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Traquair Jacobite - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

763 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 70
Gots: 41 | 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 Stunner97
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with very little carbonation to be seen, slight tan lacing but not much of a real head off the pour,

Smell- nice mix of malts and caramel, good sweetness on the smell, hints of corriander,

Taste- very beautiful flavor, nice mix of malts and slight corrainder you might get from a belgian beer can be noticed, overall its an incredibly enjoyable flavor and a very nice finish, very enjoyable scotch ale, nice carmel malts,

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied which is very nice for the style as it doesnt no get too syrupy like some scotch ales can be at 8% alcohol

Drinkability- very phenomonally drinkable, not one I can always get my hands on but wouldnt mind to see it more often despite price, its light and refreshing for 8 percent beer, the corriander does a nice job I felt of keepin the malts a little in check, the ingredients in this beer just taste so clean and fresh you can tell its of good quality and making, recommended for sure,

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a small head turning to a thin veil of large bubbles.

Smells of wet hay, sweet dried grass, dried dark fruit. And coriander.

Tastes of dried stone fruits, raisins and prunes. The coriander comes through , leaving a hot spice sensation on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is moderate thickness, low carbonation.

This is a very balanced and drinkable beer. It is instructional, providing a sense of what the coriander backbone is to many of the Belgian dark ales.

The artwork shows the White Rose of the House of Jacobites, the movement to restore the Stuart kings to the thrones of England, Ireland, and Scotland and honors the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Flavoring beer with coriander may have been picked up while engaging the support of the French to recover control.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.15/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours black coffee brown with a dense but minimal head.

S- SWEET! Sugary caramel and toffee. Smells like Nestle's Juicy Juice fruit punch with a caramel chaser. Not sure how I feel about it.

T- Follows the nose, but a bit more subdued (thankfully). I still taste Nestle's Juicy Juice Fruit Punch... what gives? Beer is tasty, subdued, and goes down easy. A bit unsettling, though. That flavor is dead on and creeping me out. I feel like I'm 5 and drinking out of the 64oz cans of Juicy Juice.

M- Thin, unoffensive, not terribly carbonated.

D- No thanks. This could be an unfair review, but this taste is so ingrained to me as Juicy Juice Fruit Punch that I can't get past it. A good beer, drinkable, and a stealth ABV, just not for me. I can suggest you try it, though, not bad by any means... I just don't click with it.

I haven't had Nestle Juicy Juice in 15-20 years, but this beer is a dead ringer. Didn't want to let bias in, but no choice... I will die a happy man if I never have this again.

Photo of thequeen711
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly this beer has been rated one of the top 25 beers in the World...I beg to differ. The pour from the 11.2 z bottle was clean, barely a fizz. Nice caramel nose, extremely light mouthfeel, but just the right amount of coriander to mix with the rest of the brew. I found it light bodied, and very drinkable. The beer poured brownish, with red highlights when held up to the light.
A better than average beer, but not top 25 material.

Photo of chiefydawg
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got from a friend who was vacationing in Scotland - thanks Matt.

Clear ruddy brown with garnet highlights in the light. Cream colored head is both short and short lived. I don't see a date, and have idea how this was treated so you'll have that.

Mild milk chocolate and light malt rounded out with a hint of subtle raisin. To steal from candy brands, a Tupperware dish of Malted Milkballs mixed with Raisinettes smelled from a distance after being freshly opened.

See above, but dipped in bourbon. Alcohol is quite apparent early. Slight licorice and baked brown bread crust. Some sort of other cooking spice I cannot finger (anise?). In an odd twist, alcohol actually subsides as the ale warms. Chocolate actually picks up to take its place. No hint of hop. Clean yeast profile, with proper trace fruiitiness. Focus on malt.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A bit sticky after the swallow and after the glass.

A tale of two beers in one with the taste. Had I scored this in the first third, half a bottle there would have been problems. Time in the glass, not bottle (sorry Jim Croce) certainly improved the Jacobite.

Drinkability improved with time after pouring, like this baby just needed to breathe. I liked some of the complexities of the malt while being easy going. I'll bet on tap in Scotland this would be trouble by the pint. In my case, I enjoyed it and am now ready to cleanse the palate with an IPA.

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear mahogany color with a fizzy off-white head that is initially pretty small. Head fades pretty fast and does not leave much lacing.

Very fruit-laden big nose. Cranberries, raisins, earthy scotch, coriander and cherry cough syrup. Smells nice.

Taste is a bit more mild than the huge nose would indicate. Plenty of Britishly fruity ale flavors with sweet caramel malts and coriander zestiness. Has hints of maple syrup and peat as well. Lowly carbonated and fairly soft feeling. Decently complex, yet very smooth and quaffable. Nice brew, glad I finally tried it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Coriander? A bit far north of Wallonia, aren't we?

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly beige head, which slowly dissipates, leaving some decent spectral lacing around the glass.

It smells quite strongly of caramel and toffee malt, sticky treacle, milk-tinted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a prune and fig dark fruitiness, and mild herbal, earthy hops. The taste is a lessened, but still sturdy caramel malt, saltwater taffy, baker's chocolate, a touch of ash, cafe au lait, a subtle, indistinct sweet spiciness, some mild orange flecks, and staid earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is rather mild, but hardly inert in its supportive duties, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (much, much more than 'wee'), quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes still big and malty, but in an increasingly restrained manner, as the mustiness of some Scottish castle muscles its way in. There is indeed an underlying boozy warmth, but it's so well hidden amongst all the other pleasantly distracting flavours.

This is definitely something capable and worthy of warding off the chills (so it is that I'm drinking this in the middle of summer), or instead pair with some bready, chocolaty, or boozy dessert. A bit too bad about the proclaimed coriander, though - very little comes through at any juncture.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a short-lived creamy off-white head.
Aroma is very complex: toasted/toffee malt, liquorice, tea, golden syrup, some vague woodyness and spices (cinnamon, ginger?).
Flavours of toasted malt, more spices, alcohol. More woody notes. Pretty sweet, but countered by a subtle roasted coffee bitterness. Very tasty!
Slick velvety mouthfeel with creamy carbonation, some alcohol heat on the palate.

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

Knowing that Traquair is exquesite and having the House I was able to pick this up at Puhi Cigar.

A - very very dark mahagony. finger head that seems very sticky

S - soft hints of chocolate, sweet malt, caramel

T/M - hmm, curious. more bitter than the house. starts sweet. almost chewy. chocolate and malt helps balance. becomes more mellow as it warms. (edited to increase rating on this note)

D - alcohol is very well hidden so beyond the well controlled sweetness can session for sure. and a mostly delicious session. though i think i might lean toward the House more.

Photo of Seru1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Mahogany Brown blackish body with a mid light tan thin head.

Smell- Very clear aroma of honeyed figs and plums

Taste- Tastes like it smells, which is verry nice. Sweet with ab it of a coriander finish.

Mouthfeel- Well Coating but not long lasting.

Drinkability- These would be terribly easy to drink for an entire afternoon, sweet but not candy sweet. I highly reccommend.

Photo of Psilo707
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark, flowery beer that gives the senses a very powerful feeling when drank. The appearance is a deep ruby red with decent head but no lacing whatsoever on the mug. Smell is semi-sweet and invoking of something strange but alluring.

Tastes like it smells; coriander, flowers, dark malty chocolate. The aroma of the beer is very present as you down it. It leaves a malty aftertaste that rings for a multitude of minutes after it goes down.

Mouthfeel is decently creamy and is pretty nice. Drinkability is as well although the darkness of the beer and the 8% alcohol content brings it down a little.

Overall a very good brew; recommended!

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

Poured into snifter at cellar temp (maybe slightly cooler). Nice dark pour with soft rocky head that lingered. Smell was light fruitness, chocolate sweetness, mild yeast and raisin-molasses. Taste was similar with a nice citrus note and balanced well with coriander. Silky smooth mouthfeel, would be more drinkable if not for the 8%ABV.
I found Traquair house ale by chance some time ago...a fantastic beer and the Jacobite is just as fantastic!

Photo of Contagion
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark chocolate brown, what light that passes through it has a ruby hue to it. It's thick enough that you can't tell if it's cloudy or not. A thin tan head formed, and faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent is an exciting combination of Toffee, molasses and coriander. They combine to give the beer a scent reminiscent of a ginger bread cookie. As the beer warms up closer to room temperature the scent opens up and releases touch of a chocolate malt scent. The taste is much like the scent. The coriander, molasses and toffee flavors combine to make the main flavors of the beer. There is a subtle dark fruit flavor, such as prunes that accent the flavor and really boosts the taste. As the beer warms, the chocolate malts are more noticeable. This is definitely a beer you do not want to drink too cold, as the beer has a better flavor at just cooler than room temperature. At 8% Alcohol by volume, you can't taste the alcohol at all.

It is a medium bodied beer with a smooth and creaminess to it that coats the mouth. It is very easy to drink. There is a pleasant level of carbonation to the beer that is just strong enough to bite on the tongue.

This is an excellent beer. It's a nice beer to sit around with friends and enjoy slowly with conversation. In fact the beer itself may be the topic of conversation. Especially if you are with people that don't know what a Jacobite is. I found myself really enjoying this beer as I reviewed it. If you can get your hands on a bottle of this beer, I would recommend it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, dark crimson red with a patchy beige colored head that quickly diminished while leaving no real lacing to speak of. Visible effervesce was average. A really nice coloring here.

S: honey and raspberries with dry orange peels. Sweet with a touch of honey dew fruitiness while light hints of coriander come through on the finish.

T: The flavor had cola with dark ripe fruit (plums, and prunes) with an underlying sweet caramelized malting. The finish finds hints of fruitiness (melon dews) before a spicy cola and dark licorice flavor closes things out along with a peppery touch. A nice variety of flavor that was sweet and fruity to begin with before leading to a creamy caramel middle and a dark licorice finish that was seemless in transition and quite intriquing.

M: very smooth with a creamy caramel body. A good touch of carbonation tingle while a dry licorice twang finishes things out.

D: Good drinkability. A unique flavor with a wide range of complexity that will keep you coming back for more to truly enjoy the spectrum it has to offer.

Photo of pweis909
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with June 2014 "best before" date. Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't be drinking this now...

The brew pours out dark, with a low-medium tawny head that receded rather quickly. Sort of cocacola color.

Although it says spiced with coriander, what I get from the aroma is a boozy chocolate or vanilla, reminiscent of bourbon. Also, molasses.

The many components of the aroma fill out the taste. I also noted dark fruit. Right out of the fridge, the beer tasted muddy to me, with a strong alcohol bite. It was only as it warmed that I picked up sweetness accompanied by these more aromatic flavor components.

It went down more smoothly as it warmed, with the alcohol bite fading. Texture seemed thin and dry initially, similar to a dubbel, sweetening up as it warmed. Warm, it was surprisingly drinkable for it's ABV. Colder, the alcohol bite obscured flavor, perhaps?

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was clear and brown on the pour with a half finger head. It lasted a while, but overall wasn't too impressive.

Aroma was very malty... caramel malts danced on the nose, along with a nice breadiness and hints of sweetness. It also was very lemony, and slightly spicy.

Taste followed the nose. Rich full malts, quite a blast of lemon, and a slightly spicy lemon aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, full bodied enough to let you know you were drinking something substantial for the price but not cloyingly sticky or thick.

Good marks for drinkability. Again, the only thing that would keep me from making this a regular is the cost.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second traquair brew, and i am loving it. Great uniqueness and downright delicious.

Pours from a small 330ml bottle with a nice looking black/white label. It's a dark brew, with only a bit of light escaping through. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is fairly mild, but some dark fruit (fig/date) is there. Some slight alcohol burning.

The flavor is a huge kick in the taste buds! Rich complexity of malt, brown sugar/molassas, and a spiciness from the coriander and some cinnamon perhaps. This is one hell of a good beer. The 8% is present, but isn't overkill compared to the rest of the flavors. I really dig the finish and aftertaste on this one! It's luscious and sweet. I would highly recommend this brew if you can find it.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Opaque black color with glowing ruby highlights when held to a lamp. Moderate 1 finger of head recedes into a ring and filming on top, with lacing speckles down the glass as I drink.

S: Spicy sour nose from the coriander. Caramel malt, butter, peat, smoke, plums, and blueberries. An interesting aroma.

T: Mostly sweet malt, molasses, butter, peat, and smoke with strong coriander spiciness. No hop taste to it, but I didn't really expect one.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation was so low the beer felt flat, which ruined most of the sensations and made for a lackluster drink.

D: I may have just had a bad bottle, but I wasn't really enthused about having this again after the low carbonation. The taste is interesting, but the texture really makes or breaks a brew, and in this case, the latter.

Photo of bryanbrick
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/29/2006 (bottle):

Pours a brown color body with almost no head, off-color. Has an aroma of blueberries, some spices, dark fruit, some alcohol, some hops. Taste of spices, fruits. I don't know what coriander tastes like. Very spicy taste in the back of my throat. Lots of flavor.

Photo of ccrida
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle (Best before June 2014, I think it's forward dated 10 years, making it about 4.5 years old) poured into my Delirium snifter, Jacobite is a dark hazy ruby with a creamy off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace. Nice darker color that I prefer in the style.

Smell is heavy lemon scented from the coriander at first, with wafts of graham cracker, rum, toffee, chocolate, but I'm really just grasping at straws, as it's difficult for me to get past the lemon.

Taste is also very heavy on the coriander. I thought that seemed rather unusual for the style when I read it on the label, but came in with an open mind. The problem is, my instincts were right, the coriander brings a bright, sweet refreshingly quality which is rather opposite what I look for in the style, which would be more of a sweet, earthy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is spicy and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high for me, sorry. I just really don't like beers where any spices (which I generally don't like period) are so overt, and I particularly don't like the coriander with this style. The only 'adjunct' I care for in scotch ales is a little smoke.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark complexity and a pleasant one finger head to follow. Nice floral aroma with the title coriander taking over the lead. Had this beer on many occasions and that is the one aspect that keeps me wanting more. The flavor is unique in its own right, but in a relative manner can be found in most other beers of its class and style. Big bite of hops on the entry and some of the high alcohol is noticed on the withdraw.

Recommend: 5 stars

Photo of beveritt
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is all black, with writing and decoration in white. Depicts a seated man, flanked by two thistle and the dates 1745-1995. States that the ale is flavored with coriander and it is best before June 2017. Funny concept, that if I keep this for 9 years, it will be good, but 9 years and a month = crap.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of big-bubbled tan head. This settles very quickly to almost nothing, just a small island of thin foam. The beer itself is a medium brown and nearly opaque in the center. A very small amount of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Dark fruity-smelling malt, like plums and blackberries.

Taste: Dark and chocolaty, with just a hint or the orange coriander in the finish. Would I have noticed it if it wasn't so loudly proclaimed on the label? Probably not.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Well, the head retention is terrible, and therefore the appearance suffer some. However, the beer had a nice, full flavor that was easy to enjoy and lingered long after drinking.

Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

A: Dark, but thin, copper. Very light carbonation pours into s thin layer of off-white carbonation on the surface, and bubbly carbonation where the surface meets the sides of the glass. Beer ring lacing clings to the sides of the glass as you drink, but eventually retreats back into the body although spots of carbonation remain. Also little floaties settle at the bottom.

S: Malt, light hops, peat and hints of raisin.

T: Sweet syrupy malty taste, the peat really comes out, hint of hoppiness.

M: Starts with the sweet malt, hops then peat, finishes dry. Strong alcohol taste, and aroma really filters up into the nose. Has a light feel in the mouth.

D: Good strong drinkability. Flavor and refreshment.

Has strong alcohol taste, but doesn't feel strong if that makes sense (which I know it doesn't). Good flavor, a bit unique. Good atmosphere. Overall very good quaff. Try one if you can get one.

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