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:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,067
Reviews:
619
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a dark red hue. Finger-thick, white head that dissipates slowly to a decent amount of lacing on top of the beer. Not much lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Toffee. Some caramel. The end of the sniff reminds me of Werther's candies. Not bad.

Taste: Slightest bit of sweetness at the beginning of the sip. Ends with a bitter finish. Caramel flavors throughout. It's a great balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. Perhaps it could be a bit sweeter, but I would only enjoy that if there was still a bitterness that balanced it out towards the finish. Regardless, this beer is still good.

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Photo of EF0rs
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Lots of dark fruit; plums and raisins. Some wood too: oak. Very similar to a Belgian Dubbel
Appearance: Clear. Dark brown with a red hue. Off-white head that does not persist.
Flavor: More dark fruit, but the wood stands out in the flavor. No hop or yeast character. Finish is semi-dry with a woody caramel flavor lingering.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. A little slick. Some alcohol warmth. Dry.
Overall: Very similar to a Belgian Dubbel, but more wood notes and much drier. Excellent beer overall.

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

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

Appearance: It pours a deep amber brown with a small pale brown head that subsides quickly, leaving islands of the larger bubbles behind.

Smell: It has a very faint aroma, but it seems spicy and woodlike, with the alcohol scent very present.

Taste: There is a light fruity and sweet taste that presents first along with a bit of caramel, but that is quickly overtaken by a more hoppy and smoky flavor. The taste is very warm from the alcohol, and the finish returns to a fruity and floral sweetness that is very pleasant for sipping. There is a bit of a bitterness in the aftertaste, almost like a strong tea.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium-bodied beer, not too high in carbonation, but still assertive on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer, one of the best beers from Scotland I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side for regular drinking, but it is certainly one to be enjoyed occasionally. It's a great warming beer for a chilly night.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubba83
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at around 50 degrees into a snifter. The color is a deep brown cola color, extremely murky looking. Light tan head tops the body, one finger width at first, but quickly dissipating to a thin ring. Some small lacing occurs, but it's not sticky by any means.

This beer smells tremendous! There's a lot of raisin going on with lots of caramel too. Some vanilla is around the edges but never in abundance. There is also a background roastyness to it.

Caramel is apparent early on at the front of my palate, but quickly moves toward the fruity end of things. There's some definite red grape flavor here, some aspects even remind me of red wine. There's some chocolatey stuff going on in the background as the transition towards some of the roasty bitterness comes in to round the beer out.

The feel is medium-thin for the style, but well carbonated with tiny bubbles floating around after a good swirl. Coats the mouth well too, but leaves it a little chalky.

Drinkability is good for the style, a pitfall many other scotch ales have in my opinion is that they tend to be overly sugary/sweet. The roastyness hits at a nice time for balance and leaves me thinking about taking the next sip to bring some sweetness back. This is the best scotch ale I have had, and will be my benchmark for the style in the future.

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Photo of Steve188821
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The apperance was ruby in colour with a large head

S- The smell is of sweet malts, dark chocolate, coffee and ripe dark fruits.

T- The taste is of malts, coffee, butterscotch and a hoppy bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with low carbonation.

D- This scotch ale is very drinkable, an excellent scotch ale!

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Photo of Crosling
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chestnut with dark purple and heavy burgundy melted inside. Fast pour devoloped very little head just a ring around the glass. Slippery lacing fell apart which was a sad moment.

Smells insanely strong! Smells of sweet dark fruits covered in sugar and soaked in alcohol. I also noted some barnwood, brown sugar, molasses, spoiled plums, figs, malts and loads of alcohol. At first scent I assumed this was about 9%. It smells strong but wonderful. I can't wait for the first sip!

Seeking more flavor on this one! It's good but seems a little under-carbonated and lacking some juicy dark fruit flavors that I was hoping for after smelling it. Loads of caramel with some fruits. Some woodiness in the finish that leaves my mouth feeling sticky and hoping for more. Nice lingering aftertaste of juicy hop bitterness.

Has a smooth mouthfeel but light bodied.

Not bad but certainly not what I was expecting.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep brilliant chestnut under a 2” cream colored foam collar that slowly recedes to a thick, lacy film. S: a little roast, caramel and plum in the aromas. T: Dark roast and kettle sugars and plum but leaves kind of a minerally, salty after taste. F: Creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation. O: A classic but just a little too salty for my tastes.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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