Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld
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British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Traquair House Brewery 'Jacobite Ale' @ 8.0% , served from a couple of 33cL bottles purchased for $4.65 each
A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a smallish tan head leaving a minimal lace film along the pint
S-licorice & corriander spice
T-big tasting , yet smooth , warms the body on the swallow
MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body
Ov-tasty beer , a real winter warmer
02-17-2014 19:35:51 | More by LampertLand
3.76/5 rDev -9.6%
I picked up a bottle of Traquair's Jacobite Ale last month for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I've never seen or heard of this beer before, but I was looking for something different and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Best before 2018. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks nice, it's got some decent information on it, but it's not the most eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of medium tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some toasted, caramel, light brown bread and toffee like aromas. Up next comes the dark fruits, they are pretty sweet and brighter then you normally get with this style and they impart some black cherry and red grape like aromas that are pretty nice and there's a slight spicy aroma in the background that must be from the coriander. Towards the end i get a light sherry and light tobacco like aroma with some light oak flavors showing up. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty complex, I liked it.
T- The taste seems to be fairly simile to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet candy like flavor with the coriander showing up first imparting a spicy flavor with some of those light toasted, caramel, and toffee like malts aroma. Up next comes a big fruity flavor with black cherry and red grapes still sticking out the most, but they are a little medicinal tasting with a little more sweetness in the background. On the finish there's some lighter oak like flavors with a lighter sweet alcohol flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting and unique beer, but i wish it wasn't so sweet.
M- Smooth, rich, a little cloying, silky, on the thicker sided of being medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.
Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while it isn't the truest to style it still has some of those base Scotch Ale flavors, but the sweetness and fruity flavors are really kicked up and the coriander adds to the uniqueness of this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, rich, a little cloying and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention but I think the high amount of sweetness would start to wear on me so I think one glass would be enough for me, but I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy on cool fall night by the bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and very unique and complex for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and it held this beer back from being as good and drinkable as it could be. I might buy this beer again in the fall if i'm in the mood for something like this, but it's a little expensive and I wouldn't buy it regularly. I would recommend this to people who likes sweet and fruity beers. Overall I thought this was a nice beer, it did have a couple things that held it back but when it came to the flavor and aroma it was pretty complex and I thought it was a very unique take on the style and I actually thought that the Coriander worked well with this beer and I wasn't really expecting that to happen and I wouldn't mind seeing more Scotch Ales brewed with it. This made for a nice first impression for Traquair and while it isn't my favorite Scotch ale it sure is pretty memorable. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.
02-07-2014 04:46:43 | More by StoutHunter
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-13-2014 03:52:51 | More by spoony
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-08-2014 21:54:31 | More by BradtheGreat7
4.06/5 rDev -2.4%
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
12-24-2013 06:00:18 | More by ncketchum
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-18-2013 01:48:28 | More by jwhancher
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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