Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 75
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 stakem
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Gueuzedude
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Halcyondays
4.29/5  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
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traquair Jacobite

Appearance: Dark amber brown color, pretty good clarity. Small white cap forms and recedes to the edges of this big brew.

Smell: Scotch aroma, alcoholic, sugary malts.

Taste: Deeply malty, with a peaty, vaguely roasted flavor. Caramel, barleywine like fruityness. Small coriander spice in the finish. Small alcohol presence. Flavors integrate well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super smooth.

Overall: A big, fine brew. Really puts the Scotch in Scotch ale.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass.

A real creamy forming three finger very light tan head, almost coffee espresso colored, with thin bubbles in its makeup. Body color is a big mahogany with hints of burnt rust like red on the edges and highlights. Very muddy and opaque kind of pudding like character as well it seems strangely too.

Super fruity nose. Hints of raspberry like esters and big dry spices. Strangely sensing salty character, and mellow caramel. Very small hints of wispy like smoke as well, hitting nicely to match. Extremely subtly and complex bouquet, very enjoyable.

Palate actually comes as a bit of a letdown. For oak barrel aging, extremely watery and weak. Not much coating on the palate or lasting aromas. Faint milk chocolate malt sensations with not much thickness. Fruity hinting character and complexity feels completely washed out, not giving the large sensing aroma and hoping palate that might be forthcoming. Light bodied stout feel and flavors, mild ashen charing. Fruit flavors only seem to be on the nose and not the palate also.

Where is the caramel on this thing, or great mouthfeel that comes from barrel aging? Some real interesting fruity tones, but for a wee heavy and a particular barrel aged one this isn't doing much for me, as decent and simple the beer is to drink.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 corby112
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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 Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deeply brown colored ale with a restrained head. This is a difficult beer too try and pour and not get a little sediment in the glass.

Smell is quite strong. Lots of figs and malt aromas with some peat and nuts in it. Scent of coriander is in this but is hard to separate from the rest of the strong smells here. Lots of brown sugar and spice in this. This smells much like a Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

Taste is sweet and VERY smoky and peaty in the first taste. Sweetness quickly tones down and lets the smoke takeover. There is a wine like acidity in play with this beer that works rather like a lightly roasted coffee. There is an earthy flavor here that I can best describe as mushrooms that I haven't tasted in another beer. Coriander is there as advertised on the bottle but there is so much more to this beer. The aftertaste is smoky and spicy and is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Best Scottish ale that I have tasted yet. All the required flavors are in this especially the smoked malt in abundance. Tasty and spicy you will never detect the alcohol level of this beer.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Bottle says best before June 2014

A- This beer has a deep walnut brown body that is clear but dense. It has a head of light tan creamy that has lots of bubble but fades to a small pool of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft perfume aroma that is slightly sweet with a note of bubblegum and blueberries. Not what I was expecting at all, but very pleasing.

T- This beer starts of with a bit of a tangy note that turns into soft malt with a faint blueberry note. There is a light note of brown malt and a bit more dark roasted malt. The finish a neutral flavor of toasted malt. As it warms the blueberry malt combo taste a bit like Pepsi.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a watery texture. No alcohol heat noticed in this one.

D- Once I got the blueberries in my head I couldn't focus on anything else. It is a little thin on the malt and mouthfeel and it was a bit dry for a wee-heavy.

Photo of jdhilt
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, flavored with coriander, expensive - $6.49 for 11.2 oz.

Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Traquair Jacobite is completely lightless and nearly free of colour but, confusingly, isn't exactly black. I suppose it's a really dark brown, although, to be frank, I wouldn't call it that either. I don't rightly know what to call it?! And when you factor in the thin but ornate crest atop its surface, it looks even further every bit mysterious and antiquated as it sounds.

If this aroma doesn't get you excited then you might as well just pack it in right now. Zesty and exotic coriander and earthy and dank peat make for an unconventional and unparalleled bouquet. And although no other spices were used, the undertones of dark fruits and molasses are doused in pepper and encased in citrusy orange peel.

The brewery claims to brew this according to a traditional, more than 250 year-old recipe and I believe them - I can't think of any other beers on the market that taste like this! It is incredibly distinctive, so much so that to many it wouldn't even be recognizable as beer. It is full-flavoured yet light on the palate, easily quaffed but worthy of slow savoring.

Its uniqueness stems from a highly unusual combination of zestful, exotic coriander spice and earthy, lightly-smoky peat. Sweet (and lightly roasted) malts underlie with tastes of figs and hard toffee while a clementine-y citrus adds tremendous dynamism. Hops must have been used unsparingly because a faint resiny bitterness is laced throughout.

Traquair Jacobite provides a lot of character and gratification for a reasonably sized beer. It's an ideal sipper for when you're looking for maximum flavour in minimum quantity. It's also fantastic for drinking in threes or fours - fact is, no matter how many I have I'm never convinced I've uncovered all the flavours and nuances this beer has to offer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, nice little islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is sweet, malty, figs, raisins, coriander, yeasty, and some caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, spicy, yeasty, slight caramel thrown in. The ABV is hidden pretty well, with a nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Very drinkable, glad to have this brew available in utah, highly recommended.

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bottled on date of July 20. Pint glass.

Pours a chestnut brown, with some lighter browns and dark oranges round the edges. Finger or two of moch head. Nose of milk chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Tastes has some chocolate again, and sweet malt whacks you in the mouth off the bat. Hint metallic, but has a bunch of spice, molasses and peat in there too. A touch of back end heat. Great thick body on this one, a bit more than a sipper. Great for warming up with! Need more wee heavy in my life.

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Dark brown, full finger fluffy light beige head that sticks around quite a while. Lovely lace later on.
Smells really nice, with nut and spongecake, dark grape, fig, cola, faint cognac, some light baking chocolate, caramel, herbs and spices (definitely coriander, but also some hints of vanilla, black pepper and.. bay leaf?).
A really nice salty caramel contrast in the taste that enhances all the other stuff. Nice nut, dried plum, raisin, toasted grain, chocolate cake, dried berries, biscuit, thoroughly spiced with coriander. Some faint minty and floral notes, bit of red wine, almost cognac, towards the finish. Some toasted wood chips, a bit of chewing tobacco and a mild bitter earthy hop presence.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is really nice, recaping everything but concentrating more on the toasted malt. Alcohol never boozy.
Quite a special beer, tasty, complex, deserves its spot in the "must try" gallery of Scottish beers.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE date of July 20th.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet molasses, caramel, smoke, whisky.

T - Toffee, brown sugar, peat, molasses, caramel.

M - Medium body, chewy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - Remarkably smooth for 8.0% ABV.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, dark crimson red with a patchy beige colored head that quickly diminished while leaving no real lacing to speak of. Visible effervesce was average. A really nice coloring here.

S: honey and raspberries with dry orange peels. Sweet with a touch of honey dew fruitiness while light hints of coriander come through on the finish.

T: The flavor had cola with dark ripe fruit (plums, and prunes) with an underlying sweet caramelized malting. The finish finds hints of fruitiness (melon dews) before a spicy cola and dark licorice flavor closes things out along with a peppery touch. A nice variety of flavor that was sweet and fruity to begin with before leading to a creamy caramel middle and a dark licorice finish that was seemless in transition and quite intriquing.

M: very smooth with a creamy caramel body. A good touch of carbonation tingle while a dry licorice twang finishes things out.

D: Good drinkability. A unique flavor with a wide range of complexity that will keep you coming back for more to truly enjoy the spectrum it has to offer.

Photo of tobelerone
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what an unusual beer. This one has been sitting in my cellar for a long time but the carbonation is still good. Nearly no head to speak off, just a faint wisp of paper thin foam sitting on top. Small bubbly lacing that falls quickly. Best by 2019!

I really like the smell of this beer...massive note of toffee and butterscotch. Missus says she can get a little coriander in the smell but I can't get it.

She says it tastes like savory butterscotch. I guess I get that. It's sweet but definitely not overpoweringly so. I still don't get much if any coriander; maybe that's due to the bottles' age? Booze is well hidden. Trace of smokey peat here. Malty. Buttery tasting and somewhat buttery in the finish as well. Medium long aftertaste, lingers pleasantly.

This isn't a beer I would buy all that often but it's certainly unique and quite enjoyable. Can't imagine anyone drinking this as their go-to brew though! Very cool, glad I tried it.

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.