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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 62
Gots: 29 | 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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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The pour is thin-looking. The head is roughly one fat finger of mocha-colored head. The beer is nearly black in color and mostly opaque. A thick cap of foam hangs around for almost two minutes. No real lacing.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of powdered cocoa, toasted barley grain, citrus fruit, cherry fruit, toffee, and slightly medicinal alcohol. I do not detect much of the advertised coriander, but I find the smell to be unique and inviting. It reminds me of ruby port.

T-The taste has a similar fruity profile with cherry, citrus, and lightly medicinal alcohol. Again, it is port-like. The fruits are paired with a toasted barley base and a bit of cocoa flavor. There is faint bitterness in the back of my throat on the finish, but hops are virtually non-existent here.

M-The body looks thin out of the bottle, but it is medium heft for the style and is a pretty substantial beer. The carbonation is very smooth.

O-This is an intriguing and tasty winter-warming type beer. I really like the ruby port aspect of the aroma and taste, which is a slight departure from the typical tawny, caramel flavors of the style. The gently warming alcohol fits well with the flavor profile and the feel makes for good drinkability but provides enough heft to make it worth sipping. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:52:51 | More by spoony
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken January 2014(though I've tasted this at least a half dozen times)

500 ml brown bottle. Great bottle shape with the 'nonic' like neck. Black label with traditional Scottish artwork and script in white. Nice story and a superb look. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - almost opaque brown color. Light brown head poured quite nice quickly settling into a thin ring of lace into just a covering. Leaves decent lace.

S - sweet and rich up front with the coriander displaying much more than your traditional scotch ale. A whiff of Boozy scotch whisky creeps up with an almost peat like character. Sweet molasses and faint chocolate undertones balance the citrus and dark fruit notes quite nice.

T - big coriander spice up front. Not overbearing but just right. Chocolate like and a toasted malt go hand in hand with the alcohol Booz which display a very nice Scotch whisky backdrop. Sweet molasses with rich bittersweet malt in the dry finish. Not your average wee heavy. The coriander takes this to another place. Very different yet lovely.

M - a bit thinner than it looks, but still a respectable medium body. Though a touch on the thin side it still does its job coating the mouth with its rich yet balanced flavors. There are some Booz to this but it goes perfect with what its getting across. But yes, it does pack the punch the abv would suggest.

O - my favorite offering from Traquair. Just Scotch ale at its finest. These guys are damn near under rated in my book yet I've never had one I haven't liked. This like their house ale is top shelf scotch beer at its best and I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a very good wee heavy. The price is worth it no doubt, and ill buy this at least once every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:54:31 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-08-2014 14:34:57 | More by Vsarmatov
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-06-2014 23:28:02 | More by ChaelCox
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-31-2013 23:56:54 | More by bigred89
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this Festivus gift.

Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours a clear, dark brown. soft light brown head fades quickly

S - brown sugar, raisins, caramel

T - caramel, vanilla, oak

M - very smooth, hides the alcohol well

O - very good, very easy drinking, will definitely seek out again

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:00:18 | More by ncketchum
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2013 16:54:03 | More by MSandahl23
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 23:22:56 | More by AGust82
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 23:20:29 | More by lic217
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in DE last week. Best before date read June 2018. Brewed with coriander and aged in oak barrels. Poured mine into a Stella glass for review.

A: Pours clear ruby with nice tight head. Some lazy carbonation is evident. Cool artwork on the glass.

S: Rich, chewy, with lots of toffee and viscous smelling caramel. Subtle oak and even subtler coriander. Loaded with malt in the nose. Some cocoa. Some perfumey floral notes.

T: Thick & chewy with lots of toffee & caramel. Tastes like that string of caramel after biting into a Snickers bar. Pure liquid candy. Enough hop bitterness to not allow the malts from becoming too cloying. Lots of melanoidin character from the supposed 2-hour boil this beer endures. Some light oakiness in the background. Perhaps a little sweet orange from the coriander in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well in check. Just the right level of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer overall. Thick and malty rich. Perfect for cold December weather. Glad to have tried. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:48:28 | More by jwhancher
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-17-2013 17:42:14 | More by PHBoiler
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-14-2013 21:18:35 | More by vinny21bal
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-13-2013 00:39:16 | More by JamieDuncan
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-13-2013 00:24:46 | More by bubseymour
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-07-2013 17:27:31 | More by BillRoth
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-30-2013 03:58:31 | More by pathman
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-23-2013 07:58:15 | More by Raziel313
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-22-2013 23:52:54 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

11-21-2013 07:15:31 | More by crhea89
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-20-2013 21:51:51 | More by pipinmalikonj
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2017. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Rosewood body with a thin smattering of khaki foam that recedes to a lasting collar. Sandy lacing, thin tears, average retention.

Very distinctive but hard to place aroma suggests toffee, lemon zest, violets, pipe tobacco, and plenty of spice among other things.

Deep but not cloying caramel notes, a mild huskiness, dark fruit, grassy hops, and a leaf-like earthiness introduce the flavor profile. Coriander is only just present in the finish. Suggestion of port, peat, and rich malt throughout. Finishes medium-dry.

Rather light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Well attenuated, flavorful, yet subtle ale. Quite complex thanks to the long (LONG) boil and resultant kettle caramelization rather than the addition of any specialty grains. Worth reading up on how this is produced - there are few if any brewers still making scotch ales this way. While I think I actually prefer Alesmith's Wee Heavy, this has a certain rustic purity not found elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:32:23 | More by augustgarage
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-19-2013 03:15:22 | More by Sspeer1
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-18-2013 14:32:03 | More by PaulyB83
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2013 02:12:38 | More by Radiosox
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked

T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be

M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 21:05:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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