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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

520 Reviews
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Reviews: 520
Hads: 825
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 81
Gots: 71 | 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 mnredsoxfan69
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jacobite pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with a finger and a half of dense ecru foam in my beer goblet that soon disolves into a thin cap. Roasted malt and caramel fill the nose while caramel, dark fruit and just a hint of diacetyl butterscotch blanket the tongue. The body is medium to medium-full, low carbonation and warming from the well hidden alcohol.

Overall, a truly enjoyable experience, the perfect libation to inspire a hunt for a descendent of Bonnie Prince Charlie. (514 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Dark brown, full finger fluffy light beige head that sticks around quite a while. Lovely lace later on.
Smells really nice, with nut and spongecake, dark grape, fig, cola, faint cognac, some light baking chocolate, caramel, herbs and spices (definitely coriander, but also some hints of vanilla, black pepper and.. bay leaf?).
A really nice salty caramel contrast in the taste that enhances all the other stuff. Nice nut, dried plum, raisin, toasted grain, chocolate cake, dried berries, biscuit, thoroughly spiced with coriander. Some faint minty and floral notes, bit of red wine, almost cognac, towards the finish. Some toasted wood chips, a bit of chewing tobacco and a mild bitter earthy hop presence.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is really nice, recaping everything but concentrating more on the toasted malt. Alcohol never boozy.
Quite a special beer, tasty, complex, deserves its spot in the "must try" gallery of Scottish beers. (952 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer. (637 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Deep, dark, syrupy, boozy, notes of spice--not only coriander, but also anise. A lot to take in. Alcohol is more noticeable than I typically care for, but it melds with the dark fruits to come off like fruit cake with prunes and raisins soaked in rum. A bit of brandy and cognac notes.

This is a great beer, but not my speed. Not enjoying this, due to the forward character of the alcohol, especially as it warms. Couldn't finish this one. (440 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle stamped L 3112:
Pours an almost black dark brown, with a nice foamy off white head. The head eventually collects and maintains at the edges. Very little to l=no lacing, but some alcohol trails, somewhat surprisingly. Nose is date, dark raisin, light brown sugar. There is also some dark roasted malt, somewhat coffee-ish notes as well.

Taste again follows the nose (like the House Ale previously rated). The barrel comes through more prevalently in this beer that the other. The taste does have a certain fruitiness to it, I get what I can best describe as plum. The feel is light-to medium; the carbonation leaves me with a feel similar to almost flat cola.

To me, the feel again is a minor issue. In this beer, the flavor is better overall, which helps make up for the lack of body (IMO). A nice offering, and I'd be willing to try again to see if I might be missing something. (897 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass.

A real creamy forming three finger very light tan head, almost coffee espresso colored, with thin bubbles in its makeup. Body color is a big mahogany with hints of burnt rust like red on the edges and highlights. Very muddy and opaque kind of pudding like character as well it seems strangely too.

Super fruity nose. Hints of raspberry like esters and big dry spices. Strangely sensing salty character, and mellow caramel. Very small hints of wispy like smoke as well, hitting nicely to match. Extremely subtly and complex bouquet, very enjoyable.

Palate actually comes as a bit of a letdown. For oak barrel aging, extremely watery and weak. Not much coating on the palate or lasting aromas. Faint milk chocolate malt sensations with not much thickness. Fruity hinting character and complexity feels completely washed out, not giving the large sensing aroma and hoping palate that might be forthcoming. Light bodied stout feel and flavors, mild ashen charing. Fruit flavors only seem to be on the nose and not the palate also.

Where is the caramel on this thing, or great mouthfeel that comes from barrel aging? Some real interesting fruity tones, but for a wee heavy and a particular barrel aged one this isn't doing much for me, as decent and simple the beer is to drink. (1,337 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 7.99/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates at Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing fair – many small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125
This is an excellent wee heavy – since it’s made with coriander and I could neither smell nor taste any, it lost points. The price point is too high. (568 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacobite pours a dark brown color with a very small lacing head. There is a harsh malt aroma, with hints of oak. The taste has a nice burnt malt flavor, with hints of scotch and big hints of oak. Nice good flavors, good body too. Overall its a very nice and rich beer. (268 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 Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Just a small, one-finger tan head forms on this one, dissipating to a fine sheet kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation. The color is a very deep, dark ruby.

It has a great aroma of raisins, cherries, bananas, toast, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and earth.

The dark fruits make a big impact on the palate right away, and the flavor starts to give off more of the malty caramel and vanilla. The finish has some tasty breadiness that is eventually accented by a fantastic, earthy, leathury, smoky oak character. There's also a bit of chocolate. The flavor has a particular warming comfort to it that I find similar to toasted bread or nuts.

The feel is somewhere between medium and full, with kind of relaxed carbonation.

This is a terrifically malty beer with a considerable depth of leathury, earthy, oak character that makes it especially satisfying. (915 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/1/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, cherry, plum, pear, fig, toffee, toast, apple, molasses, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, apple, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, oak, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding scotch ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,456 characters)

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

Traquair House Brewery 'Jacobite Ale' @ 8.0% , served from a couple of 33cL bottles purchased for $4.65 each

A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a smallish tan head leaving a minimal lace film along the pint

S-licorice & corriander spice

T-big tasting , yet smooth , warms the body on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-tasty beer , a real winter warmer

prost LampertLand (439 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Traquair's Jacobite Ale last month for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I've never seen or heard of this beer before, but I was looking for something different and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Best before 2018. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got some decent information on it, but it's not the most eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of medium tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some toasted, caramel, light brown bread and toffee like aromas. Up next comes the dark fruits, they are pretty sweet and brighter then you normally get with this style and they impart some black cherry and red grape like aromas that are pretty nice and there's a slight spicy aroma in the background that must be from the coriander. Towards the end i get a light sherry and light tobacco like aroma with some light oak flavors showing up. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty complex, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly simile to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet candy like flavor with the coriander showing up first imparting a spicy flavor with some of those light toasted, caramel, and toffee like malts aroma. Up next comes a big fruity flavor with black cherry and red grapes still sticking out the most, but they are a little medicinal tasting with a little more sweetness in the background. On the finish there's some lighter oak like flavors with a lighter sweet alcohol flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting and unique beer, but i wish it wasn't so sweet.

M- Smooth, rich, a little cloying, silky, on the thicker sided of being medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while it isn't the truest to style it still has some of those base Scotch Ale flavors, but the sweetness and fruity flavors are really kicked up and the coriander adds to the uniqueness of this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, rich, a little cloying and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention but I think the high amount of sweetness would start to wear on me so I think one glass would be enough for me, but I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy on cool fall night by the bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and very unique and complex for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and it held this beer back from being as good and drinkable as it could be. I might buy this beer again in the fall if i'm in the mood for something like this, but it's a little expensive and I wouldn't buy it regularly. I would recommend this to people who likes sweet and fruity beers. Overall I thought this was a nice beer, it did have a couple things that held it back but when it came to the flavor and aroma it was pretty complex and I thought it was a very unique take on the style and I actually thought that the Coriander worked well with this beer and I wasn't really expecting that to happen and I wouldn't mind seeing more Scotch Ales brewed with it. This made for a nice first impression for Traquair and while it isn't my favorite Scotch ale it sure is pretty memorable. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work. (4,002 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The pour is thin-looking. The head is roughly one fat finger of mocha-colored head. The beer is nearly black in color and mostly opaque. A thick cap of foam hangs around for almost two minutes. No real lacing.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of powdered cocoa, toasted barley grain, citrus fruit, cherry fruit, toffee, and slightly medicinal alcohol. I do not detect much of the advertised coriander, but I find the smell to be unique and inviting. It reminds me of ruby port.

T-The taste has a similar fruity profile with cherry, citrus, and lightly medicinal alcohol. Again, it is port-like. The fruits are paired with a toasted barley base and a bit of cocoa flavor. There is faint bitterness in the back of my throat on the finish, but hops are virtually non-existent here.

M-The body looks thin out of the bottle, but it is medium heft for the style and is a pretty substantial beer. The carbonation is very smooth.

O-This is an intriguing and tasty winter-warming type beer. I really like the ruby port aspect of the aroma and taste, which is a slight departure from the typical tawny, caramel flavors of the style. The gently warming alcohol fits well with the flavor profile and the feel makes for good drinkability but provides enough heft to make it worth sipping. Nicely done. (1,338 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken January 2014(though I've tasted this at least a half dozen times)

500 ml brown bottle. Great bottle shape with the 'nonic' like neck. Black label with traditional Scottish artwork and script in white. Nice story and a superb look. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - almost opaque brown color. Light brown head poured quite nice quickly settling into a thin ring of lace into just a covering. Leaves decent lace.

S - sweet and rich up front with the coriander displaying much more than your traditional scotch ale. A whiff of Boozy scotch whisky creeps up with an almost peat like character. Sweet molasses and faint chocolate undertones balance the citrus and dark fruit notes quite nice.

T - big coriander spice up front. Not overbearing but just right. Chocolate like and a toasted malt go hand in hand with the alcohol Booz which display a very nice Scotch whisky backdrop. Sweet molasses with rich bittersweet malt in the dry finish. Not your average wee heavy. The coriander takes this to another place. Very different yet lovely.

M - a bit thinner than it looks, but still a respectable medium body. Though a touch on the thin side it still does its job coating the mouth with its rich yet balanced flavors. There are some Booz to this but it goes perfect with what its getting across. But yes, it does pack the punch the abv would suggest.

O - my favorite offering from Traquair. Just Scotch ale at its finest. These guys are damn near under rated in my book yet I've never had one I haven't liked. This like their house ale is top shelf scotch beer at its best and I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a very good wee heavy. The price is worth it no doubt, and ill buy this at least once every year. (1,737 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this Festivus gift.

Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours a clear, dark brown. soft light brown head fades quickly

S - brown sugar, raisins, caramel

T - caramel, vanilla, oak

M - very smooth, hides the alcohol well

O - very good, very easy drinking, will definitely seek out again (315 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 augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,051 characters)

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

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 (707 characters)

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

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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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. (2,294 characters)

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown colour, no head. Smell and flavour of caramel and dried fruits. Almost no bitterness. There are better Scotch ales out there (Dogma, Skull Splitter, Dirty Bastard), and I think this one is bit overratted, but very nice. (225 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (443 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (L0035 22:07) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a thin head that dissipates to a narrow collar.

Aroma is richly malty and fruity. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried figs/dates, orange peel and spice. Nice balance here, everything works in harmony.

Taste is likewise very malty with a slightly minerally quality from the water. More brown sugar, orange peel and spice. Tastes a little like a beer version of cinnamon cookies.

Mouthfeel is somehow a little lighter than expected. The heavy malt sets me up to expect a thick, chewy beer but it's just medium bodied and finishes clean, with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall a really nice, solid, understated beer from Traquair House. Would recommend. (721 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle
$2.99
Sam's Downers Grove

Traquair Jacobite pours a clear garnet with glowing mahogany highlights when held directly to the light. One finger ecru head forms on the pour that falls to a skim coat rather quickly. Good looking brew.

This beer smells fantastic. Nothing at all like I thought it would smell. Jacobite has the usual aromas of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. The big difference here is the coriander. It leaves an unbelievable refreshing orange aroma that makes this beer utterly unique.

Flavor is right along the lines of the aroma. Some toasted and roasted malts show themselves in the flavor. There's a tremendous burst of flavor mid-palate from the generous amount of coriander used. Great refreshing orange and herbal character. Finishes with a solid dose of hops to balance things out.

This beer is about as easy drinking as you can find. The high abv is the only reason it's not getting the highest rating possible. Very refreshing.

This beer just blows my mind. I expected nothing along these lines. The addition of coriander adds an amazing needed refreshing quality. This is a superb beer.

Reviewed: 8/13/07 (1,169 characters)

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.