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

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 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 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 watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep red and purple with a modest head. It's leaving pretty minimal lace as it goes down.

Alcohol dominates the beer's otherwise fruity smell. The taste is layered and full of flavor. The balance really drives this thing home.

Drinkability takes a small hit from the alcoholic content but remains high.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany colour into my pint glass with a muted ruby hue when held to the light. The creamy tan head that topped it was thin, but had good staying power.

Good Scotch ales are a malty delight to smell, this one's complexity was especially impressive. My nose is not especially well-trained, but picked up caramel, rum, raisins and brown sugar. No one element overpowered the others — they all contributed to the exquisite whole.

This beer's refinement is what sets it apart from others in the style. A more average example may have a grainier or sharper malt profile, but this was extremely smooth and mellow and transitioned smoothly to a slightly bitter hop finish with a touch of mild coffee grounds. The creamy medium body, and low carbonation made this one go down dangerously easily.

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep garnet hued, lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that quickly settles into a thin layer that coats the rim of the glass. Deeply malty sweet toffee, heavily caramelized sugar, a touch of fruity prune along w/ a hint of roasted barley sharpness in aroma. As the beer warms, unexpected mild but pleasant heaty fusels eek their way into the aroma. Although sweet due to the appropriately low hop bitterness, smooth roasted barley bitterness, light chocolate, and dark crystal malt provide a rich & enjoyable malt profile. Medium bodied w/ a smooth and dextinous mouthfeel. Finishes clean, pleasantly sweet, lightly roasty, w/ a bit of alcohol warmth. Simply put, Traquair House Ale is a balanced, flavorful and very drinkable brew. More than 11.2 ounces would've been appreciated.

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Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich and murky mahogany brown with scarlett red highlights that reveal themselves at the bottom of the glass. About a finger's worth of fine cream coloured head is produced but quickly falls to a thin ring. Alcohol film sticks to the sides of the glass along with splashes of spotted lace.

Classic syrupy butterscotch streams from the glass as notes of toasted malts, light peat with a bit of a smokey edge, figs, dates, and alcohol soaked raisons assert themselves around it. Earthy hops and a slight vinous character further the complexity of this fine scoth ale.

Sticky and sweet dark fruits coat the palate immediately with sappy butterscoth drizzled across the tongue. Lightly earthy towards the end with a subtle but tasty peat character that becomes more evident after slowly exhaling. Buttery on the tongue with some sweet toasted malts and gooey figs mark the beer's final breath.

Slick and smooth in the mouth with a medium to full body and low amount of carbonation that really allows the flavours to shine. The presence of the 7.2% ABV is kept to a minimal in both the nose and taste. A very nice and pleasurable sipper.

This is the second Scotch Ale I've had from Traquair, and for me, this one slightly edges out the other, being their Jacobite Ale. The unique peat character is beautifully rendered and comes out wonderfully in the finish, and makes for a great addition to all of the staple sweet and sticky Wee Heavy characteristics this beer already possesses. The next time I see this, I'll be sure to pick a bottle or two up.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with subdued ruby hues and minimal but fitting tanned head.

Amazing aromas of molasses and treacle, burn't sugar and hints, delicate hints of brewers mash also liquorice and cola cubes.

deep flavours evoking peat, charcoal and malts.
Stays away from over sweetness.

perfect solid mf.

Great, great stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my Delirum snifter, the Traquair House Ale is a hazy dark brown with a small, wispy light tan collar with wispy skim.

Smell is rich and malty, with some prune like fruitiness.

Taste is very good, full of flavor. I can't believe I haven't got around to ever having this beer before, wow. Great caramel malt, very smooth and super rich, but overly cloying or too heavy - just a wee bit heavy! I like a hint of smoke in my wee heavies, which this could use more of.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a medium body.

Drinkability is high, but this is one to sip an savor. It gets a bit thick though towards the end of the glass, and I'm not sure I'd enjoy a second glass as much.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with little head.

Smell - Notes of booze and butter are measured in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is the sweet malts with a slight grassy impression. Notes of nuts, brown sugar and sweet berries are also present. In the aftertaste, the smooth sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel - I can't get over how smooth this is. Low carbonation allows for a long aftertaste.

Overall - This import is both special and underrated.

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Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this ale nearly 5 years since my first encounter, this bottle's BB date is... DEC. 2017! Served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: super dark russet brown hue with mahogany shines, coming with a moderate carbonated body and a nicely lingering beige frothy head.
S: very different from the Wee Heavy tasted immediately before this - Orkney Skullsplitter - the aroma here is not so pronounced in its overripe-fruit departments; it's low-profiled, more distinctive with a clear highlight of the yeastiness, comprising touches of cheese, salty-sweet butterscotch and a yeasty-maltiness not unlike a robust and estery Belgian dark ale. The sour hint of Chinese herbed prunes provides a suitable balancer with the yeasty hints as well as with the rich yet underlying flow of overripe fruitiness (prunes, apples, and figs mainly).
T: a clean entry of faintly raisiny, sour black dates and black-sugary dark malts comes not sweet at all and pretty understated in taste actually, then the flavour seamlessly ventures into a slightly herbal and bitter aftertaste backed by a distinctive edge of wood-barrel ageing. In the finish, black sugar and a touch of dried herbs are coupled with a rather... "tannic"-chewy palate as of sour-yeastiness or wood-barrel ageing. Somehow, the complexity is not so... great in this bottle, but the overall impression is still all positive.
M&D: fine and smooth on the carbonation, the body is medium at most, and it drinks absolutely light for a 7.2%abv. ale, although it does lack a kind of "soul" (or a really soft palate) that is the key to a "live" British ale. Compared with my first encounter almost 5 years ago, I'd say (just like with Orkney's Skullsplitter) this ale can't give me that "oomph" effect anymore; but before I get to taste the cask-version (should it be available), I'd still revisit this unique and special ale whenever possible. The balance and integrity are the strengths of this ale, no doubt about it.

* Tasting Date: 13/10/05
Obtained this bottle from the London branch of the Royal Mile Whiskies Shop. BB date: DEC. 2014!!! Gosh, for a beer at just 7.2%abv. to boast this level of longevity takes incredible courage as well as unlimited self-confidence I think...
4.5 A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a very dark, elegant ruby hue, with an initially thick beige head slowly dissipating and settling down to a thin layer of tight froth - looking very elegant for a British bottled beers~~
5 S: the nose is incredibly malty and complex - profoundly sweet, but not intrusive, syrupy dark maltiness prevails along with a complex dark-fruit aroma mixed of preserved sweet date, plum jam and huge juicy raisins; plus a barley-candyish texture smelling so thick and delicious enough to eat... also at present is butterscotch note, or that profound buttery note of, guess what, Scottish shortbread... Overall, creamy, rich, rounded, laced with so many dark fruits while avoiding being overly sweet and thick; if only some exotic Belgian yeasts were used this beer could smell more complex and satisfying than a great bunch of Belgian strong dark ales!
4.5 T: full-bodied and almost oily-smooth texture of dark-maltiness and an intense flow of dark-fruitiness make a big entrance, bringing on board lots of buttery toffee, a tinge of roastiness, caramelised sugar, a rounded, bittersweet walnuty flavour, leaving a slowly intensifying dryish-bitterness as well as a mildly spicy-bitter touch developing at the deep end of the tongue; a slightly syrupy mouthfeel is left in the end, but not OTT, and the alc. touch is very restrained, only emerging deep down the throat at the very last, rather than from the beginning.
4.5 M: creamy, silky-smooth texture throughout; actually it tastes much much lighter and delicate for a 7.2%abv. malty brew... at the same time, the body is rich enough to buttress the full-flavour, and helps achieve a nice balance on the palate.
4.5 D: overall, this is an ultra-elegant beer with so much to offer - neither something you'd wish to savour every day, nor even for the second bottle on the same night - because it's so precious and rare, worth great patience until having next sip, and next bottle. Reviewing it "within style", I give it such high score over here, to reflect the fact that though this is just my second bottle of Wee Heavy, I already love it so much. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Prufrock
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

deep brown cola color with a touch of translucence around the edges. medium off-white head that falls leaving no lacing.

sweet, malty aromas; hints of cinnamon, caramel and bread.

full bodied in the mouth with heavy maltiness. smooth, buttery sweetness with hints of caramel. little carbonation and hops to get in the way, but just enough bitterness to make it very drinkable. alcohol is well-hidden compared to other scotch ales i have tasted.

excellent beer to sip slowly and enjoy. rich and complex enough to rival any belgian ale.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice brown with a slight reddish hue with a light head,aroma is sweet and malty with some oaky aromas as well.Taste is rich and malty with alcohol notes.Some dried fruit flavors linger with some definent oak hints as well.Incredibly well made a nice beer to savor before bed.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a beautiful deep brown hue, topped by a thin tan head that dissipates to a tiny ring. Aroma is rather sour, much like cider vinegar, coupled with rich, sweet malt and some underlying notes of dark fruit. Palate is much less acidic - complex sweet, roasted malt with some assertive smoky notes. Finish is actually fairly light and airy. Body is smooth and creamy, just superb. A fine sipping beer, well-worth the premium price on occasion.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a nice, ruby tinge. Moderate carbonation, and a finger of beige head that lays nicely on top.

Smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, creme brulee, raisins, dates, and figs. Smells like a solid Christmas pudding.

The taste follows the nose, but is very light, not as heavy and sugary as I'd expected. I'm getting cherries in with the dark fruits. It really unfolds with each sip.

Tastes light and foamy, and smooth for the ABV, style, and overall weight of the brew.

Excellent brew. I found this in Kunming, China, and I'm drinking it in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov 8th, 2017. Great feel, flavour, smell, and look. Must try if you can find it.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola and bubblegum in the aroma. Fruity and floral. Interesting herbal minty note. Milk chocolate and toasted bread. No hop aroma...maybe a bit earthy herbal.

Slightly hazy cola brown with amber highlights. Small thin off white head. Poor retention and lacing.

Sweet dark fruits and earth. Cola and herbs. A bit of cardamom. Rich and complex. Surprisingly dry finish. Just a touch of bitterness to balance.

Medium light body and low carbonation. Rich and full.

Hearty and complex but still balanced.

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Photo of qcghost
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely chesnut body with a smallish off-white head and moderately effective lacing. The look is great and is followed by a decently full nose that is full of dried fruit and malting.

The flavor is quite malty and gives the kind of rich fruit sense that one might get from a rum-laden fruitcake. There is small licorice sense that is hinted as well. Delicious and rich to a fault.

Good smooth feel but with definite edge in the finish. Good, but not great drinkability.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with lots of red-orange highlighting. Head is pretty average, about one inch initially, but leaves a damn fine bit of lacing all the way down.

The nose is fairly straightforward, but nice: toast, dark fruits, sweetness of caramel and toffee, with a hint of alcohol and pepper.

Taste is just right, with lots of caramel, malty sweetness, fruits on the dark, ripe side, and side-notes of diacetyl, smoke, and chocolate. Hops are hardly around but for a fruity, piney twinge that mingles nicely with the oaken character.

Not much by way of bubbling, with some good chewiness going on. Not overly large so as to kill drinkability - this is just about right. Middle of the road between complexity and balance. The finish coats the mouth just enough to not get annoying, and helps those flavors really sink in.

It does remind me of my brief travels through Scotland - it tastes like most of the "dark" ales you can find in that country, but much, much better. Great beer, no matter the place.

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Photo of Sark
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- finger of head so luscious it could be caramel itself and just stays forever, dark red-brown hue

Smell- dark toasted grains and sweet caramels, touch of anise, definite bite of oakiness, hop profiles take a back seat but still noticeable

Taste- lighter toffee on the start with a mild fruit hint of cherry followed by some dark grains give a complex finish with just a bit of astringent bite

Mouthfeel- Full bodied yet not of a super heavy consistency on the tongue

Overall- awesome, definitely of the older Scotch ale variety that's not as up front as the U.S. style and most certainly better because it isn't.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,085 ratings
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