1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Not Rated.
Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

739 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 739
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 65
Gots: 36 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Traquair Jacobite Alström Bros
Ratings: 739 | Reviews: 504 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, chocolatey brown color with a thin beige head. Coriander aroma is strong, more subtle caramelly, toasty malt notes and a citrus zest-like fruitiness. Malty and rich in body and texture. Caramel-like malt sweetness, some earthy notes like peat and moss, and a citrus zing that goes hand-in-hand with the coriander. Finishes smooth and a slight bit tart, with the coriander hanging on well after each sip. Carbonation is about average, which is good for this beer. Very enjoyable, but I think I still prefer the House.

crookedhalo, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackened maple, but only when held to a strong light source. Simply blackened otherwise. The head is a strong capping of bleached beige.
Strongly perfumed of molasses and liquorice, roast and tar. Leafy and lemon notes clue the coriander addition.
Coats and assaults the mouth. Cannons of treacle, molasses, burnt gingerbread, chocolate, asphault, liquorice, anise and ash. Caramel and smoke arrise as it lingers. And it does linger. Lemon notes hint at the advertised spicing, and grow as it warms. Think of a lemon poppyseed muffin, coated in tar and molasses, then seared to a crisp.
Slightly plumper than medium bodied. And despite it strength of both flavor and alcohol (which is masked ridiculously), it is drinkable beyond any rationale.
Akin to the quadranglation of a Wee Heavy, Imperial Stout, witbier and barleywine. Every bit as arcane as that sounds.
Just delicious.

cokes, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a deep blackish brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is exceptional as you can smell this ale when you pour it out of the bottle.
Deep dark fruity ester mingle with a citrussy coriander spiciness make for an excellent aroma, this is the first beer i have tried in which the aroma exceeds the flavor. The rich aroma led me to a letdown as the flavor was much more subdued than i expected. The coriander flavors were there though they were much less prevelent due to the intemingling of the roasted grain flavors detracting from the spice. The body of this ale is an immense letdown as a scotch wee heavy IMO should have a bit more viscosity and sweetness but this is a rather thin ale in terms of body. For being an ale with such disinction and prestige i would have thought it would taste better but maybe it just isn't my style. The scotch ales always throw me off due to the lack of hops and for some reason i have a hard time enjoying tha malt flavors unless they are balanced by a signifigant amount of hops.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slick, oily and immensly deep mahogony with a slightly thin beige head.

Coffee, molassess, and slight alcohol nose. Should be slightly warming.

Thick malt with dark fruit (plum? passion fruit?). Alcohol presence warmed as I thought. Sweet but not too sweet.

Thick and chewy that left an oily feel on the tongue.

Very easy to drink, the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Dangerous beverage after a few. I will have again.

Ahhdball, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is perfectly dense, bubbles are so small you almost can't see them. The body is of an intense opaque very dark brown-purple color.

The smell reminded me of a rich spiced tea bag: fruity and spicy, aromas of oranges, strawberry, verbena and mint. A sweet yeastyness.

The taste shows fruits, yeast and spices (cloves). Some dark chocolate confers the brew an enjoyable thickness together with some toasted malts. This beer is such a refined and harmonious balance of ingredients: spices are noticeable but not too present and greatly show the complexity of the base beer. At some points I had the impression I was eating a chocolate or a trufle with some fruit liquor inside of them (it's always exciting how you don't know what liquor you're gonna get). The smell is actually spicier than the taste: even without the spices, this beer would be far from being bad.

The mouthfeel is perfect: smooth, really melting in the mouth, complex without being viscuous. I haven't had many spiced beer, but this is a truly great brew.

tjd25, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumping this beer violently from the bottle gives me about a finger of head: light tan, dense, bubbly. The beer is hazy black-brown, with brown-red highlights. Sweet, sweet toffee and bread in the spicy nose. A little vinous and very yeasty. Smellicious! Sweet toffee dominates the front, turning thicker and more buttery towards the caramelized finish. There's some bitter fruit in there... what is it? Grapefruit? No... more like tonic water! This is a very nice, malty toffee, sweet, spicy beer. The bitter tonic finish with alcohol makes me think of ginandtonic. Delicious.

kbub6f, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

Rastacouere, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown/ almost black color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is great. It has a very attractive malty scent with a touch of corriander and a fruity yeast aroma. It boasts of dark malts, mostly roasted and crystal. The taste is good. It has a sweet and fruity rich malt flavor with a creamy, yet dry finish. The presence of corriander is nice it adds another level of complexity that enhances the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine spiced brew. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a very interesting beer we have here!

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears leaving a ring around the edge where the beer meets glass.
No lacing.

Smells like muscat dessert wine at first. Figs, toffee, honey, and caramel. As it warms, the sweet muscat smell recedes and one that has a hint of black tea comes forward. Complex stuff!

Taste is predominated by black tea, toffee, honey, and spice (coriander) in the background. By no means a "spicy" beer. After swallowing, a coffee like taste lingers with the drying quality of tannins from tea. I like this. This would be a great winter beer with fish and chips!

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The drying mouthfeel lingers and coats your mouth.

I think after one I am done, but it very enjoyable!

silenius, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of dedalus
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i wasn't sure what the appropriate glass would be for this beer, so i poured it into a burgundy glass that i usually reserve for dubbels, since i have no chalices. the color was a deep, dark maroon, with a thin cap of off-white foam. lots of clingy lacing all down the inside of the glass's reservoir.

the beer smelled like a strong dark chocolate rum cake. the coriander comes through in the nose as well, adding an herbal contrast to the powerfully sweet malt aromas.

the taste was also dominated by dark chocolate and huge, rummy alcohol flavors. the farther down the glass i got, the less the coriander seemed able to integrate itself into the beer's flavor profile; while initially it was a pleasantly subtle, herbal balance to the sweetness and chocolatey flavors, by the last sip the coriander stood out so conspicuously that i knew that if i poured myself another bottle, the beer would begin to remind me of a celery stick topped with a generous dollop of dark chocolate. but some beers aren't meant to be drunk in copious quantity, and that certainly seems to be the case here. no detectable hop flavors, as expected. but the powerfully sweet chocolate and the coriander go together well for about the first 85% of the beer; the coriander only becomes a problem during the last few sips.

the mouthfeel was very smooth. any more carbonation than the tiny spritz that the beer exhibits would be too harsh.

overall, an excellent beer. i'm sure that in subsequent tastings, when i become acclimated to the taste of coriander, i won't find that spice nearly as difficult to deal with, and since it really wasn't much of a problem for me to begin with, i have no doubt that this beer will make its way onto my list of favorites.

cheers,

d

dedalus, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark brown with almost no head. It's leaving a really cool clumpy lace behind as I drink it down.

There's a hint of banana in the smell, but not in the taste. The taste is full of spice but remains balanced and very nice. It's a little harder to drink than some of the other similar beers out there, but not terribly so.

This almost reminds me of Anchor's latest Our Special Ale, but in a stronger way. Overall, it's pretty darn good.

watermelonman, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown color with an light brown white head. Head diminishes quickly and leaves a sticky lace. A good amount of carbonation is present as well. Aroma of spices (coriander),caramel, hops and malt. Flavor is malty with a peppery and spicy finish. Spicey finish mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low effervescence.

SeanChouffe, May 01, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with "best before June 2011" on the label. Pours a very dark brown, clear mahogany with garnet tints when held to a strong light. Beautiful tan head is tightly knit, and retains well. Interesting sheets of lace appear to be glued to the side of the glass.

Aroma begins with a Belgianesque spicy coriander and malt. I almost expected fruity banana to come forth, but it was smoky peat and molasses, instead, that followed up the spiciness.

Mouthfeel seems undercarbonated, and has a mild, vinous note. Medium bodied.

Spicy coriander and anise lead a spicy beginning to the taste that is almost tart in character. Toffee and molasses emerge into a featured role as this nears room temperature. Anise, peaty smoke, and toffee add to a complex character. Leather and a mild tobacco note are present near the finish. A bitter, spruce type, hop presence provides a nice, balancing, bitterness. Alcohol was picked up in the nose, but not in the taste.

A fine Scottish ale here. The use of coriander gives this a unique flavor for an ale from the UK. I'm curious to know how this ages.

merlin48, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Best before June 2009" on label.

Coca-cola brown with the thinnest wisp of brownish-white lace atop it and a powerful aroma of coriander and other spices in the nose. I mean, powerful--almost licorish-like in strength and character.

Very interesting flavor--malts and again, the strong, coriander element, and touches of alcohol. I love the malts here, and this definitely reminds me of licorish, though the flavor isn't exactly the same. Leads me to believe there is at least a hint of anise in here somewhere, as well as touches of molasses and black tea. This is a heavily-spiced molasses cookie in liquid form...

Pretty intriguing, and definitely an experience worth having once--unlike anything else I've ever had, for sure.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. To think I was passing this up in favor of other beers because I had no idea what this was about till I read all the ratings and decided to give it a try! Dark beer with perfect lasting 1cm head. Big fruity nose. Wonderful malty beer with just a touch of corriander in the background. Not too sweet, and no strong alcohol notes. Very well made and recommended.

vladtheimpaler, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with sienna brown highlights. Slightly greenish tinged yellow head, mostly a skim. Laces in widely spaced dots and drips. Sugared rasin bran aroma, malty with some brightness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but I'm not a huge carbonation fan and even I was missing some spunk here. The predominant flavor reminds me most of lemon and sugar ice tea, the coriander accent closely mimics an English mid grade tea on my tongue. Finishes somewhat smokey with the fruitiness holding up quite well. Interesting beer, well-executed, a different profile is gigging here.

ADR, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep murky ruby brown color, with a tan fleeting head leves even bands of lacing in my brandy snifter. Aroma: Malts seema bit stale herbal coriander notes galore with a great rich slightly smokey malt backbone. Taste: Alcohol is upfront here sweet sugary caramel maltswith corander spiciness sitt upon the palate, starts to become a bit cloying for me after about 6 oz. wish this was a nip bottle. Just too much spice from the coriander the house ale is much tastier in my opinion this is complex but it becomes medicinal in nature and it's quite a job to finish a whole bottle. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sits heavy on the palate can't say this one is smooth. Drinkability: Too much damn coriander for me if I would have tasted a sample I may have been a bigger fan of this beer, however after the how bottle I was sick of the flavor.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/mohagany pour with minmal head. The nose is lovely and highlighted by dark roasted malts and complex spiciness. The taste is superb, again roasted malts and plenty of nice spice....cinamon, nutmeg, maybe some corriander. A semi sweetness of molasses and brown sugar is present as well. A touch of unsweetened, chalky chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the finish leans towards the dry side. A nice spicey finish that lingers adequately. Great beer!

Popsinc, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with a small, but dense beige head. Sweet aromas of dark malt, ripe red fruit, molasses some chocolate and a bit of smoke. I didn't really pick up a huge coriander smell.
Deep rich flavors. Earthy and sweet. Roasted malt, burnt caramel and chocolate covered raisins. The slightly tart coriander really came through in the flavor. Finishes dry with hop bitterness and a hint of nuts that lingered quite nicely.
Rich, full to medium bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol finally came through and kicked in to warm the stomach and the brain but still a highly drinkable ale.

rkhaze, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful stuff! This is dark red liquid with a nice fizzy head of foam. The aromas were WONDERFUL and consist of coriander, freshly cut hops, lovely light bready malts, and more....where is the alcohol?, I have to ask. The taste is a bit different than the aroma and morphs as you take each new sip (Is this a chameleon of a beer?) I can taste smoked, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, various types of fruits, apricots?, nectarines?, and that spicy coriander. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy and the drinkability is pretty darn excellent as well. I almost want to move to Scotland after this one!

francisweizen, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown in color. Solid brownish cream head made of fine bubbles, leaves little lacing. Strong licorice aroma (coriander?). Malty sweet spiced flavor reminds me of chocolate chip cookie dough with a splash of vanilla extract. Flavor is balanced by a slightly bitter aftertaste.

HappyHourHero, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark malt with huge coriander, Traquair Jacobite lacks complexity and seems not to desire it. There are hints of licorice, but this brew is heavily spiced with the unique coriander taste that's well-supported by a hefty maltiness and just a touch of green grass from the hops. Spicy, but quite palatable.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1995 11.2oz opened 11/14/03

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a creamy head that diminishes rather quickly.The coriander is definitley present in the aroma,but not overpowering like in other brews.Fruits and spices are also present in the nose and taste.It finishes wtih a unique flavor that I can't indentify, but it makes the brew interesting.Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I expected and was looking for a more oily and heavier characteristic, but it helps it pair with food better.Nice desert beer.

dpend, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses-inspired brown. Ring of off-white "head" clings to the top of the brew and the edges of the glass.

Coriander dominates the aroma. Wet leaves. Almost wheaty-citrus presence just floats over the top of dark, rich malts. Perfectly balanced flavors -- typical malty doughiness and sweet spiciness are offset by a raw, chocolate malt, bittersweet flavor.

marburg, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Probably one of the most gorgeous bottled beer pours I've ever seen! Deep, dark mahogany body. Thick (really thick!) finely-bubbled light-tan head. Light, pillowy head texture with incredible retention. Thick lace.
Smell: Chocolate, espresso, licorace, earthy... of course, corriander. Whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Malty, big blast of corriander, dry, bitter hop/spice finish. Combination of malt/ripe fruit (raisin/plum) sweetness, spice acidity and dry hop bitterness - all balanced - exceptional.
Mouthfeel: Rich, lush, silky, chewy. Alcohol hides in the background.
Drinkability: Absolutely delicious. Price prohibitive for a long session, but an ideal "special ocassion" brew. Wow!

DagFishHead, Nov 01, 2003
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.