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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

756 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 67
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quality: Marvellous scotch ale, pronounced woody, well-balanced not dominant in bitterness or sweetness, chocolate malt, toffee,barley, spice, smoke. Rich, well-carbonated. Medium mouthfeel, not overwhelming in spicyness, but its there: corriander, orange peel, and a drop of cinammon, pepper and cloves.

Sammy, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and has a great smell.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in the District.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a nice, dark copper/caramel color with a very thin off white head that does not really leave behind any lacing at all. The nose is caramel, toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruits. Some slight alcohol there as well. The taste is fairly one dimensional with a faint caramel and toffee sweetness. No really fruit presence. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation and a bit of booze. Fairly plain without much going on; this was a bit of a disappointment.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (nearly opaque) and poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles surrounded by a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose is very sweet and has strong aromas of dark fruits--smells of plums stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very fruity with flavors of plums and other dark fruits and has a moderate amount of sweetness. There are some hints of coriander in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth but a bit thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are completely masked from the taste.

metter98, Mar 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown body, slightly hazy, with garnet highlights; not much of a head and only modest lacing

Smell: Gingerbread, molasses, burnt caramel, peat; the nose has it all

Taste: Starts with a ginger snap cookie base and takes a long time to get to the mid-palate shift when the coriander infused bitterness starts to kick in; the finish is very dry and filled with coriander

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot going on, but at the end of the day, it is a challenge to consume; I am enjoying it in small quantities but would surely not want a second bottle

brentk56, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a lot of flavor in this one. A big-time caramel, malt, and molassas nose with a little smokiness and nutty character. A little stout-like in aroma--only sweeter and more complex. A dark brown-black opaque with a thick tan head that laced with every sip. Flavors are deeply malty with a molassas flavor and texture. Lots of caramel, liquorice, walnut, and a root-beer like sweetness and spiciness. The corriander, though, never really comes into play over the big malts. Mild alcohol flavor and warmth until the end when it grows in harshness. Body is thick, rich and creamy--quite cling-ey. Finishes sweet and a bit drier than expected.

BEERchitect, Nov 03, 2005
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices, which probably include some coriander and some liquorice, is one of the most enjoyable ever. Taste is also quite distinguishable with the spices mix that marries very well with the molasses malts. One truly unique beer that doesn’t disappoint.

Phyl21ca, Jan 04, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark chocolate brown that straddles the line between opaque and not opaque. With bright morning sunshine streaming through the glass, I'm just able to see streaks of dark crimson within the beer and fiery red-orange accents at the edges. The toast brown head is small to start and is a barely covering film within minutes. I'm not anticipating much lace, but the color of the beer is more than adequate compensation.

The wonderful Scotch ale nose doesn't lack any of the essential elements of the style. Brown sugar, light molasses, a little peat and a pinch of coriander. The more I smell, the more phenolic, Scotch whisky-like aromas I pick up.

Jacobite tastes exactly as advertised: a wee heavy flavored with coriander. Coriander is much more noticeable on the palate and is present in a 'just right' quantity. Without it, this would be a good, but not a great, example of the style. It doesn't taste complex enough to be truly outstanding, but maybe the coriander is masking more of the underlying flavors than is readily apparent.

The malt structure is solid. There's plenty of roasted barley, along with the previously mentioned elements of sweet (brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, candied pecans) and sour (peat). Despite my initial doubts, new vistas of depth and complexity are opening up as the beer warms. The distinctiveness of the flavor profile is definitely growing on me.

The finish is tangy sweet and may be the best part of the whole experience. I wish the mouthfeel was more full, but it's full enough. A minor amount of mouthcoating contributes to the sense of lushness, although it's more of a glancing lushness than a full-on lushness. The 8% is masked incredibly well; the alcohol is beginning to sneak up on me despite the small bottle.

Traquair Jacobite is a singular offering within the wee heavy style due to the addition of a fair amount of coriander. A bigger body would help matters, but I wouldn't change a thing about the flavor profile. This is a beer that might take a half dozen bottles to truly appreciate. Since this is one of the few truly outstanding ales readily available to me, I look forward to the journey.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this at my local place that had it because I saw all the positive feedback it was getting. I opened the bottle and poured it out. The beer was quite dark and didn't really retain much head at all. The aroma was floral and roasted, an interesting combo. The taste was just not my cup of tea. I kept going back for more but I continued to struggle through this one. I really didn't find much of anything that really impressed me here. I feel bad but I suppose that the Coriander just wasn't working for me here. I finished the bottle a little disappointed.

Knapp85, Apr 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, chestnut brown body that picks up some reddish hints when held up to the light. Also, a thin, ivory-colored head!

Smell: Dark malt aroma yields a scent of caramel and brown sugar alongside notes of plums and oven-toasted coriander seeds, which, being a popular gin ingredient rightly has me thinking of gin.

Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of dark brown sugar, maple syrup, and nuts. Pleasing, though never overwhelming sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Earthy, herbal coriander spice flavor, along with a mild bitterness and warming genever presence does a good job of tempering the malty sweetness. Leaves you with a lingering taste of pumpernickel bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine spiced ale. Plenty of complexity as well as overall restraint and balance to deliver an interesting, tasty brew.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with slight head,aroma was very malty and chocolaty with an alcohol tinge in there.Very caramelly taste with some dried fruit in the background,nice and sweet.Just an all around good very well made beer.Really like to drink rich,hearty ales like this.

oberon, May 27, 2003
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark ale with moderate head retention.

Smell: Coriander and caramel; very sweet.

Taste: Heavily spiced with coriander. It's intensely sweet and malty; caramel and mild roasted notes mix with black licorice and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation; fairly light on the tongue.

Notes: A very unique and well-crafted brew, but too sweet for me.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Coriander? A bit far north of Wallonia, aren't we?

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly beige head, which slowly dissipates, leaving some decent spectral lacing around the glass.

It smells quite strongly of caramel and toffee malt, sticky treacle, milk-tinted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a prune and fig dark fruitiness, and mild herbal, earthy hops. The taste is a lessened, but still sturdy caramel malt, saltwater taffy, baker's chocolate, a touch of ash, cafe au lait, a subtle, indistinct sweet spiciness, some mild orange flecks, and staid earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is rather mild, but hardly inert in its supportive duties, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (much, much more than 'wee'), quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes still big and malty, but in an increasingly restrained manner, as the mustiness of some Scottish castle muscles its way in. There is indeed an underlying boozy warmth, but it's so well hidden amongst all the other pleasantly distracting flavours.

This is definitely something capable and worthy of warding off the chills (so it is that I'm drinking this in the middle of summer), or instead pair with some bready, chocolaty, or boozy dessert. A bit too bad about the proclaimed coriander, though - very little comes through at any juncture.

biboergosum, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly, cloudy dark brown color with a very small, tan head of foam. It didn't leave much lace.

S - It smelled a little smoky, malty and mossy. There was a touch of nuttiness and caramel, too.

T - Rich malty taste with mossy and smoked peat flavors. It leans toward the sweet side with its caramel and toffee taste. Very little bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that hides its ABV quite well.

D - This is a good brew. Traquair does some good stuff.

zeff80, Jun 08, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz black capped brown bottle, best before date on side of label. Label depicts 1700's Victorian artwork.

Appearance: Nearly black, this intensely dark brew dons an ultra creamy tan lace.

Smell: A blend of coriander and citric peel, light molasses and coffee also. Hint of alcohol in the nose with a faint whiff of anise ... toasted graham crackers? A fitting smell from this brew to warm me up from a long chilly November day.

Taste: Close to silky smooth though with the big chewy malt mouth feel it seems almost creamy in the mouth. Mouthful of coriander, touch of molasses and anise … spiced molasses cookie flavour. Roasted tastes chocolate and coffee are hand in hand with a subdued fruitiness of ripe dried prunes and dates plus a backdrop of warming alcohol brings this brew to the next level of complexity. Hops play a small part and are barely noticeable though still manage to show a little bitterness. Finish goes more and more towards a chocolate flavour.

Notes: A bitter-sweet brew, the coriander is kept in check by the roasted chocolate malt flavours. Any hardcore beer geek would be a fool to pass by this one … go ahead give it a try. Must be served at cellar temp, an easy pairing with a creamy and mild Danish Blue cheese or even match it up with a chocolate dessert. I have seen this brew for around $5-7 … it was worth the splurge.

Jason, Mar 21, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep murky ruby brown color, with a tan fleeting head leves even bands of lacing in my brandy snifter. Aroma: Malts seema bit stale herbal coriander notes galore with a great rich slightly smokey malt backbone. Taste: Alcohol is upfront here sweet sugary caramel maltswith corander spiciness sitt upon the palate, starts to become a bit cloying for me after about 6 oz. wish this was a nip bottle. Just too much spice from the coriander the house ale is much tastier in my opinion this is complex but it becomes medicinal in nature and it's quite a job to finish a whole bottle. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sits heavy on the palate can't say this one is smooth. Drinkability: Too much damn coriander for me if I would have tasted a sample I may have been a bigger fan of this beer, however after the how bottle I was sick of the flavor.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with almost no head and a thin lace left on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander spice and dark fruit (cherry & raisin). The coriander is so strong, I couldn’t smell much of anything else.

T: The taste is exactly what you smell, fruity & spicy. There’s a decent malt background but it isn’t as heavy as I was expecting. The after-taste contains more of the fruity sweetness and coriander spice. To be honest, it tastes like a dark version of Sam Adams White Ale (which is the only other beer I’ve had that goes this heavy on the coriander).

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish with only a slight bit of stickiness.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little bit filling but I could drink a few in a sitting. Overall it’s a good beer and rather unique.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 17, 2006
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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.