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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,067
Reviews:
619
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
141
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113
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Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of neorunner
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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Photo of vkv822
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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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Whiskeyjack
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of LukeONeill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter: Deep, murky amethyst with some medium ruby highlights. About a half-finger of eggshell head that drops to a bubbly collar & thin dusting.

Smells of a moderate caramel, a fruitiness like grape jelly, slight bubble gum, & a mildly spicy alcohol note.

Taste pretty much follows with the smell, plus a slightly ashy, dry character that comes about halfway through & really hangs in there. Flavors are surprisingly muted & a little watery.

On the thin side, pretty smooth with a lightly gummy caramel-like feel.

I'd had this on my list for years, as I'd always heard & read that it was a really good example of a style I really liked. Don't know if there was something wrong with this particular bottle, but I thought it really fell pretty flat. Nothing bad about it, but not much very memorable, either. I'd be up for trying it again, but I can't really say I'm impressed by this one.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AltimusPrime
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Arborescence
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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 LJWalker
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and smooth but a little watery.

Overall:
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.

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Photo of parchedjay
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for the gift

Pours a rather opaque garnet with a firm off-white head. Little to no lacing, but some solid retention.

The nose is of figs, candied plums, peat, biting alcohol, and some butterscotch. Pleasing aroma.

The flavor profile matches the nose. Peat up front then butterscotch and sweet, ripe fruit through the middle. The finish is earthy, dry oak, and sugary sweet. I have to be honest, the flavors and nose are really well-balanced. Nothing takes command, which in this case is very nice.

Full body, with a big, chewy malt foundation. The carbonation is low, which makes this nice and smooth. A little bit of sugary fruit lingers, but not much.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Everything has its place. Nothing overpowering and a smooth overall feel. Rich and complex without overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traquair House Ale

Appearance: A lighter brown, murky look. Looks like a 60-90 shilling ale by the shade and old standard.

Smell: Aroma of pumpernickel bread. Small roast, and stewed noble hops.

Taste: Real nice peaty scotch style malting. Robust and full malt body. Tea like hops with a slight tang. Mild but lasting presence and bitterness. Mostly malty and slightly roasted, in the finish some smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, even feel, well carbonated.

Overall: A well done brew, which has come from the ancient brewhouse in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland to my glass. Proof that history can be tasty.

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Photo of HopDr
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Thads324
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a deep dark copper with a light tan head. Thick head dissipates slowly. Barely see through with hints of ruby. Lots of lacing.
S: a fruity start. After a few whiffs there is a hint of toffee and cara malt, but that's it. Much like an English esb.
T : starts light, with a bready biscuit flavor. Hints of freshly dried fruits. The end is hints of caramel and toffee with a bit of bitter hops at the end. The hops are grassy and flavorful, with just very subtle bitterness. A hint of smoke lingers at the tail end. As it warms the fruit flavor disappears and the beers subtle flavors come through. More cara, more toffee, more biscuit and some smokey, dry malt.
M : medium bodied, low carbonated. Easy going. Semi smooth, Dry finish.

The fruity flavor leaves quickly and yields a full flavored beer that has multiple layers of flavor. The hops break up the malty sweetness nicely. At first sip I wasn't a fan. At last sip I'd like another, which I find to be a great quality in beer. It shows it's depth. Great stuff despite the high price tag

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into an over-sized thistle. No bottle date.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Looks a bit murky, but clearer on closer inspection. A bit of a head and some decent lacing down the sides.

Smell - Butterscotch and toffee. Really, that's pretty much it. It's exactly how a scotch ale should smell, I suppose.

Taste - A more complex flavor profile, but not inherently better. Definitely a butterscotch flavor throughout. Toffee and caramel malts as well, but it has a strong hop bitterness in the finish that rounds out the flavor into a pleasant brew.

Mouthfeel - Slick on the mouth, but not thick. Very oily tasting but still with a decent carbonation to it.

Overall - A solid scotch ale. No frills. Traditionally made and traditional tasting. Well made on all counts.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bubbles over when opened. It did not produce a large head, though. Some spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark, ruby-amber color. Light shines through and appears clear.

The smell is of toasted English toffee and undercooked sweet caramel. Light milk chocolate in the background.

Full flavored with sweet milked cocoa malt flavor. There's a dollop of bittering hop in the swallow, but this is a tale of delicious, near cake-like chocolate malt taste. Rich bodied with a low carbonation level.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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