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

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616
Ratings:
1,053
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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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 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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, approaching an opaque almost black color that shows a clear beer as I pour it into my glass. The head is frothy and a light brown color, which dissapears to a ring of foam with a dusting of a light layer on top. The aroma is fairly rich, in a fairly thin way, if that makes any sense. The aroma reminds me of fermented dates, some definite toffee and coffee, and a ligthly sour note that reminds me of tamarind.

The taste of this beer is lightly tart up front, with a rich malt character that has notes of toasted malt, a dry biscuit-like note with lots of rich toffee on top. The taste is quite light up front, which is what I expected. The taste is fairly dry, which seems to accentuate the tart tamarind notes. I really like the malt notes in this beer, they are rich and satisfying despite the beer being light; something that seems to be missed on this side of the pond.

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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 Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown, with a creamy wisp of head, soft lace, looks great in a goblet.

S: Dark malt, burnt brown sugar and peat smoke.

T: Heavy on the molasses, figgy pudding and dark Scottish malt. Notes of smoke and sea salt, definitely has a whisky type flavour in there. Dark bread, delicious.

M: Soft carbonation, very smooth, the sweetness is there, but really doesn't become cloying.

D: The Stuarts have made a classic, James I would be proud, everything is here in balance. Just wish it wasn't so expensive, I can't believe this it the first time I've had this beer in 4 years.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer home from Las Vegas last year, strange to bring a Scottish beer back to the UK, but we don't see Traquair House beers around here!

330ml bottle poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip.

Lovely dark brown/reddy colour, tan coloured tightly knitted foamy head. The head left some good lacing on the glass, so condition of the beer was good.

Dark chocolate smells come from the beer, coffee esters also in the mix for my nose.

The flavours followed the smells, chocolate and coffee, with the coffee being the dominant one this time. The alcohol content is just below the surface, but can just about he found as the mouth dries after each sip. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, or expected after the first sniff. This ia a well balanced brew for a Wee Heavy.

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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 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 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 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 jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass, looks dark brown in color until it's held to the light and then it's a really nice, clear, burgundy brown color, almost like a raisin. The tan one pinky head goes away very quickly to an even lacing around the glass, mild carbonation.

Smells of lightly boozed plum, figs, prunes, bread. Also picking up hints of candied toffee and butterscotch.

Taste isn't anything like I expected judging by the nose. I expected more of a warm booziness which is pretty much non-existant. Has nuances of raisin, sour plums and dark fruit. As I work through the bottle, the beer becomes a mildly tart. An underlying flavor is a subdued chocolate with everything else piling on top of it.

Texture is very smooth and medium bodied, drinkability is very high.

I'm mad at myself because I purchased this bottle about two months ago and judging by the other reviewers, I'm not experiencing the same nuances, no telling how long it sat on the shelf in the store before sitting for an additional two months in my beer cellar. Because it lacks complexity and shows signs of sourness, something tells me this would have been a different experience had it been a fresher bottle or on tap. I'm dissapointed. (Mainly in myself.) This deserves a second review with a fresh batch.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some BAs will always always be positively associated with certain beers. Two that come to my mind, are ColoradoBobs and his love for Vitus, and traquairlover for, well, his love for this brewery's beers. This is a first for me, from this brewery.

Clear, deep mahogany with reddish brown highlights with a dense, light-brown that recedes to a disk, leaving some lacing. Quite nice! The nose is marvelous. A prominent peat note is present up front, but there's also plenty for dark fruit, figs in particular, along with a little bit of toast and some dark brown sugar. A little cola is present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of a moderate peaty smoky flavor with some fruit. Again, I get figs with some red delicious apple. Quite dry, there's flavors of toffee, burnt sugar and a little caramel. Drying on the finish with a blend of peat and burnt sugar, the flavors that linger are excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer feels good on the palate. I really like the flavors on the finish here, flavors are wonderfully balanced. Alcohol is hardly apparent. An enjoyable beer that I will seek out again.

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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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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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