Traquair Jacobite
Traquair House Brewery

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From:
Traquair House Brewery
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #14
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,651
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
418
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 28, 2022
Added:
Oct 14, 2001
Wants:
  93
Gots:
  113
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 3.96 by NWHopinator from Oregon

Oct 28, 2022
 
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Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle from Altopalato, served at home in a dimpled mug. Brown rddisih colur, small head with no retention and no lacing.
Aroma of dried fruits, dates, raisins, toffee, roasted malts, vanilla.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, sweet finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Very good.
Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"Best before January 31"...not sure if this mean January 2031? Or January 31st on an unnamed year; drank 2/23/22 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a small, noisy khaki head; decent lace.

Sarsaparilla, black licorice & mild coriander notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Coriander, blackberry & cream flavors.

Interesting, tasty but pretty challenging overall. Definitely worth trying!
Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by kkarimi from Texas

Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Been a damn minute since I have had this beer, maybe a decade to be honest. One of those beers I tried in the very beginning of getting into craft beer. Excited to see what I think with some experience now.

A- Very dark brown cola body when poured from the stubby 500ml bottle into a becher glass. A nice foamy cap up to a finger with a very light tan off white hue. Small sheets of thin lacing.

S- Rich and sweet dark, dried fruits are bright and intense with raisin, prune and especially plum coming to mind. Definitely picking up a touch of herbal coriander as well as a hint of orange peel. Molasses, brown sugar, toffee, nuttiness, pear, caramel, berry jam and a hint of smoke.

T- Just ground up some coriander the other day and it is not exactly strong but certainly a featured, prominent flavor atop the rich dark grains and the dried dark fruits from the ferment. The malt profile is diverse with toasty, nutty, bready, grainy, slight cocoa, light roast, caramel, molasses and a touch of smoky notes. Plums are bright and are joined by notes of raisin and prune. Pear comes to mind again.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a foamy and slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is at a moderate level and it has a smooth, soft feel to it. Ends with a spice bitterness lingering.

Coriander, a ton of dark bright fruits and a great malt profile. Brings me back a long ways and still a classic that really is quite unique.
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.08 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Feb 04, 2021
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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 odd.beer, 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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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by VashonGuy from Washington

Dec 05, 2020
 
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Nov 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Nov 14, 2020
 
Rated: 2.44 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.08 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Aug 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.54 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jun 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +6%
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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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Reviewed by MaltyMuggs

5/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Sep 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Antyk from Belgium

Jul 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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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