Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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92
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517 Reviews
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Reviews: 517
Hads: 814
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 68 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Reviews: 517 | Hads: 814
Photo of jewellrunner
5/5  rDev +20.5%

The best beer I've ever had. I don't really know what else to say. To try to break down this drinking experience might cheapen just how fantastic it was. I just want to remember the moment, not define it. (204 characters)

Photo of BeerNotes
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. (535 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown-mahogany with an off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, but it's a good looking beer all the same.

Very interesting and unique aroma! Sweet fruits dominate, summer peaches and apples. Spicy background from the coriander. Hints of caramel and maybe bourbon.

Starts off tart and sweetens in the middle. Great malt profile with what I'll describe as a peach gummi ring flavor. This also sticks in the aftertaste with some subtle floral hops. Candyish apple and maybe even some pear. Kind of like an alcohol-soaked, caramel coated fruit basket. Dried peaches dominate the finish.

Smooth and a bit chewy and certainly creamy. This has a lighter body for a scotch ale, but it certainly doesn't hurt it.

Wow, I'm amazed. This is superb. I think I like this one even better than the regular Traquair House Ale. I love coriander so I figured I'd like this a lot, but I had no idea it would be this good. A very interesting and unique scotch ale. If you see this, give it a try. It's worth the hefty price. This may become one of my very favorite beers. (1,072 characters)

Photo of ThirdCoast
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type : 11.2 floz bottle.

A: Dark with a redish tint, no head.

S: Sweet, coriander, coffee hints, a wonderful aroma, very complex.

T: Very complex taste, smooth as silk, coffee, coriander, dark fruits. A wonder full taste.

M: Silk. Liquid silk.

D: Over and over.... (287 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to the author of this statement found on the label: "Best before June 2009." As if July 2009 would be off-peak? What day in June 2009, I wonder? Excellent. The color is a shimmering red and black-coffee brown color with paisley splotches of lace. After a couple of Wits this is the perfect follow up. Subdued, polished coriander greets the nose along with chocolate, toffee and sour cream. Extremely velvety texture. So smooth. Graham cracker, campfire and old wool mittens occur. The most delicate dessert-like qualities are present from nose to finish: Trifle, Tiramisu et al. Who knew this kind of richness and balance were obtainable for a mere $5/11.2 oz.??? (670 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep ruby/mahogany in color with a little bit of light getting through. A thin off-white head that disappeared with no lacing.

S: Very complex! You have to let this get up to temperature or else you'll miss something. Of course you get the coriander spice and malt sweetness but there are some other tones in there for good measure. Fruit... Caramel... Bourbon, maybe... But DAMN!! I could sniff this stuff all evening!

T: It's like a Scottish ale with spice and other subtle undertones that follow the nose. Just as complex as the aroma.

M: Smooth as hell. A little lighter in body than what I expected in a Wee Heavy. Not harsh in any sense of the word. A little oily sensation on the tongue.

D: This is one of my last beers in 2010. I've had it before but I thought I'd go out with a bang. I'm only going to have just one bottle of this tonight and that is a good thing. At 8% ABV it rocks - and the flavor is wonderful - but one is enough. I have other beers to drink before my head hits the pillow in the wee hours of the morning but I'm glad this was one. (1,070 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as dark as an average stout but a keen eyed appraisal reveals a body that is scarlett on the edges. Head is white and less than half an inch thick. Almost no lacing. Nose is of red grapes, caramel, sweet brown sugar and caramel, with black cherries bringing up the rear. There are many American version of Wee Heavys that are bigger and badder but this just flat out tastes better. No contest.

I thought the smell was good but the taste steps right up and proclaims, "I'm not afraid anymore!" and smacks me upside the head. Caramel, blackberries, rum, raisins, burnt sugar and dull grapefruit hops all combine to form what is in my opinion the best Wee Heavy on this planet. Yeah you heard me right. If you can find another that is better please send it to me for review and I will compensate you. Mouth is slightly thin but I feel it is perfect for this brew. This is unrivaled. It is pricey but I shall drink it again! (930 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The web tells me that a Jacobite is a Scottish person who still believes the King serves by divine rite and not from power from the Parliament. This beer is something just as unique and unusual. The brew pours with a minimal 1/4 " head and dark brown in color. It smells great and leaves you scratching your head a bit trying to reconcile the appearance and smell. The coriander comes through in the taste although there is an oakiness too. A hint of sherry and licorice. A bit of bitterness. I don't expect a coriander taste with these combinations. As Putnam mentions, according to the bottle these are good for another 6-7 years. I think it would be worth cellaring a few of these and seeing what happens. Would they get even more complex? Hard to imagine. (767 characters)

Photo of jpittman80
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep dark brown, almost opaque, but clear when held to the light. Thin head that doesn't last.

S -Rich, complex earthiness, baked sugar and nuttiness that greatly resembles pecan pie, chocolate, sweet coriander.

T - Rich chocolate, huge nutty flavor, caramel, coriander. Has slight hop bitterness and finishes dry. Amazing.

M - Rich and full bodied, very soft carbonation.

D - Amazingly drinkable for the complexity. I can't detect any of the 8% ABV. (458 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Smoggy black/brown, with just a little head. Cola-like bubbles.

S: Very aromatic. The best smelling beer I've ever tried. It's difficult to describe, but there are very sweet notes in there along with molasses and balanced perfectly with a light, smooth scotch. Wow.

T: Remarkably, it tastes as good as it smells, but with even more flavors and complexity mixed in. Scotch notes are on the front, but they quickly fade into the most amazingly smooth, delicious, sweet molasses, buttery savory flavor... It's fantastic.

M: Well balanced carbonation, full bodied ale.

O: A bit pricey, but well worth the price of admission. This ale stands on a level all its own. I've often found "Wee Heavy" style ales to be a little too harsh, but this is so well balanced and smooth that you could easily mistake it for a much lighter ale. (832 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's very very dark burgundy brown in color, but it's clear...no murkiness at all. A small but thick head forms and then leaves a circle of a coating. WOW, what a fragrant aroma! Amazing...I have no idea what coriander smells like, but if it's anything close to what this beer smells like, than coriander is some kick ass stuff! I could smell this beer for hours.

It's very malty/chewy, smooth on the palate. There's so much going on here, I can't grasp it all....molasses sweetness, plums, chocolate....and some hops in the end but just a touch. Alcohol warmth finishes everything off, making you yearn for another sip. This stuff is amazing....now I know why it was 5 bucks a bottle. Go find this stuff and savor it! (722 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours an opague dark brown color. The head is large and white. The aroma is of caramel with coriander and yeast. Very, very, sweet smelling. The taste is of caramel with coriander bursting through. There is also a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is extraordinary. It is medium-full bodied, but gives the impression of being lighter than it is. Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps, the best wee heavy I have ever had. (428 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; tan head dissipates quickly, leaving a collar of film around the edges of the glass, just a bit of patchy lacing. The main body of this beer is clear dark brown, nearly black.

smell; dark caramel malts, very toasty with a fresh zestyness, probably from the coriander but lemony notes are nearly absent. Some alcohol odors blend with a floral countryside aroma.

taste; Upfront a burnt bitter flavor dominates but mellows out to a creamy and dark chocolaty malt warmth. Definitely some lime zest flavors from the coriander, more advanced and discreet than in a Witbier, that ride on the alcohol sweetness. Finishes with a burnt wood bitterness and coco bean funk.

mouthfeel/drinkability; thick and heavy bodied, kind of chewy and rich. Nice carbonation and pleasant alcohol burn. Goes down so smooth that it feels almost unsatisfying and like swallowing air. Like magic, such a heavy beer, sits like water in the stomach, making this tasty treat highly drinkable and addictive. (990 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I missed a free employee tasting of this at work so manned up and got a bottle. It was a good idea, after all.

A- DEEP ruby color with wave after wave of small bubbles rising to the surface. There was a brief 2 1/2 finger head that leveled out at a quarter inch thick head, with no lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of candy, fig, and, well, corriander. Mellow tones. Not a lot of up front notes, but it smells really damn good.

T- corriander, date, raisin, candi sugar, and a nice persistent sweet finish. So enjoyable!

M- felt the body was pretty conservative for this one. Other than that, it was a rich, refined and worthy beer.

D- for 8% this is definitely one of the better 'strong beers' that i've tried. This beer is truely worth its weight in gold as far as complexity and flavor goes. PROST! (801 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly unique and intensely likable brew! I think I'm falling in love all over again! How intense!

Poured a medium amber/brown with a thin head, lots of lacing throughout. Smells heavily of coriander and malts, maybe some fruity wafts thrown in for good measure. I was very impressed with this brew, a truly unique and truly Scottish beer, something I definatly appreciate. This is one you will remember for many times to come. It's a sipper however as the coriander is quite strong and even a small sip leaves the taste lingering for many miinutes, I was still tasting this one even after sampling some other brews. Traces of clove and other herbs make their subtle statements as well as the hops, but coriander remains the main attraction.

A+ in my book, I'll be back again! (792 characters)

Photo of Chaz
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's given a five year shelf life on the label, so this is some powerful, flavorful, vintageable stuff indeed! Only a few years ago we hadn't seen this (in MPLS) in some years, so I was naturally overjoyed to see it again. A fresh bottle really takes me back: coriander is insistently apparent on the nose, which further evinces a sweet/sour complexity. Medium pour produces a deep ruby-red, almost black to the naked eye, with a two fingered tan head and plenty of clingy lace. Quite clear despite the spice. The relatively high alcohol is masked on the nose and upon first sip, with the coriander being a rather bold flavor straightaway. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a light tingling carbonation. There is also a sense that this is a bit thinner than it actually is and therefore weaker in strength, but don't be fooled. The pale/crystal malt certainly struggles against the coriander and it will take years for this spice to mellow, meanwhile it reminds me of a strong herbal tea, has notes of licorice, cherry, prune/plum, and oak, with a very slight residual hop bitterness. Dark malts manage to pary with the coriander, both on the palate and in the aromatics here, which are outstanding, with hops, coriander, and (especially) the alcohol lingering like a fine perfume in your nasal cavity. And -thanks to the sourness/astringency of the coriander- the finish is rather dry albeit fruity. A rare, challenging, complex and exceptional brew that packs a wallop, savor this, and with patience you'll make a
bottle last as long as its suggested shelf-life!

An old favorite worthy of spending "quality time" with, I was introduced to this by a fellow who'd had the Traquair ales on-premise in Scotland - lucky bastard! (1,734 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown hue with a reddish trace around the edges, silky beige head, very small, decent retention. No lace. The nose immediately screams “buckle-up!” The bouquet is spiced with coriander, highlighted with alcohol; plums, fig, maple syrup, and chocolate add depth. Needless to say the invitation is striking. Shockingly light mouthfeel (at first) allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Sweet malt seems to dominate the palate… but that notion only lasts for a split-second… the spice of the coriander, the influences of chocolate and the persuasion of alcohol all lends a hand to create a balanced ale. Towards the end a note of plum arises… coriander again is noticed at the finish. All I can say is this is a damn tasty beverage with an alcohol punch that socks you right in the brain… but it is surprisingly easy to drink, the carbonation is minimal and the “thickness” on the tongue increases with warmth. I’d highly recommend trying one of these, even if you have to pay $7.00 for a 11.2 oz bottle like I did. (1,035 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I kill two birds with one stone with this review. First off, this is my 300th review. Second, I leave town tonight for Montréal, and this is my departure beer. Got the snifter out, so now I'm ready to go. On to the beer:

Head is less than one centimeter thick and doesn't last long, leaving a deep mahogany liquid in my glass. Light brownish highlights on the edges. Mild coriander in the smell, toffee and chocolate is there too. The aroma sweetens up as warms, and a little more diverse. The beer is very smooth with lots of different flavors coming up. First is the coriander. Then it hints orange and citrus. Then chocolate fudge. And caramel. I can find burnt sugar. Oooh, my tongue's getting a workout from this beer. Despite the complexities, it's not as thick as you'd think from the 8% ABV listing, but instead could be quaffed. But you'll get a better experience from this by drinking it slowly. Another winner from Scotland. (937 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark red-brown color. Head (creamy medium-tan) is quite small, almost film-like after the first minute, but it lasts.

Smell: Dark cherries, a bit of chocolate, and a good dose of corriander, fennel, etc. Quite a unique aroma for a beer. Definitely enjoyable, though a bit unusual.

Taste: Again, unusual is the key word. Dark fruits like cherries, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bits of citrus... plus all the corriander. The finish is really nice, with a whole wave of different flavors quickly flying by in sequence. Aftertaste is a creamy spicy coffee, with the definite presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Insanely smooth and creamy with a very mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Though noticable, the alcohol taste in the beer is well-balanced. The intense spices may be a bit too much at times.

This is a really tasty and enjoyable beer. It has a flavor that is certainly distinct, but not at all unwelcome (in general... sometimes it can be a bit much... but it's not a beer to drink fast either). Though I prefer it's relative, the Traquair House Ale, this is a beer that I will surely get again. If you haven't had either beer, try the House Ale first. Pricey, but worth it! (1,261 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Probably one of the most gorgeous bottled beer pours I've ever seen! Deep, dark mahogany body. Thick (really thick!) finely-bubbled light-tan head. Light, pillowy head texture with incredible retention. Thick lace.
Smell: Chocolate, espresso, licorace, earthy... of course, corriander. Whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Malty, big blast of corriander, dry, bitter hop/spice finish. Combination of malt/ripe fruit (raisin/plum) sweetness, spice acidity and dry hop bitterness - all balanced - exceptional.
Mouthfeel: Rich, lush, silky, chewy. Alcohol hides in the background.
Drinkability: Absolutely delicious. Price prohibitive for a long session, but an ideal "special ocassion" brew. Wow! (698 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow!

A- Deep dark mahogany, almost black until held to light. Cramy head that recedes to thin white lingering ring. Leaves creamy sea foam walls of off white lace.

S- Dark chocolate, sweet malts, caramels, spiced rum, dark fruits (plum, dark cherries, figs)

T-Dark chocolate, dark fruits like cherry, clove, cinnomon, ginger, toffee and hints of orange peel and coriander on the back end. Very complex.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Nothing cloying. Smooth and velvety.

D- A sipper, but delicious and creamy smooth. Velvet like. Very nice. (543 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not. (997 characters)

Photo of jdb8507
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with 'eat' in that this tastes a bit watered down.

With the one negative aside, this beer is incredibly smooth. Subtle spice, slight roast at the very end, this has a nice finish, and is a great beer.

This has a very complex flavor and for the abv, is surprisingly smooth with little to no alcohol burn.

If the people of Traquair ever happen upon these reviews, I hope the make a more concentrated batch. Would love to see a Jacobite Reserve 2012, haha. (464 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely smashing!! It poured a very cloudy, rusty, dark brown with no head. This smells, to me at least, a little like blue berries, but I know its the corriander mixing with something else. Plenty of malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate faintly noticeable. Just fantastic. The corriander is mildy noticeable (but certainly there, just not over powering) and there is a myriad of flavour profiles. There plenty of different malts, chocolate, a toasted flavour that is noticeable on the finish. Oh...it's simply magnificent. It's very smooth with a very tiny bit of carbonation. You must try it! Brilliant!! (611 characters)

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.