Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Pours mahogany in color with a minimal tan head. The aroma is smoky, woody, toasty, and malty, with a bit of dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor is malty and toasty, with a woodiness and smokiness. It finishes dry with a slight alcohol finish. It is a tasty brew with a lot of complexities.

Sampled 3/9/04

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Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice full brown color with a creamy head that falls leaving no lacing behind.

S: Awesome. Smells full, rich, a little sweet and malty.

T: Also awesome. It is indeed full and rich with a heavy maltiness and smoky or nutty flavor with a hint of bitter.

M: Smooth. You can taste the alcohol, give it a little bite. Nicely carbonated.

D: Opened this for Burns night, this is my first Traquair and I love it. I could see buying more of this for the mild (Florida) winter nights.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of nomad
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown wood color,with a very small head but it left serious stain off of thick lace. Not too shabby. Smell was very rich, with oak, dark, grainy, and roasty notes, but altogether of a serious scotch ale strength of sweetness - love those unattentuated sugars aged at Scottish low temperatures. Tasted of fruity malt, but opened to wonderful woody bitterness accompanied by bark-like dryness - rough at an elevated level, though amazing to taste. Had some strange sweet and roasted nutty notes as well, and a body that came across a bit winey in a moderate way. Ends with some very spicy like a well-ground black pepper. Thin mouthfeel which is nice given the bitter roast flavors but also seemingly strange for a scotch ale or strong/old ale.

Quite a tart finish once you have a hold on it. Good but a bit to handle.

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

11.2 oz bottle bought at Bottle Revolution a while back. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark amber-ruby-brown. Off white head that mostly fades quickly, but leaves a bit floating on top. Just some spots of lacing.

Smell: Rich and malty with lots of caramel and raisin aromas. A little smoke and earth. Tiny hint of cinnamon? Complex.

Taste: As with the aroma, very nice malty flavors. A bit more peat and smoke in the taste, as well as some alcohol-- more than expected for a 7% beer. The alcohol at the end washes away some of the malty finish, which is a shame. Some roasty bitterness at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Really only medium, as the alcohol flavor makes it finish a bit too clean and dry.

Overall: A very good wee heavy. As above, a bit too much alcohol flavor-- burns like a 9 or 10% beer. Nice complexity of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have passed by this beer for years, have always heard good things about it and am finally getting around to trying it for once. 11.2oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Looks like a lighter version of Scotty Karate, an American Scotch Ale that I am most familiar with. Pours out a deep ruby amber with golden brown highlights. Quarter inch thick beige head remains in cap form for the duration while leaving behind some spotty lacing, pretty good for a non hop-centric beer.

Aroma seems a bit dissapointing, reminds me a bit of a watered down rye beer with white pepper that Don Du Ciel puts out. Mild white pepper and boy do I mean mild, vanilla, nutmeg, earthy and oaky, actually pretty good on second thought. I keep forging this is not an American brew and things are a bit more understated.

Slightly smokey, woody good amount of peppery spice, slighty fruity. Interesting complexity but seems a bit lacking in mouthfeel, just a bit too watery for my liking. Smoke and oak is what I think of as soon as the beer hits my tongue, midway and after the beers warms a bit, sweeter, fruitier and finishes with a bit of pepper and nutmeg spice.

A surprisingly easy drinker at 7.2%, heat is incredibly well hidden, I mean you really can't tell its there, mouthfeel only makes you want to confirm this more, add this to a rich and complex flavor profile and you have the markings of an excellent brew. Though at 6.50 a pop I won't be making this a regular addition to the fridge.

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Photo of macesq
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AOShabaz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

from the bottle. poured a muddy amber with no head. aroma, like a port wine, malts, caramels, honey , black licorice with a hint of alcohol some smoke. flavor 1st sip did nothing 2nd sip I let it linger around in the mouth for a little while than the flavors came out. yum. sweet chocolate, honey, malts, port wine, caramel, a little bit of coffee.

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

A-Pours clear dark amber with a creamy, fluffy khaki head. Leaves thin, inconsistent rings of lacing.

S-Caramel, toasted hazelnuts, raw honey, chocolate milk.

T/M-Medium bodied with light, chewy carbonation. Soft hazelnut/nutella sweetness, accompanied by flavors of whole wheat toast and candied figs. The finish is soft, with a lingering delicate caramel sweetness.

O-A classic scotch ale.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a beige, two finger high, head.

Nose: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, plum, brown sugar and some tea.
Taste: Again caramel malt, nuts, fudge, chocolate and bread. I get some Coca Cola here also! Strange...
Mouthfeel: A bit light... Light carbonation. Medium to light body. A light bitterness at the end.

Smooth and very drinkable!

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Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: Dec 2017
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark brown body with very little off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S: Caramel, sugar maybe some notes of vanilla. Pretty mellow aroma with obvious alcohol notes.

T: Roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. It's alright, but nothing spectacular.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. The texture is watery and the aftertaste consists of sugar. Alcohol comes through quite a bit.

D: Decent brew, but not that amazing. Can't wait to try out the other one.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rarigney
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of carln26
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured brown with mild ruby highlights. It was topped by a creamy off-white head that receded quickly into the glass. The aroma is more complex than I expected. It has dark caramel, toffee, dates. I get a little raisin in this too. Even a yeast character (never found that in a Scottish Ale before). Layers of flavor. A lot of dark caramel, dates, more of the raisin. There is a mild bitterness on the finish. The yeast comes across on the finish too, just a hint of bread dough. This beer is a game changer as far as beers from Scotland are concerned. It really reminds of a Belgian Strong Ale. Smooth, full mouth feel, no heat at all. Very drinkable. By far my favorite Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Risser09
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by Hombrewing. Interesting story behind this one. There was a certificate of authenticity along with the beer stating that it was hand bottled in 1982. The bottle was also hand numbered! At the time of this tasting I was 24.5 years old and this beer was probably a few months older than I. HOW PERFECT.

Appearance: Popping the cap releases a carbonation push which was truly unexpected. The first pour revealed some head! My taster shows a dark brown beer, looking exactly like a brown ale, but with minimal head.

Smell: Gorgeous. I would liken the aroma to that of a watered down single malt. Fermented raisins, plums, figs. Hay, peat and sugary malt. Complex. Very smokey and also some sweet corn aroma.

Taste: This tastes like a lighter bottled version of Jameson. Most of the flavors are similar to the aroma, but they are masked perhaps by the oxidation or maybe just the strong alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, smoothe but smokey. Slick and easy drinking, although you'd never know that this beer was only 7.2% alcohol. It's not that the alcohol was strong, but that it tasted like it was there.

Drinkability: Well, if you can find any of these gems, pick them up and store them. I think it was a worthwhile cellaring. Nice bit of history and certainly an honor to have been included in the sharing of this fine elixir.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,064 ratings.
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