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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 68
Gots: 36 | 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 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.

Digimaika2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jeffboo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

jeffboo, May 04, 2003
Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at Dosa in SF. Paired with South Indian food.

Brew is dark, with blacks and browns melding about beneath a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Aromas are sweet with coriander, dark licorice or anise, and a bit of dark fruit. Tastes are much of the same, with the coriander coming in and out of dominance on the tongue. Tons of anise, as well as a few other dark spices. There is a bit of smoke, too. I can't get a lot of hops here, and there are very few bitter residuals left behind. The alcohol hides beautifully in a creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to finding it again.

washburnkid, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of brewdub17
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12-22-10

Appearance: Cloud dark brown body with a light head that floats atop.

Smell: Very nutty notes come forth and are balanced with a hearty sweetness that comes strong from the malts.

Taste: Biscuit notes are mixed with the roasty flavors and end crisply with a small alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Being the style, it covers lightly but olds strong with an alcohol-like feel that is expected from the ABV's

Drinkability: The alcohol feel is pleasant and expected as mentioned before and therefore creates adequate drinkability.

brewdub17, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"best by" of june 2014

dark brown w red tint. decent head but soon fades to just a thin ring. lacing tends not to stick.

dark fruit and spice. herbal, almost minty. whiffs of molasses and dark caramel.

whisky and rum tones to the malt sweetness. herbal and grassy. moderate bitterness. trace of alcohol and phenols into the finish as well.

pretty smooth, with enlivening carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of NStLincoln
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colored caramel with a two finger tan head.

Intense smells of game meat, a custardy caramel, and a little bit of smokiness.

On the palate we lose the gaminess and get into some of those 800 calorie coffee drinks you can get at your local coffee establishment. Sweet caramel, mocha, and crisp, bracing bite like you get on the back end of a Coke. The back end is a nice blend of nuttiness and woodiness.

NStLincoln, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

oberon, May 27, 2003
Photo of Melchizedek
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark brown with a solid head that dissipates slowly into a pretty even, thin beige cap.

In the nose, coriander is fairly prominent, but doesn't overwhelm some honey-like malt and a very mild smoky character. Malts take back control in the mouth, and the mouthfeel is rich if not heavy. Creamy. Very nice contrast to the robust and somewhat sharp flavor profile. A little hop bitterness keeps the sweet stuff in check, and the smoky peat character is actually a really good background for the spice.

What a neat version of this style. Wee Heavies seem to be love-it-or-hate-it, and I think I'm falling in on the "love it" side. The complexity and strength make it a lovely day-end sipping beer, but it doesn't compromise smooth texture and pleasing flavor.

Melchizedek, Nov 24, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red tint to its dark brown colour. Thin beige head doesn't stick around long and doesn't stick to the walls of my glass very well. That's ok in a higher gravity beer though, as alcohol affects head retention. This is a fine looking beer. Solventy alcohol and toffee are all I really pick up in the aroma. It's odd that I can't pick up the coriander in the aroma, because it's actually quite prominent in Jacobites flavour. In addition to that strong coriander flavour, it's richly malty and medium sweet, and vaguely reminds me of a good doppelbock. Some raisin-like dried fruit character can be discerned. The alcohol is noticeable, but it integrates well with the other elements in the flavour profile. Tastes pretty damned good. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Feels slightly sticky. How does it drink overall? Lets just say I know I shouldn't, but I think I might have a second.

mintjellie, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 13, 2011
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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.

bryehn, Dec 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traquair Jacobite side-by-side. One assumed 2009 vintage (Best Before June 2019) and one assumed 2004 vintage (Best Before June 2014). Each poured into wide snifter glasses.


...very dark brown pour with a crackling 3/4" of light beige head. The head doesn't want to sit entirely still. 3.5

Dark sweet malts with notes of butterscotch, licorice, caramel, coriander, vanilla, and a sweet hint of alcohol. Slight herbal note is close to pine, among the malt mix mind you, and is muchly reminiscent of hops. Pretty dreamy smelling, I must say. 4.5

Somewhat attenuated flavor here. Some burnt chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar. Dusty flavors that carry into the mouthfeel. A little more attenuated than I was expecting. Mostly wet grains, roastiness, a bit of peat, cocoa, and sparse dried fruits. Presence of coriander seems a bit strange in confluence with the other flavors. Finishes with some firm bitterness, at least for a Wee Heavy. 3.5

A little watery-feeling, but the body is solidly medium. Not gluggy or thick. Light carbonation tickles for a split-second before going away. Pretty easy to drink for the style. 4.0

The '09 has the stuff necessary to develop into something fuller-flavored and succulent. Still growing. The coriander needs to back off. 4.0


...nearly identical almost-black deep brown color with a loose-bubbled 1/2" of head that fell down to a myriad of large bubbles on the surface and skewed to one side of the glass. 3.5

Surprisingly, less buttery flavors and less caramel. Big whiff of artificial grape reminds me of Fruit Roll-Ups. Nope, it's a grape/chocolate mix. It smells like Grape Tootsie Roll Pops. Exactly. Some other dark fruits become unearthed such as black raspberry, prune, and raisin. More toffee than caramel. Less noticable alcohol than the '09. 4.5

Vinous. Raisined grape flavors dominate with subtle alcohol supporting. Some pretty rich roasted flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, peat smoke, and prunes. Definitely developed nicely. Not to say the '09 was watery, but this one has rounded out fully. Coriander snaps in with an herbal/medicinal bite. Less roasty bitterness. 4.0

Smooth silky feel, yet with a firm body. Very low carbonation. Rolls off the tongue and down the hatch. Warming in the stomach. 3.5

A great-drinking '04 Jacobite. Wonderfully complex. Vinous and daring. Proving that time was very good to this beer. Worth stashing away for the reward. 4.5

thecheapies, May 02, 2012
Photo of Mit
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-Dark with very little head.

s-sweet all the way. Malty with some notes of dark fruit.

t-Quite sweet but has a slight hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

m-Thicker as you would expect for the higher ABV

D-pretty high ABV...is tasty...I could have a couple of these.

Mit, Jan 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with some dark fruit and some peat malt. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of peat malt, dark cherries, toffee, light smoke and some alcohol. I also get a little bit of clove and black pepper notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch Ale. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

williamjbauer, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color. Head is roughly a finger and a half deep with an off-white head which stuck around for a decent bit. Lacing was somewhat light.

Smell: Initially it smells of dark fruit (raisin and plum). A bit of cherry and roasted malt aromas emerge. Spices are somewhat faint on the nose, but a light corriander smell is there.

Taste: Plum and raisin flavors are immediately noticeable. They blend well with roasted malts. Good malty base. There is a slight spicy, corriander twist, but it's not dramatic. It does give it depth. Slight smoky taste on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very well carbonated. It's extremely smooth and drinkable. A little on the strong side, but very drinkable nonetheless. Overall, this is a very good beer. Check it out.

prototypic, Feb 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jsnoek, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, dark ruby with a thin ring of beige head. No lacing is left, really. Aroma is very sweet with lots of toffee, caramel, and honey. Some dried figs is in there as well as lots of citrusy coriander. Flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Starts with some dark dried fruit maltiness and a flat yeastiness. Moves into a huge coriander middle and then finishes roasty and a little smoky with hints of chocolate. Carbonation is smooth, and to my surprise, this is neither sticky nor slick. Drinkability is fine, but this is surely no session.

goochpunch, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep brown with a little purple and red. Small light head that leaves a little lace.

Smell. Licorice, orange peel, caramel and some cherries and molasses.

Taste. Light but sweet caramel malts, a little peach and anise. A little chocolate and smoke. Pretty clean finish and just a little alcohol and orange peel.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Drinkable, high abv with some nice flavours. What's not to like?

Thanks Sammy!

Rutager, Jul 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

KevinGordon, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

HoneyLamb, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Very deep ruby red hue that borderlines on opaque. Tan head that quickly settles to a bubbly cap.

Mild dried fruit, a brisk spiciness, caramelized sugar, and some warming alcohol make up the aroma.

Thick and malty bittersweet taste from the strong dark malts and a little bit of hops coming through. A touch of alcohol can be felt in the background. The flavors get smoother and a little more complex as the beer warms.

Best enjoyed at cellar temperature. Another good example of a Scotch Ale. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 01, 2006
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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