Traquair House Ale

I can’t wait until this week is over. It’s turning out to be yet another crazy week at work. The one good thing is that I moved my start time back to 5 AM. To me, there’s a huge difference between 4 and 5 AM. Let’s get to the beer. This is one that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The original ale first brewed in 1965 and now sold all over the world. Perhaps the most distinctive Scottish ale on the market and with its rich dark oakiness, this is a serious winter ale.”

Random: I have to start wrapping Christmas gifts. One year, I decided to wrap the cat. He did not appreciate it.

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was slow to dissipate. It did not leave much lacing on the glass, but left a very slight crown. The body was a clear, dark brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very fragrant and sweet with molasses, peat smokiness and dark malt. Oak was present as well. The taste had some smoke and peat to it, along with molasses and toffee. After a few sips, oak and vanilla came through as it warmed. The body was thick with generous carbonation. It had a long finish with dark malt and peat. This was a really nice beer with a lot of flavor to it. The one thing that I didn’t love about it was the pricetag, which was expensive at $6.89 a bottle. Given that, I’m glad I tried it, but won’t be in a rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0