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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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Reviews by Immortale25:
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. Label says best before June 2019.

A- Pours a black color with a bit of ruby light shining through and a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass plus plentiful surface foam. Full sheet of lacing.

S- Coriander is definitely the main attraction and the roasty, chocolate-like malt is actually very complimentary to the spice. Smells sweet and floral.

T- Perplexing. Tastes like a Belgian witbier but with an incredible malt body. The sweetness and bite from the coriander plays off the roasty finish in a way that makes one take more and more sips just to unlock the mystery. Alcohol is certainly present but not imposing. Notes of raisin, brown sugar and molasses.

M- Slick and not very thick considering the abundance of malt. Medium-low carbonation is spot-on.

O- Bought this because it was recommended by a customer at my store and I'm glad I did. What an interesting hybrid of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:11:03 | More by Immortale25
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S-licorice & corriander spice

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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.

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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.

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

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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