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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 711
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of GimmeAles


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1.5 fingers of crackling foam cover a lascivious ruby-tinged sable. Head recedes to a substantial white rig around the glass and bedraggled wisps across the middle.

After warming up, smell and flavours open-up considerably; some wonderful, roasted-barley and deep toffee aromas are present.

Flavours are heavy on the dark-malts with some subdued dark-fruit coming through in the way of dried cherries and raisins. Threads of bitter dark chocolate weave through and Coriander makes little appearances here and there, but is definitely in the background. A hard-to-quantify ‘old’ flavour perhaps like leather of a dusty, decades-old courier bag is present, – perhaps this is the light hops talking\oak aging? A nice character in my opinion

Slightly aggressive carbonation makes for a crisp astringency which doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the beer's character. I was expecting a chewier and slick Mouthfeel. Surprisingly, alcohol was not detected anywhere. Overall, an enjoyable nightcap-brew, though not as great as the House Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 14:59:12 | More by GimmeAles
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I openned it, a strong fruity smell came out from the bottle, berries and berries and more fruity berries flavours came out.

A very dark ruby beer with a shy white head that comes out quicky to say hi.

Smell is deeply fruity and berry like, some shy hops smells are present followed by yeast and end with a shy malted presence.

With the berry smell, I imagined a berry flavours, not at all.

It is a warm beer at first, you can feel warming you, alcholol and warmness comes out at first. Some fruity notes comes out, with a deep malted flavor which is surrounded by a yeasty tone and a shy hoppy note.

Very nice

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 07:00:20 | More by 3Vandoo
Photo of ThirdCoast


4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type : 11.2 floz bottle.

A: Dark with a redish tint, no head.

S: Sweet, coriander, coffee hints, a wonderful aroma, very complex.

T: Very complex taste, smooth as silk, coffee, coriander, dark fruits. A wonder full taste.

M: Silk. Liquid silk.

D: Over and over....

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 00:06:21 | More by ThirdCoast
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small 330ml bottle had no freshness date, but was significantly cheaper here in Scotland (£1.39 at Peckhams) than it used to be back at Fred Meyer in Portland. You would think all British beers ought to be this way, but we have numerous chancellors to blame for our beer being cheaper in the United States than at home.

The beer has a dark mahogany hue and a head which dissipates to a nice ring around the rim of my glass. This smells marvellous: honey, date, raisin and a touch of heather are what spring to mind. It feels a bit odd on the tongue: lots of small bubbles, but rather insubstantial in my mouth despite having a very full flavour, a deep, dark brown sugar taste which seems to build and build for quite a while after a more savoury almost carrotlike beginning.

My only regret? That the bottle isn't any bigger.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 22:01:27 | More by charlatan
Photo of DrJay


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut with faint highlights and a short-lived cap of tan head. Some fine lacing. Giant malt aroma, lots of caramel, rich fruity esters, and plenty of spice. Malty, but not overly sweet, caramel mid, with low bitterness. There's a hint of chocolate and ripe fruit hiding beneath the spice too. Finishes with increasing sweetness followed by lingering herbal spiciness and earthy wood. Quite dry, the body is full, but not too heavy. Low carbonation, fairly creamy. This is really good stuff, well worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 22:30:31 | More by DrJay
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is of caramel malt sweetness, alcohol and a little spice underneath. It pours a wonderful off brown head but it scurried away in a hurry. The beer is brown in the center and garnet on the eges; quite lovely. The mouthfeel is full, warming and fabulous. Flavor is full with lots of yummy esters holding hands with the sweetness and the fininsh is where I get the coriander. This is a unique beer where the brewer has earned respect for taking a chance and delivering a qulaity beverage. I recommend this for a night by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 03:32:57 | More by beersabound
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4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as dark as an average stout but a keen eyed appraisal reveals a body that is scarlett on the edges. Head is white and less than half an inch thick. Almost no lacing. Nose is of red grapes, caramel, sweet brown sugar and caramel, with black cherries bringing up the rear. There are many American version of Wee Heavys that are bigger and badder but this just flat out tastes better. No contest.

I thought the smell was good but the taste steps right up and proclaims, "I'm not afraid anymore!" and smacks me upside the head. Caramel, blackberries, rum, raisins, burnt sugar and dull grapefruit hops all combine to form what is in my opinion the best Wee Heavy on this planet. Yeah you heard me right. If you can find another that is better please send it to me for review and I will compensate you. Mouth is slightly thin but I feel it is perfect for this brew. This is unrivaled. It is pricey but I shall drink it again!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 07:43:21 | More by TheBungyo
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Was a dark almost black color with little head. Smell was typical Scotch with coriander and a little bit of coffee. It has the usual watery mouthfeel of Scoth's but the taste was excellent. I really like this style and this is top 3 for sure. Highly recommend. Only thing that will keep from heavy rotation is the price. $5.69 for a bottle. (4, RR, T,Y)

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 16:21:52 | More by TexIndy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/brown, thick tan head, settles down to a ring, lots of lace. Smell is nice, sweet, some strawberries, caramel, very flowery, and some spice, nice and perfumy. Taste is toffee and grains, flowers, spice, some orange, very malty and grainy middle, finishes clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. My only problem is I feel its a little bit too attenuated for a Scotch Ale, but it tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 03:02:36 | More by Viggo
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle

Traquair Jacobite was dark brown with a light tan head. The head didn't last long, but left a little lacing behind. There was coriander and malt in the nose. Upon tasting, there was also plenty of coriander and malt flavor. It was medium-full bodied and a delight to drink. Very intersting.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 21:37:13 | More by afinepilsner
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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

A vigorous pour yields a fast-falling one finger head, large bubbled. It forms a nice glass ring. The body is a wonderful near-opaque black, with ruby highlights only when potently backlit. Nose is dominated b a sweet orange smell, which is surely the coriander. Also helped out by a generous portion of sweet malt. Still, somewhat one-dimensional. Taste is again of coriander, with buttery malt coming in behind. Sweet the whole way through. Body is medioum-light. Smooth, with mild carb. Overall, not quite what I expected - I wanted more rich maltiness, but I got sweet and spicy. I prefer the regualr Traquair to this, but it is nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 22:22:11 | More by mjc410
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting something completely different. When I saw this was infused with corriander (the seed of the cilantro plant) I thought I would get a stong 'soapy' or metallic flavor typically associated with the spice and it's herb. It gave the beer a unique characteristic, but basically blended itself in seemlessly with the beer, which was damned good. The taste of the beer just dropped out from underneath on first tasting. Very clean, with little to no aftertaste. you have to keep drinking it to get a hold on its flavors. For a beer that advertises itself as a corriander beer, it doesn't really reflect its billing, but the beer itself is trully good and should be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 06:05:45 | More by dherling
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt brown with a small and very slow to form brown head that quickly goes away. An extremely fine ring of bubbles remains around the glass. The beer appears slightly murky, though no sediment is evident. Carbonation appears limited.

Smells of coriander, first and foremost. Also raisins, figs, horehound candy, slight toffee.

Taste is hard to describe, but consists of a delicious coffee caramel malt backbone that is juxtaposed against a finish that is loaded with curry, coriander, and hops. Dark dried fruity notes pervade as well. Aftertaste is an extremely pleasant cacao and herbal mix, much more complex than I can here describe. Incredibly pleasant.

Carbonation hits twice, once lightly up front and more heavily on the swallow. There is a woody feeling to the beer as it slides over your tongue, and it finishes very dry and slightly bitter. A mite too dry for my taste, but *only* a mite. Mouthfeel is still superb.

Drinkability is excellent as well. Abv is high but not lethal, and the beer retains complexity throughout, showing subtly different characters as it warms. Excellent brew; a great example of the style, with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 01:32:54 | More by Graebner
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. "Best before June 2009"

Pours a deep, chocolate brown.... nearly black. Very nice colour. The head, on the other hand (and despite a vigorous pour) is smallish at best. Maybe 1/8" and that quickly disipates to nothing.

Aroma carries a strong scent of alcohol, along with chocolate and smokey peat.... yum. The coriander is also quite noticeable. A rich and delicious scent to be sure.

Smokey flavour, burnt grains, chocolate and malt. The coriander is not nearly as strong on the tongue as it is in the nose.

The warmer it gets, the better the mouthfeel. It does a good job of thickening up, and the carbonation level is quite subdued, as it should be in this style. Excellent.

The abv is not at all noticeable, and with the low levels of carbonation that makes this brew exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable.
A fantastic beer to be sure, but to be honest I prefer Duck-Rabbit's version (NC pride!)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 22:52:00 | More by nickss
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An interesting ale. Pours a dark, semi-opaque brown with dark ruby highlights into my pint glass, with a 2-finger head that is dissipates in about 120 seconds or so, leaving moderate lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is immediately of dark bready yeast, pumpernickel, some spice, sweet, malty caramel, and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet and not too stout, with some dark fruityness (plum, overripe blackberry) on top of the caramel-toffee sweetness. There are definite tones of the coriander, along with the darkly yeasty bread flavor. Taste is pretty complex as the ale warms, but the alcohol comes out quite strongly also, as the ale approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel coats the tongue quite nicely, a bit spicy, not as carbonated as I'd like. For me, a good ale, but not one I'd have more than 2 of in a night, so low on the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 20:04:15 | More by kosmoraios
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a wine glass. Best by date on bottle is June 2014!

Appearance: Pours quite a deep shade of ruby/muddy brown. A fine two finger head stacked up and hung around for about 3-4 minutes. No true lacing to speak of but there is a small tight collar around the glass edges. When held to the light a small bead is detected.

Smell: I get a sour yeasty note right from the get go. The combination is something similar to rasberries. Maybe the corriander has some part in it. Beneath the berry aroma are some definite malty undertones. No hops are noted and the alcohol is hidden superbly.

Taste: I stepped away and let this beer warm for about fifteen minutes before tasting it and I can say that it has opened it's self up so to speak. That odd corriander/rasberry quality is present up front followed by a nice textuted malt bill. Some light smoke and earth make an appearance mid palate. The alcohol plays a strong role with the corriander in a long dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This one slightly fat and yet dry, its a cool sensation. There is not much carbonation which makes for a slick and smooth quaff. Not bad by any stretch.

Drinkability: I have had the House Ale from Traquair and I must say that this offering just does not stack up. The corriander presence made me just a bit uneasy at times. I just felt this was too dry and akward for the style. Conversely, the corriander added enough depth to keep it interesting. Just out of sheer curiosity, I will probably give this brew another shot sometime in the future. Drink up!!!


Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 05:24:40 | More by cheers2beers
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky mahogany with a creamy off white head.

Smell is dominated by alcohol, dark fruit and chocolate. Subtle peat smokiness and mild spices.

Taste is caramel maltiness and smoked peat flavor. Dark fruit has a touch of an off flavor in the finish. Toffee and chocolate make an impression. Finish has mild spices and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy.

Overall a decent brew. The slightly off flavor is a major distraction. For the money, I probably won't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 01:06:08 | More by Blakaeris
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fugazme for this bottle. Best before June 2011.

Pours a very dark brown with deep amber highlights. There's a quarter inch head that fades rapidly to a thin spotty cap, with a fairly thin ring that leaves behind a tattered bit of lace.

Smell; the smell is very fruity with a little orange peel, plums, dates and apples. There's pleasant smokey spiciness, with chocolate and caramel mixed in.

Taste; the orange comes out more strongly in the flavor, with the plums, berries and apples falling in behind. The roasted malts and smokey/peat flavors play off of the spices very nicely, and finishes with a rich chocolatey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and with almost no bitterness, this goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:54:42 | More by RedHaze
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark dirty brown with a long lasting little ring of a head.

Smell is big and full of dark fruits, raisons, cherries, and plums.

Taste is sweet, with a toffee and chocolate taste mixing in with a bit of alcohol flavor, a touch of anis and coriander along with a decent earthy hop prescence with a mild bit of smokiness round out this unusual flavor, very candy like without being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating.

Drinkable and tasty, almost desert like in its qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:47:22 | More by bashiba
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3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with a half-inch of thick tan foam. The head disappeared slowly within a minute or so to end us as a persistent film across the top of the beer.

Aroma: Floral and spicy notes dominate the aroma. It smells sweet, and my first impression was of honeysuckle. There are some rich dark caramel notes to the aroma also that add to the sweet impression this beer gives.

Taste: Wow, now the spice in the flavor is almost too much to take! It is really floral and spicy with an almost medicinal dry edge to it. There is some contribution from the malt to try to challenge the spice addition, but it only takes a chunk out of the Corriander’s dominance of the profile. The finish has some sweetness, but the spice clouds any real contribution made by anything else.

Opinion: I didn’t care for this beer. It was well crafted to start with, but the spice addition was WAY too much and leaves room for nothing else. It is like taking medicine, and I imagine that in some way this is similar to drinking Nyquil to get drunk. It is OK for what it is, but I won’t be drinking this beer again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 03:13:06 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown with cocoa-like shades coming through at the edges. Looks a little red at certain angles (in a good way). A light tan, but really small head sits atop the brew. Equally weak on the lacing.

The scent is sort of unique. The first three things I picked up off it are an orange scent, but without the citrus bite, a floral scent, and finally an almost buttery scent. Never had a buttery scent in a beer before. It's not bad though. There's a dash of chocolate that comes through on a deep sniff. Might need to warm a bit to gain some complexity.

Taste comes together like a light coffee. The malt tastes just a little burnt around the edges. The buttery scent does seem to transfer to the taste and actually works nicely to mellow out the burnt malt flavor. There is a bit of a floral touch in there too. Not quite as complex as I'd hoped for, but fairly tasty.

The mouthfeel seems a little aggressive for a beer that combines so many lighter flavors. The carbonation is medium, but feels strong in comparison to the other flavors. The balance is good, leaning just a little to the bitter side. Feels fairly smooth, but just a little slick at the same time.

The mix of flavors makes this a unique beer drinking experience, but not necessarily a great one. This is good, but for the $5 a bottle it costs to get it, you can do better. I'd say try it at least once (maybe you'll like it more than me), but it's not a regular.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 08:20:57 | More by skillerified
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the "regular" Traquair House ale; I've had this one before but never reviewed it. Pours with an almost-coffee color, with ruby highlights. Frothy, big bubbled head settles into frothy, big-bubbled lacing over time. The nose has got tons of coriander, along with dates covered in molasses. The overall effect is a touch on the medicinal side. On the palate, this thick, almost syrupy brew starts off with a touch of pinprick carbonation on the tip of the tongue, accompanied by big, sweet malts and some bitter herbs (coriander, I guess). Overall it's big, sweet, and malty, with a bit of medicinal pruniness. This is one of those brews that's more interesting than it is pleasing to the palate. Not that it's bad or anything, just a bit strange.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:08:35 | More by geexploitation
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 330ml bottle to tulip glass, dated 'best before June 2014' (I think I'm within that time period, though it makes me want to buy some for aging). Comes out a very dark brown, coffee like color with 1.5 fingers of light brown head. Not much head retention but it leaves strong lacings over the surface of the beer. Very difficult to see any light through the body of the glass...

Nose: Wow! What an array of aromas: toffee, black cherry, raisins and blueberries. Very sweet smelling with touches of coriander, and the alcohol can be sensed way deep down.

Mouth: This lightly carbonated beer hits the mouth with a sweet smoky flavor in front and a fruitiness that spans the length of the mouth and on through the swallow. The flavors include blueberries, bananas, a coriander spiciness, toffee, dark roasted coffee, and an alcoholic exhale that warms all the way to the ears. Also reminds me of a candy or bubble gum in the back of the throat - a flavor that remains long after swallowing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 22:35:02 | More by clickpush
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium purple, very wine-like texture. Light head and carbonation. Beautiful coloring. Borders on a 5. Nose is a complex bouquet of floral esters and faint hints of grape. Hard to explain, but almost like the world’s greatest air freshener. Unlike any other beer I’ve ever come across, and if Traquair ever comes out with "new car" I’m all aboard. Mouthfeel: thin and lightly carbonated. Goes down almost like wine with very littly carbonation and zero hop presence. Most of the action is in the malt and coriander flavoring. The malt increases as the swallow finishes and this is what offsets the mildly cloying sweetness, thereby giving the beer it’s backbone. The initial taste almost feels like flavored soda water. With a great balance of abv and solid but not overwhelming taste, I could drink this all day, or at least until nappy nappy time.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 20:28:17 | More by BAbaracus
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by Crosling at a tasting. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a thin layer of nicely tan head over a deep mahogeny colored liquid. Smells dark earthy. Some fresh coriander. Chocolate. Alcohol carries the flavors up. Like an alcoholic Godiva chocolate candy. Some woody dry. One final note, the coriander smells great, exactly like the homegrown coriander I just ground from the pepper grinder I keep it in. Amazing.

Tastes relatively simple, yet quite pleasing. Nice chocolate. Full chocolate with fresh coriander flavor. The flavor holds a hint of saison character (but I was drinking saisons earlier, so, whatever). Earthy...maybe some dry molasses. Body is thin, but silky in someway. I like that the beer disappears off the tongue. I found the flavor to be quitesimple, mostly chocolate (fencing between wet and dry) and coriander. Simple yet well balanced and very pleasant. I sipped this one for a long time and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 06:42:09 | More by mentor
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.