Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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Traquair House Brewery
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany red color with a thin bone-white head.

Great roasted malt aroma; hints of currants and fermented raisins; molasses, caramel, and toffee; gentle roasted grains...

Rich, sweet taste. Very robust; emphasis on the caramel sweetness. Excellent bitterness sneaks up for the finish, providing a wonderful, lingering counterpoint to the malt sugars.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel; sweet and clean.

A very clean, robust tasting dark ale. Well-balanced with excellent depth, complexity, and richness to satisfy a wide-range of dark ale aficionados. Highly recommended.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish in color with a tan like head. In the aroma, roasty, notes of chocolate and a small earth and alcohol. In the taste, a small roast, earthy, and a small alcohol bite. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth and alcohol in the aftertaste. This was the beer that changed my life and I cannot believe it took me this long to review it!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark brown hue which shines ruby when held up to the light. The body appears to be haze-free. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: light aroma of caramelized malt. Nice, but not a lot of volume or complexity here.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a big caramel character as well as some roasted malt character, which is mild but definitely in the mix. Bitterness is strongish at the end and seems a bit high for the style, but is not bad. I like it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a light carbonation and a light creaminess. Maybe not as creamy as I like, but pretty accurate for the style.

Overall: a tasty enough Scotch ale. It doesn't blow my socks off, especially with its mild aroma, but it is a perfectly serviceable Wee Heavy.

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3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew pours brown in color with 2 fingers worth of tan head. When held to the light, the beer shows excellent clarity with an amber to mahogany look about it. The cap recedes slowly maintaining a finger of froth atop with some patches of lacing sticking to the glass.

The aroma is rich and inviting with caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some notes of chocolate and mild fruity hints of raisins, plums, prunes and dates. As the brew warms up, there is a brighter citrus inclusion almost like coriander mixed with mild herbal hops. The hop quality mixed with the alcohol makes for more of a fruit and floral kick that was completely absent from this brew's nose while it was colder.

The taste follows through with what you would expect based on the aroma. Initial flavors of caramel and toffee malt hint lightly towards chocolate. More sips focus more and more on fruity alcohol notes with mild flavoring of prunes mixed with a bit of musty chocolate to coffee. Some citrus is present which is the first indication of hops that draws out some stale fruit flavors of raisins and a bit of earth. This is an enjoyable tasting brew but it has some unexpected twists and turns going on it without the antcipated smoked character one might expect in the style.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking for over 7%. I am glad I finally got around to trying this and I would probably reach for it again if given the chance. Overall, not a bad brew it is worth giving a try.

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby highlights in it. Small soapy head that dissipates quickly. This brew doesn't leave much for lacing, but it gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds.

S - Really malty, with caramel malt being the first thing detectable. I pick up fennel, figs, dates, molasses, and cola syrup. Alcohol presence is there, but doesn't feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. Not pushing any boundaries in terms of complexity, but an inviting aroma that as far as I can tell fits the style well. As it warms I start to get some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes.

T - This beer is packed with robust malty flavor. A dark caramel malt base lays out the framework for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, namely figs, dates, and just a touch of black cherries can be made out. Anise and fennel add a dimension of spice, while cola syrup and molasses, along with alcohol warmth, give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer.

M - Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Compliments the flavors very well. Slight warmth in the finish with mild bitterness lingering.

D - A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. I'm not familiar with scotch ales a great deal, but as far as I'm concerned this is an exceptional beer no matter how you slice it. Definitely one to try again if I can find it, as this was delicious.

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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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4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I no longer drink but far and away the best I ever had was the Traquair house ale. I've tried just about every thing available until 3 years ago. This was FAR and away the best ale I ever had. Second place was McEwan's Scotch Ale. Most beers are like a entree - this is a dessert. An expensive and well worth is dessert.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark sweet beer, not sure I'd call it an ale. Not a huge head but nicely laced. Great mouthfeel. Not very bitter, not hoppy. At over $5 for a bottle, I 'd say you're paying a premium for uneconomical home brewing (oldest house in Scotland...) and travel across the pond. I think this is a good beer, but a little too sweet for my taste and way overpriced.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Thanks to DougoftheFuture for sending me this in
Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Slightly smaller than 12oz bottle split two ways. Hazelnut brown in color with a thin coating of carbonation. Aroma is strong caramel / molasses and some smoke and vanilla. Flavor is consistent with a northern English brown, but slightly stronger in the alcohol department. There is a lingering hop flavor at the end similar to east kent goldings. This beer brings me back to the Caledonia sleeper train going to Scottland, only because I had one to many of it in the bar train car. I'm enjoying this one and Pitasoup is not. My guess is Traquair.

The reveal: Traquair House Ale. Nice, good stuff. Also this is a 1001 book beer, thanks!

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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a deep red when held to the light. A thin off white head.

The aroma is of dark malt. Molasses as well as dark fruit comes through as well.

The taste follows the nose, though seems a bit subdued.

A thin to medium body, with low, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, though the taste was a bit subdued and the mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet glass.

Pours an extremely dark amber colour, black to the naked eye. Light head and no lacing.

Smells quite potent and of alcohol.

Tasty though, alcohol is there but not overpowering amongst the dark but not too dark malts and slight hop tinge to the finish.

Very pleasant to drink, everything is well balanced and not too much.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery
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