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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 70
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber-brown, tan head, very little retention.

S: Fruity esters, lots of malty goodness, a little spicy/licorice.

T: Sweet up front, dark caramel, prune, a little licorice, slight floral/spiciness, finishes with a little malt bitterness and alcohol warmth. Very well rounded... Almost exceptional.

M: Moderate to full body, creamy, moderate carbonation.

D: It tastes great, but the heavy flavour, body and alcohol is limiting.

Photo of hero27
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Best before June 2011.

Dark brown with blood red accents. Head is fairly minimal, even with a strong pour, leaving a light oily lacing behind. Smell is strong spices, dark fruits, pomegranates, oranges, yeast, etc.. wow, i was expecting more coriander & pepper, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tastes are more malty than the aroma showcased, with a nice roasted malt body sitting underneath the unique and complex array of yeasty fruit flavors. This is what well-made brews with coriander are supposed to taste like (imho). Not overloaded with spices, but done in just the right proportion. Surprisingly light mouthfeel blends the flavors together really well..this could actually pawn itself off as a summer beer because of it's thin mouthfeel, even though the sweet flavors tend to weigh down the palate.

$5.49 at my local store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. That's a nearly insane price for most 11oz beers, and this is no exception. A nice one to try, but the price will keep any sane person from drinking this on any regular basis.

Photo of bark
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is very dark brown; the thin head is beige with some traces of lacing. Hmmm, it looks a bit like Coca Cola.

The smell is very rich with sweet candy-like notes, burned sugar, Coca Cola, alcohol, spices like cloves, cinnamon, cardamom (nutmeg?) and a odd dry touch of cabbage.

The taste is… different. And bold: A sweet taste of caramelized sugar, spices, and lemon peels, roasted malts, a growing mild bitterness. The aftertaste is semi-sweet with creamy - earthy notes of raisins, spiced strong wine and rum.

The carbonation is medium strong for strong ale. The bubbles are very small.

An interesting very dark Scottish ale. The spices make me associate it more with Belgium than Britain. Maybe the alcohol is a little too apparent.

Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brew with a tan head tat leaves a spotted lace.

coriander is the centerpiece there are hints of burnt characteristics but they are more of a mellow touch. Alcohol is evident.

Very smooth and well put together brew.. I'm not a fan of beers with fruity instincts but it its well brewed I can appreciate it. mouthfeel is creamy and slightly acidic. A hint of chocolate and burnt characteristics. Hops are bitter although not much of a factor.

Notes: Expensive, althought tasty the price excedes the price per value formula....Look its good but 4 bucks for a 12oz ...eh no thanks.

Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from hudson w&s

licorice. the finish is dry for a wee heavy and fennel seeds linger. there's a tartness too. i was having trouble identifying the spice that plays such a huge role, but then i read the label. a scotch with coriander? who'da thunk? i'm so narrowminded i didn't even think to look for coriander, but it's HUGE

very clean aroma: more licorice and plum and bitter chocolate. yet more coriander

this is kinda fun. to be honest, though, i'm not sure i would have identified this as a wee heavy without seeing it or reading the label. perhaps that's a harsh assessment, but this is almost nothing like some other examples of the style. that being said...who gives a shit?

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle. Traquair Jacobite pours out a slightly hazy dark brown color with a small head. The aroma is fruitier than I expected. Mainly berries in the aroma, along with some spice and a little smoke. Tastes very much like blueberries. Flavor is malty, but not too sweet. Some coriander. Finishes slightly dry. Medium mouthfeel. Great drinkability. Alcohol is not at all noticable. This is a very nice beer. I enjoyed it slowly, taking the time to enjoy the subtleties. But I bet it would be equally good to enjoy 3 or 4 in a row (if I had an extra $20 to spend). Make sure to let this one warm up a bit from refrigerator temperature before you enjoy it; the flavor really improves.

Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having tasted Traquair's excellent House Ale I opened the bottle with great faith in the brewmaster. I was not disappointed. It poured with one finger of quickly setting foam, and with a trustworthy dark brown color. It smelled like sweet Swedish Christmas must and roasted malts. The taste was bitter well balanced with a sweetness that was not overdone. Some alcohol and licorice in there too. Maybe a bit to bubbly for my taste although things improved after 15 minutes. Yet another well-crafted brew from Traquair.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours an opague dark brown color. The head is large and white. The aroma is of caramel with coriander and yeast. Very, very, sweet smelling. The taste is of caramel with coriander bursting through. There is also a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is extraordinary. It is medium-full bodied, but gives the impression of being lighter than it is. Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps, the best wee heavy I have ever had.

Photo of becktone
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer appears to be a dark brownish red color. When held up to the light one can see that it is a clear dark brew. Holding it up to the light really brings out the red color in this beer. When poured no head formed on this beer. When agitated a very thin lacing around the edge of the glass forms. If this beer had a head it would definitely have a much better appearance.

This beer has an overall malty aroma to it. I don't detect any aroma of a hop presence. I can't quite put a finger on the exact smell of the brew, but it reminds me of Chimay Red. These two beers have a similar aroma.

The taste relfects the aroma. At first I tasted a bitterness as soon as the beer hit my lips. This, however, soon becomes sweeter and reflects the aroma of the beer. The smell that I can't identify is easily noticed in the taste of this beer as well. I also notice that the taste of this beer doesn't linger that long in the mouth. The taste of this beer leaves the mouth just as quickly as the beer does when swallowed. There is not much lingering aftertaste in this beer. The onlly thing that does linger is the flavor of roasted malt, which at first I didn't notice. I like the taste of this beer, but I don't think that it is really anything to brag about. I think it's definitely better than average, and I do like it. Basically I think it tastes good.

I was a little dissapointed with the mouthfeel of this beer. It goes down entirely too easy and in my opinion is too light on the palate. It feels almost like water on the palate and has little to no carbonation. This is definitely not what I would look for in a beer. I think that I'll have to say this beer tasted good but didin't live up to the other expectations I had for it. I probably won't buy it again because I don't think it is worth what I paid for it. I mean I like it but there are other brews that I like a lot more. I think that I'm perhaps just not a fan of this style.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quality: Marvellous scotch ale, pronounced woody, well-balanced not dominant in bitterness or sweetness, chocolate malt, toffee,barley, spice, smoke. Rich, well-carbonated. Medium mouthfeel, not overwhelming in spicyness, but its there: corriander, orange peel, and a drop of cinammon, pepper and cloves.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a lot of flavor in this one. A big-time caramel, malt, and molassas nose with a little smokiness and nutty character. A little stout-like in aroma--only sweeter and more complex. A dark brown-black opaque with a thick tan head that laced with every sip. Flavors are deeply malty with a molassas flavor and texture. Lots of caramel, liquorice, walnut, and a root-beer like sweetness and spiciness. The corriander, though, never really comes into play over the big malts. Mild alcohol flavor and warmth until the end when it grows in harshness. Body is thick, rich and creamy--quite cling-ey. Finishes sweet and a bit drier than expected.

Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Unibroue glass. Pours a deep brown with red edges and glows ruby red when backlit. Head is moderate and sticky, eventually reducing to a collar. Smells terrific, loads upon loads of malt, caramel, molasses, fruits and is oddly similar to triple imperiale. Upfront the taste is sweet toffee and caramel, then it widens taking out a very full, deep caramelized fruit characteristic and finally dries out with coriander becoming quite evident. There's plums, raisins and perhaps a touch of smoke. As it warms, peaches and apples emerge, and the spice shies away a bit--both on the nose and the tongue. The finish lingers for an age. Hopping is mild and the malt complexity is devastating. Definite barleywine characteristics, as well as similarities to some belgian dark ales, somehow this seems to be accomplished through the coriander...Carbonation is low medium and body is relatively full, creates a thick creamy texture through the mouth. Drinkability is sky high but i refuse to do more than sip. Afterall this did cost 5.99, and is damn good so it needs to last a bit. Almost a 5 in taste, but i try to reserve those. Superb.

Photo of cypressbob
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a viscous deep dark brown body, some hints of ruby in there too, creamy tan head with great retention

Smell, strong warming esters on the nose, a light hint of smoke in there mulling around in the background. Little bit of oak too

Taste, thick and creamy roasted malt, some nice esters too. Some lasting bitterness on the finish

An amazing ale, even better than traquair house ale

Photo of jhu1995
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black color with minimal head that dissipated rapidly. Smell was okay, mostly caramel with some spiciness. The taste was mostly caramel, very malty and earthy, with some spice flavor on the finish. Very pleasing on the mouth, nice and rich. Definitely worth a purchase if you can find it. Bottle had a best before 2014 date, so I am going to age a second bottle to see how it develops.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, to dark amber color. It is topped by a wispy brown head that is barely there. The aroma is a mix of earthy spice notes and rich concentrated fruit notes. I get aromatic notes of fig, prunes, dried cranberries, raisins, coriander, and cherry liquor. The aroma is quite nice and rich, and quite intrigueing, I am definitely spending quite a bit of time just smelling the wonderful aroma on this beer. The beer is only lightly sweet, but still finishes with the rich fruity notes that were found in the nose. The finish also has that earthy spice note of coriander. The taste does not quite live up to the wonderful aroma, but it is still quite satisfying. I get notes of prunes, raisins, and figs. This beer is quite good, though I would certainly wish that the flavor was as rich and intrigueing as the aroma.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red accents, medium head. fruits and caramel in the aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and pleasant. The flavor is what is so amazing and unique about this beer, certainly unlike any other Scottish ale or any other beer I've tasted. three or four different flavors, something of licorice and dark coffee or chocolate, fruit and something that tastes like jasmine or lavender smells. It must be the coriander, I guess. The flavors all sort of explode on the taste buds and are long lasting. I've always loved strong scottish ales, but this goes to an entirely new dimension. Bottle was a present but I know where to get more and will as soon as I can get there. Thank god the NC legislature had the sense to finally to let us buy high alcohol beers.

Photo of Sephiroth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before June of 2011: This is a tough review to write, as I am unfamiliar with the flavor of coriander. The color is dark brown, with an inch of head. No bottle conditioning is present. The nose is of spices, maybe nutmeg (and coriander?).

The taste is smooth and malty. The fruit flavors seem dark at the tip of my tongue, but as the beer coats my palate, I get apples, light cherries, and peaches at the finish. This is pleasantly unexpected. As the beer warms, I am starting to detect the Scotch Ale beneath all the fruit and spices. The caramel malt is sprouting.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but good for a Wee Heavy. The drinkability is good for a spiced beer. Since the label says to drink it before 2011, I simply must age a few until then.

Photo of hyuga
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown-mahogany with an off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, but it's a good looking beer all the same.

Very interesting and unique aroma! Sweet fruits dominate, summer peaches and apples. Spicy background from the coriander. Hints of caramel and maybe bourbon.

Starts off tart and sweetens in the middle. Great malt profile with what I'll describe as a peach gummi ring flavor. This also sticks in the aftertaste with some subtle floral hops. Candyish apple and maybe even some pear. Kind of like an alcohol-soaked, caramel coated fruit basket. Dried peaches dominate the finish.

Smooth and a bit chewy and certainly creamy. This has a lighter body for a scotch ale, but it certainly doesn't hurt it.

Wow, I'm amazed. This is superb. I think I like this one even better than the regular Traquair House Ale. I love coriander so I figured I'd like this a lot, but I had no idea it would be this good. A very interesting and unique scotch ale. If you see this, give it a try. It's worth the hefty price. This may become one of my very favorite beers.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium reddish brown in color, with a small off-white head, scattered patchy lacing, and small streams of fine carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet molasses and brown sugar dominate the aroma, with caramel and spices as well.

Taste: Sweet spicy notes of coriander and molasses throughout, with a mild medicinal note at the finish, which cuts the sweetness quite nicely. The finish is somewhat dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with slightly aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A quite nice example of the style, it bespeakes quality. An expensive beer, but worth it. Many thanks to HardTarget for sharing this.

Photo of pentathlete
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark stained mahogany with a 1/2 inch tan head that falls fairly quickly. Spicy malty nose, large in the senses, very inviting. Taste starts like a scotch ale and then the spicy coriander sends it off into a new direction. Superb blend of spices, malt, with hints of fruit and zest. Tasty. Mouthfeel is medium as is the finish. Oh so drinkable. 8%? I can't tell. If the ABV gets to me, then I find I can't spel well. Excellant.

$5.99 for a 12 oz bottle at OUAV in Richmond, VA.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33ml ($5.99) deep mahagony almost purple color. thin head that disapates rapidly. fruity esters in nose,( dates, plums, and rasberries). fruit up front with caramel and malt backbone, with a warming ethanol finish. much thinner on the mouth than I would have expected. great beer.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours intot he glass with a nice deep mahogany colour, ringed by a cola/orange edge. The head seems to have two levels- a pale tight top, and a looser, darker bottom.

Smell is VERY nice- full of hops, brown sugar, and a hint of spice and banana.

The flavour has acola overtones, wiht an element of coffee. It reminds me a bit of Kvas, or at least, the mass-produced non-alcoholic Kvas. It's pleasantly tangy- then a little smoky at the end.

Mouthfeel is just a bit watery at first, then a bit grainy at the end...but overall very smooth.

Maybe not my first choice, but this stuff is very tasty, and very drinkable. Could I get it in Alabama, and were it just a tad less expensive, I might have this one regularly. (I think I paid $8 for a 12 oz bottle.)

Be well

Photo of BillyB
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.49 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

Gorgeous appearance. Ruby red almost purple when the sun hits it. Slight carbonation and minimal tannish beige head.

Smell Chocolate, burnt cherries.

Taste and mouthfeel is suprisingly light and pleasant. Not overwhelming at all. Again taste chocolate, burnt cherries, and spices. The spicyness and the alcohol have a slight warming effect on your throat. The alcohol taste, although subtle, can sneek up on you.

I expected this beer to be a lot more intense but it was very drinkable and pleasant with a pretty strong kick in the end.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ron at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH for getting this and House Ale per my request.

In a thistle glass, the hue is a deep, rubyesque murky mahoghany bronze with mild carbonination. Head was disapointing - a 1/4" crown of very active mixed almond hued foam that faded really fast with almost no lace. Nose was crisp with corriander, orange peel and mild pepper.

This is interesting. Its crisp, and the corriander is very prevelent, a nice presence at that. Tastes of black pepper and clove crackle on my tongue over a noticably roasted malt base. The sharpness of the spices slowly fade on the pallete, with the throat finish rich, deep, lightly bitter with a slight filmy aftertaste.

I like Scotch Ales, I like Witbiers. So this is just wonderful. If there is any such thing as a summer Scotch Ale, this is it. A wonderful interpretation of the genre and a great beer. I recommend this highly.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark chocolate brown that straddles the line between opaque and not opaque. With bright morning sunshine streaming through the glass, I'm just able to see streaks of dark crimson within the beer and fiery red-orange accents at the edges. The toast brown head is small to start and is a barely covering film within minutes. I'm not anticipating much lace, but the color of the beer is more than adequate compensation.

The wonderful Scotch ale nose doesn't lack any of the essential elements of the style. Brown sugar, light molasses, a little peat and a pinch of coriander. The more I smell, the more phenolic, Scotch whisky-like aromas I pick up.

Jacobite tastes exactly as advertised: a wee heavy flavored with coriander. Coriander is much more noticeable on the palate and is present in a 'just right' quantity. Without it, this would be a good, but not a great, example of the style. It doesn't taste complex enough to be truly outstanding, but maybe the coriander is masking more of the underlying flavors than is readily apparent.

The malt structure is solid. There's plenty of roasted barley, along with the previously mentioned elements of sweet (brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, candied pecans) and sour (peat). Despite my initial doubts, new vistas of depth and complexity are opening up as the beer warms. The distinctiveness of the flavor profile is definitely growing on me.

The finish is tangy sweet and may be the best part of the whole experience. I wish the mouthfeel was more full, but it's full enough. A minor amount of mouthcoating contributes to the sense of lushness, although it's more of a glancing lushness than a full-on lushness. The 8% is masked incredibly well; the alcohol is beginning to sneak up on me despite the small bottle.

Traquair Jacobite is a singular offering within the wee heavy style due to the addition of a fair amount of coriander. A bigger body would help matters, but I wouldn't change a thing about the flavor profile. This is a beer that might take a half dozen bottles to truly appreciate. Since this is one of the few truly outstanding ales readily available to me, I look forward to the journey.

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.