Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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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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Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon decanting, this majestic ale sits in the snifter a shimmering chestnut color, with cherry red highlights. It is incredibly clear. One sense thus blown away, we have four to go.

The nose of this beer is simply out of control. Sweet and sour elements play off one another. The nose seems to share similarities with the "Noble Rot" of a fine Sauternes wine. In another context I might find this sickly sweetness off-putting, but in the Traquair House Ale it is downright captivating. Later in the experience, dark malt and alcohol enter into the picture. Second sense has been wowed.

The palate opens up sweet and fruity, showing dark fruits along with caramel and lightly toasted malt. There is a flash of tartness before bitterness and a touch of roast mingle on the finish. The substantial (though certainly not overpowering) alcohol presence establishes itself in that familiar gut-warming fashion. Three down, two to go.

For all its complexities Traquair House Ale seems to glide right down the throat, leaving enough in the slow fade of the finish to keep you pleased until you take your next sip. It thrills the mouth in the way that such fine, regal beers are wont to do. Four.

Traquair House Ale is a big time winner. It engages, challenges, evolves, and rewards. So what does it sound like? Well by my ear it sounds kind of like the ocean, but that could have just been the snifter... Oh well, four out of five ain't bad.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown and boggy in the glass, a hard pour yielding a bubbly mass that leaves some hideouts of patchy bubbles and a nice filmy surface rendering a decent spotting of lace.

Aroma is rich and delicious. Intoxicating notes of malt, berries, peat, and caramel. Not too strong, but absolutely what I want out of a scotch ale.

Taste follows with strength and an amazing display of flavor for the style. I've had other scotch ales that were great, but this one is entirely a benchmark, true to form. Full grains with a delicate sweetness of faint berry and sweetened wet grains. A good dose of earthiness renders a slaty mineral quality and more sweet caramel and fertile soil, maybe even the quintessential scottish peat. Dark, firm and round, nostalgia aside, this beer is everything I imagine a scottish ale to embody.

Smooth and medium in body, though stiff and formidable all the same. Drinks well. Not your every day go-to beer for diving into, but this may well be one of my all-time favorite beers, especially for its representation of one of my fondest styles. Lacking little, overdone in nothing, nearly perfect for style by sweetness, balance, malt, and depth.

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Photo of Landar
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 11/12
Sweet malts and caramel with strong plums and a hint of raisins. Very malty. No hops or diacetyl whatsoever.
As it warms the plums and raisins come out more and balance the malts and caramel out.

Appearance 3/3
Dark reddish-brown but just light enough to see through. Completely clear. Large foamy off-white almost tan head with long lasting retention. A thick layer of foam sticks to the side of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 18/20
Rich sweet malts and strong sugary caramel. A hint of nutiness as the sweet malt/caramel starts to fade at the finish. Just at the finish hints of plum and raisin present themselves. Medium-dry finish with a alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth lingers as the malt sweetness fades and gives way to the plums and raisins until nothing is left but the alcohol warmth and a hint of raisins on the tongue. As it warms it becomes a bit watery and becomes very salty, which starts to push out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium-high carbonation. Medium-dry finish. A littly thick. Smooth. Warm alcohol finish that lingers pleasantly.

Overall Impression 9/10
Excellent beer for this category. It could use less salt in the taste and a touch of smoke or peat in the taste and aroma to balance it out.
Toning down the carbonation just a touch would be advisable - but it could easily just have been the particular bottle I purchased.

46/50

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Photo of MJR
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark garnet with as much clarity as you can get with this dark of a red. A light tan head starts at around a finger thick and quickly shrinks to a small cap. Great lacing on my thistle-shaped glass.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of sweet fruits, toffee, dark chocolate, and Christmas figgy pudding. A touch of smoke hides just under the surface. There's a bit of spiciness in there too.

Taste: Spicy and sweet with a nice undercurrent of alcohol warmth. There's lots of rich chocolate, along with a nice dose of dark fruits. That figgy pudding note that appeared in the smell is here in spades. A touch of roasted malt. Smoke floats under the other flavors, revealing itself here and there... Finishes with a warming alcohol touch, as well as a hint of bitterness, probably from the grain, rather than the hops used. Very rich and complex...

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with a thick, round mouthfeel. There's a solid alcohol feel that's there the entire time, and it makes the finish a bit dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable for it's strength...while it's good now, I can't wait for winter to come again so I can enjoy this one by a roaring fireplace, while laughing at the bitter cold outside.

While it seems a bit pricey at almost $5 for a small bottle, it's well worth it.

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

This is an adult's drink. It isn't some indulged adolescent Triple Imperial 360 Minute IPA repeatedly kicking you in the head for your attention.
Sadly,Traquair House Ale is often misunderstood by an impatient, unfocused and witless palate which misses its compexity and subtlety. Best to sample it over the long haul after multiple tastings before boking out any rash judgements and making an arse of yourself.

Restrained yet rich, deep brown and earthy with hints of caramel and wood all combine to make a seemless beer worthy of contemplation. Nothing else survives today which so denonstrates Sandy Hunter's capacity, vision and genius.

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

I havent had this beer since I was in Scotland two years ago. I actually picked this beer up in Amsterdam last Summer.

Poured into a snifter to reveal a glorious cream head over the top of a blackish brown body. Very nice looking, but lacking in lace.

Sweet malt with a huge aroma of cream. Rich and smooth.

What else do you need in a wee heavy. Huge malt, touch of alcohol, and a slightly bitter finish.

I love this beer. A fine example of a great style.

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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 dahlen22
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After years of passing this one over because of the 5.99 price for 12 ounces, and I mean YEARS, I finally gave it a go.

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma: Malty and some figs.

Taste: The taste is smooth with abundant malts, some dark fruits, then figs and oak in the aftertaste with just a hint of spice. The 7.2 is well hidden under the complex flavors.

Overall: This is an exceptional ale. Another great offering from Scotland, which in my opinion, has great beers for such a small country. This is a smooth but complex ale to be sipped and savored any time of year. Cheers!!

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

Appearance – Pours a deep chocolate brown with a touch of red hue when light is behind it. The head is white and quickly disperses into a ring around the top of the beer.

Smell – First thing that hit my nose was scotch…a good start in my books. This was followed by toffee, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, touches of roasted malt, and an almost earthy sensation. This beer seems to be full of dark sweet malts and smells absolutely amazing.

Taste – Tastes just like it smells. Unlike many I’ve had the smell did not advertise something that wasn’t quite there. Amazing scotch flavor with that sweet toffee malt kick in this one. Alcohol is very present as well with a subtle raisin flavor. Just plain great.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is low as I like it and the consistency is super heavy. It’s very viscous which I find pleasureable.

Drinkability – Rock solid drinkability here. I can sip at this beer easily although more than one might be a little much.

This beer is top notch. Traquair House has really reinforced my liking for the Scotch Ale making it among my favorite styles. Truly a great brew.

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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 runningjoke
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours dark brown wiyh reddish tones. The head that manages to form dissapates quickly.
Smells of caramel, toffee, mincemeat, vanilla.
Malty flavor of dark fruit, bread, somewhat earhty on the finish with alcohol esthers following.
Very thin mouthfeel, and the flavor does not linger. Ultimately, easy to drink.
I only feel that the body of the beer needs to be amped up a bit, but an exceptional beer otherwise.

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Photo of Mediczod
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding Scotch Ale. Dark amber, head fades fast. Smells of malt, peat, toffee and scotch. Lightly bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very smooth. One of the better Scotch Ales out there. I hesitated at spending $7.25 for a bottle of it, but it was worth every penny. I'm buying this one again!

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft head that dissipates quickly. Nice and deep amber, mohagony color. Has a deep malt character and a beautiful aroma. The initial taste seems dry with a slight alcohol warming. Later, there is a delicious nutty, biscuit flavor that lingers. Nothing overpowering, but very complex. This beer has a smooth and deep body, but not too thick. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol, hops and carbonation. This is an amazing beer on its own, I can only imagine pairing it with a good meal.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : in shades of red brown (quite light), with tan foam head (not persistent).
Smell : aromas of malt, slightly woody, vanilla flavor.
Taste and mouthfeel : the vinous of malt and hops in the mouth is powerful, malty with hazelnut nuances, peppery.
The return of malt and vanilla taste extends back fun.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Scotch ale (served 10°C-13°C).

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Photo of sentomaster
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, although I've had the flavors imprinted on my brain like the sun burning into your retina.

Aroma- Light chocolate/toffee and sweet licorice. Worthers butterscoth candies. Floral, a bit earthy and light fruity notes- apple and pear maybe. Like heaven all up in your nose.

Taste- Follows the nose. Chewy soft bread in front with powdered chocolate/soft toffee sweetness following, but in great moderation and balance. Light floral and fruity notes appear and lead into an earthy, slightly smoky finish that lingers and lingers. If you pause for a minute you can hear children laughing and dolphins chirping among waves. Small twangy snap near the end where the bready flavors subside and the minimal alcohol spiciness mixes with the floral.

This is a brew for the ages. A masterpiece not to be taken for granted. Bathe in it's glory and craftsmanship and you will know there is greatness in man.

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

Pours a coppery chestnut with giant tan head which subsides quickly, but leaves a creamy film and good lace. Smells of caramel malts on a slightly smoky, hoppy, and spicy alcohol base. Starts with an initial bitter hop kick, develops dark rummy fruits balanced with sweet, toasted and smoky malts, and finishes with a bone dry flowery hop bitterness. Stupendously creamy and well-balanced in the mouth. Easy to drink, but quite heady. A superbly balanced and tasty brew.

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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 jdhilt
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 interzen
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown with ruby-red hints when held up to the light. Fairly deep tan/off-white head which diminished to a froth cap leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: As others have noted, the smell is quite sweet - quite malty with hints of toffee, caramel and some woodiness. No hops evident, at least to my less-than-sensitive nose.

Taste: Woody and malty, with quite a few of the aforementioned aromas coming through as well. It's a very malt-forward brew, so if you're looking for a hop-bomb then look elsewhere. That said, there is some hop bitterness coming through in the aftertaste, so there's quite a nice balance there.

Feel: On par for a Scottish heavy - not an excessive amount of carbonation either.

Overall: Definitely a keeper - Scottish beer has come a long way from the bad old days of Tennents Extra and Special Brew. I could easily imagine partaking of a few of these whilst enjoying a plate of haggis and neeps. Again, the hop-heads will probably hate this but for me there's a spot-on balance of malt and hops to complement the various other flavours that are present.

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Photo of Jason
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a pleasing brew ... sip and savour this delicate ale. Rich and complex with a perfect balance to make it that much more drinkable. One of the best ales that we have reviewed to date. This is more than just an ale ... it is an experience.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've been passing over this beer for so long at my local Wegmans!

Pours a deep, and I mean deep, mahogany. Bordering on violet. Retains a HUGE, fluffy off-white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Already a beautiful beer.

Nose: First off is dark fruits. Really don't expect this off of a scotch ale but I'm ready to roll with whatever this beer will throw me.

To taste this beer is to taste the pinnacle of complexities of beer. There is so much going on but so much that works in perfect harmony. The subtle malt profile plays nicely with the mild fruit flavors resulting in an absolutely beautiful dance of flavors.

I will be going back to my store tomorrow and buying them out of this. Amazing.

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Photo of dsoft
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly found this at a local liqour store 5 min. from my house. wonderful caramel flavor along with deft sweetness. can tell alcohol is present, but balances the before mentioned flavors excellently. On my way back to the store for a few more....delicious!!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg. Poured chilled into a tulip from the chilled 11.2oz bottle.

A - A translucent deep walnut shade w/ garnet hue at the base as light passes through. 2 fingers of rocky ecru top the ale and lace collects on the glass.

S - Tons of toffee w/ nutty and fruity malt odors dominating. A gentle vanilla and mild peat touch of aromatic bark, light fragrance of yeast w/ gentle spice notes. The scent of toasted caramel is there mild butterscotch odors

M - A mild sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation and subtle spiced toasted texture. A mellow alcohol element is evident in the finish

T - A great flavor of malt w/ woody and cocoa notes w/ mild butterscotch, vanilla bean tinges. The malt flavor is smooth w/ a hint of coffee and sweet caramel. The toffee-like flavor is accented by a mild pine and cinnamon element. The taste has cocoa notes and is balanced by the flavor of alcohol which makes the sweetness less than cloying.

D - This has to be the most drinkable Scotch ale IMO, a beer that is smooth for its strength and calls for repeated tastes, would pair well with many desserts like creme brulee for example

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark, earthy, amber brown with a luscious, velvety-smooth pillowy head. Great retention.

Smell: Like a forest in autumn, reminiscent of cabins at summer camps, sweet, leafy, herbal, and dense. Loads of ripe fruit, apple cider, raisins, dates; a just-right glaze of butterscotchy diacetyl that brings out vanilla ice cream undertones; mango notes emerge as it warms; a hint of maple trees and just a tickle of Scotchy alcohol.

Taste: Roasty and nutty with a Chianti sweetness, but not nearly as sweet as I anticipated from the nose, with a touch of espresso, a shake of of cocoa powder, and a handful of roasted peanuts and hazelnuts. Woody, resiny, and very herbal notes spice up the deep and dark malt base. Diacetyl is subuded, but present enough to lend noticeable vanilla-butterscotch tones. Finish is dry, with an aura of mint, then a lingering roasty, nutty mocha essence.

Mouthfeel: Lush and full, with smooth-yet-sparkly carbonation that matches the beer's balanced flavor perfectly. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: I've always been hesitant to buy this beer because of the price - but no more. It's absolutely worth it, a real gem. Exceptionally easy to drink, especially for 7% ABV.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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