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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 63
Gots: 36 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of KarlHungus
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
4.88/5  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!

AudioGilz, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Steamer
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Steamer, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.85/5  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.

Sachsenfreude, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of slayer3604
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

slayer3604, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.83/5  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!

Gaisgeil, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Chaz
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Chaz, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

bditty187, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of DagFishHead
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

DagFishHead, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of JayS2629
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


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.

JayS2629, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
4.78/5  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!

mithrascruor, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of jdb8507
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

jdb8507, Feb 12, 2011
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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.