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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 61
Gots: 26 | 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.

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Photo of nmyers


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice dark brown almost black color with a very thin white head on it, almost no retention.

S- the aroma of roasted malt with a touch of plum.

T- Nice roated malt taste with a sweet finish.

M- full bodied beer with a bitter but pleasant finish.

D- It goes do well and has a nice smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 05:15:44 | More by nmyers
Photo of DIM


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a deep dark ruby red color. It poured with a medium sized light tan head that quickly faded to lace.

s: Earthy, peaty malts that are gently sweet leap out of the glass. There are some dark fruits as well, plums perhaps. Perfumed hops, spices that are beyond my vocabulary, and a bit of alcohol round things out.

t: This is a fantastic combination of complexity and subtlety. The taste mirrors the smell for the most part. The malts are peaty, smokey, and just barely sweet. There are also some drying spices that I cannot identify and some subtle flowery hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is not a big, confrontational beer. It is difficult to decipher and fun to ponder.

m: This was gently carbonated, which suited this one very well. The body was average for the style.

d: I'll probably never spend the money for one of these ever again. $7 is a bit too steep for regular consumption. This is absolutely worth trying once though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 11:58:11 | More by DIM
Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

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

A:It has a hazy dark brown appearance with red dominating the color. The head was off white and had a fine carbonation.
S:The sweet and roasty aroma come right at you when you first smell it. There is a little bit of coriander that comes in after the first wave of smell. The coriander gives it a very earthy smell.
T:The taste almost mirrors the smell, but it is a little sweeter on the palate than the smell lets on. A big sweetness hits the tonge right away when it enters your mouth. The end of the palate there is roasted malt and coriander.
MF:A medium mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. The beer feels very silky and smooth in the mouth.
D:It's a great beer to drink. It is balanced to the sweet side, but still very easy to drink a few. I really like how the coriander adds a earthy feel to the beer and I thought it was a nice surprise because I've never heard of a coriander in scotch ales before.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:01:52 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of Traquairlover


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark mahogany brown with a small light tan head that quickly resolved into medium lacing on surface.

S = Strong smell of ripe pears is the first smell that I get, then deeper in there is roasted smokey grain, some floral hints, when swished produces a smell of mincemeat and tobacco.

T = Taste has a good chocolate, caramel, then some bitterness almost like licorice, then spices into a long bittersweet finish.

M = Medium bodied, very good mouthcoating, pleasant level of carbonation.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer but I would not rank it higher than the regular Traquair House Ale if I had both to choose from. It is a spicier beer though so probably better for a Winter evening in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 00:45:09 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of clayrock81


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thinnish, black cola-like hue with half finger, semi-bubbly head that faded quickly but left lacings down the glass. An intense berry smell is what I picked up first, along with minor citric notes. I also picked up something like honey (it may have been something similiar to honey, I'm not sute), and even some yeast, so I don't know if there's bread/dough in there or what. The first thing I picked up was the coffee/chocolate malt taste with a semi-dry finish complemented with corriander for a little spice. Also picked up hints of berries, figs, bubblegum/sugariness and that honey(?). An extremely smooth passing over the tongue although a tad sticky/syrupy for my liking. Still, one of the best beers I've tasted and it is mixed well with the sweetness then hop bite. I had this as a nightcap, and I think it is worth a try as a "dessert" beer. The ABV is hidden well and the only thing that limits this from being a constant in my beer diet is the cost - well worth the price though.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 16:55:02 | More by clayrock81
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slender, slim, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a prune-colored, ruby-red, mahogany brown appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a small amount of lacing...
Wonderfully complex and fruity aroma, with noticeable lemon, coriander, malt, and whiskey notes...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, heavy on the coriander and malts, with a slight sugestion of alcohol and dehydrated fruits... Figs, prunes, dates, and raisins also were apparent, and this beer was replete with a heavy Scoth flavor...
Rich, cream mouthfeel led to a fairly good level of drinkability, especially considering the fact that the 8% ABV struggled to make itself noticed...
Good stuff...
Heavy on the malts, and worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 01:23:11 | More by dsa7783
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 00:02:34 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of bboven


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark leather brown clear body, god head retention and lacing.

Lots of caramel in the aroma. Great.

More big caramel malt in the flavor Lots of malt layers with dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Surprisingly drying.

Extremely drinkable, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 03:42:19 | More by bboven
Photo of champ103


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color with some brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms to leave some good lace.
S: Lots of malt and coriander. Some citrus fruits as well. This is very interesting, and works suprisingly well. Dark fruits (plums and raisins) molasses, coffee, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose pretty close. This is a decadent and almost chewy beer. Like the nose, a good complexity of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate.
M/D: Rich and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is not a session beer, but a great sipping beer.

Much like the Traquair House Ale, this is a very complex brew. I don't think I have ever come across coriander spice and citrus in a Wee Heavy. A wonderful beer to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:43:45 | More by champ103
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 01:52:07 | More by prototypic
Photo of IPAcraig


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

I picked this beer up in Amsterdam on my honeymoon, May 2007. Enjoying it after doing some pro bono research for LSNF.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

It pours a beautiful dark brown with a light brown head that rose up about one inch, and settled fairly quickly. If it held better this could have been a 4.5 or better.

The bold smell of Scotland. It smells of chocolate, malt, and has a bit of a spiciness to it. Toffee becomes evident as the beer warms. Sweet without being cloying.

The last time I had this beer i was in Scotland, however this is not as big in flavor as I remember it being. Perhaps the age made it a bit more docile. This beer tastes of sweet milk chocolate with a citrus finish. Very nice.

This beer feels very light despite the low carbonation.

A big beer and a easy drinker. I love wee heavies and this one is a gem. It is probably more aggressive fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 01:18:52 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite opaque, can see a bit of red, with flashes of gold and orange around the edges. Head is not long lasting (likely due to low carbonation). No lacing.

S - initial smell out of the bottle is "orange freezie," after pouring in a glass, it's more of a vanilla-orange mixed with layers of sweet malt. Very enjoying!

T - malt is smooth, caramel sweetness is restrained and some dark fruits show up. Undercurrent of fresh sweet oranges. Finish is rather abrupt.

M - Medium bodied, low carbation, immediate alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

D - This is good, but not necessarily something I'll be desperately seeking out again.

This seems to walk a thin line between Scotch Ale and Belgian Dark; take away the spices and up the body and you've got a Scotch, add more yeast character and up the carbonation and you've got a Belgian Dark. It lies right in the middle of the two, and while I appreciate it's uniqueness and craftsmanship, it's just not moving me, ya know? I'd have to say I prefer their House Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:54:29 | More by markaberrant
Photo of spointon


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= This beer pours a very dark brown (think porter) with a minimal creamy head and lacing.

S= Though the scent of this beer is subdued, you do get a sense of sweetness, dark fruits, and warm biscuits.

T= As with the smell, you get sweetness up front in the sense of dark fruits and mollasses, but I also detect licorice, hops, and an herbal note from the coriander. The finish is bittersweet chocolate and a bit of oak.

MF= Very creamy, very low carbonation as in a great porter.

D= I'd be happy to drink more of this unique ale! It is a great winter brew with a respectable abv and all flavors in balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:05:07 | More by spointon
Photo of faernt


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought the bottle on 11.25.01 It's 01.26.08 and the bottle says best before June 'O9. It pours nearly black. It's porter black not stout black, but I had to hold it up to the light to differentiate.

It doesn't give much of a smell clue, but drinks very creamy.The lace is spotty down the sides of the glass and the skim of foam (this is a seven year old beer) is fluffy in places. It's very well made.

The taste is sweet scotch ale. I don't get the coriander. I'd tone down the sweet so I'll not have another for another year. It is a pleasant surprise from the back of my oollection.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 05:08:50 | More by faernt
Photo of Murchmac


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

This beer pours a dark brown with the wind of the highlands rushing through your hair and a nice one finger foam of the sea.

Has a very unique smell. roasted malts, dark fruits, coriander, liquor.

Peppery taste, with sweetness, good mouthfeel. This one will put a lift in your kilt.

Great beer, It's Scottish and Not Crap!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 04:28:09 | More by Murchmac
Photo of billybob


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with a small head and minimal lacing. aromas of coriander, dark fruits, roasted malt. taste is sweet, coriander, dark cherries, dried plums, roasted malt, molasses and anise or licorice. mouthfeel light to medium and carbonation is ok. complex aromas and taste, only had the one 11.2 oz. bottle to try but price is a little prohibitive at 4.95 on sale from 6.45.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 18:25:39 | More by billybob
Photo of beerking1


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany brown, almost black, but with some very nice red tones. Head is about 1/2 inch of very dense tan bubbles. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, backed by some coriander, and hints of licorice. Mouthfeel is rich and oily. Flavor is big malty, with more licorice and a subtle coriander. Tail is all roast malt and licorice. Really nice spiced Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:17:04 | More by beerking1
Photo of ccoffeegod


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

This beer poured nice and black with a 2" tan head, that disipated fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The ale smelled strongly of malts, Chocolate, with corriander being very strong. The frist taste was almost overpowering with the corriander this was followed by the malts, and chocolate notes on the back of the tounge. Mouthfeel was thin, slightly oily, pronounced carbonation. At first I did not think I was going to like this beer by the end of the pint I was looking for another.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:43:38 | More by ccoffeegod
Photo of TheBierBand


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

Poured from the 330ml brown bottle (Purchased 12/20/2007; "Best Before: June 2014") into a pint glass.. I was rewarded with a perfect 1" head, tan in color (faded to a thin cap and left no lace), over the top of dark brown colored ale. The beer allowed some orange/ruby light to shine through... not quite clear.... just a touch of haze.

Aroma: Fruity malt with a whiff of alcohol. Follows up with an aroma of freshly baked cinnemon rolls. Not a tremendously powerful smell.

Taste: VERY GOOD. Nice caramel malt with a slight ripe fruit edge... like apple. Slight spicy finish (corriander). Some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy... carbonation on the low side (good). Not as heavy or thick as I would like, but not too thin.

Drinkability: Good Scottish Ale. Nothing objectionable. The only other Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy I've had to date is Founder's Dirty Bastard. I prefer the Dirty Bastard to this example.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 18:23:30 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Slynger


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with a creamy light tan head that slips away quickly.
The nose is great. Dark fruits cherry and plum with a prominent over-waft of coriander. Sweet caramel and roasted malts show up in this one as well.
Oooh - minty cooling coriander, sweet dark cherry, roasted malts and smoked peat. All with a scotch alcohol warming as it passes down the gullet. The mouth feel is medium/full and the drinkability is "wish i had more."
Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 21:17:55 | More by Slynger
Photo of Absumaster


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with burgundy hues and a tiny off-white head.

Smell is full of heavy caramel and mildly burned notes that are clearly coming from the roasted barley. A nice wood smell and a liquorice and earthy smell make the beer smell complex and lovely.

Taste is sweet and caramellic with coffee-like roastiness. Also some spicy, herbal tastes of coriander and liquorice, maybe some pine, I am not sure. The yeast adds some light fruit and adds just enough alcohol to get a warming feeling. Hops are non-existant and the little bitterness in the beer comes from the dark malts. This beer is sweet, but not syrupy. The big body balances the spiciness and roast nicely. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 19:49:30 | More by Absumaster
Photo of joepais


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured dark brown with a small white head that qiucky disapates Aromas of berries and fruit, malts and chocolate . Medium mouthfeel almost no carbonation flavors of spices and sweet malts with nice finish to it. A very interesting ale . will drink it again .

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 23:26:26 | More by joepais
Photo of DoubleJ


4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I kill two birds with one stone with this review. First off, this is my 300th review. Second, I leave town tonight for Montréal, and this is my departure beer. Got the snifter out, so now I'm ready to go. On to the beer:

Head is less than one centimeter thick and doesn't last long, leaving a deep mahogany liquid in my glass. Light brownish highlights on the edges. Mild coriander in the smell, toffee and chocolate is there too. The aroma sweetens up as warms, and a little more diverse. The beer is very smooth with lots of different flavors coming up. First is the coriander. Then it hints orange and citrus. Then chocolate fudge. And caramel. I can find burnt sugar. Oooh, my tongue's getting a workout from this beer. Despite the complexities, it's not as thick as you'd think from the 8% ABV listing, but instead could be quaffed. But you'll get a better experience from this by drinking it slowly. Another winner from Scotland.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 22:48:18 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the weak nose turned me off of this brew at first but when i tasted it i was quite impressed. spicy smell, thin black with little head. at first sip one tastes the house flavor of traquair but shortly into the tasting sweet black licorice flavors emerge, without the intensity of gouden carolus noel, but without the abrasiveness of anchor winter. smooth finish flavor hangs on for a long aftertaste, great brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 05:58:48 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of russpowell


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of June 2014, my question: Why wait?

Pours a bit turbid chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Some lacing & above average head retention

S: Almost gave this a 5; sweet caramel, fruitty, plus lemon grass ( reckon this is the coriander, but I usually get more pepper)

T: Slight smokiness, rich chocolate malt, boozey warmth& earthy hops up front. As this warms, i get maple syrup, raisins, figs, leafy & herbal hops. Finishes with dryness, jammy notes & hints of citrus & pepper ( the coriander finally showing up??)

MF: Slightly slick then later sticky as this warms, a bit chewy & low carbonation

Drinks really nice, i think the abv would chase me off this fairly complex wee-heavy before boredom, well done!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 05:30:08 | More by russpowell
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.