Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
1,081 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,081 |  Reviews: 625
Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

Nice and smooth but a little watery.

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.

 632 characters

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.

 422 characters

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.

 376 characters

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.

 1,059 characters

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.

 693 characters

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.

 955 characters

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.

 395 characters

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.

 656 characters

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.

 427 characters

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

 402 characters

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.

 771 characters

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.

 535 characters

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.

 808 characters

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.

 1,173 characters

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!

 820 characters

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.

 395 characters

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.

 885 characters

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.

 418 characters

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:

 1,094 characters

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.

 479 characters

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.

 661 characters

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.

 596 characters

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.

 558 characters

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.

 548 characters

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

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,081 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.