Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ajm5108
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cola with a fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly. Aroma has some dark fruit phenols and definitely some coriander spice, though that too fades rapidly. Taste is good but lacking a certain depth. Lots of ethel phenol notes upfront to give it that Scotch style flavor, the coriander is there but doesn't add too much outside a faint spice, nor does the oak. Caramel malt pokes through now and again. Mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark mahogany colored with a very thin head and no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla.
Taste: A lot of malt in the taste. Caramel, dried fruit, raisin, plum, oak and brown sugar.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp.

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Photo of vinicole
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1000th review.
Deep chestnut. Thin wispy head which nevertheless provides a nice halo effect around the edge of the goblet.
Rich stoned fruit aroma. Toffee. Rum and raisin fudge. Alcohol apparent but not boozy.
Toffee apple sweetness. Mild malt biscuit. Spice is present but melds well into the other flavours.
Beautiful soft carbonation is somewhat spoiled by a cloying texture.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Berries, cocoa, and coffee in the aroma. Toast and that typical mineral note I've found in scotch ales from Scotland. Sarsaparilla, cola, pumpernickel bread.

Pours nearly black with auburn highlights and a thin light tan head. Some lacing, little retention.

Burst of juicy fruits upfront with berries and pear rounded off with roasty bitterness, toast, and cocoa. Plum and raisin. Light notes of herbal tea. A scotch ale with coriander sounded a bit odd to me, but it adds just a subtle herbal fruity quality.

Full, rich, juicy, without being heavy or cloying. Medium low carbonation. Dry, minerally finish.

Just great, though I feel I'm cheating the beer without pairing it with food. It definitely craves it.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a dark red-brown with half a finger of tan head that leaves dripping ice cream lace as it recedes.

Smells of rich dark caramel, molasses, toffee pudding, red wine fruitiness, faint coffee and mild sugary coriander.

Tastes of toasted caramel, spiced rum, raisins, coriander, barrel wood, more gently fruity red wine and more mild coffee.

Feels deceptively light at first. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A big beer that is fun to sip.

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Photo of TH28
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 12/28/23 BB date. Appearance: Dark brown with deep ruby/garnet hue, clear, and a moderate khaki colored head that lingers nicely. Aroma: Rich caramel, bready maltiness with a strong citrus and coriander character. Also a little vanilla and oak. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, mostly caramel with a touch of toast, a spicy coriander, and ends with a light oak and just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. Almost had a dark candi sugar flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Has a nice creaminess, with a moderate carbonation and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Dry and tannic with a lingering caramel maltiness and touch of spicy coriander. Overall: Awesome twist on a classic Scotch Ale. The coriander gives a spicy citrusy note that provides a nice contrast to the rich maltiness. Oak character is really restrained, only noticeable in the aroma.

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Photo of teromous
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the shoulder of the beer: "BB28 DEC 2023 L5148 12:10"

Appearance: A dark brown body with mahogany accents where light strikes it. The head is short and instantly fades to a small medium sized raft. While it was standing the head was a very light khaki color.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and coriander. It is a surprisingly enticing yet simple combination. Over time it takes on a character similar to vanilla. It smells very much like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale without the dark fruit character or Belgian yeast character.

Taste: Again there is a strong caramel flavor (not buttery) with a hint of a toasted flavor and a very strong coriander flavor. The beer says it is "fermented in oak barrels" and I can't say that I pick up any oak character but the overall beer flavors are very good. I am very impressed at how well the flavors have held up in this import. I am not getting any oxidation and the flavors taste clean and don't feel depreciated. Just a touch of apple in the finish that develops over time.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body without a lot of texture. Overall it is a clean and well-defined beer.

Overall: This is a very different Scotch Ale; one that has coriander. I love it. It tastes great. I bought it thinking that there would be more oak character and there wasn't any that I could perceive, unless that lightly toasted flavor is somehow imparted from the barrels. I was very surprised at the flavors of this beer because the caramel flavor of the malt and the coriander flavor work very well together. They just create a unique flavor that is very enjoyable. The whole drinking experience of this beer is more enjoyable than the sum of its parts. I recommend it and I would drink it again. Although this beer does not taste like the standard Scotch Ales it is on my radar for future recommendations.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #400!

Pours dark shiny brown bordering on black. Thin tan head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin ring of tan head around the outside of the beer.

Aroma is subdued but very fruity - notes of a red grape aroma, red vermouth, a hint of orange zest, touch of coriander, some sweet molasses, candied cherry, and raisins.

Taste has notes of red grapes, candied cherries, coriander, and a hint of orange zest up front. Gives way to a smooth oaky finish with a hint of vanilla. Bit of a slight boozy touch on the finish. Touch of spice - pepper like - on the aftertaste, lingers on the palate.

Mild carbonation. Beer is smoooooth but rather crisp. Not at all heavy given the ABV. Nice dry finish.

Overall this is a lovely Scotch Ale - not quite as good as Traquair's House Ale, but lovely none the less.

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Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle
Clear dark mahogany body with a good head.
Loads of raisin, date and other dark dried fruity flavors. Hints of faint spices. Smooth body with near perfect, light carbonation.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a nearly black beer topped by a finger of dense off white head that retains well but does fade after a bit to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of a nice caramelized malty sweetness with some dark fruits and slight roasted malt and some hints of oak. I could smell this all night
T: Taste is caramel sweetness, bready malts, a little fruity alcohol, slight roasted malt, a little tea like flavor at times as well as some slight hints of oak. Swallow is more caramelized malts with some lingering roasted malts and touches of oak.
M: This one is on the heavier side of medium with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this is one tasty Scotch Ale. It hits all the right marks and has all the right flavors. It has a nice complexity and good flavors. This is definitely one to try if you're into this style of beer.

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Photo of Brandon_C
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer poured from a pint sized bottle into a pint glass at cellar temperature. Bottle was nicely decorated in Victorian style art and was as unique as the beer itself. Pour was a dark amber color, hints of red in the light, but not as dark as I assumed it would be based on other reviews. Almost non-existent lacing, and a decently thick head.

Very unique smell, sharp and boozy, but strong hints of coriander and spice the further away you get. Slight hints of coffee, fruit, and oak, but overall a strong scent of alcohol.

Very reassuring taste, not as booze-heavy as the scent would lead you to believe. Hints of toffee and juniper. Smooth up front, drifting into an almost fruity slightly sharp aftertaste, with hints of coriander all throughout. The oak flavor hits subtly and briefly at the tip of the tongue. Very malty. Lingering flavor pleasingly sits on your tongue after each sip, a great experience.

Smooth, slight sharpness in the background, but the carbonation perfectly fits the flavor, mellowing the whole drink out into what I would call the perfect mouth feel.

Overall, this is a must-try in my book. It's not extremely distinct or overpowering on any side of the spectrum, but it doesn't need to be, because it is great as is.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At pour it looks very dark, almost like a porter. But when you hold it up to the light, it has a nice mahogany color. About half a finger of thick head.

At 60 degree F.

Smell of coriander comes out very nicely. With lots of caramel and fruitiness. Reminds me of a Belgium Quad.

Taste of caramel.Vanilla, raisins, Some coffee. A good amount of fruitiness. Very smooth and clean tasting. Alcohol isn't overwhelming at all. Excellent Brew.

Overall : This beer is great. Smooth and flavorful. Would go great after eating a Nice Bloody Steak. Or With a cigar. Will buy again and cellar a few. High recommend

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Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Average pour barely yields a head, momentary surface coating that is comprised of larger bubbles and dissolves rapidly, as would be expected, zero lacing too. Completely opaque liquid with a brown to yellowish hue, looks like a glass of mud, every now and then you can see a big, fat bubble break the surface. The nose slowly unfolds to produce fig, prune, date fruit notes, nuts, caramel and toffee with lower dark chocolate, more medicinal than driven by baking spices, doesn’t really develop a roasty side until allowed to warm a good bit. The fuller body along with minimal carbonation makes it feel chubby in the mouth, sort of sluggish like awakening from a nap. Certainly on the sweeter side, here the lead element is the chocolate, caramel and molasses with a lesser role for the date, fig, raisin fruit. Nutty here too, the coriander is not that clearly evident. More licorice and vanilla to cola present, uncooked oatmeal. Whisper of peaty booziness at the end but overall it’s smooth and balanced. Ends with more chocolate and a fruit cake sweetness and texture. More flavorful when warmer but has higher drinkability while chilled.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001," I've Had this several times during my career.
The last one (which prompts this review) I kept too long, 18 months past the "best buy" date.
Despite deterioration, it was still tasty and complemented a chocolate dessert for flavor... but was a bit too carbonated (still) for the smooth feel that I prefer with desserts.

I will Have this again and if you haven't, make a point of having it.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking bottle design. The beer is a deep dark with an almost thick pouring feeling.
A complex aroma with dried fruits and coffee touches and a lot of other spices that I couldn't differentiate due to the richness of the taste.
A heavy beer with 8% alcohol that leaves a strong impression.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark, almost black colour with a beige head. Head is tight and disappears slowly at first and then more quickly to leave a fine film to the very last drop. Lots of lacing.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, red berries. Even a hint of vermouth - Superb.

Palate is very complex, rich, full-bodied, well-balanced and very smooth. Coffee, caramel, dried fruit, biscuit, some spices and a little whiskey (really) - hard to believe it's 8%.

Overall this is an absolutely superb beer. A huge, complex, full-bodied and flavoursome beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pauken
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice brew! Pours black. Pretty heavy on the malts but not in a bad way. The icing on the cake for me with this was the underlying fruits and almost sour notes. That really completed the experience for me and DEFINITELY worth a try for any beer lover.

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opening the bottle I had a clear chocolate smell which was weird for the style. Then it drifted to a spicy smell with clear dark fruits (raisin). The taste is quite beautiful with caramel and raisin. The caramel is VERY present, never had it so present in a beer. It's more elegant than in lesser trappist beers like Chimay, where you can clearly feel it's just glucose syrup. It is very sweet however, too much for my taste, I probably couldn't drink a whole pint of this. The finish is a tiny bit (or wee bit should I say ?) hoppy, not boozy despite the 8% which is nice. I would have liked more bitter and roasty flavor to balance it all out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red amber with a patchy head that dissipates to a thin ring leaving no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, raisins, apples and a touch of coriander. Flavor follows with caramel malt, toffee, raisins, dates, plums, brown sugar; finishes dark fruit and slight wood and coriander. Heavy bodied with a light creaminess, but mild carbonation. A nice, classic scotch ale, but with more wood than peat and mild spicing from the coriander. Good balance of fruit flavors and malt. A nice wee heavy that is frequently available, hoorah.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours clear reddish-amber with a medium sized tan head. Smells of cherry, oak, caramel and dark fruit. The taste follows closely with cherry, dark fruit, oak, and faint cilantro (coriander) in the aftertaste. Moderately dry and slightly bitter. Below average body and average carbonation. Overall, it's a well crafted beer, but needs less cherry and more caramel and malt backbone.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. It pours a lovely dark ruby-red with a thin, milk-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coriander, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste features earthy peat, raisin, coriander, molasses, and caramel. There is very little hop presence, only a very slight bitterness at the finish. I agree with other reviewers that this ale is surprisingly thin; it's like drinking a cola. It is very easy to drink, refreshing, and the 8% ABV is well-hidden. Overall, I while I enjoyed this Wee Heavy, it was missing some of the body and the bite I anticipated. It strikes me as a great pub ale rather than one to drink with a meal.

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Photo of Lumens66
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes of coriander is noticeable on the nose (after all, it is BREWED with the stuff). Also smell vanilla and birch. The mouth feel is light but not creamy. Coffee colored head when poured which quickly dissipates and completely disappears after a minute or two. Higher gravity than most stouts. It's closer to an imperial stout despite not being labeled as such.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spicy, smoky beer, pours dark cola brown with thin fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and floral, taste is more earthy, peat, wooden. Some of the coriander comes through on the palate. Complex beer, but very good.

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Photo of jooler
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is like murky sewer water. Smell is very sweet malts. Taste is initially sweet and then has a really noticeable alcohol taste. The oaky flavor does come through on the finish

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Wee Heavy i have ever had, It's much like the House ale from Traquair but with a few added spices like coriander which really make a difference in the taste of the beer...

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