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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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730 Ratings

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 63
Gots: 32 | 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 dedalus
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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.



dedalus, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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 -1.9%

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 -4.3%

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 -0.2%

"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 +10.1%

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 -2.6%

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 -12.7%

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 +1.4%

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 +6.5%

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 +10.6%

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 -1.9%

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 -6.3%

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.

ngandhi, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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 +9.4%

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 +14.9%

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
Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I can't believe that I found this at the state store in Utah! Anyhow, pours a murky reddish brown with a light tan head. Nice looking brew. Smells of vinuous malts, sweet plums, coriander (duh.), and deliciousness. Taste starts off with acidic, tart, dry vinuous malts, but then smooths out with hints of smoke, oak, and plenty of alcohol. Quite warming. Very interesting beer, but I don't think I would drink this all the time.

alexgash, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Awesome find! The beer poured a deep cola like color, the head vanished quickly leaving little lace. The aromatics were awesome-vanilla extract, corriander and some dark roasted coffee notes as well as sweet cream. In the mouth the beer is medium bodied, refreshing and very complex and tasty. First up more roasted coffee with sweet cream, then cleansing corriander lending a wonderful spicy component to this ale. Had this with a salad of frisee, spinach, Maytag blue, pear, pecan, sherry vinnegrette..who says salad is for wimps? This went great! Try this ale!

moulefrite, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A stealth beer. What is a stealth beer?
It's an elixir that nestles you in an exciting, wondrous flavor panorama, but alas when the rest room calls, and you attempt to rise from your chair, you suddenly discover you're welded to it.

Perhaps I enjoyed this Jacobite Ale on an empty stomach hence my stealth beer declaration.

Absolutely no nose, or it’s so faint the stars have to be right to detect it. But...a wonderful robust flavor awaits. The Coriander is tastefully (no pun intended) combined with the beer to form a wonderful combination. The beer is dark amber and has a long lasting finish that’s clean but makes its self known to the palate. There’s more malt than hops but both combine to build the character and mouthfeel of a strong robust ale. The finish just keeps going and going. Gorgeous.

gueuzeonhigh, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Dark red brown color. Head is large and rolling. Aroma is complex, mixture of malts, spices and fruits, with a mixture of old musty basement added. (This is a good thing). WOW. What a complex tasting beer. The rich malts and spiciness interact to make this a very complex and tasty beer. The malt sweetness is balanced by the spiciness. Body is more like a porter or a stout. It has a definite vinous quality as well. Flavors are varied; malts, plums, apples, smoke, chocolate, coriander, vanilla and whole lot more. Smooth. A very unique beer, one of the must tries. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance – The body of this ale is almost pure black. The head is rather smallish but showed good retention. It looks more like a heavy Stout than a Scotch Ale.

Smell – This one has a big, roasty malt base that’s laden with chocolate. The yeasty nature of the malt gives this one almost a chocolate cookie kind of aroma up front. If you sit for a while you’ll get a plethora of fruits.

Taste – The big, dark malts from the nose make it right to the tongue. The fruits are much more distinguishable at the taste as well. They are juicy and very sweet like oranges, mangos, and star fruit. The ABV is light. Overall the flavor profile is just brilliant

Mouthfeel – There’s no expectation of carbonation here. This brew is smooth and creamy beyond reproach. This is THE striking characteristic that I first noticed at the taste.

Drinkability – This ale was brewed with “drinkability” in mind. It’s big and complex but goes down like silk. It’s a bit different than other examples of the style that I’ve had, though, so go into this one with an open mind. Any way you cut it, this is one tasty brew.

Update: I updated my review of the 2003 after sampling a newer bottle in 2004. Regardless of the year, this is an excellent ale.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.45/5  rDev +7%

Damn! This is one helluva beer! I liked the dark reddish color with the creamy brown head. The smell was very nice, you could definately smell the maltiness mixed with the corriander(sp?). I'm not too familiar with the spiced beer realm, but this one is tops for me. The taste was nice and beefy, as well as rich in maltiness. Even though this is rather expensive, this is well worth the price.

JISurfer, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Dark brown hue with a reddish trace around the edges, silky beige head, very small, decent retention. No lace. The nose immediately screams “buckle-up!” The bouquet is spiced with coriander, highlighted with alcohol; plums, fig, maple syrup, and chocolate add depth. Needless to say the invitation is striking. Shockingly light mouthfeel (at first) allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Sweet malt seems to dominate the palate… but that notion only lasts for a split-second… the spice of the coriander, the influences of chocolate and the persuasion of alcohol all lends a hand to create a balanced ale. Towards the end a note of plum arises… coriander again is noticed at the finish. All I can say is this is a damn tasty beverage with an alcohol punch that socks you right in the brain… but it is surprisingly easy to drink, the carbonation is minimal and the “thickness” on the tongue increases with warmth. I’d highly recommend trying one of these, even if you have to pay $7.00 for a 11.2 oz bottle like I did.

bditty187, Jul 06, 2003
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Originally sampled on 30 May 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. I had heard, and read a lot of reviews on how this was a great beer. I was disappointed.
It's roughly the color of cola with a very small head. The flavors are chocolate and spice. Very different. Wasn't bad, but not as good as I'd hoped for

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

This brew poured a very, very small head with fine bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a licorice aroma to it. There was a lot of carbonation observed with this brew. It left a fizzy feeling on my tongue and an aftertaste that lingered. I could not acquire a good taste for this brew as it most certainly had a unique taste.

hotstuff, Jun 09, 2003
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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