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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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521 Reviews

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Reviews: 521
Hads: 839
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best before June 2019"...Am I drinking this too early?

Creamy biege head that leaves a slippery blanket (and a permanent ring) of lace after each sip. The broth is dark ruby-brown where light shines through easily. Appears to be clear.

Brown sugar aroma with a floral touch. My first thought was heather, but surely that is from my preconceptions of the style.

Mildly burnt/richly toasted malt sugars. Think overdone caramel. Interesting and delicious. This beer is balanced but entirely through the choices of malts. It's sweet chocolate with a treacle element. If there is hop, it is not noticeable. The aftertaste is longlasting and reminds me of the after effects of eating bitter, dark chocolate. The carbonation is quite high, which does balance the heavier liquid.

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Photo of
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year old 330ml bottle enjoyed in a tulip

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly.

The aroma on this beer is quite remarkable. I get toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, a little booze and some red grapes at the end. I get a little Belgian abbey impression from this beers aroma.

On the palate, theres more of the same - plus some extras. Roasted malt, toffee, dry sweet smoke, dates. The yeast used in this beer is really impressive, makes itself known yet not overpowering. A little boozy warmth comes out as the beer warms.

In the mouth the beer seems a little thin. Would really appreciate some more chewiness here, but oh well.

Terrific. Seems like one of those educational beers that needs to be tried on the path to become an ultimate beer guru. Will definitely seek this beer out again and perhaps experiment with some aging.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served into a russian river goblet

best by date of June 2019 on the side

my first beer in a long while.

pours a dark burnt copper with a refined head.

smells like a stout. citrus, malts, chocolate, corriander, and coffee

ridiculously smooth. follows the nose. more corriander and a slightly hoppy finish. almost like a flat cola

my first foray into scotch ales. im impressed. these beers seem to be more refined.

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Photo of PeerlessMark
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as a single for $2.95 at the LCBO December 2011. Ingredients are listed as being: Strong Beer and Coriander... lol

The label calls it a potent spiced ale [brewed] to a traditional fine recipe.

Pours a darkish coffee brown colour with ample two fingers of head into a tulip glass. Good lacing down the glass and a thick collar and veil of head after it dies down a bit. I was expecting a lighter colour as for some reason I thought this was a belgian ale when I bought it.

In the nose I get a bit of vanilla, a lot of roast chocolate. The spice really jumps out at you especially after a quick swirl. There is a hint of sweet pollen and brown sugar.

The first taste is not at all what I was expecting. I am going to eat a cracker to try and cleanse my palate and try again.

I still keep expecting the dark belgian ale banana citrus flavour to kick in as it is a style I've been drinking a lot of recently. This beer is not like any I've had before. I'm going to buy some coriander next time I'm at the store to see if that is the flavour I'm picking up.

I'm really struggling to be more descriptive here. It is incredibly drinkable, very enjoyable. I taste the booze, like a smokey whiskey but its never offensive. I get a bit of dark sour toffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel is super pleasant, the carbonation hits me right in the sweet spot and only a slight cloying in the back of the mouth that allows the flavour to linger. There are no downsides to how this goes down, consistent the whole way though and flavourful throughout.

Overall I'm new at enjoying this flavour and am glad this beer has risen in the province. I'm glad I bought a handful as I'll come back to this and edit my review on further tastings.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Plum-reddish colour with a two-finger dense and creamy foam head that takes on an eggshell hue. Very good retention and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Brown sugar, lots of dried dark fruits (cherries, dates, raisins), molasses, fruity hops, and a roasted almond aroma. Quite smooth and mellow on the nose.

T: Very smooth and well balanced. Slightly caramel-like malts and fruity (near tropical) hops in what tastes like even proportions. Subdued elements of dried dark fruits and nutmeg. Very nice.

M: Medium body with a low-moderate carbonation. Syrupy texture with a surprisingly clean finish.

D: Quite well done in my opinion and something I'd like to taste again. Not quite as heavy as other scotch ales, which leads this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a modest but dense head of creamy tan foam. Solid retention, gradually dissipating to a healthy ring and leaving plenty of spotty lacing.

S: The coriander and faint orange aromas are immediately noticeable, but they're mild and complement the malty, fruity nose. Sweet toffee and biscuity malts with treacle, coffee, butterscotch, and cocoa notes blend with dark fruit aromas of plums and candied figs. Faint grassy hops.

T: Sweet toffee malts with a bit of biscuitiness, a toasted grain note, and mild, fruity spiciness gives way to robust flavours of coriander and dark fruits, particularly plums, with a bittersweet citrus undertone. Peppery spiciness and earthy, herbal hops with the stylistic signature of tea-like astringency crop up in the finish with a chocolatey malt note.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy, modest carbonation; pretty easy-drinking but a much thinner mouthfeel than expected, altogether. The balance is superb, with a complex bittersweet finish, and the ABV is very well-masked.

D: Besides the fact that it's a damn good wee heavy and perfect for winter, you should buy it and taste it simply because words can't really do justice to the complexity of the taste profile. It needs a heavier, fuller mouthfeel, but otherwise it's fantastic.

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Photo of bryehn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby colour with steely brown highlights and a moderate tan coloured head that survives as a collar whilst leaving little in the way of lacing. Quite a unique look, almost like a marble.

Faint aroma when first poured (I likely poured it too cold). I get a sweet, syrupy toffee note, a floral tone and a slightly peppery spiciness. Wood comes through after warming and the toffee smell really blossoms.

The toffee-like sweetness returns in the taste, along with a strong wood tone, a plum-like fruitiness, roasted coffee and chocolate. Very nice, with a dry, peppery finish

Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit of pop before a yeasty, yet slightly oily sensation passes over the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with syrupy and woody notes.

I'm not too familiar with this style, this may even be my first Wee Heavy review, but I genuinely like this ale. It doesn't overpower with the sweet, syrupy characteristics and has just the right amount of spice. Very nice cold weather sipper I'll keep an eye out for in the future.

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Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit dark for a scotch ale. Decent head and lacing.

The aroma is somewhat standard for a scotch ale with the exception of a litter hop spiciness and more spice in general.

The taste is a tad light, but due to that the drinkability is definitely heightened. While not lacking flavor, the flavor it has is very much background. Nothing really comes at you in an intense way unless you swish it around.

The mouthfeel has an average weight to it with a medium full body. Carbonation is incredibly smooth in this, and the drink just slides around gracefully. The finish is dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was what I'd consider a good mold for the style. It avoids the flaws of being too sweet and harsh like some scotch ales, but it could do a bit more to make itself memorable.

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Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some ruby/amber hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet and rich character to it, nice roasty malts accompanied by vanilla and caramel, nice dark fruit notes, nice spicy notes and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a perfect pour of a thick two finger beige head that was well retained atop a deep brown ruby highlighted body. Lots of lacing and just a generally nice looking brew.

S - sweet caramel malt and sugar, dark fruit with some booze. Some milk chocolate.

T - caramel malt, vanilla and brown sugar, herbal - perhaps the coriander, some booze and dark fruit (plum), mild hops. The abv is well masked.

M - this is a medium bodied brew with little carbonation. It is sweet but not overly so, and somewhat dry and refreshingly sour. It is creamy and very smooth.

O - an excellent wee heavy - I am really starting to dig this style.

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Photo of
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - ruby-tinted dark brown in colour. A head begins to form, but disipates almost before I am fnished pouring.

Smell - coriander, candied peel, sugarplum, and dark rum.

Taste - Rich deep malts with dark fruit flavours, wood, coriander, and a bright orange note breaking through the darkness.

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Photo of scott451
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A one finger bubbly tan head on a very dark clear ruby. The head soon dissipates to a tiny ring. Some patchy lacing.

Mild sweet malt smells. Tastes of old fruit, some spices and a mild hop finish. The flavours are well melded so it’s hard to pick out individual flavours.

Very smooth and rounded. Well balanced with no rough edges. A fine Wee Heavy. A perfect winter sipping by the fire drink

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Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep mahogany. Oh! if only the head had stayed.

Aromas of toffees, caramel, vanilla, malts, brown sugar.

Taste is a rich tapestry of all of the above with an alcoholic warmth coming through. Very full bodied with a lingering warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and somewhat sticky.

One of the better Wee Heavys I have had.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This deep dark brown almost black Scotch Ale went into my snifter glass. Fast falling light beige head , just a wimper of lacing.

S- Smells of dark berries, cherries, brown sugar and molasses. Very faint aromas of spice, corriander not being one of them. Slight alcoholic edge as well.

T- Fruits are riding the coattails of the sweet sugary malt. Definitely getting some of the corriander mid mouth. A slight tingle of pepper along with some bittering hops in the finish that hang around on the tongue.

M- I thought this could of had a heavier feel, but it was somewhat sticky. The carbonation stands out a little to much and tingles the tongue if let to sit.

O- Just not as bold as I like my Scotch ales, decent enough but I'd skip this and grab their House Ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, found in Las Vegas and brought home to the UK 18 months ago: I figured it will have settled by now.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Ruby red with only a thin collar and mini wisp for a topping.

The smell at first was vinous, then comes dark chocolate, red berries and plum bread all at once, lovely.

This is my sort of beer, rich, almost smooth: the semi-sharpness of the hop bitterness reminds you this isn't supposed to be soft, it's a Scotch Ale not a Milk Stout! There are a multitude of flavours to find: spices from the Orient, berries from the forest, dried fruits in a Christmas cake, malts from a distillery, haggis from the hills. Take a sip and close your eyes, wonderful: let your taste buds go crazy.

This is a warming, winters brew and so, so well made: the alcohol is well hidden, comes out towards the end of the drying mouth, but not harsh or unpleasant, just letting you know that the car keys should be given to someone else.

If only the beer looked better in my glass (I do love a proud, deep head on my beers).

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour, with an off White cramy head that reduces quite quickly.

S - Aromas are roasted malt and whiskey booze and sweet vanilla.

T - Up front some really nice vanilla malts followed by some roast perfectly balnced sweetness and a little smoke. The finish is very long and smooth. The booze is present but complimentry not out of place.

M - Medium to full body with light to medium carbonation.

O - A very tasty wee heavy and recommended.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz to my pint glass. Kinda poured aggressively a dark chocolate brown & a monster khaki head to top it off. Small amount of lacing at best, but the booze sticks to the glass.

The nose is literally a sugar coated olfactory orgasm. This is possibly the best smelling beer I have ever laid nostrils on. Rum soaked chocolates with burnt caramel and toffee and a really sweet candy spice that just tips it off the scales!

Introduced formally to my taste buds in a spicy caramel and malty form. Very sweet malts play through to a nutty quality that compliments rather nicely. Out back, waiting to kick your fucking ass is a booze burn with a rum-like character. Dont worry, the ass-whooping isnt too bad. Lighter mouthfeel makes the drinkability high - danger!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Best by 2017 on the label.

Appearance: Murky to cloudy dark brown. Initial light tan head died back pretty quickly. Some initial very fine lacing observed, but this disappeared after awhile.

Smell: Very rich malt. Molasses, rich buttery toffee, some hints of baked whole wheat bread, with a hint of something else in the back. Herbal, spice? Can't place it exactly. Very appealing in spite of the fact I can't pull out that last aroma. Every now and then I get some raisins as well mixed in there.

Taste: Molasses, toffee, and at the finish a very mild bitter + something else. I suspect that something else is the Coriander, but I can't tell exactly. All one would expect in a wee heavy - a wonderfully blended malt bomb of a beer, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bit thick, and mild carbonation that is just right that leaves the tongue feeling a little bit spicy.

Overall: A very interesting beer. I wish I had the normal Traquair and this side-by-side for comparison to see how the spicing of the beer changes the nature of beer, but despite that, a very good Wee Heavy. A sipping and savoring beer with the alcohol very well hidden...I could see myself having another without so much sipping and savoring. But it is a rich beer and maybe that would hold me to one.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, at Haket Pub & Restaurant, Göteborg, Sweden. Deep reddish brown colour, creamy head. Herbal aroma, quite nice. Sweetish and herbal flavour, sourish in the finish. Not bad, but is it worth the price? Not really, IMHO. Will necessarily be compared with Traquair House Ale, which is better!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what an unusual beer. This one has been sitting in my cellar for a long time but the carbonation is still good. Nearly no head to speak off, just a faint wisp of paper thin foam sitting on top. Small bubbly lacing that falls quickly. Best by 2019!

I really like the smell of this beer...massive note of toffee and butterscotch. Missus says she can get a little coriander in the smell but I can't get it.

She says it tastes like savory butterscotch. I guess I get that. It's sweet but definitely not overpoweringly so. I still don't get much if any coriander; maybe that's due to the bottles' age? Booze is well hidden. Trace of smokey peat here. Malty. Buttery tasting and somewhat buttery in the finish as well. Medium long aftertaste, lingers pleasantly.

This isn't a beer I would buy all that often but it's certainly unique and quite enjoyable. Can't imagine anyone drinking this as their go-to brew though! Very cool, glad I tried it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown/red body with a quickly fading tan head.

S - Earthy chocolate, dense caramel, brown sugar, toffee flavored cotton candy, sorghum, raisins.

T - Toasted brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel, vanilla, hints of chocolate, the coriander adds a good "non sweet" layer that helps with balance. Finishes with a hint of bitterness.

Caramel, toffee and molasses are the stars of the show but don't wear out their welcome. Everything melds very well. This is what I want out of a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of cnally
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A scary looking bottle that reminds me of all those etchings about the black plague. Haunting in my opinion.

Pours out with very little head. Slight cascading bubbles and a deep dark opaque brown-black body.

Aroma is coriander, yes, but so much more. Really a licorice candy smell- a little floral quality, I'm guessing from the hops. Still mossy and grassy like so many SWHs but deeper and more layered.

Fantastic smooth sweet flavor, spicy and peppery. Licorice/coriander show up huge, this is truly a spiced beer. Burnt malts turn it into a varied affair, layered from sweetness to spice to bitter.

Mouthfeel comes off properly carbonated and really slick. Not sticky or too heavy. Nice.

A very great beer, especially for this style, which I don't love or hate. So many Scots just taste like a piece of burnt moss, but here there is so much more going on and so much spice it makes for a unique, delicious brew.

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Photo of spicelab
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Treacle coloured pour, near black in the glass. One-finger beige head of fine bubbles dissipates noisily to a slight ring.

Very strong dark fruit presence. Prunes, muscatels, fresh baked berry muffins and some pungent bready malts. Gorgeous.

Flavours are similarly vibrant. Molasses, plums, raisins, dark treacle, raspberries, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Oily and smooth but not thick, marred by slightly prickly carbonation.

Impressive array of dark fruit and fortified goodness. Very well defined aromas and flavours. Proof positive that malt bombs can be brimming with personality.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Unknown vintage, however the bottle states it is best before 2017.

Pours with little head and a brown, slightly muddy body. Appears dark brown in normal light and shows dark amber hues when held up to concentrated light. This looks like it has been in the bottle at least 2 full years, maybe longer.

My first whiff of this beer and my first thought is: I have never smelled a beer like this before! Man, this is so fruity I can hardly believe it. This almost smells like there is a package of Welch's fruit snacks dissolved in it. The candy-fruit aroma is astounding. How that could come from malt, hops, yeast, and coriander is beyond me. Awesome.

The flavor tastes well-aged. I believe I have an older bottle, as there are many signs of age in the flavor of this beer. The floral fruity "fruit-snack" aromas manifest as flavors here (in a positive way) and meld with the aged malt flavors of dates and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, but the feel is on the dry side, which keeps this from being overly-sweet or cloying.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not in a cheaply produced way; it feels much more as if it has been aged considerably and the mouthfeel is beginning to thin out. The carbonation is still present however, and provides a little bite that is pleasant.

Conclusion: Another winner from Traquair House Brewery! I think this example is at least a few years old, but as I love aged ales it struck me as very tasty and interesting, especially the aroma. This ale is unique from anything I have ever tasted, which I guess is due to the coriander addition.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small head when poured which quickly dissipates. Dark, cloudy appearance, with little to no lacing.

S- I like the smell of this one! Brown sugar, dark fruits, I do pick up on some spices.

T- I can't taste the alcohol at all. Very well done! Sweet upfront and then you get some spice as it hits your palate full force. Cocoa, caramel, plum. Very smooth.

M- It stays around just for appetizers and quickly leaves. I was really hoping for more here, very fine carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O- Awesome.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.