Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BA SCORE
88.3%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,075 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,459
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
1,075
Liked:
949
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.1%
Alströms:
4.61
 
 
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141
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Ratings: 1,075 |  Reviews: 622
Photo of jduprey007
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Black foil covering the neck.

Pours a deep reddish-brown. The beige head is modest and too oily to leave much for lace. The aroma is mostly malts, caramel, and alcohol...and is fairly faint. Very sweet earthy malt character & acrid hop bitterness with an alcoholic chaser. I remember this being better last time I tried it, but this was a fairly fresh bottle. Not bad, but certainly not worth the $5 price tag for me.

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Photo of scottoale
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With an aggressive pour from the 330ml.brown bottle, into a Duvel tulip, a very dark red-brown with 1/2" ivory foam head that dissipates quickly to a ring and minimal lace.

Big caramel malty nose with a faint roastiness and an earthy wooden aire. Very nice smell to this, sweet and earthy ale with notes of vanilla.

Pleasantly sweet malty intro of toffee, vanilla and oak, that winds down nicely with a balanced hop finish. Nice aftertaste of vanilla and the faintest hint of alcohol.

Light-medium body that doesn't seem heavy at all for a Wee Heavy and the alcohol is masked extremely well. Very tasty and very drinkable for an ale drinker that likes a malty brew.

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Photo of beveritt
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Man, do I wish I had a thistle. Label is simple black, white, and gold, with a picture of what I assume is a brewery and a brief description of the beer. No readily apparent freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of light tan head, thick and creamy like it was a nitro-pour. Amazing. This settles slowly, still leaving a fair amount of foam and some lacing. The beer itself is walnut brown and opaque in the middle, although you can just barely see through around the edges. Maybe a slight reddish tint. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Extreme caramel aromas, much stronger and darker than normal malt, including butterscotch and molasses. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: This tastes exactly like what it is, concentrated beer. The intensity of caramel and molasses flavors is amazing. Very little bitterness, but a long lasting brown sugar sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is thick and viscous; incredible.

Drinkability: I have seen this particular beer sitting on many store shelves and just recently picked one up to try. Man, what was I thinking. Being a malt-head, this is exactly what I like, a relatively big beer with tremendously complex malt flavors. Very good.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep reddish brown body with one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving very little lace.

Interesting aroma with some dark fruity tartness upfront, followed by a little sweet malt. I can't ever recall experiencing an aroma like this. Not overly complex, but inviting.

The flavor follows the aroma but it's better. Great dark fruity flavors blend with the malt and just a tiny bit of hop bitterness. A touch of toffee and hint of cherry round out a really good flavor.

This is an excellent brew Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sparty55
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

The House Ale pours a murky dark reddish with a finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. It tricks you as it looks like you see some small rounds suds but they soon go back to their home and not stay on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and of figs. The taste is smooth and it malt dominated up front but as it lingers on the palate it is bitter. Very cool. It has a earthiness to it like a mushroom from the ground. Overall the best scotch ale or strong Scottish ale I have tasted to date.

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Photo of Casterbridge
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of themind
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

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

Pours a deep coppery chestnut color with a pillowy tan head. Dark crystal malt aroma and a peaty earthiness (compost pile) mixed with a healthy yeast smell, too. Caramelly sweet with the same earthiness coming through in the taste. A little bit of vinous hop character, but predominantly malty. Alcohol noticable but masked with malty goodness. Best Scotch ale in the world, hands down. The quality of a Belgian trappist, only from Scotland. Enjoy at 55-60 degrees.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Deep chestnut with just a hint of red. A three inch head rolls and expands from the beer, settling to a thin mat in a few minutes. Lacing is stretchy and spotty.

Smell- Huge, gigantic malts and a blend of leather and fruit... not unlike a well structured Old Ale. Some alcohol strength shows in the aroma. The faintest notes of smoke and beef jerky as it opens up.

Taste- Rich, dark malt flavors slowly give way to sweet, booze soaked fig-like fruits... very big indeed, even for a wee-heavy. The hop bitterness is showcased, mildly, in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Relatively quiet in the mouth, even with some gentle swishing the bubbles don't seem to want to emerge. Surprisingly thin as the beer gradually warms, but certainly big in flavor and warmth. A bolder and more full-flavored alternative to some of our more available Scotch Ales.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this house ale is a beautiful rich ruby brown with a very pale thin head. it smells somewhat buttery with a hint of fruit, maybe grapes. the taste is something between a tangy chocolate and toffee. something a little walnutty there too...and again, like the smell, something reminiscent of fruit, but i can't put my finger on it, really, really nice though. good thick mouthfeel, with more carbonation than i expected. overall a real treat, that i'll definitely be trying again (so expensive though).

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Photo of Jredner
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiced raisins, dates and a good bit of alcohol and peat in the aroma. Poured rum brown with a sliver of a white head. Molasses-like texture and the flavors of bourbon spiced bread pudding. Very malty and full. The alcohol flavors actually would lead me to believe it was 10% rather than 7.2% but I have noticed many Scottish brews often taste more alcoholic than they actually are. it is kind of the inverse of the Belgian trademark of masking alcohol.

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Photo of jmich24
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klewis
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a cloudy reddish-brown. Almost no head, even with a hard pour.

S: Huge smell, I can smell it without holding it up to my nose. Notes of butterscotch, malt, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: Much different than its aroma... Not much going on here for me. There are some tannic flavors that are overpowering anything else that might be trying to sneak through.

M: Nice body and weight, but the carbonation is a little rough and may be detracting from the flavor..

D: Based on the other reviews, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle. I may try this one again hoping that this is the case, but if it's like this one, it's just not worth spending the money on.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By bottle, at The Room.

A - Poured into a snifter, attractive smoky red body when held up to a candle. Thin bony head.

S - A touch of whiskey - maybe it's the power of suggestion, but I get Scotch. Smells more alcoholic than it really is.

T - And tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Deep burnt caramel maltiness amid a lightly smoked character.

F - Solid feel, not syrupy, well-carbonated.

D - I wish I hadn't had this when I was already kind of full; I suspect I might have liked it even better than I already did. Still, I don't see how it can be anything other than a one-and-done.

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

From a 33cl bottle with no date evident, into a wine goblet. This beer is a deep ruby read with a few tiny carbonation streams. One finger creamy brown head fades slowly to a thin cap and scattered lace. Musty and earthy on the nose, along with semi-sweet malt. Clean and a bit plain. Tastes similar to nose, more akin to a Gruit/herb ale than a typically smoky Scotch ale. Definitely earthy and dusky with herbs. Subtle and somewhat plain. No fireworks here for sure, just earthy and natural. Mouth is clean and wet with light but full carbonation, smooth on the palate. Drinkability is very good given the light and subtle flavor profile.

Overall: A good, subtle brew, more akin to a gruit than Scotch ale in my opinion. Very mild and drinkable, perhaps to a fault.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. According to the label, this ale is brewed in the ancient brew house of the "oldest inhabited house in Scotland". Traquair's website states that, "Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost." Clearly there's a fair bit of history behind this beer; will it live up to this legacy?

Pours a deep, rich mahogany with hints of ruby as it is held up the light. A 2 finger tan head slowly reduces to a thin skim on top.

The aroma of this brew is thick, sweet and peaty. Sherry, fig, and currants slowly rise from this dark frothy ale.

The taste is smoother and more refined than other scotch ales I've had; a sweeter taste up-front is followed by a hint of booze and and healthy dose of sweet fruit, including dates, figs and raisins. There's a lack of any bitterness to finish.

Traquair House Ale has a sweeter, thicker mouthfeel with a very smooth finish, leaving a trace of smoky peat floating in near the nasal passages.

A very drinkable wee heavy, though quite smooth, it is a more refined, less "in-your-face" take on the scotch ale. As it from Scotland, perhaps I should instead look at this as more representative as compared to its more aggressive American cousins. Still, a nice ale that you should make sure to have if given the occasion.

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Photo of elec
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of light caramel foam that fades away to a small collar. There is a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is a rich nutty aroma, with hints of coffee and toffee. The smell really pumped me up for the taste. The taste is a smooth roasted malt and alcohol mix. Not too much hops present, but who needs it with this sweet caramel and roasted nutty flavor. The body is heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is also pretty nice for 7.2%. A big thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this fine ale!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - murky chestnut brown with faint white head

smell - woodsy, oak, cherries, bourbon, malts

taste - caramel, chocolate, black licorice, hint of cherry, sweet malts

mouthfeel - low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice flavors linger on the palate, slightest of booze at the end

overall - good beverage, for the price not sure if I will revisit, but an overall solid beverage

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 1,075 ratings
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