Traquair Jacobite
Traquair House Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,282
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Notes: Traquair Jacobite Ale is a Scotch ale with an ancient ingredient, coriander: rich, deep flavors are accented by exotic coriander aroma. Traquair House Brewery, located within Scotland's oldest inhabited house, uses a 1738 copper kettle and oak fermenters to produce this fine ale, first brewed in 1995 to commemorate the Jacobite Revolution.
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle purchased at a Dallas bottle shop into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with a reddish hue. Initially a beige head and some lacing. Caramel and oak smell and taste. Pleasant warming beer, but expected it to be a bit meatier. A nice beer and I bet it is better fresh on tap.

Nov 02, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 1514

I had no idea that I did not review this beer. I have drunk this beer several years ago do not remember much about it. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a light tan one-finger head. The head is creamy and foamy with excellent retention. The slow dissipation on the glass left a lot of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 24, dark brown with ruby red hues. This beer is opaque. Overall this beer is above average for this style.

The aromas in the beer are caramel, roasted malts, toffee, malty sweetness, subtle peat, a touch of smoke, a smidge of Maillard, floral, oranges, and some earthiness.

The flavors in the beer start with a light caramel then segway into peat with oranges and earthiness. Next, I taste some Maillard, floral, toffee dried raisins, molasses, and herbal.

The mouthfeel is coating and warming.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

At times I felt the malts thin out. It is a malty beer with expressive flavors. It is a solid Scotch Ale. I wanted a beefier malt profile to make it heavier.

May 04, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass
Best before June 2019

This beer pours a deep mahogany hue. Faint garnet highlights are visible when held to a light. It doesn't get much head. I get a little aggressive with the second half of the bottle to get anything. It looks flat.

The smell is all malt. I get date and fig. I smell molasses. I get some caramel and toffee.

The caramel, molasses, and toffee are up front in the taste. I get hints of smoke. The caramel and toffee persist throughout the tasting. The fig and dates that I smelled are pretty subtle in the taste.

Medium bodied with an uncarbonated mouthfeel

I got this off the 1/2 off shelf at my local bottle shop. This is a great beer that is past its prime. The smell and flavor are great. The loss of carbonation is the only ill effect of its age.

Apr 24, 2021
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear though nearly opaque very dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + cola brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of caramel + molasses + toasted + nutty + very slightly smoked malts with moderate amounts of dark fruit (plum + prune) + brown sugar + molasses sweetness. Light aromas of herbal hops and a light aroma of spice/coriander. Hints of toasted oak.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel + molasses + toasted + nutty + very slightly smoked malts with moderate amounts of dark fruit (plum + prune) + brown sugar + molasses sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of spice/coriander and a light to moderate flavor from toasted oak. Finally there are light flavors of herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long leaving behind a light malty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly lighter than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery for the style.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and the alcohol is well hidden. Lots of complexity to the flavors and aromas of this beer and it is very enjoyable.

Apr 16, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a white-ish head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonation.

Tastes of sweet toasted malt with a slight barrel influence and I picked up a general mustiness - not in a bad way. Has a thin body and mouthfeel. Was hoping for more, but it just wasn't there.

Apr 08, 2021
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unusual and enjoyable beer, aroma is malty sweet with a touch of coriander. Taste follows with the bite from the coriander much more prominent and the malt flavor slightly subdued compared to my expectations. Caramel malt and a vague spiciness that may be a result of the yeast? Makes for a complex and unusual sipper for me.
Body is much thinner and lighter than anticipated but its a pleasant surprise in my book.
Wonderfully, I can imagine that this is someone's absolute favorite and will revisit it as a pairing to a specific meal, maybe south east asian

Jan 06, 2021
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hreb from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well-aged 330ml bottle served in a tulip (or is it a thistle?). Beer pours cola brown and shows signs of sediment remaining in the bottle. Funky, oak aromas suggest a strong and Belgian styled ale. Flavor has a distinct spiciness accompanying a malty brew. Surprisingly, the flavor is pretty much completely devoid of any roastiness. At least in this bottle the mouthfeel is almost completely still, which for me works well to let the flavors stand on their own. Although that flavor is spice, to my palate I don't place it as coriander. Comparison to doppelbock are apt. Bready and full of molasses and raisins. Brown bread. Really unique.

Jan 03, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle stamped BBE SEP 2029 poured into a thistle glass at just above fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with mahogany highlights and tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild in strength featuring rich malt, subtle earthiness, dark fruit and a bright note of coriander. The taste follows with the coriander up front before the rich (toasted, but not peaty) malt and oak begin to assert themselves. Lots of prune, raisin, leather in the taste as well. Minimal bitterness, but never sweet. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry (spiced) finish. No hint of the ABV in the taste or aroma. Overall, good. I'm not a big coriander fan, but it works in some Belgians. It's extremely well used & offers a subtle balance here, but to my tastes it's out of place.

Dec 05, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Much much less heavy and a far better mouthfeel experience than that which I have had with other Scotch ales. You can really detect the oak barrel aging process

Sep 25, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Scotch ales, so I'm excited for this one. Pours a nice dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nose is coriander, wood, maple, toffee, dirt, and malts. Taste is really interesting. Black licorice, toffee, figs, raisins, and earth. Some wheat on the aftertaste, along with some coffee grounds. This is super complex. Not overly sweet and not really bitter. Nicely balanced with a moderately thick mouthfeel.

Mar 27, 2020
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and opaque with light frothy head. Wonderfully warming on the palate. Toffee, raisin and plum with a woody, slightly smoky finish. Just oozes history

Jan 20, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisins, with the aroma promising sweet malts.

Appearance is a dark black-brown from the front, and a clear dark ruby with a back light. Topped with a 1/2 inch tan head with large bubbles, which fades quickly to a cap with a bubbly center island and a ring. Over time becoming just the ring. Then nothing. Sheets and strings of lacing as you drink that slip a down the side of the glass into the ring.

Taste reflects the aroma: plums, raisins, a bit earthy, sweet caramel. A subdued bitterness is present in the middle, but has faded completely by the finish. The coriander is subtly present, as is the oak. The flavors play off of each other in a wonderful way, with the plums and caramel remaining on the tongue in the aftertaste. You notice the alcohol warmth, but only just. The finish is sweetish, but not overly so.

Feel is mellow and smooth, with a moderate to thick body.

Overall, a delicious Scotch Ale, with a superb complexity of flavors and very well balanced.

Jan 07, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear deep ruby red with a two finger light tan head.

S- Plums, dark fruits, pears, some oak, touch of coriander, toffee, caramel.

T- Plums, toffee, dark fruits, caramel malts, oak, pears, earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Very easy to drink, very well balanced and easy to drink.

Nov 25, 2019
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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dawg Pound, West Virginia

Look: pours dark with a cream head that laces nicely down the glass
Smell: Delicious blend of malt and coriander. Mine was poured into a tulip, but the aroma projects better from the bottle
Feel: Thicker than most, but not the thickest. Medium body with a slight fizzle from the carbonation
Taste: Oaked malt with a zing of coriander. Definitely complex but not over done. Goes down smooth with a nutty aftertaste. DELICIOUS

Great example of how a beer should be brewed

Nov 06, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark but not opaque with a thin white head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit. Tastes of licorice, raisin and coriander. Very smooth mouth feel, very good beer

Jun 01, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped, snifter glass.
Opacity: Almost opaque.
Color: Very dark brown with a copper hue.
Head: Slightly creamy brown 1 finger.
Legs: Okay, good swirl reaction.
Smell: Liquorice/Toffee/Rum/Plums.
Taste: Raisins/Coffee/Molasses/Brown sugar/Coriander.
Feel: Earthy/Roasted/Woody/Spicy.
Body: Medium silky and smooth.
Carbonation: Light crisp.
Overall: Decent warming feel, though quite alcoholic for the ABV. Rich but not overly intense. Excellent quality craft.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 9/10 - Balance 9/10 -
Freshness 4/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8.5/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

Apr 07, 2019
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Myros from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle to a tulip. Best by March 2027.
Pours a clear purple black with a 2 finger, dense, khaki head that has good retention and nice lacing. A thing of beauty.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malt. Esters of plum, prune, date, and raisins are strong. Alcohol is noticeable. There is a woody, earthy, peppery, and herbal aroma that just smells old worldly. I suspect the peppery note is the coriander coming through.

Taste follows the nose closely, thankfully. Rich caramel malts give way to sweet dark dried fruits. The peppery bite is strong but appropriate with great woody, earthy characters. There is a hint of citrus brightness that I attribute to the coriander. A light roasted grain is detectable in the finish. Alcohol is moderate and well balanced. It is sweet as to be expected but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium- full bodied, thick coating and smooth. Very satisfying. Low-moderate carbonation.

Overall, I have to say “man, this a good wee heavy.” It is extremely complex and well balanced. The coriander is definitely there, but it is so well balanced with the wee heavy base that I think some people are missing it. It’s like they were meant to be together. Very drinkable. In fact, too drinkable for an 8 percenter!

Feb 03, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i cant believe its taken me this long to drink this one thoughtfully enough to review it here, its a classic, and a truly one of a kind. not a lot of beers in this style out there with coriander, and while its somewhat subtle in the flavor, especially compared to the aroma, it is the defining element of a world class example of the style here. dark brown and syrupy looking, with an old worldy aroma from slight oxidation in the bottle and some curious ancient yeast to it, a yeast id like to taste in a less malt driven beer for sure, but what a cool strain, bready and sort of english, but earthy and pretty robust, obviously really alcohol tolerant as well. notes of tanned leather, cigar, cocoa powder, and brown sugar come right out, its instantly wintery and warming, hints of cedar and the fragrant coriander seed, nutty in that way, molasses, alcohol, raisin, rum, fig, some herbal bitterness that i didnt expect, and traces of oak as well. its sweet but its more earthy, like extinguished campfire it has some some and bitterness in that way too, wet forest floor, high maturity, warming and filling, liquid bready, this is really awesome stuff. the coriander does something a little different than expected here, not like it presents itself in witbier or anything, it has me intrigued. i couldnt drink a ton of this, like a doppelbock or something, but i really like it.

Jan 23, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2028 and served at cellar temperature. This one showed up locally a month or two ago, and I've been enjoying the occasional bottle ever since.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown colour - nearly black, but definitely not opaque, taking on more of a deep burgundy tone when held to a lamp. Nearly one finger of loose, frothy, khaki-coloured foam seeps off within the next two minutes or so; it leaves behind a thick, creamy collar, but without much lace generation. Its herbal, fruity, malt-forward aroma is quite appealing, with toasted grains, molasses and plummy dark fruits being distinguished with relative ease, while hints of citrus oil, coriander, licorice and oak are more challenging to discern.

Positively delicious - the dark fruit character is pronounced, bringing to mind plum, fig, raisin and blackcurrant. It's backed by a biscuity, toasted malt backbone, as well as an understated treacle sweetness that lingers throughout the sip. Slightly herbal at first, and increasingly so towards the back end, when notes of coriander and licorice really begin to assert themselves. Finishes earthy, herbal and a little spicy, with hints of vanilla and oak wood cropping up during its lightly boozy aftertaste. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that softly nudge the palate, while its texture is mostly smooth and soft. My single, solitary complaint? It could use a bit more body. As for drinkability... I realize this is 8%, but one bottle just doesn't seem sufficient for a sitting.

Final Grade: 4.34, a remarkable A grade. One of the best Scottish-made beers I've had in a very long time, and something that I feel compelled to recommend to all BAs as a must-try: Traquair's Jacobite Ale is simply one of the most divine Scotch ales I've ever had the good fortune of sampling. I didn't find it particularly peaty - potentially a black mark against a beer of this style - but the truth is that Jacobite is so goddamn tasty that I don't even feel the need to gripe about such trivialities. Stock up on this one while you can - it's not as if it's going to expire any time soon.

Jan 14, 2019
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as wee heavys go, this one was kind of a miss for me. it is missing the peaty aspects that for me are part of a good wee heavy.

The look is good, and the smell is decent, malts abound,but that smoky peaty bit is missing.

Flavor is sweet malts and not a lot else, except perhaps a touch of booze.

Feel is slick and medium heavy. Carbonation is weaker than expected. Finish is malty.

Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but this is a disappointing beer to me. I may have to revisit, but I think there are far better examples of the style available readily.

Jan 11, 2019
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with a whispy, small head. Malty, fruity, bready notes in the nose. The taste is a malt bomb with some orangey, soapy coriander edges. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Light herbal hops. The finish is lightly bitter with long malt sweetness.

This is a fantastic, benchmark Wee Heavy. Very malty and complex and the coriander is quite subdued. I recommend highly.

Dec 31, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip. LCBO purchase for just over $3 CDN. Very excited to try this. Review is partially from notes from first couple tastings as well as another review. Had to have a few "samples" to make sure it was ok;) Best before August 2028.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown with honey brown hues. A small half finger of light tan foam rests on top and fizzles away inside a minute. Sufficiently dark that you can't see through it.

Smell - Subtle earthiness, with some caramel and molasses mixed together, faint whisps of wood and above all a subtle but juicy dark fruit mix. Plums and figs are most prevalent.

Taste - Complex as hell. Dark fruit like plums, molasses and treacle, some earthy and musty wood, juicy bits of caramel coated fruit and finishes with a mellowing bitterness that is unmistakably from the UK. Booze is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit sticky yet also finishes dry. Booze makes its presence known in the back of the throat and carbonation is quite light. Easy sipper.

Overall - Wonderful brew from Scotland, closest way I can to describe it is an amped up ESB, with caramel and molasses, aged in wood for awhile and just oh so mellow. A great beer that is well worth the time and effort to find.

Dec 02, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Saveur Biere. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. Dulce, tipico perfil de las scotch ales con notas a caramelo quemado y melaza. Correcta pero nada destacable

Oct 08, 2018
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got the bottle in 2014, having it now a month after it's "BBD" of June 2018. Still nicely carbed. Aroma has weakened but what you can get is still classic Scotch Ale. Taste is solid if only weaker of course. Finishes smooth and tasty. Kinda fun to try it this old.

Jul 12, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank quite a bit too warm. Aromas of molasses, french toast, toffee, cinnamon, and maple. Sweet flavor profile that largely follows the nose. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. The spice profile works


Jun 06, 2018
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 992 ratings