Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,078 Ratings
Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom
traquair.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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#1,460
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623
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1,078
pDev:
10.1%
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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%

poured into a nonic pint

A: almost no head very dark Carmel color light filmy head at rest

S: smells like peat moss, a little oak, maybe some roasted toffee a lot like watered down scotch would smell

T: Light sweet feel of watery scotch, a little burnt carmel and toffee a little barrel it's very smooth

M: soft carbonation And a little watery doesn't linger much on the tongue

O: it's pretty pleasant it's very smooth with a soft light taste that isn't overwhelming I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I'd grab it if I ever saw it again.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark cola with a pretty, ruby hue when held to the light, with a foamy, one-finger ecru-colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very pretty pour. It smells of earthy peat, dark chocolate, tobacco smoke, dark fruit, and spices that I can't quite identify. The taste, as might be expected, is oaky but it is also very dry. I'm not tasting the chocolate that I smelled and the dark fruit is fairly subdued although it becomes more noticeable as the ale warms in the glass. It has a very earthy, smoky taste. Although I don't discern any hops, it is dry and has a slightly bitter finish. This ale is medium-bodied and light in carbonation. I didn't notice the alcohol despite the moderate ABV of 7.2% Overall, I enjoyed this ale: it has a complex, but pleasing blend of flavors and it would pare well with a hearty meal before a fire in a Scottish pub.

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Photo of Greasy
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diablo14
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late January for $7.99. Best before 28 May 2026.

Beer poured brown with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is dark fruits, very nice.

Taste is figs, prunes, toffee that blends very nicely together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer. It is very similar to a doppelbock with the flavor profile and weight. I would recommend this brew if you like these characteristics.

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

I was shocked to see this was advertised as an English Strong Ale, as it has all of the taste and appearance of a Scottish Ale... just like the site says. Brown pour with an off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel, smoke, and earthiness. More caramel and smoke in the taste, with some peat, toffee, and a lot of malt. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Delicious.

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

The tan to brown head over a red/brown body presents a very solid look.

The aroma is sweet, of dark fruits.
The taste is woody and well rounded, with malt and hops in the back. Finish is gently warming.

This is an excellent savory sipping ale- perhaps best in winter but great on a cool summer night, as well.

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

11.2 oz small brown bottle. Simple black and white label. No freshness dating on this one. Murky bown color. Dark. Creamy bubbly beige head settled to a very thin covering. Sweet malt and fig smells. Full, some molasses as well. No earthy peat or spiciness to be found.
Taste was smooth, lots of figs, and molasses sweetness. Hints of spices, but mostly toasted malt. Maybe a hint of toasted almonds as well. I don't know what figgy pudding tastes like, but I can imagine it's something like this. Plums and other roasted plums mixed in with sweet malt flavors really explode as the beer sits.
Higher carbonation and therefore a super bubbly feel. Much more than I expected. Lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles everywhere, created an almost fuzzy feel to it.
Medium to full bodied. Good going down. I would list it more toward the Dark Strong Ale end of this category.

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

Appearance:
Pours very little head but doesn't diminish entirely. The beer is a clear and transparent brown with very little lacing.

Smell:
A bit of vanilla and smoked malts. Caramel malts dominate the smell with a hint of alcohol and cocoa.

Taste:
Caramel malts with a slight hint of toffee dominate the palate. In addition, there is the taste of smoked malt and a hint of money that is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and smooth but a little watery.

Overall:
A very good scotch ale. The ale is not as malty as other scotch ales and easily drinkable . Personally, I'd like the feeling to be a little more thick and texture.

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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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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into thistle glass. A little head becomes a ring, leaves a decent lace.

Sour, nutty nose, some date or fig.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, some toasty, some milk chocolate, raisin, a little fig.

Mouth is incredibly smooth.

A very good ale. Flavors are balanced amazingly well, and the smoothness is surprisingly. Not as cloying as many barrel-aged scotch ales can be.

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

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark mahogany brown with a 1/8" off white head that soon recedes to a thin irregularly shaped patch of foam and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves little or no lacing on the glass and the small semi-circular patches and speckles of foam quickly slide back into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is lightly yeasty with some caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, and malt character mixed in. There is no sign of the alcohol or the hops.

Taste: The flavors are reversed from the aroma in that the initial character is lightly sweet caramel and chocolate from the malt. There are hints of dark fruits. All this is then followed by the earthy musty character of the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation and with a moderately long finish that slowly transitions from the malt to the earthy hop character and turns dry.

Drinkability: This is a quite drinkable beer, both on a sip by sip basis and in the feeling that I want more and have the intent to have more in the future.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep, dark appearance, showing ruby-brown when held to the light. The one-finger tan head lingers briefly and leaves a fair amount of thick rings around the glass.

Sweet notes of butterscotch and cocoa in the nose, with some faint fig-like aromas.

Full in body with a perfect level of carbonation. Balanced flavors of sweet malts, butterscotch, slight dark fruits, a bit of earthy character and slight warming alcohol round out the palate, finishing somewhat long and semi-sweet.

A wonderful sipping beer, delicious across the entire temperature range, though a bit pricey in my opinion. Still, the price of quality cannot be understated.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. Probably the best Scotch Ale I've had. Pours to a dark nutty brown amber color. Quite hazy, but the light still shines through. A nice creamy white head sits atop. Lacing is decent.

The smell is good, but really nothing too special. Lots of sweet caramelized malts with a nice backdrop of hops. There is a little diacetyl, but it's just enough to be pleasant.

The taste is good. Very light butter from the diacetyl, but it actually works quite well with the brew. A light peat and smoke. Very nice caramelized malt flavor. Only a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel seems very smooth, and almost flat. Still quite good though. Feels just right for what it is. Drinkability is good. I've been shying away from some of the beers available at my work since I'm unsure of their age, but this one is still cracking. I'll probably drink it in the future, and I'll definitely recommend to my mother, who loves a good Scotch Ale.

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

A-Pours clear dark amber with a creamy, fluffy khaki head. Leaves thin, inconsistent rings of lacing.

S-Caramel, toasted hazelnuts, raw honey, chocolate milk.

T/M-Medium bodied with light, chewy carbonation. Soft hazelnut/nutella sweetness, accompanied by flavors of whole wheat toast and candied figs. The finish is soft, with a lingering delicate caramel sweetness.

O-A classic scotch ale.

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Photo of santanas95
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly opaque, with a hint of rednes if I held it up to the light. Moderate head and carbonation, left a bit of lacing.... I din't pay much attention as the smell distracted me. At first the aroma was a bit harsh of alcohol, then it calmed down to sweet malts and a caramel / toffee.
upfront the taste was smooth and malty with hints of caramel and... plum? raisin?.. some sort of fruit that made it all the more inviting. Nice little alcohol kick on the back end of the taste.
Nice alcohol warming and balance of carbonation and bitterness. Overall smooth.
I could drink this again and again. Easily quaffed brew with nothing to detract from it.

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

I am a fan of the Wee Heavy style. I don't see it too often.

Appearance: A deep, rich cola brown with garnet notes, ample lacing and a fair head.

Smell: A dark fruit, heavy malt smell of a good Scotch Ale with hints of sea salted butterscotch.

Taste: fully malted with an alcohol warmth. More dark fruits and a butterscotch ribbon with a nice spicey hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Sticks to the palate with that alcohol spiceness.

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

A: mahogany with red and a minimal white head which rings the glass

S: plum, cherries, shoe polish, light smoke and butterscotch. Aroma is nice but it took awhile to pick up what I was smelling

T: oaky, molasses, butterscotch and an underlying dark fruit taste

M: full mouthfeel, sweet and a little viscous with a dryish finish

D: great beer. I'll have again. It made for a nice Sunday night sipper

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

33cl bottle poured into a Leffe Chalice

A: Dark mahogany brown, almost cant seen through when holding up to the light. Tan creamy 3 finger head, produces a lot of brussels lace.

S: Spices are more apparent here than any other wee heavy i have had. Nutmeg? Cinnamon? Not sure, lots of sweet caramel and nuts anyways

T: A sublte smoked roasted quality here. Balanced with a delicate nutty christmas cake sweetness in the finish .Lots of sweet flavours stay on the tongue in the aftertaste. Lots of character

M: . Low carbonation, thick and creamy, sticky even!

D: This is a real winter beer for me, drinking it in May and i still enjoy it. A fantastic example of the style. Lots of great flavours and lingering character in the taste. Definitely one to note.

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Photo of packetknife
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing I don't quite understand how to take/do/rank is the appearance of smell of great beers that aren't stouts. Anyhow.

A medium to dark brown with slight yellow tones when put to the light. The head was minimal but held until the bottom, even though it was a bit sparse. Smelled a bit sweet but not too much there. The taste has great malts, solid sweetness, a bit of acid residue, a bit of smoke. Bloody smooth and very drinkable for a 7+. It was good enough to be a desert beer while not reminding you of a sweet tooth.

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

I opened this one after opening a July 1, 1996 Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock. My friend commented that that reminded him of Traquair house ale, which I just happened to have in my fridge as well. We opened this to compare. I must note, the bottle is from a case purchased of untold age, as the label (green writing on cream color label), as we were told, has not been been around since the early 90s. It poured a nice chestnut brown color, with the certainty of a fig aroma. There was not really a head to be seen. This is certainly a special beer for it to hold up so well over time. The taste was a rather sweet and current-like. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and full. I must say, the Reichelbrau was a tad richer tasting, but that may be because this was old and possibly not kept in ideal conditions.

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

It pours a deep, murky brown, beyond opaque but for mahogany flairs. A finger of off-white head shrinks to a sheen of surface froth. Drips of lacing filigree the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather subdued, but bears cherry, sherry, berries, and a nutty earthiness. A backdraft of alcohol mingles with a masked sweetness.

Upon tasting, there comes a thick, grounded roasted malt presence that tends wotward sweet, but only briefly, before a tangy, vinous character lays across the tongue. More mellow nuttiness and then a slightly sour doughiness glide through, and then comes a dry but othertwise uneventful finish. It's maybe a tad stodgy...or not...but it's basic, traditional, rich, and damned good.

Bordering closely on heavy bodied, it feels syrupy, though minus any cloying sweetness. It dries and drops away promptly.


It's a glass of stalwart tradition, earthen and staid, rich and graceful, fitted like a well-worn favorite sweater. It's a warm, cozy British friend, easy to enjoy. There's no need for quantity, but the one or two you have are mighty fine in themselves. So, sure, one tonight...and then one another night as well, real soon.

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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 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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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,078 ratings
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