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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

699 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 61
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
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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beerphilosopher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, semi-opaque brown color with few highlights showing through in the light. The head is somewhat thin and light brown in color. This beer gives little away in it's appearance and the opacity of the beer hides any active carbonation save for the meager head atop the murky brew.

The nose is a marvel. Rich and sweet, as a Scotch ale ought to smell, but the addition of copious amounts of coriander take this beer in an entirely different direction than almost any other beer I can think of at the moment, regardless of style. I can detect sweet molasses notes and maybe a touch of whiskey - Scotch whiskey, not bourbon, as there is almost a hint of peat here as well. Then there is the incredible coriander aromas dominating the nose from start to finish. A hypnotic beer to smell.

The palate is almost as amazing as the nose. Almost. The coriander hits you right up front, almost like an aggressively hopped beer might. This one isn't aggressively hopped, of course, and maintains a consistency with the wee heavy style for the most part. I just can't shake the overwhelming impact of the coriander here though. Not that it is too strong, but rather it is simply pervasive. Without the unique flavors the coriander imparts, this might be a basic, run of the mill wee heavy in most respects - just kind of malty and blah. With the coriander, however ... wow. I wouldn't go so far as to call this beer complex, but it is certainly very unique in my experience. I taste very little of the 8% ABV in the mouth. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was a much lower gravity beer.

This ale is substantially thinner in body than I expected it to be ... it even looks much heavier than it actually is. A warm ale, but nothing akin to the "warming burn" you might get from some Scotch ales. The thin body betrays the respectable ABV and causes you to think you're drinking a much lighter, smaller beer. Both wee and heavy, it appears. The finish is light, dry and slightly sour/acidic. The coriander won't let you forget it is there and lingers long in the mouth. Never harsh, this beer is slick and surprisingly clean in the finish.

This is an incredible beer, in my opinion. Truly unlike any scotch ale/wee heavy I've sampled. I believe this beer is worth the price for the nose alone ... I found myself sniffing it with startling frequency all the way until the glass was empty. Like any aromatic ale, the aromas blossomed as the beer warmed to ambient temperature. A little thicker, fuller mouth feel would be my only critique of this beer and this isn't something I'd be wont to fight over. Mark my words, I will buy more of this beer. If you see it about, you should too. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:46:46 | More by beerphilosopher
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BBD June 2018. Pours almost as dark as a stout, but has a very deep dark ruby hue. Nice head and lacing that retains well. The nose is dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs) coupled with hints of vanilla, oak, anise and coriander over a rich malt sweetness. Full bodied with a rich luxurious creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is both complex and balanced. It follows the nose with dark fruits slowly yielding to the sweet malt. In the middle chocolate notes are evident that slowly fade to a very subtle vanilla and smoky oak. The finish leaves you with a note of coriander and the only hint of alcohol. In short, this is a brewer's masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 19:35:36 | More by tillmac62
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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Just a small, one-finger tan head forms on this one, dissipating to a fine sheet kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation. The color is a very deep, dark ruby.

It has a great aroma of raisins, cherries, bananas, toast, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and earth.

The dark fruits make a big impact on the palate right away, and the flavor starts to give off more of the malty caramel and vanilla. The finish has some tasty breadiness that is eventually accented by a fantastic, earthy, leathury, smoky oak character. There's also a bit of chocolate. The flavor has a particular warming comfort to it that I find similar to toasted bread or nuts.

The feel is somewhere between medium and full, with kind of relaxed carbonation.

This is a terrifically malty beer with a considerable depth of leathury, earthy, oak character that makes it especially satisfying.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/1/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, cherry, plum, pear, fig, toffee, toast, apple, molasses, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, apple, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, oak, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding scotch ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.