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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 70
Gots: 40 | 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 elricorico
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely smashing!! It poured a very cloudy, rusty, dark brown with no head. This smells, to me at least, a little like blue berries, but I know its the corriander mixing with something else. Plenty of malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate faintly noticeable. Just fantastic. The corriander is mildy noticeable (but certainly there, just not over powering) and there is a myriad of flavour profiles. There plenty of different malts, chocolate, a toasted flavour that is noticeable on the finish. Oh...it's simply magnificent. It's very smooth with a very tiny bit of carbonation. You must try it! Brilliant!!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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).

Photo of kwakwhore
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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 tjd25
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of granger10
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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?

Photo of BlackAngus
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of clickpush
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of positiverpr
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.


Photo of Fugazme
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.