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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Reviews: 521
Hads: 835
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 82
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Reviews: 521 | Hads: 835
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/mohagany pour with minmal head. The nose is lovely and highlighted by dark roasted malts and complex spiciness. The taste is superb, again roasted malts and plenty of nice spice....cinamon, nutmeg, maybe some corriander. A semi sweetness of molasses and brown sugar is present as well. A touch of unsweetened, chalky chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the finish leans towards the dry side. A nice spicey finish that lingers adequately. Great beer!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with a small, but dense beige head. Sweet aromas of dark malt, ripe red fruit, molasses some chocolate and a bit of smoke. I didn't really pick up a huge coriander smell.
Deep rich flavors. Earthy and sweet. Roasted malt, burnt caramel and chocolate covered raisins. The slightly tart coriander really came through in the flavor. Finishes dry with hop bitterness and a hint of nuts that lingered quite nicely.
Rich, full to medium bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol finally came through and kicked in to warm the stomach and the brain but still a highly drinkable ale.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful stuff! This is dark red liquid with a nice fizzy head of foam. The aromas were WONDERFUL and consist of coriander, freshly cut hops, lovely light bready malts, and more....where is the alcohol?, I have to ask. The taste is a bit different than the aroma and morphs as you take each new sip (Is this a chameleon of a beer?) I can taste smoked, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, various types of fruits, apricots?, nectarines?, and that spicy coriander. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy and the drinkability is pretty darn excellent as well. I almost want to move to Scotland after this one!

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

Dark caramel brown in color. Solid brownish cream head made of fine bubbles, leaves little lacing. Strong licorice aroma (coriander?). Malty sweet spiced flavor reminds me of chocolate chip cookie dough with a splash of vanilla extract. Flavor is balanced by a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark malt with huge coriander, Traquair Jacobite lacks complexity and seems not to desire it. There are hints of licorice, but this brew is heavily spiced with the unique coriander taste that's well-supported by a hefty maltiness and just a touch of green grass from the hops. Spicy, but quite palatable.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of dpend
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1995 11.2oz opened 11/14/03

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a creamy head that diminishes rather quickly.The coriander is definitley present in the aroma,but not overpowering like in other brews.Fruits and spices are also present in the nose and taste.It finishes wtih a unique flavor that I can't indentify, but it makes the brew interesting.Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I expected and was looking for a more oily and heavier characteristic, but it helps it pair with food better.Nice desert beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses-inspired brown. Ring of off-white "head" clings to the top of the brew and the edges of the glass.

Coriander dominates the aroma. Wet leaves. Almost wheaty-citrus presence just floats over the top of dark, rich malts. Perfectly balanced flavors -- typical malty doughiness and sweet spiciness are offset by a raw, chocolate malt, bittersweet flavor.

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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!

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

I can't believe that I found this at the state store in Utah! Anyhow, pours a murky reddish brown with a light tan head. Nice looking brew. Smells of vinuous malts, sweet plums, coriander (duh.), and deliciousness. Taste starts off with acidic, tart, dry vinuous malts, but then smooths out with hints of smoke, oak, and plenty of alcohol. Quite warming. Very interesting beer, but I don't think I would drink this all the time.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome find! The beer poured a deep cola like color, the head vanished quickly leaving little lace. The aromatics were awesome-vanilla extract, corriander and some dark roasted coffee notes as well as sweet cream. In the mouth the beer is medium bodied, refreshing and very complex and tasty. First up more roasted coffee with sweet cream, then cleansing corriander lending a wonderful spicy component to this ale. Had this with a salad of frisee, spinach, Maytag blue, pear, pecan, sherry vinnegrette..who says salad is for wimps? This went great! Try this ale!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stealth beer. What is a stealth beer?
It's an elixir that nestles you in an exciting, wondrous flavor panorama, but alas when the rest room calls, and you attempt to rise from your chair, you suddenly discover you're welded to it.

Perhaps I enjoyed this Jacobite Ale on an empty stomach hence my stealth beer declaration.

Absolutely no nose, or it’s so faint the stars have to be right to detect it. But...a wonderful robust flavor awaits. The Coriander is tastefully (no pun intended) combined with the beer to form a wonderful combination. The beer is dark amber and has a long lasting finish that’s clean but makes its self known to the palate. There’s more malt than hops but both combine to build the character and mouthfeel of a strong robust ale. The finish just keeps going and going. Gorgeous.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brown color. Head is large and rolling. Aroma is complex, mixture of malts, spices and fruits, with a mixture of old musty basement added. (This is a good thing). WOW. What a complex tasting beer. The rich malts and spiciness interact to make this a very complex and tasty beer. The malt sweetness is balanced by the spiciness. Body is more like a porter or a stout. It has a definite vinous quality as well. Flavors are varied; malts, plums, apples, smoke, chocolate, coriander, vanilla and whole lot more. Smooth. A very unique beer, one of the must tries. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body of this ale is almost pure black. The head is rather smallish but showed good retention. It looks more like a heavy Stout than a Scotch Ale.

Smell – This one has a big, roasty malt base that’s laden with chocolate. The yeasty nature of the malt gives this one almost a chocolate cookie kind of aroma up front. If you sit for a while you’ll get a plethora of fruits.

Taste – The big, dark malts from the nose make it right to the tongue. The fruits are much more distinguishable at the taste as well. They are juicy and very sweet like oranges, mangos, and star fruit. The ABV is light. Overall the flavor profile is just brilliant

Mouthfeel – There’s no expectation of carbonation here. This brew is smooth and creamy beyond reproach. This is THE striking characteristic that I first noticed at the taste.

Drinkability – This ale was brewed with “drinkability” in mind. It’s big and complex but goes down like silk. It’s a bit different than other examples of the style that I’ve had, though, so go into this one with an open mind. Any way you cut it, this is one tasty brew.

Update: I updated my review of the 2003 after sampling a newer bottle in 2004. Regardless of the year, this is an excellent ale.

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

Damn! This is one helluva beer! I liked the dark reddish color with the creamy brown head. The smell was very nice, you could definately smell the maltiness mixed with the corriander(sp?). I'm not too familiar with the spiced beer realm, but this one is tops for me. The taste was nice and beefy, as well as rich in maltiness. Even though this is rather expensive, this is well worth the price.

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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.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 30 May 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. I had heard, and read a lot of reviews on how this was a great beer. I was disappointed.
It's roughly the color of cola with a very small head. The flavors are chocolate and spice. Very different. Wasn't bad, but not as good as I'd hoped for

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Photo of hotstuff
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very, very small head with fine bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a licorice aroma to it. There was a lot of carbonation observed with this brew. It left a fizzy feeling on my tongue and an aftertaste that lingered. I could not acquire a good taste for this brew as it most certainly had a unique taste.

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Photo of TheDM
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very small dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly disappear. It has a dark semi-opaque brown carbonated body. It has an average strength aroma of spices and malt. The flavor of this brew is different than most other brews, not bad, not great, but it took a little while to get used to. It contains notes of spice, raisin, dark chocolate, and licorice. After a few tastes, the gas started to make me burp. The alcohol started to show itself after half a mug.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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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.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spiced Scotch ale? Sounds interesting enough. It pours a light black with orange highlights and a puffy tan foam. It has a light purfumy nose, maybe corriander? I guess so, it starts sweet malt ,some orange rind, smoke, and a long warming corriander finish. It is very full bodied, a bit heavy, but a nice spicy change of pace for an alcoholic brew like this.

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

A dark brown amber colored brew. Deep crimson notes like cranberry juice when held up to the light. Head is a mass of off-white to tan foam that sits on top for quite some time and leaves sticky lace all over the glass.
Sweet malts, masses of grassy hops, fruits, a bit of alcohol, and nice spices. This aroma is loaded. I guess it is the coriander that brings it all together into a magically complex whiffer that makes you just want to keep on smelling.
It has a sweet start with caramel and molasses. Malts come in big with a nice spiciness to balance. Alcohol comes in a bit later and is lead out the door by an extreme aftertaste of roasty malts that lingers on your tongue for a bit. Smooth and full of body, this one is just right. Complex flavors lead your mouth through a buffet as it slides down nice and clean. Not what I would call a drinker, but 11.2 ounces is way too small. A couple would be necessary for me.

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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!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet pungency to the nose. Deep dark amber color. White head and lace. Strong sweet corriander, juniper berry (tonic) taste. Rich thick mouth with some bubble action around the tongue. The finish is interestingly dry. Not hugely drinkable for me. An interesting beer, but not one I would ever need a case of...

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.