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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

708 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 60
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-31-2013 23:56:54 | More by bigred89
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

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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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2013 16:54:03 | More by MSandahl23
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AGust82

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 23:22:56 | More by AGust82
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lic217

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-21-2013 23:20:29 | More by lic217
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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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PHBoiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-17-2013 17:42:14 | More by PHBoiler
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vinny21bal

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-14-2013 21:18:35 | More by vinny21bal
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-13-2013 00:39:16 | More by JamieDuncan
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-13-2013 00:24:46 | More by bubseymour
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-07-2013 17:27:31 | More by BillRoth
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-30-2013 03:58:31 | More by pathman
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-23-2013 07:58:15 | More by Raziel313
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-22-2013 23:52:54 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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crhea89

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

11-21-2013 07:15:31 | More by crhea89
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-20-2013 21:51:51 | More by pipinmalikonj
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augustgarage

California

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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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-19-2013 03:15:22 | More by Sspeer1
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2013 02:12:38 | More by Radiosox
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

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
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brureview

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are a lot of approaches to the Scotch ale style: body, aroma, taste, and finish can vary greatly.
Some Scotch ales have a lighter body, aroma and taste. Others, such as the Alesmith Wee Heavy,
and the MacKrocken Flower from Bilboquet in Quebec, have darker colors, strong fruity-caramel aromas /taste, and a strong alcoholic finish.

The Jacobite is in the middle of the wide variability of the style.

In Stone Imperial pint glass, the beer poured a caramel color with a 1 F head. Initially, I tried a balloon glass, as shown in the Traquair web site pic, but I found that the Imperial pint glass brought out more flavor.

The aroma was not strong- but there was good caramel presence.

The mouth feel was moderate and malty. This is the usual in this style- not hoppy. This may be due to the Scotland not being a traditional hop growing region.

The taste was light caramel, and a lot of spice. The bottle suggested Coriander, but I didn't smell or taste coriander in the beer.

The finish was spicy.

The body was lighter- almost watery. That was a bit disappointing, as I like Scotch ales with a heavier body such as the Alesmith.

Overall, a very good scotch ale worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:15:39 | More by brureview
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up little head which doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown with a slight tinge of maroon. Maroon is more prominent when the beer is held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with a good amount of caramel with raisins and prunes in the background. Some brown sugar and molasses from the bottle. Some presence but not nearly as much as I expected but it may need to open up more. Slight notes of vanilla and toffee. Tiny notes of citrus. Mostly orange, but some lemon. A touch of chocolate. Swirling displays a rush of caramel.

Taste- Starts off fairly sweet and points to many of the fruit esters of the nose: raisins (mostly) but also some orange and lemon. Coriander comes through for the first time as the flavor profile rolls into caramel and then finishes with some slight oakiness. The balance and integration are amazing- this beer is silky in its notes. Lots of brown bread edging into fruitcake (almost) with heavy notes of brown sugar and molasses. The coriander is a nice addition as it provides a counterpoint to the rich but subtle malts that pervade the flavor profile. There is a nice amount of spice on the finish as well- some clove but more cinnamon (but very well rounded cinnamon). Almost everything about this beer is well rounded. Light anise on the finish which is tolerable and barely noticeable. Coffee notes start to emerge as well as hints of bittersweet chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer that is justifying my decision to look past its 8 dollar price tag. Not quite great but deserving of its high ranking among Scotch ales.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a touch of syrup. Slight touch of grittiness.

Drinkability- This is so sublime it could be chuggable. 8 bucks is pretty steep for a half liter but this is worth it.

Overall- Balance and integration define this beer. That is not to say that it lacks presence- it has that. Simply, no note defines this beer and therefore, this beer is incredibly accessible for a Scotch ale. Many are dominated by caramel notes which taste burnt but this is an artful melange of many different aspects. Worth a try even if you haven't liked Scotch ales in the past. This one could turn you.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 04:36:39 | More by artoolemomo
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-20-2013 20:42:17 | More by Brewski
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-19-2013 22:29:19 | More by Sturmthis
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.