Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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92
outstanding

517 Reviews
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Reviews: 517
Hads: 813
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 68 | 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 tjd25
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is perfectly dense, bubbles are so small you almost can't see them. The body is of an intense opaque very dark brown-purple color.

The smell reminded me of a rich spiced tea bag: fruity and spicy, aromas of oranges, strawberry, verbena and mint. A sweet yeastyness.

The taste shows fruits, yeast and spices (cloves). Some dark chocolate confers the brew an enjoyable thickness together with some toasted malts. This beer is such a refined and harmonious balance of ingredients: spices are noticeable but not too present and greatly show the complexity of the base beer. At some points I had the impression I was eating a chocolate or a trufle with some fruit liquor inside of them (it's always exciting how you don't know what liquor you're gonna get). The smell is actually spicier than the taste: even without the spices, this beer would be far from being bad.

The mouthfeel is perfect: smooth, really melting in the mouth, complex without being viscuous. I haven't had many spiced beer, but this is a truly great brew. (1,041 characters)

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky, dark chestnut color. Very close to black. There is a one finger, tan head that has decent retention. No lacing here.

S - I love being able to smell a beer right as you pour it. That's exactly what happened here. I got some dark grapes, roasted malts, toffee and some milk chocolate. Amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay this strong throughout the brew, but still very nice.

T - I feel like out of the two Traquair brews I've had, the complexity is really what sticks out at me. Upfront we get some dark, yet very distinct, grapes which are almost wine like. Then there is a silky smooth cream and hazel nut taste that is balanced well with roasted malts. After this is gives way to some brown sugar with sticky milk chocolate that lingers on and on. Incredible.

M - Hit this one right on the head for this style. Enough carbonation to pronounce the myriad of flavors, yet still able to maintian a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Perfect.

D - Considering this beer is amazing, I could drink it all night. Although it's an amazing sipper. Worth every penny. (1,077 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black and started with a two finger foamy beige head. The head faded, but seems to be sticking about a half centimeter thick. Can't ask for much more than that.

The smell is sweet licorice, peat and a dark malt aroma. The smell is not very strong, but it is nice.

The taste is very nice, quite the mix of the sweetness with a hint of spice. That sweet licorice flavour is back with some dark cherries. There seems to be a bit of mandarin orange there as well There is a very mild scotch flavour that fills in the middle, and a spicy and sweet finish, that has a bit of pepper and an alcohol warmth that you feel in your belly.

This beer has low carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Close to perfect, but I think it could be a hint thicker.

I am impressed. Not only is this my new favorite for scotch ales, I would have trouble picking almost any beer over this one. This bottle is going down too fast for an 8% ale, and I'm depressed that it is the only one I have. (989 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, aged one year in a cellar, but still good until June 2014.
Poured into a tulip (RGC).
The only (light) brown thing here is the creamy head, made of very fine bubbles, topping an opaque, very dark brew with some crimson highlights. Little lacing once the head is down.
Pleasant smell, but perhaps because it is aged, it is not as powerful as I expected. Caramel, molasses, some coriander. At times, wine-like and sugary.
Very fine carbonation, leaving the brew with a vinous, very smooth mouthfeel that just adds to the experience. Sweetish without being overly sweet, caramels, molasses, some coriander, a mild overlying tangy and spicy bite rounds it up nicely.
Very little signs of its high alcoholic amount, it is incredibly drinkable.
A most impressive beer. (785 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was all over the board but in the end it was spectacular. I seriously felt it was a mid 3 rating beer when I first opened it, and I never put it in the fridge but it was sitting in my rather cold basement. When it was somewhat cold it was on the thin side and the flavors seemed a bit displaced. However as the beer warmed it continued to change in flavor and thickness and richness of body and continually improved. By the time it reached room temperature, this beer was simply phenomenol! The body was still a bit thin for all the flavors but there were so many flavors. Figs, dried prunes, raisin skins, juicy cranberries, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, wood, smoke, peat, hazelnuts, the coriander was hardly noticeable to me, maybe b/c of all the other flavors or maybe b/c of the aging of this beer. Eitherways, I really liked this beer once it warmed to room temp. but it was merely average until then. I wonder how this would be mulled? (954 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot what this ale was all about - it's been years. Label mentions coriander - aside from that, there are other subtle differences between this and their House Ale. This may be a more complex, more rewarding drink.

Dark, burnt-blood crimson/brown, nearly opaque, murky. 3/4" tan head of light spongy quality sinks swiftly. Still after that.

In the low 50s, I could easily sniff out dark fruit (plum), molasses, and some faint toffee. A degree or two warmer, rich brown-sugar malt and a little bit of pan-toasted almond come on. Coriander is in there around that pillar of dense, leathery/fruity malt. Spice (coriander now?) and mellow booze, even further. A deep, developing, enveloping smell sensation.

Scents become flavors, feelings - brown sugar (or molasses)-soaked plum and a decidedly rum raisin character are what I'm getting the most of. It don't drink quite velvet - med-full body - not at all syrupy or leaving residual sugar sweetness (which I hoped it might just a tad more). Clean (good water) and slightly dry/bitter on the end. Mellow and soft as far as the alcohol as well - allowing you to soak in and relish the flavors.

Excellent, not perfect, but excellent. Exquisite depth in taste. (1,210 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 330ml bottle to tulip glass, dated 'best before June 2014' (I think I'm within that time period, though it makes me want to buy some for aging). Comes out a very dark brown, coffee like color with 1.5 fingers of light brown head. Not much head retention but it leaves strong lacings over the surface of the beer. Very difficult to see any light through the body of the glass...

Nose: Wow! What an array of aromas: toffee, black cherry, raisins and blueberries. Very sweet smelling with touches of coriander, and the alcohol can be sensed way deep down.

Mouth: This lightly carbonated beer hits the mouth with a sweet smoky flavor in front and a fruitiness that spans the length of the mouth and on through the swallow. The flavors include blueberries, bananas, a coriander spiciness, toffee, dark roasted coffee, and an alcoholic exhale that warms all the way to the ears. Also reminds me of a candy or bubble gum in the back of the throat - a flavor that remains long after swallowing. (998 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, cloudy, hazy glass... soapy head with large and tiny bubbles... a great looking beer. Barely any light gets through.

Aroma is absolutely outstanding. Malt, coriander, orange peel, alcohol, chocolate, berry, sweet cinnamon... one of the best I've ever inhaled.

Burst of citrus and coriander up front. Sweet chocolate. Brilliant.
Lingering bitterness on the back of the palate with a slight alcohol burn to warm the throat and tummy.

The only knock would be a touch of a watery mouthfeel. It could stand a bit more body behind the coriander, but it is terrific, anyhow. (604 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : dark brown color (Burgundy), with a tan foam head (not persistent), low carbonation.
Smell : spicy notes (coriander).
Taste and mouthfeel : roast sweet, anise and caramel, spices.
A sprawl of alcohol and sweet notes.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Scotch ale (taste at cellar t° 10-13°C). (355 characters)

Photo of kwakwhore
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of bryanbrick
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is this beautiful creation? Scotch ale brewed with coriander? Who knew it was going to be a match made in heaven?

A deep black color with a small ring of head capping it off. Not much to say here (See my review of the Traquair House Ale for my feelings on appearance)

What a nose, with a slightly sour note from the coriander used in the brewing process adding dimension to the layers of cocoa-y malt, plum, blueberry and raisin.

This is like a scotch blended with a sour. Showing both the rich malty base and a tangy, acidic ribbon from the middle of the tongue to the back of the throat this beer is sort of in a class all of its own. Bright and full of lift with just enough carbonation to cleanse the tongue and keep the palate refreshed. Flavors of dried plum, bitter herbs, licorice, cassis and coriander, DUH!

A tremendous effort that I think is a must for fans of malty numbers or sours. I was caught a bit off-guard by this, I didn't really know what to expect from it. But now that I had it I can't really fathom what my beer drinking existence was like without it. This will be drunk often in my house. (1,123 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in DE last week. Best before date read June 2018. Brewed with coriander and aged in oak barrels. Poured mine into a Stella glass for review.

A: Pours clear ruby with nice tight head. Some lazy carbonation is evident. Cool artwork on the glass.

S: Rich, chewy, with lots of toffee and viscous smelling caramel. Subtle oak and even subtler coriander. Loaded with malt in the nose. Some cocoa. Some perfumey floral notes.

T: Thick & chewy with lots of toffee & caramel. Tastes like that string of caramel after biting into a Snickers bar. Pure liquid candy. Enough hop bitterness to not allow the malts from becoming too cloying. Lots of melanoidin character from the supposed 2-hour boil this beer endures. Some light oakiness in the background. Perhaps a little sweet orange from the coriander in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well in check. Just the right level of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer overall. Thick and malty rich. Perfect for cold December weather. Glad to have tried. Would definitely drink again. (1,115 characters)

Photo of templar316
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black into my Selinsgrove snifter, but shows a deep dark chocolate brown when held to the light. Soft white head quickly fades. It drinks like an ale but shows like a stout and I could drink this all night! The nose is a delicate blend of roasted barley and floral hops; tulips, corriander, figs, oats and subtle horse. This is balanced enough for anyone to drink it: the flower hops and spices rising over the dark fruits fading into the soft corriander. Outstanding! (474 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - an 11.2 oz brown bottle with traditional art that displays thistles and a member of royalty. The dates 1745 and 1995 are printed in the center of the label. A freshness date that explains best before 2014 is includede on the label.

A - Initially a placid tan 2 finger head that settles into a sliver. Lacing is present and sticks momentarily in a layer of microfoam. A deep translucent copper liquid with nutty fade.

S - Spice cake-like aromas waft into my nasal cavities. Delicious scents of golden raisin, coriander, roasted malt and molasses. Dark fruit and rum-like molasses and brown sugar candied aromas are evident as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, spicy dryness-warmth of alcohol and bready yeasty textures go with nuances of carbonation. Peppery spice accents are perfectly aligned with the ample body.

T - Magikal caramel coated coriander and bready scottish ale flavors are so sweetly intertwined with warm boozy rum type flavor. Treacle and honey ride high on the substantial spicy underpinnings. spices go so well with the fruitiness and sweet malty depth. They compliment the soul of this brew. I get a sweet taste of acai or loganberries alongside the peppery/cinnamon of coriander and pine tinged hops and luscious caramel.

D - A wonderfully subtle spiced ale with great depth and incredibly delectable maltiness. A sipper as it gives the full impact of its bravado when warming. Worth having almost any time, I would seek this out again and again. (1,492 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BBD June 2018. Pours almost as dark as a stout, but has a very deep dark ruby hue. Nice head and lacing that retains well. The nose is dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs) coupled with hints of vanilla, oak, anise and coriander over a rich malt sweetness. Full bodied with a rich luxurious creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is both complex and balanced. It follows the nose with dark fruits slowly yielding to the sweet malt. In the middle chocolate notes are evident that slowly fade to a very subtle vanilla and smoky oak. The finish leaves you with a note of coriander and the only hint of alcohol. In short, this is a brewer's masterpiece. (719 characters)

Photo of BlackAngus
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish-brown, no head to speak of, no real lacing.

S - Dark fruit, coriander, some nice caramel aroma as well.

T - Sweet, fruity, caramel, coriander. Nice and malty, as well.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation, very crisp and clean.

D - Definitely drinkable on a cold winter's night. I could drink these all winter. (333 characters)

Photo of positiverpr
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slight chill-haze that never completely cleared. dark mahogany brown. minimal tan head with large bubbles. not much lacing. carbonation fairly low.

a: malt sweetness. wonderful malt sweetness with slight floral hops aroma. very rich aromatic nose.

t:rich caramel and toasted malts with subdued but present alcohol. very complex and unbelievable lingering malt profile with a hint of oxidation. sweetness is non-cloying because of surprising bitterness.yeast profile is subtle with some spice that may be the coriander.(no outright coriander flavor which is shows good balance). some unusual tastes that i get are cola and fairly strong soy(both of which i've never gotten in beer). there is probably no peat in this beer but i swear i keep tasting it. a few raisen and dark fruits.

m:thick non-syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

o:wonderful. the malt complexity of this beer is amazing. each sip is different and the beer changes a lot with warming. alcohol is well-integrated. a classic.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (609 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after the Belgiums, this was a nice treat at 8%. no lacing to speak of, more malts than hops (of course), and very fruity. bought it because i had always loved the Tracquair Ale but had never tried this Jacobite stuff. it says it's "flavored with coriander", but i think it's more of an obscure brew. definitely not a 'session brew' but one to be enjoyed as your last of the evening before you plunge into some good food. no bitterness at all detected, fruity and strong, but smooth. (483 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color. It's quite cloudy and can barely see through it when brought to light. There is only a small head lace around the glass. The smell is excellent. It is very strong with caramel aromas. The taste, well, you can tell why they call it scotch ale. This is probably the best scotch ale I've every had. The mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and is very smooth. This is the best there is for scoth ales and I high recommend this one. (454 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackened maple, but only when held to a strong light source. Simply blackened otherwise. The head is a strong capping of bleached beige.
Strongly perfumed of molasses and liquorice, roast and tar. Leafy and lemon notes clue the coriander addition.
Coats and assaults the mouth. Cannons of treacle, molasses, burnt gingerbread, chocolate, asphault, liquorice, anise and ash. Caramel and smoke arrise as it lingers. And it does linger. Lemon notes hint at the advertised spicing, and grow as it warms. Think of a lemon poppyseed muffin, coated in tar and molasses, then seared to a crisp.
Slightly plumper than medium bodied. And despite it strength of both flavor and alcohol (which is masked ridiculously), it is drinkable beyond any rationale.
Akin to the quadranglation of a Wee Heavy, Imperial Stout, witbier and barleywine. Every bit as arcane as that sounds.
Just delicious. (889 characters)

Photo of Deingeist
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich brown color, poured by the waitress thus I did not see the head throughout. It flattened to a thin dark tan ring that resulted in good sticky lacing.

S - Smelled wonderful, started with a light citrus, turning to dark fruits, coriander, molasses, and chocolate. I'd get an air freshener of this beer for the holidays.

T - Tasted even better than it smelled, the dark fruits and spices were persistent and right up front, as well as the molasses but it was a sweeter taste, more like cane sugar. Wonderful malts to balance that out and it finished very smoothly without any strangely bitter or overly sweet aftertastes.

M - Smooth, with low carbonation, but enough to keep it from feeling flat. The heaviness of the beer gave it a slightly oily feel, but I like that.

D - It's got a lot of flavor, and is on the heavy side, but don't forget this is a wee heavy were talking about. I could drink a few of these before feeling full but I'd run out of money first..

I had these beer at a small cafe in Providence RI, paired with a meat sampler. It went particularly well with the Pork Roulade due to the porks rather sweet and spicey (as in New England spicey, pumpkin spices etc.) flavor. (1,202 characters)

Photo of mophie
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-brown, with a thin tan head. Smells chocolately and tangy, with a touch of honey and anise. Sweet at first, with chocolate being the dominant taste, then giving way to a slightly spicy, ever-so-bitter finish. Peppery alcohol flavors as well. I expected the coriander to dominate, but it doesn't. Not a beer I would drink frequently, but a treat nonetheless. The coriander makes me want to head to the local Indian take-away for a curry! (446 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark brown, clear, with a ruby tint when held to the light. Virtually no head or lacing.

S: Malty, with an anise or black licorice whiff that combines interestingly with a light hop aroma.

T: Wow! The complexity in this is hard to describe. There are some darker chocolate malts mixing with very smooth black licorice flavors, ending with the perfect balance of hop bittering. The finish is as even as the taste, leaving you with a nice licorice linger. Very good!

M&D: Heavier mouthfeel gives the impression of something along the lines of porter but the flavors keep things light and lively. The carbonation is rather light but the tiny bubbles are persistent through the experience allowing for a fantastic experience. I personally like the anise flavors and think this is an awesome brew. If you aren't a fan of black licorice, you might take this as under consideration. (930 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices, which probably include some coriander and some liquorice, is one of the most enjoyable ever. Taste is also quite distinguishable with the spices mix that marries very well with the molasses malts. One truly unique beer that doesn’t disappoint. (354 characters)

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.