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Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

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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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Photo of elec
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

330ml bottle

Pours with a deep browny burgandy body, off white head almost tan, good retention, very creamy head

Smell, estery malt, sweet vanilla. Some hint of chocolate covered dried fruit

Taste, thick creamy malt mouthfeel, some chocolaty bitterness. This would pair really well with a nice dark chocolate. Not an overly heavy body

Fantastic, pricey (£2.50 a bottle) but well worth the money. Would work great as an after dinner beer, or with a chocolate dessert

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle (fresh) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark reddish brown, good clarity as can be seen when held up to the light, frothy off white to tan head with good retention, slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass.

S = Caramel notes, peaty malt overlay.

T = Caramel and strong notes of smokey peaty tasting malts, long deep finish somewhat bitter in the back of the tongue but with fresh sweetness continuing in the front of the mouth.

M = Medium to heavy body, creamy mouthfeel when swished, excellent mouthcoating.

D = If not for the ABV I could drink these all day. An excellent wee heavy.

Other vintages (not scored for the database):

(Mid?)-70's bottle. Label is printed with "Brew No. __" & "Bottle No. ___" into which handwritten numbers have been written Brew "82" and Bottle No. appears to be "120642".

Appearance is a slightly hazy caramel brown with small off white head that dissipates quickly into a small layer of foam on surface. Smell is of a musty attic, tobacco, some "sharp" scents like a sharp cheddar. Taste has a strong bitterness to it, some malt flavors of tobacco and a light maple syrup flavored with bitter herbs, has a distinct sour finish. This tastes almost more like an aromatized wine than a beer (especially a wee heavy), something like a dry vermouth or a Campari. It still has medium body and decent drinkability for an aperitif maybe where it was once a dessert drink.

(1977) The front label and neck label were in a glossy silver. The back label was plain white paper and indicating this was Brew No 6 Bottle No 8635, with hand written numbers filling in blanks on a preprinted label.

A = Very slight head, really just light tan bubbles on about half the surface, resolving into a ring around the edge of the glass, deep reddish brown, good clarity. (4.5)

S = Some musty attic smells, nuts such as walnuts, roasted chestnuts, maple syrup, vanilla comes out strongly as it breathes, some dried cherries and prunes, very complex. (3.5)

T = Wow! This is really, really good. Predominantly sweet with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar mixed into a heavily creamed coffee, with walnut syrup, maybe some light traces of almonds, light butterscotch and toffee, heavy chocolate notes as it breathes result in a flavor almost like licking the chocolate syrup off of a vanilla ice cream hot fudge sundae. Really heavenly. Much better than I had expected. (5.0)

M = Heavy body, lusciously smooth feeling, very light carbonation for a while after it sits in the glass but eventually sorts out to a still liquid, while still fresh in the glass there is a light, frothy level of carbonation. Great mouthcoating. (5.0, maybe only a 4.5 depending on your veiwpoint of stillness in aged beers.)

D = Goes down SO smoothly. I just keep wanting more. It was a sad moment when the glass ran dry. (4.5)

(Best by 2006 -- consumed in 2010)

A = Very similar to the 1977 but a little murkier on pour. However, it quickly settled into the glass and gained better clarity. Ended up looking virtually identical to the 1977, maybe a slight bit darker with more brown/less red. (4.0)

S = Sweet malted chocolate, Not as complex as the older bottle. As it breathes I get more malt with smokiness, very slight smell of almonds, some fruit including cherries, dried apricots, some earthiness. (4.0)

T = Very good sweet syrup flavors with cocoa, light almonds, some butter toffee, caramel, light smoke, a very light yeast kick at the finish. Less of the light bitterness in the finish than when it is really fresh. This is a great beer but not as complex as it older sibling. While the older bottle had developed some very interesting flavors, this one was closer to the original malt forward with some smoke and yeastiness that exemplifies a good wee heavy, that said it had mellowed from the way a fresh bottle tastes. (4.5)

M = Medium body (a little thinner than I expected actually), very good mouthcoating, light carbonation. (4.5)

D = Very good, as excellent beer, but not quite as interesting as the 1977. (4.5)

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Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ssgunbond
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an excellent beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Appearance- dark, almost black, opaque

Smell- dark fruit, rich aroma, beautiful

Taste- dark fruit, rich flavor

Mouthfeel- full body

Drinkability- very drinkable, I will be drinking it again. Excellent beer!

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

11.2 oz small brown bottle. Simple black and white label. No freshness dating on this one. Murky bown color. Dark. Creamy bubbly beige head settled to a very thin covering. Sweet malt and fig smells. Full, some molasses as well. No earthy peat or spiciness to be found.
Taste was smooth, lots of figs, and molasses sweetness. Hints of spices, but mostly toasted malt. Maybe a hint of toasted almonds as well. I don't know what figgy pudding tastes like, but I can imagine it's something like this. Plums and other roasted plums mixed in with sweet malt flavors really explode as the beer sits.
Higher carbonation and therefore a super bubbly feel. Much more than I expected. Lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles everywhere, created an almost fuzzy feel to it.
Medium to full bodied. Good going down. I would list it more toward the Dark Strong Ale end of this category.

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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 PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,081 ratings
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