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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Reviews: 526
Hads: 852
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 88
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 BeerNotes
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A nice amber brown, with just a hint of red.

S: Dark fruits — raisins, prunes, figs — molasses, candy, tobacco, coriander.

T: Subtle sweetness. The raisin comes through. Bits of apple. Caramel. Licorice. Warmth.

M: Mild to medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

O: This beer is perfectly balanced. It’s infinitely drinkable, which is remarkable given the alcohol content. And every sip leaves you wanting more. There’s such an incredible depth to this beer; so much going on, but not overpowering or overwhelming.

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Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at 99 Bottles.
Appearance: Very dark muddled brown with a slight tan head that is very minimal. Leaves light bubbles around edge of glass.
Smell: Boozy oak barrel. Toffee and brandy notes.
Taste: Excellent. Rich but not too rich. Brandy and just a hint of red wine or even a bit of scotch. Light coriander. Little to no bitterness, not all that sweet though either.
Mouthfeel: Medium. Has a nice feel, not too heavy to the point that it covers your whole mouth.
Overall: Very good. Very drinkable. Nice subtle warming effect. Has an appreciable earthy quality to it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown. No real head on this one.

The aroma has notes of licorice with some peaty malts. The pallet mirrors the aroma with some hints of woody and licorice. Slightly sweet on the finish.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overal interesting enough brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is woody, deep and with black licorice.
The taste is oak, alcohol, lemon, moderate to strong malt sweetness and more wood.
The texture is crisp with a lighter body and moderate carbonation.
This is an interesting ale, worth trying.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Black body with a big white head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, toasted malts.

T: Dark fruits dominate, accompanied by some chocolate and coriander - sweet at first, then suddenly tangy, metallic and acidic - unappealing.

M: Very thin and dry - not much carbonation.

Hugely disappointed with this one - I've had a bottle of the House Ale set aside for a while and I really hope it has more to offer. On first sip this resembles a slightly muted Belgian quad, but it goes rapidly downhill from there. I battled to drink half the bottle and drain-poured the rest.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade with short retention. A small collar is left around the edges of the glass, as well.

S: Extremely dark fruit forward. Raisins, plums, cherries, figs, caramel, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and coriander are all on the nose at varying points. A budding oak quality comes out as it warms some. I really like the integration between both the sweet and herbal aspects.

T: At first, it's vaguely chocolaty, but it seems like the opening flavors aren't too impressive. If anything, this really picks up after the midtaste, where the dark fruit character becomes quite strong. Its finish sees a return of the chocolate notes, some molasses, pumpernickel bread, and a toffee quality almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. The distant aftertaste is where the coriander goes from being integrated within the caramel malt sweetness to being its own distinct note. In lieu of hops, the coriander and oak properties nicely balances the malty base.

M: Not as sweet or as syrupy as I expected (thankfully). The oak does a good job of drying out the finish some - unfortunately it has too much influence on the texture, rendering it a bit insubstantial feeling and excessively tannic. The dry, abrupt end gives it excellent drinkability, at the cost of some complexity and richness - but it also cuts down the sweetness admirably. It's a wash, really.

O: I didn't expect to finish this one so quickly. It's the exact same problem I had with Sucaba - I'm amazed at how fast I can kill a bottle of it, but I can't help but want this to be a more decadent and savorable treat with less barrel influence. Still, despite my complaints, this is a very good offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and has a great smell.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (330ml for £2.99 from The Cave, Glasgow):
Dark, mahogany brown colour that is almost black in colour and has a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a brownish tan colour. The head is bubbly and fades of a tiny patch of lacing after about thirty seconds.

Strong dark fruits on the nose with lots of raisin, plum and figs. There is a lot of brown sugar and some rich malts in the mix too along with a little toffee.

Sweet malts and some toffee, a great blend of figs and raisin along with numerous other dark fruits that are all quite evenly balanced and work well together. There is some sugar, a bit of spice and some light cocoa as well.

Smooth on the palate with a very sweet feel and medium body. Carbonation is quite low and there is also a slightly boozy feel to it, as expected given the alcohol levels.

Quite complex beer and a strong one at that but it was a very enjoyable on as well. There is a good mix of fruits and sweet malts along with enough alcohol to give the beer a pleasant, boozy kick to it.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really deep reddish brown. Decent sized light brown head. Very fluffy and light head at that. Fades pretty quickly, leaving zero lacing behind. Pretty still as well.

S: Sweet and malty for sure. Caramel and molasses mainly. Get some spiciness that I can't quite place, I guess that would be the coriander. Get some decent dark fruit, especially when swirled. Figs maybe?

T: Again, very sweet. Raisins and fig mixed with tons of caramel. Hint of toffee. Coriander, kicks in in the middle especially. Get kind of a meaty smoke, maybe peat actually in the finish. Kind of has an herbal, spicy lingering aftertaste.

M: Lower carbonation, thick bodied bordering on syrupy.

O: A very malty brew; almost zero hoppiness. Having said that, it's surprisingly balanced between the sweet caramel, the fruits and the spices. It actually goes down well despite the borderline syrupy feel and overall heavy sweetness. Not ridiculously smoke or peaty like some scotch ales too. I enjoyed it, great example of the style.

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Photo of jewellrunner
5/5  rDev +20.5%

The best beer I've ever had. I don't really know what else to say. To try to break down this drinking experience might cheapen just how fantastic it was. I just want to remember the moment, not define it.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark black colour with a slight red tinge to it. Faint head.

Smells gorgeous, dark and very rich.

Tastes very fruity, malty and still very dark, reflecting the smell. Some herbs/spice there as well I think, but quite faint.

Overall a lovely warming beer.

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

I feel obliged to begin this review with a little history. I have a particular affinity for this beer based on name alone. The whole reason I exist is because my Jacobite ancestor was booted out of Scotland in the 1600s. He settled in Goochland, VA and the rest is history--literally.

The beer pours a gorgeous clear, dark ruby-amber color. It's not just clear. It is like a colored, solid glass paper weight. Imagine how light looks when it passes through an object like that. It has a light taupe colored head. The head consists of the microbubbles often seen in nitro-infused beers. The aroma is mild, but rich with toffee and sorghum. The mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, wet, and slick. A bit dry on the finish, but only enough to balance things. Sweet sorghum emerges first with faint lemongrass coming in late. I don't pick up the corriander, but this beer seems to be all about balance. So it could just be absorbed into the overall expression of flavor. It's very drinkable and a nicely engineered beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown to black color. Carbonation remains nicely on top through consumption. Some lacing on the glass. Smells strongly of raisin, prune and some other dried fruits. Taste adds in string fruit and candy. Mouthfeel is thin - all of the flavors are still present but not as bold or have the retention of others I'd put in the same class. But still very enjoyable.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, cola color, no head or lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits like plum, rasin, fig, roasted malts, caramel, some scottch, spices, corriander and lemon peel.

Taste - Sweet malts, sugars and spices start this off. Lots of fruits mixed with the caramel malts gives this a ton of flavor. Very syrupy, the addition of corriander and brown sugars really comes out. Alot of fig and plum with some scottch really adds complexity.

Mouthfeel - The beer drinks thin, even though it does taste syrupy. Tounge gets the malts, sugars and fruits, were palate gets alot of malts and the spices, espically corriander. Aftertaste is sweet, thin and fruity.

Overall - World class, a highy respected beer that has very distinct flavor. Very easy to drink, balanced and full of flavors. Its pricey but well worth the treat.

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

after the Belgiums, this was a nice treat at 8%. no lacing to speak of, more malts than hops (of course), and very fruity. bought it because i had always loved the Tracquair Ale but had never tried this Jacobite stuff. it says it's "flavored with coriander", but i think it's more of an obscure brew. definitely not a 'session brew' but one to be enjoyed as your last of the evening before you plunge into some good food. no bitterness at all detected, fruity and strong, but smooth.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep glowing chestnut with a fine beige film.
Black grape, cola, ash and plum jam on the nose with a hint of peat.
Vinous, Jamaica ginger cake, dates, sarsaparilla and coffee sweets with a touch of carob and bark and, as Buckeye Nation says, candied pecans. Someone also said pumpernickel, which I could see, and maybe a bit of almond oil.
Blackberry ending and lingering herbal tightness.
Medium to full, chewy, lush, no burn.

3 years in storage, and I'm surprised how much sweetness is still here - lots of berries and dark fruit. I'm looking for something - roast malt, hops, alcohol, coriander - to cut it, but it's not quite getting there. It's undoubtedly top quality, there are facets to it, and the residual sugars means it drinks very smooth without every cloying, but I don't think Scottish ales are supposed to be just about sugar.

Definitely something missing here.

Fizzier, sweeter, fruitier and less deep than House.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. When I was still relatively wet behind the ears, beer-wise, I reviewed what was almost certainly a bottle that had been sitting around in a warehouse a couple of years and had not aged well.

Poured a very dark, cola-ish brown that takes on a reddish tinge when held up to light, with a decent-sized tan head that dropped after a few minutes to leave a skiff of foam on top of the beer.

Brown sugar, figs and booze are what greets the nose after this beer has been poured. Smells very tasty.

Taste starts off with a brown sugary sweetness, then a bitter, dark fruit flavor kicks in. A boozy presence lurks in the background. Everything is very well balanced.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating, sticky mouthfeel.

Glad I tried this again. It pays to give a beer everyone else seems to like another shot, so long as it's not a style you just don't like. I like wee heavies, and I think this one might be my new favorite.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before September 2020. I like that. Dark reddish brown, more red when held up to light but pretty damn brown, all things considered. Big head which lasts a while and tons of lacing left on the glass. Right pretty.

Figgy, brown sugar smell and some alcohol. Quite a prominent aroma. Tastes of chocolatey goodness, golden syrup, spice, fig and raisin. Something a bit savory about it... I believe it contains coriander seed? You don't notice the 8% ABV at all upon drinking, despite picking it up on the nose. In terms of feel, a bit thin. Not quite what you need to push all those flavors across the palate.

Although it's something of a classic, I've never had this before. I can see why everyone likes it. The perfect beer to distract your girlfriend with while she's making muffins so as to better sneak a big handful of dark chocolate chips and then bugger off and drink the beer and eat the chocolate chips on the porch. Also good for whatever other winter activities you have going on.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best before June 2019.

Appearance: dark brown hue which lets through highlights of ruby. Head poured a finger of tan foam which dissipated rather quickly; stylistically appropriate.

Smell: deep, rich malt with dark fruits and raisin. There's also a spiciness; I wouldn't necessarily place this as coriander -- there are notes of black pepper, heather and even chiles. What a wonderfully complex mélange.

Taste: rich, deep, dark malt flavor with caramel, raisin, date, cherry and tobacco flavors. The spiciness evident in the aroma is not so prevalent in the flavor, though it hits right at the beginning with almost a cinnamon and nutmeg type of character. A sweetness comes in toward the end, and bitterness is very low. It reminds me of the best Belgian dark ales without that country's signature yeast character; a wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a silky smoothness. Low carbonation, but a deep creaminess can be coaxed from the texture. Nice.

Overall: what a wonderful beer. The interplay between the spicing and the rich malt character makes this almost the quintessential winter warmer. I'll definitely be having this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber to murky brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and a dark cherry. In the taste, dark cherry, a small roast and a small caramel presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small alcohol, and a dark cherry presence in the aftertaste. Nice flavor with the cherry, but a bit too much.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. Label says best before June 2019.

A- Pours a black color with a bit of ruby light shining through and a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass plus plentiful surface foam. Full sheet of lacing.

S- Coriander is definitely the main attraction and the roasty, chocolate-like malt is actually very complimentary to the spice. Smells sweet and floral.

T- Perplexing. Tastes like a Belgian witbier but with an incredible malt body. The sweetness and bite from the coriander plays off the roasty finish in a way that makes one take more and more sips just to unlock the mystery. Alcohol is certainly present but not imposing. Notes of raisin, brown sugar and molasses.

M- Slick and not very thick considering the abundance of malt. Medium-low carbonation is spot-on.

O- Bought this because it was recommended by a customer at my store and I'm glad I did. What an interesting hybrid of flavors.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traquair Jacobite side-by-side. One assumed 2009 vintage (Best Before June 2019) and one assumed 2004 vintage (Best Before June 2014). Each poured into wide snifter glasses.


...very dark brown pour with a crackling 3/4" of light beige head. The head doesn't want to sit entirely still. 3.5

Dark sweet malts with notes of butterscotch, licorice, caramel, coriander, vanilla, and a sweet hint of alcohol. Slight herbal note is close to pine, among the malt mix mind you, and is muchly reminiscent of hops. Pretty dreamy smelling, I must say. 4.5

Somewhat attenuated flavor here. Some burnt chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar. Dusty flavors that carry into the mouthfeel. A little more attenuated than I was expecting. Mostly wet grains, roastiness, a bit of peat, cocoa, and sparse dried fruits. Presence of coriander seems a bit strange in confluence with the other flavors. Finishes with some firm bitterness, at least for a Wee Heavy. 3.5

A little watery-feeling, but the body is solidly medium. Not gluggy or thick. Light carbonation tickles for a split-second before going away. Pretty easy to drink for the style. 4.0

The '09 has the stuff necessary to develop into something fuller-flavored and succulent. Still growing. The coriander needs to back off. 4.0


...nearly identical almost-black deep brown color with a loose-bubbled 1/2" of head that fell down to a myriad of large bubbles on the surface and skewed to one side of the glass. 3.5

Surprisingly, less buttery flavors and less caramel. Big whiff of artificial grape reminds me of Fruit Roll-Ups. Nope, it's a grape/chocolate mix. It smells like Grape Tootsie Roll Pops. Exactly. Some other dark fruits become unearthed such as black raspberry, prune, and raisin. More toffee than caramel. Less noticable alcohol than the '09. 4.5

Vinous. Raisined grape flavors dominate with subtle alcohol supporting. Some pretty rich roasted flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, peat smoke, and prunes. Definitely developed nicely. Not to say the '09 was watery, but this one has rounded out fully. Coriander snaps in with an herbal/medicinal bite. Less roasty bitterness. 4.0

Smooth silky feel, yet with a firm body. Very low carbonation. Rolls off the tongue and down the hatch. Warming in the stomach. 3.5

A great-drinking '04 Jacobite. Wonderfully complex. Vinous and daring. Proving that time was very good to this beer. Worth stashing away for the reward. 4.5

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Coudy brown body. Looks like murky water. Tiniest bit of head with no retention. Not that much lacing at all.

Smell: Dark fruit, sweetness, peat, smoke, molasses, scotch, toffee.

Taste: A bit sweet, hoppy bitterness as well. Smells a lot better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, feels a bit watered down to be honest. Light carbonation.

Overall: Slightly disappointed with this bottle. I was expecting more. The aromas were incredible though.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Smoggy black/brown, with just a little head. Cola-like bubbles.

S: Very aromatic. The best smelling beer I've ever tried. It's difficult to describe, but there are very sweet notes in there along with molasses and balanced perfectly with a light, smooth scotch. Wow.

T: Remarkably, it tastes as good as it smells, but with even more flavors and complexity mixed in. Scotch notes are on the front, but they quickly fade into the most amazingly smooth, delicious, sweet molasses, buttery savory flavor... It's fantastic.

M: Well balanced carbonation, full bodied ale.

O: A bit pricey, but well worth the price of admission. This ale stands on a level all its own. I've often found "Wee Heavy" style ales to be a little too harsh, but this is so well balanced and smooth that you could easily mistake it for a much lighter ale.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.