Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld
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4.31/5 rDev +3.6%
Best before June, 2017. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.
Rosewood body with a thin smattering of khaki foam that recedes to a lasting collar. Sandy lacing, thin tears, average retention.
Very distinctive but hard to place aroma suggests toffee, lemon zest, violets, pipe tobacco, and plenty of spice among other things.
Deep but not cloying caramel notes, a mild huskiness, dark fruit, grassy hops, and a leaf-like earthiness introduce the flavor profile. Coriander is only just present in the finish. Suggestion of port, peat, and rich malt throughout. Finishes medium-dry.
Rather light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.
Well attenuated, flavorful, yet subtle ale. Quite complex thanks to the long (LONG) boil and resultant kettle caramelization rather than the addition of any specialty grains. Worth reading up on how this is produced - there are few if any brewers still making scotch ales this way. While I think I actually prefer Alesmith's Wee Heavy, this has a certain rustic purity not found elsewhere.
11-20-2013 03:32:23 | More by augustgarage
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top
S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked
T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be
M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation
11-06-2013 21:05:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
4/5 rDev -3.8%
There are a lot of approaches to the Scotch ale style: body, aroma, taste, and finish can vary greatly.
Some Scotch ales have a lighter body, aroma and taste. Others, such as the Alesmith Wee Heavy,
and the MacKrocken Flower from Bilboquet in Quebec, have darker colors, strong fruity-caramel aromas /taste, and a strong alcoholic finish.
The Jacobite is in the middle of the wide variability of the style.
In Stone Imperial pint glass, the beer poured a caramel color with a 1 F head. Initially, I tried a balloon glass, as shown in the Traquair web site pic, but I found that the Imperial pint glass brought out more flavor.
The aroma was not strong- but there was good caramel presence.
The mouth feel was moderate and malty. This is the usual in this style- not hoppy. This may be due to the Scotland not being a traditional hop growing region.
The taste was light caramel, and a lot of spice. The bottle suggested Coriander, but I didn't smell or taste coriander in the beer.
The finish was spicy.
The body was lighter- almost watery. That was a bit disappointing, as I like Scotch ales with a heavier body such as the Alesmith.
Overall, a very good scotch ale worth trying.
11-03-2013 01:15:39 | More by brureview
4.06/5 rDev -2.4%
Appearance- Pours up little head which doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown with a slight tinge of maroon. Maroon is more prominent when the beer is held up to the light.
Nose- Starts off with a good amount of caramel with raisins and prunes in the background. Some brown sugar and molasses from the bottle. Some presence but not nearly as much as I expected but it may need to open up more. Slight notes of vanilla and toffee. Tiny notes of citrus. Mostly orange, but some lemon. A touch of chocolate. Swirling displays a rush of caramel.
Taste- Starts off fairly sweet and points to many of the fruit esters of the nose: raisins (mostly) but also some orange and lemon. Coriander comes through for the first time as the flavor profile rolls into caramel and then finishes with some slight oakiness. The balance and integration are amazing- this beer is silky in its notes. Lots of brown bread edging into fruitcake (almost) with heavy notes of brown sugar and molasses. The coriander is a nice addition as it provides a counterpoint to the rich but subtle malts that pervade the flavor profile. There is a nice amount of spice on the finish as well- some clove but more cinnamon (but very well rounded cinnamon). Almost everything about this beer is well rounded. Light anise on the finish which is tolerable and barely noticeable. Coffee notes start to emerge as well as hints of bittersweet chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer that is justifying my decision to look past its 8 dollar price tag. Not quite great but deserving of its high ranking among Scotch ales.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a touch of syrup. Slight touch of grittiness.
Drinkability- This is so sublime it could be chuggable. 8 bucks is pretty steep for a half liter but this is worth it.
Overall- Balance and integration define this beer. That is not to say that it lacks presence- it has that. Simply, no note defines this beer and therefore, this beer is incredibly accessible for a Scotch ale. Many are dominated by caramel notes which taste burnt but this is an artful melange of many different aspects. Worth a try even if you haven't liked Scotch ales in the past. This one could turn you.
11-02-2013 04:36:39 | More by artoolemomo
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, sight oak, slight hop, and hint of syrup. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of oak, slight alcohol, and hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, feel, and body.
09-09-2013 19:37:52 | More by Tone
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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