Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 70
Gots: 43 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - an 11.2 oz brown bottle with traditional art that displays thistles and a member of royalty. The dates 1745 and 1995 are printed in the center of the label. A freshness date that explains best before 2014 is includede on the label.

A - Initially a placid tan 2 finger head that settles into a sliver. Lacing is present and sticks momentarily in a layer of microfoam. A deep translucent copper liquid with nutty fade.

S - Spice cake-like aromas waft into my nasal cavities. Delicious scents of golden raisin, coriander, roasted malt and molasses. Dark fruit and rum-like molasses and brown sugar candied aromas are evident as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, spicy dryness-warmth of alcohol and bready yeasty textures go with nuances of carbonation. Peppery spice accents are perfectly aligned with the ample body.

T - Magikal caramel coated coriander and bready scottish ale flavors are so sweetly intertwined with warm boozy rum type flavor. Treacle and honey ride high on the substantial spicy underpinnings. spices go so well with the fruitiness and sweet malty depth. They compliment the soul of this brew. I get a sweet taste of acai or loganberries alongside the peppery/cinnamon of coriander and pine tinged hops and luscious caramel.

D - A wonderfully subtle spiced ale with great depth and incredibly delectable maltiness. A sipper as it gives the full impact of its bravado when warming. Worth having almost any time, I would seek this out again and again.

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of June 2014, my question: Why wait?

Pours a bit turbid chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Some lacing & above average head retention

S: Almost gave this a 5; sweet caramel, fruitty, plus lemon grass ( reckon this is the coriander, but I usually get more pepper)

T: Slight smokiness, rich chocolate malt, boozey warmth& earthy hops up front. As this warms, i get maple syrup, raisins, figs, leafy & herbal hops. Finishes with dryness, jammy notes & hints of citrus & pepper ( the coriander finally showing up??)

MF: Slightly slick then later sticky as this warms, a bit chewy & low carbonation

Drinks really nice, i think the abv would chase me off this fairly complex wee-heavy before boredom, well done!

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown and pretty hazy. Forms a thin broken off white / brown head of small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweeter and less caramel than the other Traquair I had tonight but its still appropriate leveled and nice.

Beer is medium to full bodied and leads off with some malt sweetness. Its nice and full in the mouth. There is a kind of roasty bitterness at the backend of this beer that is different from the last and nice. Beer is quite drinkable and its got some nice subtly to the flavors. Everything is well balanced and comes together nicely in the end. Finishes cleanly, although this beer kind of coats my mouth unlike the other on. Still a good beer but I definitely prefer the other Traquair.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red 'round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous.
Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it's like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack!
Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It's like drinking spices!
A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it's only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it's all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1
My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I'll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown/ almost black color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is great. It has a very attractive malty scent with a touch of corriander and a fruity yeast aroma. It boasts of dark malts, mostly roasted and crystal. The taste is good. It has a sweet and fruity rich malt flavor with a creamy, yet dry finish. The presence of corriander is nice it adds another level of complexity that enhances the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine spiced brew. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June, 2014:

Pours dark brown with ruby hues with a thin, creamy, tan head.

The smell is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark cherry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark fruitiness. Aniseedy notes come through. Hefty spiciness and chocolatey malt balance each other out nicely. Warming alcohol comes through in the finish.

It has a firm medium body. Okay carbonation.

This is a wonderful sipping treat.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade! It's a real treat!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with some dark fruit and some peat malt. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of peat malt, dark cherries, toffee, light smoke and some alcohol. I also get a little bit of clove and black pepper notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch Ale. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best before June 2019"...Am I drinking this too early?

Creamy biege head that leaves a slippery blanket (and a permanent ring) of lace after each sip. The broth is dark ruby-brown where light shines through easily. Appears to be clear.

Brown sugar aroma with a floral touch. My first thought was heather, but surely that is from my preconceptions of the style.

Mildly burnt/richly toasted malt sugars. Think overdone caramel. Interesting and delicious. This beer is balanced but entirely through the choices of malts. It's sweet chocolate with a treacle element. If there is hop, it is not noticeable. The aftertaste is longlasting and reminds me of the after effects of eating bitter, dark chocolate. The carbonation is quite high, which does balance the heavier liquid.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, to dark amber color. It is topped by a wispy brown head that is barely there. The aroma is a mix of earthy spice notes and rich concentrated fruit notes. I get aromatic notes of fig, prunes, dried cranberries, raisins, coriander, and cherry liquor. The aroma is quite nice and rich, and quite intrigueing, I am definitely spending quite a bit of time just smelling the wonderful aroma on this beer. The beer is only lightly sweet, but still finishes with the rich fruity notes that were found in the nose. The finish also has that earthy spice note of coriander. The taste does not quite live up to the wonderful aroma, but it is still quite satisfying. I get notes of prunes, raisins, and figs. This beer is quite good, though I would certainly wish that the flavor was as rich and intrigueing as the aroma.

Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5/14/05- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- A deep dark mohaganey color with a large foamy head and light sticky lacing.

Smell- Pretty damn sweet and malty with maybe a roasted scent to back it up. Smells very inviting.

Taste- Wow, just had the House Ale from Traquair and this one seems much sweeter and much darker. This beer has tons of different stuff going on. It has a pretty sweet carmel and chocolate malt taste as well as a toasted malt taste. Not super smokey or anything, but just enough to detect. Then it also has many spices, corriander the main one, plus some dark fruits in the mix.

Mouthfeel- Sugary sweet mouthcoating and light carbonation. Goes down super smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- This could be one of my top beers after a good dinner. I was kinda stressed out when I drank it and still loved it. Just think if I was to drink this when I was happy and had my full attention. Excellent brew with a mixed bag of goodies inside.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with mild off-white head, no lace.

S: Light coriander with a lot of sweet caramel malt.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel candy. Some winter spice flavours as well. Very mild peat, the coriander is hard to find, but that really didn't matter to me.

M: Medium-bodied, mild aftertaste, creamy and smooth.

D: It's been almost 5 years since I had this for the first time, and I don't know why I waited so long to have it again. Traquair has crafted another classic, delicious.

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

330ml bottle, found in Las Vegas and brought home to the UK 18 months ago: I figured it will have settled by now.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Ruby red with only a thin collar and mini wisp for a topping.

The smell at first was vinous, then comes dark chocolate, red berries and plum bread all at once, lovely.

This is my sort of beer, rich, almost smooth: the semi-sharpness of the hop bitterness reminds you this isn't supposed to be soft, it's a Scotch Ale not a Milk Stout! There are a multitude of flavours to find: spices from the Orient, berries from the forest, dried fruits in a Christmas cake, malts from a distillery, haggis from the hills. Take a sip and close your eyes, wonderful: let your taste buds go crazy.

This is a warming, winters brew and so, so well made: the alcohol is well hidden, comes out towards the end of the drying mouth, but not harsh or unpleasant, just letting you know that the car keys should be given to someone else.

If only the beer looked better in my glass (I do love a proud, deep head on my beers).

Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a dark brown with some mahogany clarity when held to the light. A tan cap, more than a finger strong sits atop the brew and slowly fades down to a layering that holds throughout the entire duration. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is sticky sweet with a thorough indication of strong dark maltiness like brown sugar, molasses, prunes, raisins and fruity alcohol. Initial scents remind me more of old ales than a wee heavy. As it warms up, some cocoa comes forward with a hint of vanilla. This is a fine smelling brew.

The taste includes a solid inclusion of that described cocoa batter. This is a rich and malty brew tasting of toffee, molasses and prunes. Across the back is a faint musty aspect. As it warms up, there is a very minor lemony aspect that mingles with the mild fruity alcohol inclusion. This lemony aspect is faint but works quite well to break up the layers of malt that are so centric in this offering.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully integrated and I found myself ripping through my glass at an alarming rate. I am disgusted it took me this long to pull the trigger and buy one of these. I will for sure be picking this up again when the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel/chestnut brown color with bright mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet roasted malt aroma that's bursting with sweet cocoa and caramel notes as well as some zesty coriander and other spice. Slightly smokey with faint coffee bean presence as well as some toffee and hazelnut, toast and dark fruit. This beer smells very good.

Medium bodied with a good balance of roast, sweet malt and spice. Lots of caramel and toffee flavor as well as some cocoa, hazelnut and licorice. The sweetness is balanced by a slight roasted/smokey character and a prominent zesty spice presence. Hints of coriander, pepper and subtle clove. I'm also picking up some citrus fruit and alcohol sweetness but the smooth malt and spice flavors dominate. Well balanced with an extremely well masked ABV make this beer extremely quaffable. Recommended.

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with little head. Smells strongly of coriander. The alcohil is also noticeable as are aromas of sweet malt and dark fruit. The taste is similar, but with deeper and brighter flavors than suggested by the nose. Great dark fruit and an herbal zinginess from the coriander predominate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite interesting. The heavily herbed wee heavy style is quite different than a standard malt bomb.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased when I saw it in California, and brought back to my bro @LaitueGonflable and my Scottish bro from another mo @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pretty deep brown colour, certainly not particularly bronzed or reddish. A true, muddy dark brown colour. Head is a little filmy and large bubbled, but it sticks around on the rather heavy and oily body. Minimal Lacing. Looks ok, but a little lacklustre.

Nose is surprisingly sharp and sweet, with oddly confectionery like notes of lemonade and fairy floss. Minimal dark characters present. Spice comes through a little, giving a slight peppery bite and perhaps a whiff of the spicy coriander. Very interesting.

Taste is actually where this starts to come into its own. For the most part, there's a lovely malty toffee sweetness which wells on the tongue, giving a hint of roasted grain, but mostly rich molasses flavours. Along with this, especially on the back, there's a slight citric peppery character, that I can only pick as coriander because I know that's in it, but it really lends an unusual note to the brew.

But below the obvious spice, there's a really pleasant complexity to the malt, giving some booze, some port characters, and a faint blend of grain with the malt. Feel is very pleasant - deep and rich, but with a pleasant lightness through the middle which mirrors the coriander lilt in the flavour.

A nice beer, very interesting and quite tasty. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content, and enjoyable throughout.

Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB MAY 2014(?!). Served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: very deep and dark brown colour, with some ruby hues against light; the khaki beer head comes thick and very tightly frothy, gradually retreating and leaving tight lacing along the way.
S: richly malty with a delicious sub-layer of fruity and spicy aroma--treacles, barley candy, fudge/creamy toffee, dried longan-fruit, fig jam, raisins, herbal hops, mild spicy note of cinnamon, licorice and many other root-spices I fail to discern... All elements are interwoven ever so nicely that a harmonious, creamy-malt featured aroma comes out gracefully... making me totally forget the last bit of memory of Traquair House Ale. This one surely has a wee bit more spice(?) and equally impressive~~
T: medium-textured maltiness with brown sugar and treacles treads surprisingly lightly on the palate, with medium-sweet chocolatey flavour and lots and lots of dried dark fruits at work; not as sweet and thick as the nose, the aftertaste goes pretty light-bodied yet also creeping deep down the palate, leaving bitter chocolates, bitter-sweet licorice(-like) flavour along with chewy bits of mixed spices interacting with the residual dark maltiness up until the very end of tasting.
M&D: really pleasantly/surprisingly light on the palate, it'd dangerously make one forget it's a Wee Heavy. The superbly lingering bitter-sweetness from both malts and spices is sensational~~ A heavy beer hiding its true weight skilfully and elegantly. A must-try!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.