Traquair Jacobite
Traquair House Brewery

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #8
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,991
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.77%
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
971
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Traquair House Brewery
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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SCORE
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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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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

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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MaltyMuggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

77/100

Jun 06, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

4/28/18
500ml bottle, Best Buy date 12/28/23
3.75 rating

Apr 28, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Apr 12, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Mar 28, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, burnished brown body; relatively thin yet creamy tan head. Caramel scents mixed with notes of toffee and brown sugar in the aroma. The flavor mimics the aroma with some additional hazelnut and mild hop bitterness added to things. Heavy body; smooth and chewy; mostly sweet finish.

If you love a malt-forward beer, rich and deep with flavor, this beer should be tried. Dense and delicious with dark grain goodness, delivering a pleasing, tempered sweetness, hiding the alcohol quite well, and leaving you satisfied and full.

Mar 02, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours dark brown, ruby tinged around the edges

Aroma- sweet bready malt and something very herbal, I'm guessing the coriander

Taste- follows the nose closely with sweet bready malt up front followed by coriander, then a little bitterness

Feel- light bodied and soft

Overall- very unique flavorful beer. Not very complex, but the combination of sweet malt and herbal coriander work well together and balance each other out.

Feb 15, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

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

A little bit watery when we consider its high alcohol level.
Other than that, sturdy brew. Good balance of smoked malt and hoppiness. Not as sweet as some other Wee heavy I have had.

Oct 11, 2017
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ICTguy21 from Kansas

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

Look: nearly impenetrable blackish brown with a thin tan halo of head

Smell: big chocolate, malt and spice notes show up

Taste: incredibly complex, malts and chocolate stand out along with faint caramel, spices, orange peel, molasses and perhaps a hint of licorice. A little boozy as well.

Feel: big, chewy, yet smooth

Overall: much more full bodied flavor than I expected, very complex brew. Don't let the coriander scare you, there is faint spice in the flavor but I wouldn't have been able to pick out coriander, this is a well balanced beer.

Oct 11, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Well it's more on the spices that I would have thought. Orange blossom, coriander and other spices. The malt is big too with some caramel notes. A good beer but not a great one

Jul 27, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a thin foamy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind.

S- sweet caramel and fig up front with undertones of fresh oak, coriander & peppercorn

T- sweet caramel and toffee up front give way to spicy coriander and light woody/earthy oak. Finishes with more caramel and a peppery linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a classic scotch ale that goes down way too easy

Jun 29, 2017
Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 971 ratings