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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear deeply brown colored ale with a minimal head formation.

Smell is sweet but also with a sharp sour wine aroma. Scent of grapes and smoke.

The taste begins fruity and smoky with a deep caramel candy flavor. There is a faint grape flavor here and a fairly large amount of butter in the taste. Faintly grassy and bitter this doesn't really taste much like Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This one has thoroughly disappointed me. Buttery mess of a beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly one of the more pleasurable beers out there, such a lively and complex brew. Borrowing the rich texture of a fine scotch and the soft, mellow flavouring as well. These flavours only enhanced as it warmed up as well. I think this is an ultimate dessert beer and as impressive as any liquor, etc. A beer which exibits such refinement and elegance, a truly special Scottish Ale

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a thin head. No lacing to speak of. Not a pretty beer. The aroma is complex and winey with the alcohol noticeable but not dominant, and with top notes of dry malt and brandied dark fruits with some sherry notes there as well. The flavor has more of that malty winey flavor, more dark fruit, a touch of woodiness and attenuated raisin and sweet sherry flavors. There is a little nutty spiciness on the finish and a rich creaminess in the mouthfeel, although the beer is slightly thinner than you might have guessed it would be. Quite drinkable, but best as an after dinner sipper. This beers was one of my early favorites maybe 20 years ago,and its nice to see that it still impresses after all these years. Great brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
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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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. Nice pour, initial airy head which subsides to a tight beige head. Heady aroma of malt and peat, taste moreso, with some added caramel. Earthy, cloying finish. Nice!

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle aged in the cellar...
Appears a dense, dark brown with a fluffy, light tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, smoke, roasted malts, with a ripe fruitiness that seems to liven up the smokey notes that seem to be a bit too much in my face...though it was expected from this one.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of raisins, grapes, nuts, cocoa, and dried figs swirling around the palate.
Mouthfeel is malty, yet bitter with some "scotch" like delicacies along the tongue, leading to slick ending.

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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 corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque very dark chestnut brown color with a thick frothy 1.5 finger tan head. Decent retention but slowly fades into a lasting ring after a bit. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of hazelnut, chocolate and leathery malts. Very earthy with a nice alcohol scent.

Roasted chocolate malt flavor with some caramel sweetness and subtle hop bitterness. Estery dark fruit notes, mostly plum and berries with some chestnut/hazelnut notes and slight alcohol warmth. Kind of a barleywine brown ale hybrid.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby colour, off-white head. Not much head, retention, or lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt aroma.

T: Well balanced, but slightly sweet, no hop flavour, perfect for style. Bready caramel, a little prune/raisin, roasty (but not burnt), hint of chocolate, slightly nutty, with a subtle fruityness from the yeast. The full malt profile really hides the alcohol strength and flavour. Very well rounded, none of the flavours are over-powering. Perfect!

M: Moderately heavy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Obviously, this style isn't suited to sessions.

Awesome. Best of style.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation. The head is a smooth thick foam of tan with a slight tint of red.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt is slightly sweet with a peat note in the sweetness. There is a faint smoke in the finish that has notes of cherries.

T- The taste of dark malts have some chocolate and earthy notes. The finish has a faint chocolate covered cherries with a smoky note and a little peppery bite. As it warms the cherry notes become more of a sweet oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creaminess in the texture.

D- This beer really caught me by surprise. It has nice earthy sweet malts with some notes of cherries that really compliment the other flavors.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color with a slight light beige head.

S: Fresh raisins, fig, plums and caramel on nose. really nice and promising here.

T: Sweet malt palate. Some decent toasted bread notes with caramel for flavor which includes spicy alcohol and dried fruit. Some dried cherry and caramel are also present.

M: Mouthful is moderate, filled with some dried fruit and a subtle hop presence.

D: Overall a decent brew, but somehow was expecting more.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with amber hue when held up to the light with an off-white head. The aroma is dark toasted malts with dark fruits, sweet caramel, and molasses. The taste contains dark roasted malts, a touch of coffee and a dry lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is an interesting brew that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this for a dessert beer and it was wonderful. Pours a mahogany-tinted dark brown with a minimal frothy head that leaves minor lacings. There is a strong malt presence in the aroma. Hard to pick out exactly what malt but I picked up some coffee, chocolate and possibly toasted (I am not sure, there could've been hazelnut in there too). There are also currents of caramel/honey, figs and dark fruit. This had to be one of the smoothest brews I have ever had, yet alone a wee heavy. The malt taste is defining, but there are citric fruit notes (I think there might even be some crisp apple notes in there) on the side and the caramel rounds it out. The hop bite on the back end is perfect. Just enough to make itself distinguishable yet letting the beer remain ultra-smooth (not slick or watery). Perhaps the only thing keeping me from sessioning is the price. I can't afford $7 a beer for a whole night. Well worth the splurge and a must-try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It's been years since I had this:

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch.

The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended!

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

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan14 2010

A deep maroon with two fingers worth of head that quickly fall to a thick 1/4in film leaving a few patches of lace

S lots of burnt sugar and molasses with a little raisin

T as it smells but heavy on molasses, licorice, a pleasant smokey earthy flavor and a little dark fruit. I will admit I was impressed by this beer quite a bit going on

M a little slick, it coats your mouth and foams up a bit in your mouth

D no problems with this beer and for the strength it's pretty easy to down, tasting great doesn't hurt its cause either

Nice beer a little sweet but nothing that takes away from its good characteristics. This beer is worth looking for try it if you ever get a chance

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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 bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. However, there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, peat, butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. It tastes like dark fruit (plums), butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, bready malt, and some peat. Good malty aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit rich and slick, and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, and it's a very good Scotch Ale. I'd buy this again for sure.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep brown with red highlights. Not really any head to speak of, even in well-rinsed glassware. Earthy, heavy malt aroma backed by peat, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavour was sweet and malty with a low, herbal bitterness. Toffee was more pronounced than caramel, it finished quite malty yet not overly sweet. Very low carbonation, a bit dead, but the full body was velvety. What a big, complex malt bomb. Definitely an experience!

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Photo of bark
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

The colour is very dark wine red – brown. The high beige foam sinks down to a firm half-finger thick head with lots of lacing.

The smell is very sweet with notes of rye bread, some sourness, brown sugar, coffee, raisins and maybe some alcohol.

The taste is full bodied, with some notes of strong wine (Port?). There are creamy, fruity notes of raisins and dried apples. The taste is sweet, but there is also a fresh bitterness, maybe even some sour notes. The aftertaste got an earthy matured taste with a passing bitterness and notes of alcohol, dried fruits, fresh flowers and a dry touch of iodine. It tastes like a very luxury beer, but the finish is a litte bit to dry for beeing a taste-4.5 beer.

The carbonation is mild (like one could expect) and short, the bubbles are very small.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. Label says BB JUN 2018.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Full ring of sticky lacing.

S- Notes of mocha, caramel and a hint of booze.

T- Starts off with some roasted malt and a bit of oak, then moves into some alcohol and hop bitterness before ending with a slightly metallic flavor. Everything is well-balanced and smooth which almost results in a neutrality of flavor but, once multiple sips are taken easily, the beer's character comes through loud and clear.

M- Creamy and semi-thick. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O- This is quite wonderful. Pricey but mostly worth it due to the high drinkability. Traquair continues to be solid in my book.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A strong, pungent (in the best sense of the word) aroma of malt and sweets.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and caramel. A rich, thick, chewy, complex taste, well worth the effort.

M: Fairly high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is the best wee heavy I've tried so far. It's a subtle, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red/brown color with a one-finger head of foam. Aroma is strong and fruity, malty with a decent smokiness in the nose. Warm and inviting aroma. Taste is a mixture of caramel and smoked malt that feels very smooth in the mouth. Goes down with a bit of warmth from the alcohol coating the belly.

A second sip and swirl in the mouth reveals a very nice smokiness underneath the caramel tones. Very smooth, drinkable and worth its' weight in shillings.

Excellent!

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but thick dark red/brown, small off white head forms, some spots of lace, head settles down to a thin layer but stays there. Smell is malty, toffee, perfume/floral, some vanilla, chocolate, maybe an oakiness, little alcohol, nice. Taste is real malty, floral and toffee, vanilla, chocolate, grains, some oxidization, so this may not be too fresh of a bottle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice smooth scotch ale, although I fear this isn't the freshest example.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep scarlet red color. No head or collar. No carbonation is evident. Rum, oak notes, alcohol, dark fruits like plum and cherry and some dry notes are perceived on the nose. This is one of the beers that I can tell I'm really going to like just from the nose. The flavors are subdued, mellow and very nice. Rum soaked raisins, cedar, chocolate covered cherries, bread pudding, plum and fruit cake all seem to dance on my palate here and there. From that description, this would make for a fine X-mas brew. I can't wait to try the Jacobite I've got in the fridge. Mouthfeel is slick and uncarbonated. Body is medium. Drinkability exceptional. Spendy brew, but worth it once a year or so.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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