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

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Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish red with a medium tan head. Smells of yeast and raisins. Taste is buttery, toffee, with a bit of twang to it. There is also a nice earthy flavor from the hops. Bitterness levels are good. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation levels are a little high. I could drink several of these. Drinks like a session ale, yet is over 7% abv. This is the first Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy I've had, and I must say, I enjoy this style a lot!

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

Pours a perfectly clear dark copper-brown - like an old penny. Thick creamy head gradually drops to a bubbly collar. Intense aroma...oak, caramel, chocolate, figs, and dark toast. I can't stop smelling this beer. The flavor is a little more gentle: rich malt again with raisins and berries, light vanilla, oak, and bread. Some peppery/earthy notes come through as the dryness sets in. Smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel - better than medium body with fine carbonation.

Excellent. If I ever find it on tap or cask somewhere (Scotland perhaps?) I'll be in trouble.

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

The House Ale pours a murky dark reddish with a finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. It tricks you as it looks like you see some small rounds suds but they soon go back to their home and not stay on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and of figs. The taste is smooth and it malt dominated up front but as it lingers on the palate it is bitter. Very cool. It has a earthiness to it like a mushroom from the ground. Overall the best scotch ale or strong Scottish ale I have tasted to date.

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

Pours a clear dark brown with some light coming through when you hold it up to a light. Small, slightly off-white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Minimum lacing.

Smell is quite pronounced, malt, dark fruit and some alcohol (port wine?)

Taste is similar to smell. No alcohol burn, but definitely alcohol in the flavor. Malt and plums/cherry are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a little sweetness at the end. Drinkability is good for this abv. A couple of these on a cold night would be nice.

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Photo of ziggy13
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2003 vintage bottle of this fantastic beer.

A - A deep brown with minimal white head with almost no lacing.

S - Smell of heavy malt with nuts and that wonderful oak.

T - A very dry experience with a touch of sweetness at the end. The aging hits immediately and the fact that it's five years vintaged really comes through. Truly a beer worth of cellaring.

M - Thin in the mouth with excellent range on the palate.

D - I definitely could drink this all night. It is an unassuming beer with excellent malt characteristics. Very pleasing to the tongue.

I would highly recommend this one to anyone who can find it and, if you get the chance, save a few bottles for a few years down the road. Cheers!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this into a pint glass produced an about average white head with average retention and lacing. There are some interesting things going on with the aroma, sort of a woody smell reminiscent of aged oak. I really liked the flavor of this one even though I typically like more of a balance between malts and hops. It has a way of allowing for the malt taste to come through in an earthy, nutty way but without all of the typical malt sweetness. The finish is shorter than you might think with more of that nutty malt flavor lingering for a bit.

Overall I thought this was very good, surprisingly good actually. It's a little hard to find around here in Raleigh but it's definitely worth a try if you can.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a heavy murky smoky brown. Little to no head. Very fragrant for a 7.2% beer. The smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Smell is molasses and strong caramel malts. Taste is surprising - kind of light after the intro. Caramelized/burnt sugar, kind of winey, some charcoal & some smoke.

Mouthfeel was disappointing, too watery, but some decent carbonation.

I had high hopes for this beer, and my review doesn't seem to match the others on here. Maybe a skunked or too old bottle?

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Photo of beerking1
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark woody brown, with a slight haze, and red notes when held to the light. Aroma is very roasty, but with some fruity/estery notes, and hints of pepper. Flavor is roasty, with licorice character, and some dark fruits (figs and raisins). The dark malts dry it out quite a bit, but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste is more licorice, and dark malts, expressing as coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. A nice beer, but I remember it being much more floral and complex.

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

Hearty and rich with a thick grain flavor on the end. Definitely supremely crafted and well made and even more so definitely worth trying…and trying again. When I roamed the shelves (before the days of BA where I could find a little help here and there on what to keep an eye out for), this is exactly the type of brew I’d be searching for. Flavor and style. No need to say any more than that.

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Photo of Slynger
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, orangey, oak brown with orange highlights and a small off-white head.
The nose is gentle but through it comes a fruitiness I was not expecting. Grapes and apples. A touch of sweet caramel and roasted malts follows with some earthy (not quite smoky) oak and a dash of pepper.
The fruit really comes through in the flavor. Next comes roasted malt and earthy oak with a bit of spicy/bitter pepper and mildly hoppy finish. I also detect some menthol-like cooling to this one.
The m/f lies on the limp side of syrupy without a whole lot of carbonation but really doesn't take away from my overall impression.
This is a quite unique and enjoyable scotch. I think I prefer Jacobite but this is one that should not be missed.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark red, slightly cloudy. little head. very, very smooth going down, hardly notice the abv. if someone asked me to define a scotch style ale, this is what i would hand them. fruity aromas, slight hop finish, sails down the throat like Sanka down the pushcart track. but dont drive your pushcart after a few of these, even if you have your lucky egg.

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

Appearance: Dark amber with good clarity. Pours with a fairly small head that dissipates into a crown.

Smell: Very toasty and malty - caramel and rum raisins come to mind.

Taste: Once again the toasty, caramelly malts are the dominant character here. It has a butterscotch quality to it, and an underlying smokiness. The finish is dry and smooth, with a bit of cocoa in it. Very little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation; slick on the palate.

Notes: This is pretty rich and complex stuff, but it's so good that I'd almost consider it sessionable (if not for rarity and price). Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red/brown color with a one-finger head of foam. Aroma is strong and fruity, malty with a decent smokiness in the nose. Warm and inviting aroma. Taste is a mixture of caramel and smoked malt that feels very smooth in the mouth. Goes down with a bit of warmth from the alcohol coating the belly.

A second sip and swirl in the mouth reveals a very nice smokiness underneath the caramel tones. Very smooth, drinkable and worth its' weight in shillings.


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Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A unique dark brown/ruby color that is very cloudy. A fairly big tan/brown head that leaves a great rings of lace.
S: Strong aroma of dark fruit (plums and raisins) with sweet caramel malt and much more. Aroma is very complex and wonderful.
T: Dried dark fruits again with lots of sweet malt. Very similar to the aroma. There is a nice smoke flavor as well. Rich and creamy, again very complex.
M/D: A medium and carbonation. A nice feel, wish it was just a bit bigger. So easy to drink. This is gone in no time. I wish the glass would never end.

Had a bottle at the Ginger Man in Houston. A wonderfully complex beer that I wish was more readily available. It is hard for me to describe everything going on, but it is all perfectly balanced. A great beer.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from Traquair and I am very pleased once again. House Ale pours with a fluffy head that dies rather quickly, little lacing is left behind. Has a clear brownish red color.

The smell is fantastic. Notes of candied fruits ( very appealing), caramel malt, red licorice and so much more. One of the most fragrant beers I have had to date.

It is almost exactly like I am drinking what I smell. Fruits (plums, cherries), sweet malt, licorice and a bit of chocolate. My Irish hat is off to all the Scotsman who get to drink this all day.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this after reading about the back story of the Brewery. Hadn't heard anything good or bad about this until I peeked at some others' reviews. Into the Samuel Smith Pint...

A - Dark, slightly cloudy body with ruby tints. Perfect amount of head, with some lacing and decent retention.

S - Interesting aroma. Smoke, fruit (grape, esters, apple), and pastry, focusing on an poppy seed muffin quality. Very nice depth and quality. Subtle and beautiful.

T - Starts out very mild, with flavors focused on dark fruits (grape, prune, black current), and hints of smoke. After the swallow, the flavors liven up considerably. Very smoky, with sourdough, coffee, alcohol bite and a lot of cherry in the long, rich finish. Drier than most examples of this style that I have had.

M - Full, silky, kinda what I expect from of stronger ale.

D - This is a beer I look forward to turning other onto. It's the sort of subtle ale that I need some times after lots of craft beers with a focus on hops. It's a sipper, but a good one.

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Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year in the cellar.

Poured into a snifter, a beautiful, dark brew with some copper highlights, topped by a creamy, fluffy brown head with some retention and lacing. When held against hte light, it is just beautiful.

Toasted malts, toffee, choclate, fruits, even lightly smoked.
Minimally carbonated, landing a smooth, silky texture that feels great on the tongue.
Malted, fruity, sweetish but not excessively sweet. The same toffee, chocolate, lightly smoked flavors, vinous at times. Delicious.
Increadibly easy to drink, a remarkable brew bordering the exceptional. Not a session beer, though.

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

Excellent coloring, a very nice dark brown-copper, with a fair bit of head (although no lacing). Nice aroma, a bit of sweet maltiness and a hint of fruit. Very nice taste, a bit of oak barrel and a bit of scotch to go with the standard peaty taste of a good scotch ale. Goes down nice, with just a bit of roughness. I wish I'd bought more than the single.

The last few have gone down much smoother than the first. Still wish it had a headier scent, but it's a great beer from the oldest inhabited house in Scotland!

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Photo of jayfarley3
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a rich reddish brown color with a decent tan head. smells fruity with a bit of toffee aroma. taste is very malty, sweet fruits and alcohol, but balanced very well. mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. this is a very enjoyable beer, this was my first scotch ale and i think im going to have to try some more.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brownish mahogney reddish color with a good size tan head and decent retention and mild lacing.
Nose is coffee with malts,caramel and a hint of alcohol like rye whiskey and sweet fruit.
Taste is caramel,sweet figs,malt flavoring with some bitterness and turning to dryness at the very end when the alcohol flavor kicks in due to the 7.2%
This brew goes down creamy and kinda got a thickness feel to it,starts out very nice and creamy with all the flavoring coming thru but the finish is flavoring of rye whiskey,which is'nt really that bad,but not something you would drink too many of,one is good enough for me.
Overall not bad at all,have one,sit back and relax,enjoy the brew and then move on to something else.

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Photo of pweis909
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Walnut brown color with thin foam. Fruity and toffee odors. Sweet malt taste up front, mild roastiness apparent Finish has some alcoholic bitterness. A bit reminiscent of a stout. Creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of slickness. Well balanced, but not so drinkable at 7.2%

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

Beautiful dark brown with reddish accents. No head and much lacing either. A touch of fruit in the aroma, figs, prunes perhaps, Some alcohol mixed in along with with the fruit and a hint of butterscotch or toffee.
Delicate malt flavors combine with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish to give a nice bittersweet chocolate accent.
The mouthfeel is actually a trifle thin, but pleasant with just a bit of carbonation which lingers on the tongue.
A really fine beer. It makes one wish that there were more Scottish ales to be had in the US.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown and burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of subtle peat with some toffee malt is well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some toffee malt with some subtle notes of peat which is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture. Very well done and something I would love to have more often.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small amount of foam, it quickly dwindles to a thin ring.

Aroma has an herbal and fruity quality reminiscent of Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Sort of sweet and musty.

Caramel, smoke, dark fruit, well water, tea-like. Raisiny plum in the aftertaste, with an herbal/peaty dryness. Earthy overall feel, thin on the palate, but with strong residual flavors. Strength is hidden, but has elements found in a nice Scotch Whisky. Light astringency stops one from gulping too much. Long finish of sweet dark fruits, bitter herb, and hints of smoke.

It clearly has the hallmarks of authenticity, and is one of the most distinctive Scotch Ales i've tried.

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

Poured a dark brown with light brown highlights. Small head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma of malts and lightly spiced dark fruits.

Taste was deep, rich and creamy. Malt is the star of this show. Some dark fruit taste and light molasses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a wonderful glass of malty goodness. Very drinkable and the alcholol content is dangerously hidden. Quite an impressive brew.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,070 ratings.
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