Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Nass
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer a little more than the regular oak aged Traquair due to the coriander. Cheers! B-

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of msscott1973
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vyacheslav
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of nullbort
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crouching050
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSGCujo
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mizx
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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

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Photo of Nunya
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2pux
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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


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Photo of Tony210
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, minimal head. Nose is quite boozy with some burnt brown sugar. Flavor is malty, biscuit, some dark caramel. Light bodied for 8%. Overall, not my favorite style, glad I tried it.

500ml bottle, Best Buy date 12/28/23
3.75 rating

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I've been wanting to try for a while, I came across several bottles at a shop in Glasgow and scooped them up. Pours a bit darker than cola, fairly clear, with a small head that left spotty lace. Nose was a bit like a bitter with fruity caramel malts and some light classic English hops. I'm not getting the spices, but it could just be melding with other scents. Taste is somewhere between a bitter and a barleywine. Sweet brown bread, light caramel, just enough bitterness to balance it out. Not really what I'd call a wee heavy as it strikes me more as a barleywine. Honestly, I thought this was better than the regular Traquair ale in almost every way. Overall, a good beer. I may re-review after trying one with some age on it.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best before 2024.
A: Pours a cloudy, brown color with a half inch, light tan head, some spotty lacing, but better legs.
S: Bourbon and vanilla aromas at first, with deep roast malts imparting a chocolate >> than coffee aroma. Subtle birch roast, e.g. rauchbier, style note as it warms.
T: Complex. Semisweet with big caramel/molasses at first, becoming more unsweetened chocolate to cola, as it warms. Coriander, fig >> raisin, blackberry, and vanilla notes all present. Bitterness is light but right on target to enhance the overall flavor picture. Drinks remarkable cleanly.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate but solidly persistent carbonation.
O: Jacobite Ale is a very nicely composed and beautifully executed Scotch Ale. It has a very complex nose and palate, but remains solidly drinkable and enjoyable. Really a treat.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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