Review of Traquair "The Laird’s Legacy"

01 Mar
Hi folks.  For today’s drinking pleasure I’m going to be trying the Traquair “The Laird’s Legacy” brewed by the Traquair House Brewery Lld located in Peeblesshire, United Kingdom (Scotland).

I’m still on the fence when it comes Traquair’s products.  I’ve had some that I thought were great, however I’ve had others that were not as fun to drink.  I’m eager to see how this one stacks up.   

I couldn’t find any info about “The Laird’s Legacy” on, so I checked on and found this:

The Laird’s Liquor is a rich dark ale with a hint of liquorice perfect for winter evenings.

Let’s just try it for ourselves and see what it’s all about.

It came in an 11.2 oz. bottle with an ABV of 6.0%.

The beer poured a relatively clear, dark brown, ox blood to burgundy color with highlights of burnt yellow, orange and a sheen of ruby around the edges.  The head was off white, kind of smooth, but somewhat soapy.  The size was average as was the retention time.  The lacing was a bit insignificant also. 

Within the smell I got a bit of “peaty” smoke right off the bat.  It smelled very earthy and malty.  Some nuttiness (walnut), burnt grains and coffee hints.  Maybe a very feeble amount of licorice, but not much really.  Light hints of chocolate came through a tad more as it warmed.  Actually, this brew smelled pretty good I thought.  It had enough aroma to keep me occupied for the duration.

The taste gave off a sturdy amount of chocolate.  Again, hints of some smoke combined with a woody, nutty and herbal tone.  The coffee flavors seemed more relaxed in the taste and the licorice made more of a significant statement than it did in the aroma.  Burnt grains and toasted breads gave the savor a bit more depth.  All in all, a very nice flavor with this one.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth, slick and silky.  It wasn’t quite as dry as I was hoping it might be to tell the truth.  The carbonation was “ok” and a decent amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Well, we have a pretty good beer here.  It was solid all around and it was incredibly easy to drink.  The nose had more coffee while the taste presented more of the chocolate and licorice.  It’s not quite the greatest beer on the planet, but it’s far from the worst that’s for sure.  I found it to be quite enjoyable and fitting on the evening in which I tried it.  I would have no problem whatsoever trying The Laird’s Legacy again if it were offered and I would recommend that you give it a try if you see it because it may suit your needs perfectly.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I truly appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B


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