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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

681 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%


Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traquair House Brewery 'Jacobite Ale' @ 8.0% , served from a couple of 33cL bottles purchased for $4.65 each

A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a smallish tan head leaving a minimal lace film along the pint

S-licorice & corriander spice

T-big tasting , yet smooth , warms the body on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-tasty beer , a real winter warmer

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:35:51 | More by LampertLand
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Traquair's Jacobite Ale last month for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I've never seen or heard of this beer before, but I was looking for something different and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Best before 2018. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got some decent information on it, but it's not the most eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of medium tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some toasted, caramel, light brown bread and toffee like aromas. Up next comes the dark fruits, they are pretty sweet and brighter then you normally get with this style and they impart some black cherry and red grape like aromas that are pretty nice and there's a slight spicy aroma in the background that must be from the coriander. Towards the end i get a light sherry and light tobacco like aroma with some light oak flavors showing up. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty complex, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly simile to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet candy like flavor with the coriander showing up first imparting a spicy flavor with some of those light toasted, caramel, and toffee like malts aroma. Up next comes a big fruity flavor with black cherry and red grapes still sticking out the most, but they are a little medicinal tasting with a little more sweetness in the background. On the finish there's some lighter oak like flavors with a lighter sweet alcohol flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting and unique beer, but i wish it wasn't so sweet.

M- Smooth, rich, a little cloying, silky, on the thicker sided of being medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while it isn't the truest to style it still has some of those base Scotch Ale flavors, but the sweetness and fruity flavors are really kicked up and the coriander adds to the uniqueness of this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, rich, a little cloying and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention but I think the high amount of sweetness would start to wear on me so I think one glass would be enough for me, but I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy on cool fall night by the bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and very unique and complex for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and it held this beer back from being as good and drinkable as it could be. I might buy this beer again in the fall if i'm in the mood for something like this, but it's a little expensive and I wouldn't buy it regularly. I would recommend this to people who likes sweet and fruity beers. Overall I thought this was a nice beer, it did have a couple things that held it back but when it came to the flavor and aroma it was pretty complex and I thought it was a very unique take on the style and I actually thought that the Coriander worked well with this beer and I wasn't really expecting that to happen and I wouldn't mind seeing more Scotch Ales brewed with it. This made for a nice first impression for Traquair and while it isn't my favorite Scotch ale it sure is pretty memorable. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:46:43 | More by StoutHunter
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spoony

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The pour is thin-looking. The head is roughly one fat finger of mocha-colored head. The beer is nearly black in color and mostly opaque. A thick cap of foam hangs around for almost two minutes. No real lacing.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of powdered cocoa, toasted barley grain, citrus fruit, cherry fruit, toffee, and slightly medicinal alcohol. I do not detect much of the advertised coriander, but I find the smell to be unique and inviting. It reminds me of ruby port.

T-The taste has a similar fruity profile with cherry, citrus, and lightly medicinal alcohol. Again, it is port-like. The fruits are paired with a toasted barley base and a bit of cocoa flavor. There is faint bitterness in the back of my throat on the finish, but hops are virtually non-existent here.

M-The body looks thin out of the bottle, but it is medium heft for the style and is a pretty substantial beer. The carbonation is very smooth.

O-This is an intriguing and tasty winter-warming type beer. I really like the ruby port aspect of the aroma and taste, which is a slight departure from the typical tawny, caramel flavors of the style. The gently warming alcohol fits well with the flavor profile and the feel makes for good drinkability but provides enough heft to make it worth sipping. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:52:51 | More by spoony
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a thistle:

A: dark brown close to black colored bottle, the head was about a slim finger's worth of white foaminess, lacing is adequate and graces the sides of the glass in a spider web sort of fashion

S: a rich sort of sweet somewhat cherished coriander-ish aroma, it wants to creep up on ya with some odd shouldering molasses and dark fruit but for the most part, they pretty much stay subdued; I do get some black licorice coming through as well

T: the rich sweetness is there and then the spicy coriander comes through to help to balance it just a bit, there is some black licorice as well; am I getting a "whiskey" sort of background in the taste - in my opinion, I think so, slightly sweet molasses aftertaste and that leads into a super dry molasses finish

M: medium, not as sessionable as some Scotch Ales/Wee Heavies I've had, but hey who's arguing; carbonation seems good for the style and for me, nothing bad but nothing really outstanding

O: for a Scotch Ale, I say this is good, and good enough to have again, probably would look toward this bad boy as a night cap like I did tonight

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:49:46 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken January 2014(though I've tasted this at least a half dozen times)

500 ml brown bottle. Great bottle shape with the 'nonic' like neck. Black label with traditional Scottish artwork and script in white. Nice story and a superb look. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - almost opaque brown color. Light brown head poured quite nice quickly settling into a thin ring of lace into just a covering. Leaves decent lace.

S - sweet and rich up front with the coriander displaying much more than your traditional scotch ale. A whiff of Boozy scotch whisky creeps up with an almost peat like character. Sweet molasses and faint chocolate undertones balance the citrus and dark fruit notes quite nice.

T - big coriander spice up front. Not overbearing but just right. Chocolate like and a toasted malt go hand in hand with the alcohol Booz which display a very nice Scotch whisky backdrop. Sweet molasses with rich bittersweet malt in the dry finish. Not your average wee heavy. The coriander takes this to another place. Very different yet lovely.

M - a bit thinner than it looks, but still a respectable medium body. Though a touch on the thin side it still does its job coating the mouth with its rich yet balanced flavors. There are some Booz to this but it goes perfect with what its getting across. But yes, it does pack the punch the abv would suggest.

O - my favorite offering from Traquair. Just Scotch ale at its finest. These guys are damn near under rated in my book yet I've never had one I haven't liked. This like their house ale is top shelf scotch beer at its best and I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a very good wee heavy. The price is worth it no doubt, and ill buy this at least once every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:54:31 | More by BradtheGreat7
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this Festivus gift.

Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours a clear, dark brown. soft light brown head fades quickly

S - brown sugar, raisins, caramel

T - caramel, vanilla, oak

M - very smooth, hides the alcohol well

O - very good, very easy drinking, will definitely seek out again

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:00:18 | More by ncketchum
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in DE last week. Best before date read June 2018. Brewed with coriander and aged in oak barrels. Poured mine into a Stella glass for review.

A: Pours clear ruby with nice tight head. Some lazy carbonation is evident. Cool artwork on the glass.

S: Rich, chewy, with lots of toffee and viscous smelling caramel. Subtle oak and even subtler coriander. Loaded with malt in the nose. Some cocoa. Some perfumey floral notes.

T: Thick & chewy with lots of toffee & caramel. Tastes like that string of caramel after biting into a Snickers bar. Pure liquid candy. Enough hop bitterness to not allow the malts from becoming too cloying. Lots of melanoidin character from the supposed 2-hour boil this beer endures. Some light oakiness in the background. Perhaps a little sweet orange from the coriander in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well in check. Just the right level of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer overall. Thick and malty rich. Perfect for cold December weather. Glad to have tried. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:48:28 | More by jwhancher
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augustgarage

California

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2017. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Rosewood body with a thin smattering of khaki foam that recedes to a lasting collar. Sandy lacing, thin tears, average retention.

Very distinctive but hard to place aroma suggests toffee, lemon zest, violets, pipe tobacco, and plenty of spice among other things.

Deep but not cloying caramel notes, a mild huskiness, dark fruit, grassy hops, and a leaf-like earthiness introduce the flavor profile. Coriander is only just present in the finish. Suggestion of port, peat, and rich malt throughout. Finishes medium-dry.

Rather light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Well attenuated, flavorful, yet subtle ale. Quite complex thanks to the long (LONG) boil and resultant kettle caramelization rather than the addition of any specialty grains. Worth reading up on how this is produced - there are few if any brewers still making scotch ales this way. While I think I actually prefer Alesmith's Wee Heavy, this has a certain rustic purity not found elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:32:23 | More by augustgarage
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked

T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be

M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 21:05:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
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brureview

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are a lot of approaches to the Scotch ale style: body, aroma, taste, and finish can vary greatly.
Some Scotch ales have a lighter body, aroma and taste. Others, such as the Alesmith Wee Heavy,
and the MacKrocken Flower from Bilboquet in Quebec, have darker colors, strong fruity-caramel aromas /taste, and a strong alcoholic finish.

The Jacobite is in the middle of the wide variability of the style.

In Stone Imperial pint glass, the beer poured a caramel color with a 1 F head. Initially, I tried a balloon glass, as shown in the Traquair web site pic, but I found that the Imperial pint glass brought out more flavor.

The aroma was not strong- but there was good caramel presence.

The mouth feel was moderate and malty. This is the usual in this style- not hoppy. This may be due to the Scotland not being a traditional hop growing region.

The taste was light caramel, and a lot of spice. The bottle suggested Coriander, but I didn't smell or taste coriander in the beer.

The finish was spicy.

The body was lighter- almost watery. That was a bit disappointing, as I like Scotch ales with a heavier body such as the Alesmith.

Overall, a very good scotch ale worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:15:39 | More by brureview
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up little head which doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown with a slight tinge of maroon. Maroon is more prominent when the beer is held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with a good amount of caramel with raisins and prunes in the background. Some brown sugar and molasses from the bottle. Some presence but not nearly as much as I expected but it may need to open up more. Slight notes of vanilla and toffee. Tiny notes of citrus. Mostly orange, but some lemon. A touch of chocolate. Swirling displays a rush of caramel.

Taste- Starts off fairly sweet and points to many of the fruit esters of the nose: raisins (mostly) but also some orange and lemon. Coriander comes through for the first time as the flavor profile rolls into caramel and then finishes with some slight oakiness. The balance and integration are amazing- this beer is silky in its notes. Lots of brown bread edging into fruitcake (almost) with heavy notes of brown sugar and molasses. The coriander is a nice addition as it provides a counterpoint to the rich but subtle malts that pervade the flavor profile. There is a nice amount of spice on the finish as well- some clove but more cinnamon (but very well rounded cinnamon). Almost everything about this beer is well rounded. Light anise on the finish which is tolerable and barely noticeable. Coffee notes start to emerge as well as hints of bittersweet chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer that is justifying my decision to look past its 8 dollar price tag. Not quite great but deserving of its high ranking among Scotch ales.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a touch of syrup. Slight touch of grittiness.

Drinkability- This is so sublime it could be chuggable. 8 bucks is pretty steep for a half liter but this is worth it.

Overall- Balance and integration define this beer. That is not to say that it lacks presence- it has that. Simply, no note defines this beer and therefore, this beer is incredibly accessible for a Scotch ale. Many are dominated by caramel notes which taste burnt but this is an artful melange of many different aspects. Worth a try even if you haven't liked Scotch ales in the past. This one could turn you.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 04:36:39 | More by artoolemomo
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, sight oak, slight hop, and hint of syrup. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of oak, slight alcohol, and hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:37:52 | More by Tone
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draheim

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (L0035 22:07) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a thin head that dissipates to a narrow collar.

Aroma is richly malty and fruity. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried figs/dates, orange peel and spice. Nice balance here, everything works in harmony.

Taste is likewise very malty with a slightly minerally quality from the water. More brown sugar, orange peel and spice. Tastes a little like a beer version of cinnamon cookies.

Mouthfeel is somehow a little lighter than expected. The heavy malt sets me up to expect a thick, chewy beer but it's just medium bodied and finishes clean, with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall a really nice, solid, understated beer from Traquair House. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:16:50 | More by draheim
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joe1510

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle
$2.99
Sam's Downers Grove

Traquair Jacobite pours a clear garnet with glowing mahogany highlights when held directly to the light. One finger ecru head forms on the pour that falls to a skim coat rather quickly. Good looking brew.

This beer smells fantastic. Nothing at all like I thought it would smell. Jacobite has the usual aromas of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. The big difference here is the coriander. It leaves an unbelievable refreshing orange aroma that makes this beer utterly unique.

Flavor is right along the lines of the aroma. Some toasted and roasted malts show themselves in the flavor. There's a tremendous burst of flavor mid-palate from the generous amount of coriander used. Great refreshing orange and herbal character. Finishes with a solid dose of hops to balance things out.

This beer is about as easy drinking as you can find. The high abv is the only reason it's not getting the highest rating possible. Very refreshing.

This beer just blows my mind. I expected nothing along these lines. The addition of coriander adds an amazing needed refreshing quality. This is a superb beer.

Reviewed: 8/13/07

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:00:45 | More by joe1510
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machalel

Australia

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark with some orange-red highlights. Fluffy and speckled tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Quite chocolate / coffee forward, with some spices such as nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and maybe cardamom. A little bit of orange peel and Cointreau notes, and an earthiness that I cannot quite place.

Taste: Strong chocolate and coffee again, but still very light and refreshing, and not in-your-face. Orange peel and nutmeg are definitely present, with the other spices taking the back seat. Very malt-forward, but not too sweet to be cloying or to detract from its refreshing nature. Some flowery and herbal characteristics from the hops that are more smelt than tasted, but only seem appear whilst drinking and not when attempting to exclusively smell the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body and low carbonation. Holds its heat quite well, with some light alcohol presence in the finish. A very refreshing beer for its weight.

Overall: Somehow, this beer manages to be light and refreshing, whilst also complex and strong. The spices are very well blended, and the malt is well balanced with the bitterness. There is not really much about this beer that can be criticised, although perhaps there is a tad too much coriander and possibly a little *too* refreshing for a wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:57:49 | More by machalel
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Steamer

Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into an over-sized wine glass. A rich, dark grape color with a light beige head that dissipates quickly. A light coriander aroma, but very pleasant - I did expect a little more intensity. Taste - Sweet plum, spices and a fruity smoothness that is unsurpassed - outstanding. Mouth feel - light carbonation and a slight stickiness that compliments the ale's fruity nature. Overall - Even though I rated the aroma a 4.5, I have to give ale an overall 5.0. The balance is as close to perfect as you will get and the flavor is exceptional. If you like Belgians, you will love this brew!

Note: I deleted my original review because the wording on the bottle didn't exactly match my bottle which reads " Ale brewed with coriander and fermented in oak barrels." After reading some of the other reviews though, I believe they are all referring to this ale so I thought it best not to add an additional beer to the mix and just confuse the situation even more. However, this is not your typical "wee heavy" Scottish beer. It is much closer to a Belgian Trappist in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:39:12 | More by Steamer
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Slap_and_Pickle

California

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but held up to the light almost a dark red. One finger width of a tan head that fades. Mild lacing around the glass.

Smells of molasses, coriander, sugar however not over powering; very subtle aromas.

Initial sip is predominantly of coriander, dark fruit and sugar however at the end im left tasting buttered toast -- delicious. Moderately carbonated. Medium body. There is no bitterness to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 06:37:03 | More by Slap_and_Pickle
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endovelico

Portugal

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch L2346.

Having this under the unnatural dim light of an after-dark veiled lounge club, I find myself denied of any reliable colour perception. Fortunately, this temporary handicap isn't enough to stop me from attesting as to how the milky thin cap perfectly adorns the seeming deep dark liquid and on the beach-wave-on-sand like effect it has on the sides of the glass. Whichever shade it carries: Garnet or copper, mahogany or sepia it's undoubtedly as gorgeous a beer as you'll ever see.

The sub optimal luminance is quickly forgotten as I experience what is to the best of my recollection of the most beautiful bouquets I have witnessed on a beer. It is BIG yet fragrant with beautiful lashes of rose water, raspberry bubblegum and underlying anise and dried fruits. In other words, the aroma alone makes this a must-have beer for any drinker from the mildly interested to the encyclopaedic fanatic.

At the mouth its dryish, slightly astringent and soapy with a very tight taste profile; It has wood, dried fruits, roses, anise and feels 'spiced' although I can't really discern what is being used - Which should earn any brewer bonus points, in my opinion.

No doubt a must-have beer, if for nothing else the excellent and unique aroma.

PS: Word to the wise, letting this beer breathe a little will really do wonders and open up chocolate, caramel and other spicy flavours.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 11:59:18 | More by endovelico
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black into my Selinsgrove snifter, but shows a deep dark chocolate brown when held to the light. Soft white head quickly fades. It drinks like an ale but shows like a stout and I could drink this all night! The nose is a delicate blend of roasted barley and floral hops; tulips, corriander, figs, oats and subtle horse. This is balanced enough for anyone to drink it: the flower hops and spices rising over the dark fruits fading into the soft corriander. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 06:34:58 | More by templar316
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. I assume this is the right listing, but this says "ale brewed with coriander and fermented in oak barrels" below the Jacobite Ale text.

3.0 A: Deep brown, nearly black, color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and not much of any lacing is left.

4.25 S: Might not look great, but it smells great. Coriander hits you right on the first whiff and hits you hard. Earthy peatiness, light roastiness, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mineral, and some spicy phenols. Very nice, but could use a bit more power.

4.0 T: Like the nose, the coriander is readily apparent. Underneath you find much of what the nose has: earthy peat, light roast, brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Mineral and phenols are upped somewhat in the taste. Though I love the taste of coriander, it does dominate the brew. Whether or not that is a bad thing, I don't know. But it does prevent a deeper inspection as to how the flavors mesh. Still, damn good.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat slippery feel. Could use some more creaminess, but good enough.

4.0 D: I probably rated this higher than it deserves, but I love coriander so that's how it is. Worth a try either way though. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:56:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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TallSaint

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May 14th, 2013

Pours a dark, nearly opaque, ruby brown with a finger of off-white head.

Molasses and stewed dark fruits are strong in the nose. Vegetables and perfumed spice and coriander are also present in the nose. A bit too green for me.

On the palate upfront stewed dark fruits, caramel, molasses and a touch of peat lead into a spiced, green mid-palate and a sweet, dense, and silky back with a touch of alcohol heat. The spices certainly add something here with a spicy mid-palate that breaks up the fruity but dark malt body with spice and a bit of fresh coriander leading to an earthy malt finish.

Medium bodied with a pretty heavy carbonation, at least too much for my liking. It's surprisingly light upfront but it quickly weighs down on the palate, leading to its dense, silky finish.

An interesting brew, spices may be a bit too much for me, I don't really like the green/vegetal-ness that they seem to impart but it is still a solid brew! I need to try the house ale again now to compare.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 21:24:01 | More by TallSaint
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Tonight we're flashin' back to Bonnie Prince Charlie...in liquid form! This stuff pours a very dark garnet topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, orange juice, perfume-y and earthy greens, light lime rind, mild pine needles, light wax, and light toasted coconut. The taste brings in more of the same, but without the orange juice (which instead comes through as a mild bit of orange peel) and with a very light tinge of coffee-ish-ness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda watery feel. Overall, a generally solid bit of Scotch ale, one whose admittedly odd complexity both sets it apart from others in the style and also keeps it from achieving greatness therewithin. Still, not a bad bit of brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 05:55:03 | More by TMoney2591
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SLeffler27

New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gordon Thistle, the color is brown with ruby highlights (SRM 20). A thin, creamy taupe head is short lived, leaving slight lacing.

Rich malt and molasses are up front and closely followed by prunes, then notes of white wine. There is spiciness with some tar and peat adding complexity. New layers develop as it warms.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose, though builds more on earthiness with spices taking the lead. Roasted malt is somewhat sweet without being cloying. Pecans and perhaps cashews are accompanied by prunes and figs with warmth. A subtle, lingering, sweet finish. Warmth gradually adds more character through to the bottom of the glass.

There is no sense of alcohol in this full-bodied, silky smooth beer with fine effervescence, and mouthwatering lusciousness.

This is an easy beer with plenty of character and nuances; just exquisite. On its own or with conversation, Jacobite is at its best. However, it could easily pair with a dry-aged steak.

This bottle aged four years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:16:44 | More by SLeffler27
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BeerNotes

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A nice amber brown, with just a hint of red.

S: Dark fruits — raisins, prunes, figs — molasses, candy, tobacco, coriander.

T: Subtle sweetness. The raisin comes through. Bits of apple. Caramel. Licorice. Warmth.

M: Mild to medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

O: This beer is perfectly balanced. It’s infinitely drinkable, which is remarkable given the alcohol content. And every sip leaves you wanting more. There’s such an incredible depth to this beer; so much going on, but not overpowering or overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:02:45 | More by BeerNotes
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Braz

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at 99 Bottles.
Appearance: Very dark muddled brown with a slight tan head that is very minimal. Leaves light bubbles around edge of glass.
Smell: Boozy oak barrel. Toffee and brandy notes.
Taste: Excellent. Rich but not too rich. Brandy and just a hint of red wine or even a bit of scotch. Light coriander. Little to no bitterness, not all that sweet though either.
Mouthfeel: Medium. Has a nice feel, not too heavy to the point that it covers your whole mouth.
Overall: Very good. Very drinkable. Nice subtle warming effect. Has an appreciable earthy quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 14:16:40 | More by Braz
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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.