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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

765 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 70
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Translucent brown-copper body with virtually no off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fruit/berries seem to dominate the aroma, with chocolate and caramel malts playing a big roll too. Tastes fruity too, prodominantly, with a roasty chocolate/caramel malt presence and some peatiness present too. Medium bodied with only a moderate amount of carbonation help to make this a pretty drinkable wee-heavy. Definitely unique, and unlike any other example of the style I've encountered. Very good - definitely picking this one up again if I can find it.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Wasatch. Finally decided to crack it open tonight with dinner. Comes in a 11.2 oz bottle that is shaped just like a standard american 12 oz bottle but just a bit shorter.

Pours a ruby brown color, pretty dark, little head that recedes to a thin collar and is completely gone by the time i finish the glass. There was a few tiny chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass that were kind of a turn off--I would rather have a full layer of yeast that i can swirl around and enjoy.

Smell is warm alcohol, some dark fruits, bready malt and something else that i can't be sure of but have to assume is coriander. I've never used it before and don't know what it smells, or tastes, like.

Taste is like the smell, but reversed. More malt, followed by some fruitiness and what i can only, again, assume is coriander. Unusual, maybe i should say unique. I really enjoyed this one. I would love to find another and lay it down for a year to see what happens. Also makes me want to try the house ale. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation make this creamy without being thick or cloying. Very drinkable for all of its alcohol and taste complexity.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark ale with moderate head retention.

Smell: Coriander and caramel; very sweet.

Taste: Heavily spiced with coriander. It's intensely sweet and malty; caramel and mild roasted notes mix with black licorice and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation; fairly light on the tongue.

Notes: A very unique and well-crafted brew, but too sweet for me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with little head. Smells strongly of coriander. The alcohil is also noticeable as are aromas of sweet malt and dark fruit. The taste is similar, but with deeper and brighter flavors than suggested by the nose. Great dark fruit and an herbal zinginess from the coriander predominate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite interesting. The heavily herbed wee heavy style is quite different than a standard malt bomb.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small tanned head, little retention and lacing but that ok cause everything else is great. Has a brownish red color with some haziness.

Smells wonderful, some sour fruits, wood, smoke, caramel, molasses and spices. The nose is sweet but not to the point of overpowering everything else, very well balanced.

Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a bit of scotch, wood, caramel, earthy spices and a sour fruitiness that comes through with the hops at the end. This is one hell of a beer. My favorite beer from Scotland so far.

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

Had this at Bar 35 last night -- I don't think they normally stock it, but it was part of a tasting they were doing. Possibly the best wee heavy I've ever had.

Poured into a pint glass a very dark reddish-brown with a creamy tan head. Decent, fine carbonation, but the head dissipated by about halfway down the glass (may have had better retention in a snifter or tulip glass).

Smells of stewed fruit, plums, molasses, cocoa. Fantastic aromas. I didn't really detect the coriander, but it could be just a subtle addition -- there's a lot of stuff going on in here. Very tasty, with some of the characteristics I associate with an abbey dubbel (raisins, spice) with that pleasant brandy-type flavor of the wee-heavy. Despite being 8% and very big bodied, the finish is dry enough and the carbonation present enough to keep this from being a sipper and makes me wish that it were available more often!

Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, aged one year in a cellar, but still good until June 2014.
Poured into a tulip (RGC).
The only (light) brown thing here is the creamy head, made of very fine bubbles, topping an opaque, very dark brew with some crimson highlights. Little lacing once the head is down.
Pleasant smell, but perhaps because it is aged, it is not as powerful as I expected. Caramel, molasses, some coriander. At times, wine-like and sugary.
Very fine carbonation, leaving the brew with a vinous, very smooth mouthfeel that just adds to the experience. Sweetish without being overly sweet, caramels, molasses, some coriander, a mild overlying tangy and spicy bite rounds it up nicely.
Very little signs of its high alcoholic amount, it is incredibly drinkable.
A most impressive beer.

Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nicely, with a bit of head (though no real lacing). It has an excellent burnt copper color, very deep and dark. An excellent malty and refreshing scent, although not as peaty or deep as I'm used to with Scotch ales. Nice taste, here a bit of peatiness comes through, though not as much as I'd like. The coriander is very nice (even though it's not my thing, if you like coriander flavored ales, you should love this one), and also has a bit of the roasted barley flavor, but not much. It's a bit malty and sweet, but not over the top. It's one of the smoother scotch ales I've tried and goes down quite smoothly, with a nice spicy sweet after taste.

As I've matured in my tastes, I've kept retrying this (and other) brews as I find them/can afford them. I'm guessing my palate is getting better, as I'm getting more nuances as I go.

I've picked up the peat a lot more, with the coriander mix on this one. The slight pepper finish is nice, although I'm sure that's the coriander, as I can detect the Scottish yeast strains that bring out the smoky peat flavors. The scent is stronger, too, with a nice thick peat hit.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark, dark mahogany color with little to no head. The smell is terrific: light molasses, a tiny bit of citrus and alcohol which tickles the nose. Taste starts with a good roasty flavor with coffee added. The malts are definitely where the bulk of the taste is, but a touch of hops seem to balance out the sweetness with some bitterness. The consistency is terrific, like a stout its creamy and slides down the throat easy. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style: just a touch so as not to dissipate the taste too quickly. A great beer, well worth seeking out.

Photo of July2Nov
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, very close to black. Had an awesome lace and legs to the brew.

Smell: Strong caramel and cinnamon with a slight sweetness to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Complex then malty...sweet...and then dry. Tingles the taste buds!

Drinkability: Very tasty ale that I would cellar and try at a later time. Couldn't drink a bunch of these but would definitely come back and visit this one.

Photo of Mandrake
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out what looks like a deep brown, with a big and fluffy tan head. Dissipates a touch quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing. It's when it's held to the light that it really shines: a the brown is revealed as a crystal clear blood red, trails of carbonation surfacing along the sides of the glass. Smell is malty and powerful. Notes of plum, raisin, cherry, and other dark fruits come through right away. A hint of tobacco and peat, spicy notes (the coriander coming through, but with lots of clove as well), and molasses round it out. Stellar. Taste, as a result, is just a bit of a letdown, lacking both the complexity and the body of the scents. Still deep and malty, but the cherry notes are absent. Lots of raisin and peat, and the coriander asserts itself, but it's just not quite what I felt it had the potential to be. Mouthfeel, though, is full and warming, and drinkability is brilliant. Great wee heavy, just a legend.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nearly black color with ruby shining through edges, moderate-sized head dissipating to bubbles floating on top
s: sweet, sweet aromas including caramel, fruity syrup as well as coriander
t: again, sweet syrup-y fruits tempered surprisingly well with coriander, hints of alcohol towards the end as well a lingering caramel taste. this screamed sweetness, but never overpowered.
m: medium to syrup-y body, moderate carbonation
d: this was an interesting brew -- surprising balance, lots of flavor. definitely worth a try

Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle marked “best before June 2014,” I wonder how this one would age. Into a wine goblet, this one is very dark brown with mahogany highlights in the light; it’s nearly opaque. Nose is sweetly herbal and faintly grassy with sweet malt. Tastes of light malt, earthy-herbal, with a faint smoky character, some toasted malt, and a very light bitterness at the end. No alcohol presence; the 8% is completely masked. Dry finish. Mouth is heavy but smoothly carbonated, middle viscous. Wet and thirst quenching. Drinkability is very good; this is a nice, subtle, earthy and enjoyable brew.

Overall: Very good overall, tasty and smooth, with well-masked ABV. I’m not certain that I’m seeing the same stellar quality that others are getting from this beer. Yes, it’s subtle and herbal, but I’m not getting the “flavor explosions” others have reported, even after it’s warmed. Oh well, it’s certainly worth a try.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger tan hued head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and there is no real lacing to speak of. The body is deep brown with purple highlights.

Smell - maltbread with raisins and plums, with a wet, moldy wood and dirty socks odor.

Taste - much like the smell. A weak taste of a maltbread sweetroll studded with plums and raisins, and spiced with the moldy wood and old socks, and there is also a sweet grape flavor, sort of like grape kool-aid.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is good, but not really great, not good enough for me to revisit often, or make sessionable.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderate pour yielded about a finger of tightly-bubbled, khaki colored head that sat atop a deeply rich mahogany brew.

S: Coriander spice definitely comes through alongside roasted malt and faintly sweet coffee notes in the bouquet. Rather complex, but not potent.

T: Gotta love a malt-heavy ale. Jacobite gives you so much that its hard not to love, but also balances the heaviness of its malty side with a crisp balance, the spice playing right in between for excellent transition. The hops are noticeable at the end as a sort of bittering effect along with the residual coriander and spice flavor, enhancing the aftertaste.

M: Fairly unique in the mouthfeel, had the carbonated characteristic of say, a Belgian, but a bubbly/silky texture that was all its own. Combined with the taste, this works quite well.

D: This is definitely a cut above the rest. The complex nature and flavors are great for those who love malts and originality. Another excellent offering from Traquair.

Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a 1 finger tan head that eventually settles to some lacing.

Smell is of molasses, coriander and dark herbs. Interesting.

Taste is nice. Molasses, dark caramel - with a good bit of spicing - coriander and similar flavors - reminds me of anise actually. Roasted coffee. Sweet, yes, but balanced fully by the spicing. I've not had a scotch ale quite like this - but, admittedly, most of the scotch ales I've had have been from American brewers. I like this style of it though - the spicing really helps keep it from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, as a scotch ale should be, but not to the point of being syrupy. Finish is satisfying.

Drinkability is quite good for a scotch ale. Far more drinkable than some of the syrupy sweet versions I have had.

Recommended. An excellent scotch ale.

Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, dark ruby with a thin ring of beige head. No lacing is left, really. Aroma is very sweet with lots of toffee, caramel, and honey. Some dried figs is in there as well as lots of citrusy coriander. Flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Starts with some dark dried fruit maltiness and a flat yeastiness. Moves into a huge coriander middle and then finishes roasty and a little smoky with hints of chocolate. Carbonation is smooth, and to my surprise, this is neither sticky nor slick. Drinkability is fine, but this is surely no session.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of the most unique beers I've ever tasted. It pours a dark rub/brown with little carbonation and not much of a head. Aroma is very dark and heavy with molasses, coriander, dark fruits like prunes and alcohol. Taste reflects bitter but smooth chocolate character that is balanced against the coriander. Slightly bitter at the end, witha nice warming alcohol finish, but the beer goes down smooth. Bitter and sweet, but I wish it were a bit thicker. But still a very unique brew that would probably show you tons of different flavors every time you tried it.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark red-brown color. Head (creamy medium-tan) is quite small, almost film-like after the first minute, but it lasts.

Smell: Dark cherries, a bit of chocolate, and a good dose of corriander, fennel, etc. Quite a unique aroma for a beer. Definitely enjoyable, though a bit unusual.

Taste: Again, unusual is the key word. Dark fruits like cherries, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bits of citrus... plus all the corriander. The finish is really nice, with a whole wave of different flavors quickly flying by in sequence. Aftertaste is a creamy spicy coffee, with the definite presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Insanely smooth and creamy with a very mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Though noticable, the alcohol taste in the beer is well-balanced. The intense spices may be a bit too much at times.

This is a really tasty and enjoyable beer. It has a flavor that is certainly distinct, but not at all unwelcome (in general... sometimes it can be a bit much... but it's not a beer to drink fast either). Though I prefer it's relative, the Traquair House Ale, this is a beer that I will surely get again. If you haven't had either beer, try the House Ale first. Pricey, but worth it!

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June, 2014:

Pours dark brown with ruby hues with a thin, creamy, tan head.

The smell is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark cherry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark fruitiness. Aniseedy notes come through. Hefty spiciness and chocolatey malt balance each other out nicely. Warming alcohol comes through in the finish.

It has a firm medium body. Okay carbonation.

This is a wonderful sipping treat.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade! It's a real treat!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, says best before June 2014. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours brown with a very small fizzy head. It smells like raisins, plums, caramel and coriander. The taste is pretty much the same way it smells, except that there's also molasses, peppery spicyness and a little bit of alcohol. It's mostly sweet, but there's also some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it goes down very easy and smooth. Overall a tasty beer, probably would be better to drink on a fall/winter night but it's still good on a warm day too.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, nice little islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is sweet, malty, figs, raisins, coriander, yeasty, and some caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, spicy, yeasty, slight caramel thrown in. The ABV is hidden pretty well, with a nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Very drinkable, glad to have this brew available in utah, highly recommended.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color looks cola like with small fine champane fizz. Almost no lacing. The nose smells of dried figs and warming alcohol. With a hint of brown sugar and molasas. The taste is slightly smoky with a grahm cracker and brown sugar spice followed by the corriander finish. The malt wins in this match. Only a slight bitter hop spice mixed in. I'm going to miss getting this in Ga. the distr. discontinued this line of beers.

Photo of seanyfo
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into my Duvel glass

A - Dark ruby body with 2 finger creamy tan head that disappates quickly to leave a crown, lacing is minimal

S - lots of sweet sugary syrupy malts, with some floral hops fill the nose. Some dark fruits also.

M - lots of floral hops hit the tongue up front, balances with syrupy malts and a spicey christmas cake flavour in the aftertaste. Some typical nutty scottish ale notes come through as the aftertaste lingers

T - low carbonation, syrupy texture.

D - Not bad, prefer the house ale for its warming qualities, wouldnt pass this up, but as sippers go, this maybe has too much of a bitter bite in the aftertaste, unlike wee heavies i have had in the past. More like a traditional scottish ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown beer with red highlights; small head. It had a perfumy and spicy aroma. The taste was almost all coriander that lingered forever. It became more warming as the beer warmed. A little thin in the mouth, and not altogether pleasant.

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.