Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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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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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter type of glass. Body is dark, dark brown - crimson when backlit - with a small tan head. No real lace.

S: Roasted malt and fruity sweetness, with more fruit becoming evident as it warms (also a touch of peat smoke as it warms, though I could've been imagining that given the power of suggestion; this is a Scotch Ale, after all). Touch of alcohol too - rum, I think.

T: Dark fruit - figs, raisins and plums. Slightly burnt toast. Finishes clean with a hint of lingering smoke and a mild drying bitterness that doesn't overwhelm, but rather provides nice balance to the malty sweetness. At times I'm reminded of birch beer. Slight warming is felt in the belly.

M: Medium-bodied in heft, though lighter on the finish than expected.

D: Very good. At $6 a bottle (small bottle) I won't be buying this regularly, but it was definitely worth trying.

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

A nice Scottish brew, not quite as powerful taste wise as Belhaven's Wee Heavy. Very similar, but the maltiness is not quite so dominant. A bit more bitter than Wee Heavy.

It pours a deep, muddy brown with slighlty off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves lingering traces.

Sadly, yet another one my liquor board has decided to stop carrying. Hopefully it, and stuff from Belhaven will return next fall.

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

Dark reddish brown with a large, two fingers sized off-white head that is quite foamy looking. Retention isn't too bad either with the head eventually settling to a thick looking lacing after about a minute or so.

Dark malts hit the nose straight away and are quite rich. The malts seem to be infused with some dark fruit & caramel and I can also detect a little grain and some of the alcohol as well. There is a background sweetness coming from some vanilla and butterscotch along with a bit of spice as well.

Dark malts with some dark fruits upfront, perhaps some figs in the taste. There is some caramel and vanilla too and a sweet, warm finish and a malty aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with light carbonation and an oily texture to the drink. It leaves a lingering warmth from the alcohol as the aftertaste.

A great beer and probably the best of the style I have ever tried, it was a lot better than I had been expecting. An excellent beer to sit and sip away at and most likely one I'll pick up again.

Featured in the 1001 Beers To Try List:

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep looking brown color. Not much light gets through this one. The head was pretty good, left a decent amount of retention. The smell was earthy, had some sweet malts and a touch of smokiness to it. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness also, with a dry malty aftertaste. There might even be a touch of dark fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a good thickness to it as well. Overall, I found this Wee Heavy to be rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and the "1001" list.

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

A: pours a deep rich mahogany color with a nice tan colored head on top. good retention rate, with a moderate amount of lacing.

S: huge malty nose. some nice red licorice notes, hints of clove and a light banana tone. some earthy notes...almost oak-like.

T: wonderful flavors. this is what a wee heavy should taste like. robust malts supply the major caramel notes to this. light hints of licorice, clove, and some light banana flavors. small notes of pipe tobacco also come into play.

M: relatively smooth, especially for the higher ABV. medium bodied. solid carbonation level. great palate.

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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 AleHunter805
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle bubbles over when opened. It did not produce a large head, though. Some spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark, ruby-amber color. Light shines through and appears clear.

The smell is of toasted English toffee and undercooked sweet caramel. Light milk chocolate in the background.

Full flavored with sweet milked cocoa malt flavor. There's a dollop of bittering hop in the swallow, but this is a tale of delicious, near cake-like chocolate malt taste. Rich bodied with a low carbonation level.

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

The beer pours deep amber brown with just a smidge of head rimming the surface of the beer. That rim of head stays with the beer but does not lace the glass.

The aroma is pure heaven. Smoky, malty, caramel aromas are a delight for the senses. Chocolate is also present.

The flavor is not able to back up the promise of the aroma. A smoky chocolate flavor becomes dry slightly bitter chocolate in the finish. The more time that passes the drier the finish becomes leading to a pleasant smoky coffee aftertaste after a few moments.

The body is medium with a low carbonation. The 7.2% ABV is not present except in a slight warming.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of JonSchwartz
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aforbes10
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red with a short whitish head. laces nicely. Smells sweet and fruity and malty. Notes of truffles, figs, dates, strawberries, cherries and liquor. Very inviting...smells fantastic. Surprizingly unassertive flavor that doesn't live up to the smell. Subdued clean and peaty malt. reserved fruitiness. alcohol noticeable as a warming sensation on the finish. hints of blackcurrant, chocolate. thinner than i expected. Not the experience i though it would be, but reasonably tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coldmeat23
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up a dark, golden brown color. About a fingers worth of loose, tan colored foam composes the head. Recedes quickly, but leaves a thin, sporadic covering of the surface. Lacing is good, but not very sticky.

Malt, malt, sweet lovely malt. Beautifully sweet, rich and decadent smelling nectar is in my glass. Brown sugar and caramel are well represented. Smells like there are about three barrels of dates in here, along with a barrel each of figs and raisins. Bountiful dark fruit notes. Very light hint of peat smoke and a rather large breadiness.

The malts are (thankfully, actually) toned down slightly, in the taste area. Still nicely sweet and rich, just not as overpowering as it seemed that they might be. The taste really follows the nose quite well, other than that.

Medium bodied brew with quite mild carbonation. Could definitely stand to be creamier.

Very nicely drinkable, with the 7.2%ABV very nicely hidden. A very slight warming is the only indication of it's slightly elevated abv.

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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 jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark, malty excellent ale. Low carbonation. Why is anything thing this good so expensive - $6.39 for 330ml. Very smooth, easy to drink but it is a sipper with the high ABV, anyway you want it to last more than a few minutes. Bought in Wells, ME.

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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 ajm5108
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a leather brown color with little head. Aroma and flavor profile is more akin to a Belgian quad with lots of dark fruit flavors (raisin, fig, aged cherries) with some oak wood flavor underneath. Finished with an earthy yeast note.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

What a treat this has been! I know this bottle is at least a year and a half old. I am certain this beer ceased being distributed to Texas over a year ago. There is no telling how long it has been on the shelf prior to its distribution being halted.

The appearance is nearly flawless; poured a one-finger head with great retention. It eventually melted to a thin layer in the center of the glass with thick build-up along the rim. The foam clings to the glass when tilted and when raised back to even level, the bubbles fight as they crawl their way back to the crown of the beer.

In the nose I detect sour marshmallow, almond, some type of tea maybe, black cherry tea.

The taste is wonderful, but I suspect it has mellowed quite a bit in its age and has lost its robust, full-flavored character. The taste is now mild with hints of brown sugar, some red wine, but mostly the black cherry tea mentioned in the nose.

The feel is under-carbonated but silky. It leaves the mouth somewhat moist and wanting another drink.

I had to pace myself in drinking this one to allow it to warm. I could have dusted this one quickly and reached for another.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a solid brown color with a slight tinge of ruby. A small head falls to a fine ring over top. The nose is raisiney, peaty/slightly smokey, and some brown sugar sweetness. The flavor is nice and peaty and smokey with raisin dancing in the background. I like it. Very flavorful, but not offensive as others in the style have been to me. The feel is moderate, with a slight carbonation. Maybe a touch more thickness would help it. Overall, I really like the brew. The flavors are intense, but not offensive. The alcohol is not present at all in the nose or the flavor. Very solid.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samiam2007
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak, Caramel and yeast are the prominent flavors. Dark fruit undertones and incredibly smooth. Definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany amber. Thin, meduim tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, dark dried fruit, light vanilla; earthy. Flavor follows with well integrated caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit, light vanilla and a hint of smoke and mustiness. An unexpectedly dry finish and somewhat more subdued flavor than I expected, but nicely balanced and pleasant. Medium bodied, but has a light creaminess that gives an excellent mout feel. A very nice scotch ale from a great traditional brewer.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 1,074 ratings
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