764: Traquair House Ale

764 - Traquair House AleName: Traquair House Ale
Brewery: Traquair House Brewery
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
City & State: Peeblesshire
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.20%
First Brewed: 1965
Price: $6.99

Tasting Notes
One of the most memorable winter beers on the market with an oak-influenced and fruity malty aroma and spiced fruit flavor unveiling traces of vanilla and sweet cherry.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I have no idea what to expect from this beer. Based on the little research I have done on this brewery, it’s old and they know how to make a good beer. This beer is also fermented in oak barrels, which leaves me thinking I am going to smell and taste a ton of barrel. If not, I will be sad as when I drink a barrel-aged beer (not saying this is BA), I want to smell AND taste the wood.

This beer comes from an old brewery but also the oldest inhabited house in all of Scotland. I like scotch. I just hope I like this beer. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer is thick and has a nice consistency. The head is thick and creamy, too. You know the head you get on a glass of Guinness? That is what I am seeing here. I am already 3 or 4 shots deep, so let’s drink!

Nose: What nose? There isn’t much aroma here whatsoever. I am smelling a nice faint sweetness that comes in toward the finish, but nothing to write home about. I actually might write home and ask where the aroma is. For a beer that cost this much and has this much history, I expected a much more impressive aroma. I hope it tastes better than it smells!

Flavor: Nope. It doesn’t. I mean… it’s almost gross. There is no barrel flavor and the consistency is horrible. Yuck. Why would they bottle something that tastes like this? I mean… read the label. It sounds amazing. It’s NOT!

Mouthfeel: I don’t like Guinness. I hate the mouthfeel of Guinness. This has the same mouthfeel. It is horrible. I mean, it just coats your mouth with a thick fluffy layer of flavor, but it doesn’t deliver. I had some pretty high hopes for this beer, too. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale loves this beer. Why? Please, William… Tell us why!

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? I don’t want to take another sip for the experience that I had on my first drink. I am hoping this gets better as it heats up, but I just don’t see it. This is just a boring flavorless beer. There is 1 more bottle from them on the list… I hope that one manages to deliver SOMETHING!

That is too bad… I wanted this to be good.

Traquair House Ale – The bottle says: “A handmade Ale Brewed in the ancient Brew House of the Oldest inhibited House in Scotland”

“Traquair House Ale is a traditional Scotch ale or “Wee Heavy”, produced at the tiny Traquair House Brewery, located in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Brewed in 1783 copper kettle and fermented in oak vessels, it is a rich, complex and deep with firm but elegant flavor. Brewed by Traquair House, Innerleithen Peeblesshire, Scotland. Best before June 2018.”


“The famous Beat Gates guarding the approach to Traquiar House, near Peebles, have been closed since 1745, when the last person to ass through was Bonnie Prince Charlie.”

Rating: 1/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Ricky said the Brew Bros. gave this beer a 100 rating. That’s a pretty good rating, right? I hope it’s good. I can’t really smell much from it, honestly. It looks dark, very dark, and thick in the glass, with not a lot of head. But then again, I don’t necessarily like a lot of head. This one looks thick, but not overly so. You can still kind of see through the glass a little bit. The little bit of smell I do get from it smells kind of like dark chocolate. I just don’t think I’m going to get much from this beer by smelling it or looking at it. Let’s try it and see what we get!

Hmm. Well, this beer isn’t bad, but it definitely doesn’t rate a 100 in my book by a long shot. It’s actually kind of lacking in flavor. It tastes dark and bitter, no sweetness at all. No maltiness. There’s a little bit of hops, but not even a ton of that. It’s just kind of… there. It kind of reminds me of a cross between a black IPA and a very boring porter. It’s a little spicy, but that’s about it. How did this one get a 100 rating? I just don’t get it. It’s not a bad beer, but just nothing too special. I can’t say this one is very impressive. Not one I would buy again, or maybe even remember!

Rating: 3/5

763 bottles of beer on the wall…

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