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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

722 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 63
Gots: 31 | 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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haz77

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

A - Pours a very deep brownish-red with an inch of creamy tan head. This fizzes away and drops to a thin island and ring, although the head is easily refreshed.

S - Cherry, prune, raisin, molasses, toffee, liquorice, cardamom and some other spices.

T - Initial mouthful of dark fruit and spice, followed by creamy chocolate. A rum-like note appears and is joined by the molasses towards the end, and these flavours linger into a long aftertaste.

M - Velvety smooth after some initial sharpness. Full body and low-medium carbonation.

D - Not particularly drinkable, even for the style. Smell and taste was a bit disappointing, although it's certainly worth trying.

12-10-2006 15:36:23 | More by haz77
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IntriqKen

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A different impression than most reviewers here.
Pours a very dark amber with a smallish head that melts to a mild ring.
Aroma is scotish ale burnt malts with a faint burnt corriander spice aroma. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as it warms.
Taste is toasted, roasted, and burnt amber malt...sweet but toasted with toasted corriander and lightly toasted orange. Very light bitterness and alcohol presence on the end.
Mouthfeel is tangy...meaning not thin so much as thining as it dries in the palette.
Aftertaste of toasty caramel and a bite of hops.
Like it.

12-07-2006 04:51:17 | More by IntriqKen
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -24.8%

Pours a dark brown color with a decent amount of head.

Smell is very interesting - sweet, malty, a little spicy and has some character to it that I can only describe as musty.

I guess I just don't appreciate the style this is going for with the corriander and all, or maybe I got a bad bottle, but I didn't like the taste. It starts malty, then is spicy and has a strange, fruity, spicy finish that struck me all wrong.

Mouthfeel is fine, and the drinkability suffers in my book from the spiciness and the finish.

12-02-2006 22:03:45 | More by AaronHomoya
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle into mug.

Very deep ruby red hue that borderlines on opaque. Tan head that quickly settles to a bubbly cap.

Mild dried fruit, a brisk spiciness, caramelized sugar, and some warming alcohol make up the aroma.

Thick and malty bittersweet taste from the strong dark malts and a little bit of hops coming through. A touch of alcohol can be felt in the background. The flavors get smoother and a little more complex as the beer warms.

Best enjoyed at cellar temperature. Another good example of a Scotch Ale. Recommended.

12-01-2006 01:04:27 | More by BeerSox
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance:
Pours mahagony in color with a scarlet tinge when struck by direct light. There is an off white one finger head with average retention and no lacing to speak of.

Smell:
The scent is largely floral in nature. There are spikes of parsley and toffee that rise up from a very subtle malt base. A very complex and unique scent in my opinion.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I'm almost perplexed by this beer. It's such a different experience from other beers I've had and that's an impressive roster not to toot my own horn. It has a lot of warm spice character like cinnamon stick with an incredible floral and herb sweetness. There's a piney and parsley like crisp aspect to this beer that provides a perfect balance to the mostly dark and full malt body. The scent really plays in to the taste creating a very integrated drinking experience. There's so much more to this beer but it's so unique in flavor that I really don't know exactly how to put words entirely to what I'm drinking. A truly unique and delicious beer. I admittedly haven't had a lot of wee heavy beers, but if this beer is any indicator of the style then I will search high and low for an equal to this fine brew.

Drinkability:
It's a little on the strong side but man is this beer awesome. There's a slightly malty aftertaste that hurts the drinkability for me but again this beer just rocks hard.

Bottom Line:
Again, I don't have a lot of experience with the style, but if you're anything like me then this beer is fantastic. If you're a fan of the style then you probably have already discredited and laughed at my review or already know what a treasure this beer is.

11-30-2006 21:51:06 | More by Grundle20
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Litterbean

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours extremely dark brown with a bright white head.

The smell is astounding. Malt, smoke, and coriander are everywhere. Bold and assertive.

Taste is almost all malt. Smoky flavor melds into a flowery coriander taste and some spicy alcohol at the end. Hints of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg are present. Black licorice is also detectable.

Very tasty and a fine wee heavy.

11-28-2006 07:20:16 | More by Litterbean
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours to a dark oily brown, wit hints of red. Had a very thin off-white head that left virtually no lacing. Nice strong aroma of malty dark fruit, with undertones of chocolate and toffee, with hints of spices. Taste was definitely more of the same found in the aroma, though the alcohol was more pronounced as the beer warmed. Finish was an interesting mix of sweet and dry. I really enjoyed this beer, although it actually reminded me somewhat of a barley wine.

11-26-2006 22:21:37 | More by kimcgolf
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Melchizedek

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a nice dark, dark brown with a solid head that dissipates slowly into a pretty even, thin beige cap.

In the nose, coriander is fairly prominent, but doesn't overwhelm some honey-like malt and a very mild smoky character. Malts take back control in the mouth, and the mouthfeel is rich if not heavy. Creamy. Very nice contrast to the robust and somewhat sharp flavor profile. A little hop bitterness keeps the sweet stuff in check, and the smoky peat character is actually a really good background for the spice.

What a neat version of this style. Wee Heavies seem to be love-it-or-hate-it, and I think I'm falling in on the "love it" side. The complexity and strength make it a lovely day-end sipping beer, but it doesn't compromise smooth texture and pleasing flavor.

11-24-2006 03:23:45 | More by Melchizedek
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

a - pours a one finger thick toffee-colored fizzy head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a ring of bubbly lace. color is dark brown with red highlights.
s - malty and sweet with a hint of spice. main aromas are dried fruit, maybe figs and berries. this beer smells like a bourbon and coke to me.
t - starts with the berry and spices and finishes chocolatey.
m - much thinner than i would have liked but very smooth.
d - alcohol becomes more hidden as it warms. easy to drink and a good beer.

11-02-2006 15:04:26 | More by GPHarris
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured an extremely dark, rich, ruby color with a nice head that lingered on and left beautiful lacing along the glassware after each sip. Smelled of fruity/berry heaven! Like fresh, wild blueberries. Malt is also present in the aroma and maybe a hint of sticky caramel toffee and bubble gum. Smells like candy. Taste is of caramel malty goodness with berries galore, probably from the coriander, ripe dark fruits, light hop bitterness. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, although this bottle is probably aged a tad. Very refreshing. This would serve good as an apertif beer. It's very juicy. Mouthfeel is thick velvety with perfect carbonation. This here is a winner although I couldnt have too many because of the sweetness. It's like beer candy.

10-25-2006 23:56:44 | More by Doomcifer
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

received this bottle in a recent trade with stephenlouis. thanks Stephen!

pours a deep red-brown colour with ruby highlights. a thin head of very fine bubbles quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. slightly sweet malt. molasses. bit of alcohol. spicy. fruit too, like raspberries.

taste is great. slightly roasty. great rich maltyness. whole wheat biscuits. milk chocolate. a little alcohol in the finish, and just a touch of lingering bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. a little thinner than i'd expect from a wee heavy, but still fairly thick.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is a little evident, otherwise it'd score even higher here.

10-24-2006 23:55:31 | More by grub
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GimmeAles

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

10-16-2006 14:59:12 | More by GimmeAles
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%

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....

09-19-2006 00:06:21 | More by ThirdCoast
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-11-2006 22:30:31 | More by DrJay
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beersabound

Alaska

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

09-05-2006 03:32:57 | More by beersabound
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.95/5  rDev +19%

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!

09-02-2006 07:43:21 | More by TheBungyo
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TexIndy

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5%

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)

08-24-2006 16:21:52 | More by TexIndy
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-14-2006 03:02:36 | More by Viggo
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

08-13-2006 21:37:13 | More by afinepilsner
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mjc410

Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

08-05-2006 22:22:11 | More by mjc410
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dherling

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-05-2006 06:05:45 | More by dherling
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Graebner

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

08-05-2006 01:32:54 | More by Graebner
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nickss

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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!)

07-25-2006 22:52:00 | More by nickss
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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