Nothing too complex.

This is the first Scotch Ale that I've had in awhile. I've tried a few before. But my palate wasn't as refined. Pretty tasty. Though I didn't get much complexity out of this. A little vanilla. Some toffee and caramel notes. I could taste a little diacetyl. A little wood in the finish.

Maybe it was a touch old? Wasn't as rich or robust as I would've imagined. But very drinkable.

I would definitely buy another bottle.

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Photo of Yesac
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel color, no head. Small ring around the glass.

S - Smokey, scotch, grapes/dark fruits

T- Dark caramel taste with hints of vanilla. Almost like a wine or juice because it's so smooth and complex.

M - Very thin, malty

D - High drinkability.

Excellent Beer!

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass with a dark red/brown body and a centimetre or so of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - A nice mixture of dark fruit, cocoa & some warming alcoholic phenols.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a bit of a sweet caramel touch as well.
M - A creamy, smooth medium bodied beer with fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice beer. Not something I'd drink often but every now and then would be fine.

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Photo of ralree
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really Murky brown with just a slight head and decent lacing. The head dies down almost immediately.

S: Rich roasted caramel malt with backgrounds of vanilla. Smells great.

T: Smoky caramel malt, a touch of banana, vanilla, with a bit of raisin in the background.

M: Easy on the palate. Carbonation is a little low. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down easy, and is a joy to drink. Not too heavy, so one can knock back a few no problem.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep auburn/copper color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, smoky and a little earthy. Some roasty malt notes, too.

T - This is a pretty malty beer with a nice bittersweet character. Subtle hop flavors come through.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice ale. Good malt taste.

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

330 ml bottle poured into my DFH pint glass yields a rich, glowing, clear red-copper body capped with a thick finger of fine pale tan foam that recedes to a ring, but leaves a few wisps of lacing.

Smell is smoky, peaty and malty, with juicy notes of raisins and plums, with savory, earthy hops.

Taste is exceptionally juicy and well-balanced with smooth flavors of dark fruits, sweet light-bodied caramel, light biscuity malt, and a simple, proportionally dry, smoky bitterness that, after some negotiation with the fruits, gets the final statement.

Excellent drinkability is another shining feature among many in this, a truly outstanding beer.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,091 ratings