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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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Ratings: 712
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 04:43:29 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of beerguy101


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 01:50:43 | More by beerguy101
Photo of RoyalT


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 03:43:46 | More by RoyalT
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 22:18:41 | More by JISurfer
Photo of bditty187


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 17:34:29 | More by bditty187
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 12:31:56 | More by jcalabre
Photo of hotstuff


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 08:23:56 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very small dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly disappear. It has a dark semi-opaque brown carbonated body. It has an average strength aroma of spices and malt. The flavor of this brew is different than most other brews, not bad, not great, but it took a little while to get used to. It contains notes of spice, raisin, dark chocolate, and licorice. After a few tastes, the gas started to make me burp. The alcohol started to show itself after half a mug.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 14:57:34 | More by TheDM
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red 'round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous.
Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it's like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack!
Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It's like drinking spices!
A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it's only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it's all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1
My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I'll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 01:43:37 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with slight head,aroma was very malty and chocolaty with an alcohol tinge in there.Very caramelly taste with some dried fruit in the background,nice and sweet.Just an all around good very well made beer.Really like to drink rich,hearty ales like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 15:21:05 | More by oberon
Photo of jeffboo


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spiced Scotch ale? Sounds interesting enough. It pours a light black with orange highlights and a puffy tan foam. It has a light purfumy nose, maybe corriander? I guess so, it starts sweet malt ,some orange rind, smoke, and a long warming corriander finish. It is very full bodied, a bit heavy, but a nice spicy change of pace for an alcoholic brew like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 07:46:35 | More by jeffboo
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown amber colored brew. Deep crimson notes like cranberry juice when held up to the light. Head is a mass of off-white to tan foam that sits on top for quite some time and leaves sticky lace all over the glass.
Sweet malts, masses of grassy hops, fruits, a bit of alcohol, and nice spices. This aroma is loaded. I guess it is the coriander that brings it all together into a magically complex whiffer that makes you just want to keep on smelling.
It has a sweet start with caramel and molasses. Malts come in big with a nice spiciness to balance. Alcohol comes in a bit later and is lead out the door by an extreme aftertaste of roasty malts that lingers on your tongue for a bit. Smooth and full of body, this one is just right. Complex flavors lead your mouth through a buffet as it slides down nice and clean. Not what I would call a drinker, but 11.2 ounces is way too small. A couple would be necessary for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 11:46:10 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of AudioGilz


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's very very dark burgundy brown in color, but it's clear...no murkiness at all. A small but thick head forms and then leaves a circle of a coating. WOW, what a fragrant aroma! Amazing...I have no idea what coriander smells like, but if it's anything close to what this beer smells like, than coriander is some kick ass stuff! I could smell this beer for hours.

It's very malty/chewy, smooth on the palate. There's so much going on here, I can't grasp it all....molasses sweetness, plums, chocolate....and some hops in the end but just a touch. Alcohol warmth finishes everything off, making you yearn for another sip. This stuff is amazing....now I know why it was 5 bucks a bottle. Go find this stuff and savor it!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 23:12:51 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet pungency to the nose. Deep dark amber color. White head and lace. Strong sweet corriander, juniper berry (tonic) taste. Rich thick mouth with some bubble action around the tongue. The finish is interestingly dry. Not hugely drinkable for me. An interesting beer, but not one I would ever need a case of...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 12:59:57 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Suds


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, the aroma on this beer is fantastic. The coriander, herbal smell is amazing. I could keep my nose in the glass all night. There's also a sweet maltiness in the aroma.
It's a dark brown, very attractive beer with a wispy, cream-colored head. Taste is sweet and somewhat spicy. There's a graininess in the mid-taste and a nice underlying maltiness. Finish is a nice balance of mild bitterness and malt character. Certainly worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 14:58:25 | More by Suds
Photo of StevieW


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz brown bottle. "Best before June 2009" clearly marked on the side. Also "Ale flavored with Coriander" on the label. This beer marks the 250th anniversary of the Traquair House. Okey dokey, here we go.
Deep dark brown color, ruby tinged edges. Thin wispy off-white head fades quickly and leaves only the tiniest edge around the glass.
Full bodied strong smell of coriander as advertised, but not anything like the Belgian wit coriander flavors you are used to. Sweet, full molasses smell along with it.
Taste is smooth combination of sweetly toasted sugar cookies, molasses, syrupy rich flavors. Coriander is definitly present and very pronounced. Almost chewy malt goodness to start, but thins toward the end. No real hop presence, but belive me, they are not missed in this case. Faint, and whispery chocolate flavors finish up. Wow, full of spices and sweetness. Cinamon, sugar, and roasted fruit, just a hint though. Rich chocolate malt flavors dance around too. No heat despite the 8.0 abv, although it affects are felt in the thin finish and the loopy feeling in my noggin. It has a medium to light bodied feel, and a touch thinner than you would expect. I would list this as a superb Christmas or Winter Beer. I think this could easily be the inspiration for Shipyard's Prelude Ale. This was pricey, IMO 5 bucks for a small bottle, but well worth it. I passed this one over a few times, but I am glad I bought it.
I found this on last month's visit to The World of Beer Store in Clearwater, FL.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 19:04:48 | More by StevieW
Photo of importguy

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A nice dark ale. I tried this Ale for the first time last night. It poured slowly. A very nice strong ale with a molasses flavour. I tought it would have a more spicy flavour, but was still not disappointed.

For a beer with an 8% alc it was still very smooth and very enjoyable. I am fan of that Ale from Ireland, but I think I am now a convert.

Definately will be stocked in my home if and when I can get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 12:06:24 | More by importguy
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer was found in a small corner store near Lahaina
in Maui. The nose and dark deep colour suggested a Xmas ale,
lots of fruit esters and baking smells. The first taste was big and
complex with a great balance which affirms the reputation of this
this Scottish brewery. I don't know how old this beer was but
time in the cellar would probably improve an already great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 09:45:21 | More by canucklehead
Photo of goz


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/garnet color, with a thick, slowly diminishing tab head. Aroma is HUGE, full of spices, fruits (especially apple), and vinous qualities. Flavor is strong on the spices and apple, with other fruits playing around in the background, and hints of alcohol. As it gets warmer (was initially served about 60°F), the alcohol becomes a bit more prevelent on the tongue, and warms the gullet nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 16:26:29 | More by goz
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a tan head over dark ruby liquid. Roasty and spicy nose...quite spicy and appetizing! Taste is dry with notes of nuts, coffee, chocolate and spices. Nicely balanced 'twixt sweet and dry. Finishes malty and beefy, an unusual tasting ale that I'd love to have more of, recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 10:32:10 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Bighuge


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark burgandy in color. Nice looking light brown head that has decent retention. Belgian lace is clingy and soapy. Rum, wood, corriander and maple syrup on the nose. Rum and alcohol hints hit the palate first. Then some sweet maple like tones take over and deep oaky malt tones come into play. Brown sugar residue is left on the tongue after sipping. Pretty complex. Very nice sipping brew. A slight lingering bitterness adds to the experience. I wouldn't drink this one much given the price, but it's an excellent beer that I'm glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 21:01:16 | More by Bighuge
Photo of MJR


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, very dark garnet with a creamy, tan head that shrinks down to a simple ring.

Smell: I pick up on caramel, toffee, sweet fruit, and lots of coriander. I wasn't expecting a spiced ale...but the aroma is very nice.

Taste: Starts with spicy fruit intermingled with the coriander, then moves to a caramel and mollasses character with a bit of alcohol. A touch of toffee is in there too. I'm picking up on a faint smoke/burnt flavor on the tail end. Very little to no hop flavor or aroma. Very complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a juicy, slighty oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This would make a great nightcap after a complex and filling meal.

Thank you for the bottle Dave!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 20:39:08 | More by MJR
Photo of Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour a murky plum color, the head is walloping in size with a creamy consistency, the lace a sticky lattice that is light tan. Nose is nutty sweet, almost a maple syrup, with toasted grains, caramel, and quite a treat for this old schnozzle. Start is ambrosial, the top flimsy, the finish is pleasantly acidic, middling on the hops, dry and long lasting aftertaste. The beer is well worth the effort to find and sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 15:59:55 | More by Gusler
Photo of mjohn27603


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The web tells me that a Jacobite is a Scottish person who still believes the King serves by divine rite and not from power from the Parliament. This beer is something just as unique and unusual. The brew pours with a minimal 1/4 " head and dark brown in color. It smells great and leaves you scratching your head a bit trying to reconcile the appearance and smell. The coriander comes through in the taste although there is an oakiness too. A hint of sherry and licorice. A bit of bitterness. I don't expect a coriander taste with these combinations. As Putnam mentions, according to the bottle these are good for another 6-7 years. I think it would be worth cellaring a few of these and seeing what happens. Would they get even more complex? Hard to imagine.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 19:13:36 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just the bottle alone tells you that this is a very serious beer, with a heritage positively steeped, soaked and dripping in Scottish history. Produced on an original 18th Century Brewhouse, that had remained unused for 100 years until 1965. The brewhouse is located in a part of the 1,000 year-old Traquair House, which is Scotland’s oldest inhabited home, and included such famous visitors as Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Jacobite Ale is of the highest quality. Very black in colour but with daylight as a backdrop, it has a stunning deep ruby red-brown color. The brown fluffy head did not last long and dispersed to a ring quickly. A huge powerful alcohol punch in the nose tells the imbiber to gently sip this offering. Aromas of dark fruits, berries, herbs & spices, coriander in particular, sherry and some Christmas Cake. Starts with an alcoholic introduction that is the MC for the imbibing experience. Dark - but not very roasted - malts are in the middle, a light chocolate taste together with some sherry sweetness, which leads to a lovely warming bitter finish. All Traquair House beers are oak-fermented, and this gives an earthy - oaky woody character, most prevalent in the aftertaste. A Strong Dark Scottish Ale. Powerful, but not overpowering.

A “wee sleekit cowerin’ tim’rous beastie” ??
- Hmmm… I think Not!!!

$6 for the Bottle - Bargain. Slainte-va!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 13:11:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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