Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ballewblake
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip.

Dark black stout with a purple tint. No head but a small off white ring around the perimeter of the glass. Mild carbonation bubbles flowing up. Smell has a very slight hint of brett, other than that dry. Taste is pretty mild with dry finish, some spices in there, coriander is mentioned on the bottle, I can almost get that. Very slight hints of black licorice and grape juice on inspection. Mild but noticeable carbonated on the tongue; alcohol is hidden well in taste. Interesting scotch ale, not what I was expecting.

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Photo of mjc410
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

A vigorous pour yields a fast-falling one finger head, large bubbled. It forms a nice glass ring. The body is a wonderful near-opaque black, with ruby highlights only when potently backlit. Nose is dominated b a sweet orange smell, which is surely the coriander. Also helped out by a generous portion of sweet malt. Still, somewhat one-dimensional. Taste is again of coriander, with buttery malt coming in behind. Sweet the whole way through. Body is medioum-light. Smooth, with mild carb. Overall, not quite what I expected - I wanted more rich maltiness, but I got sweet and spicy. I prefer the regualr Traquair to this, but it is nice.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly this beer has been rated one of the top 25 beers in the World...I beg to differ. The pour from the 11.2 z bottle was clean, barely a fizz. Nice caramel nose, extremely light mouthfeel, but just the right amount of coriander to mix with the rest of the brew. I found it light bodied, and very drinkable. The beer poured brownish, with red highlights when held up to the light.
A better than average beer, but not top 25 material.

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Photo of beveritt
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is all black, with writing and decoration in white. Depicts a seated man, flanked by two thistle and the dates 1745-1995. States that the ale is flavored with coriander and it is best before June 2017. Funny concept, that if I keep this for 9 years, it will be good, but 9 years and a month = crap.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of big-bubbled tan head. This settles very quickly to almost nothing, just a small island of thin foam. The beer itself is a medium brown and nearly opaque in the center. A very small amount of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Dark fruity-smelling malt, like plums and blackberries.

Taste: Dark and chocolaty, with just a hint or the orange coriander in the finish. Would I have noticed it if it wasn't so loudly proclaimed on the label? Probably not.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Well, the head retention is terrible, and therefore the appearance suffer some. However, the beer had a nice, full flavor that was easy to enjoy and lingered long after drinking.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 6/2017. Pours a murky brown with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malts, molasses, floral spices and dark fruits and chocolate and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet malts, cola, dark figgy fruits and chocolate with a slight bitter spicey finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and very watery.

Overall, an interesting and complex beer. It really needs to warm up some to shine.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 6-3-10
Best before June 2017

Pours a very cloudy deep brown color, with almost no head and a thin ring of white lacing. Very ominous-looking.

Smell is strong malt, extremely complex, notes of peat, cinnamon, molasses, and sweet coriander right at the end. Very delicate, and well made.

Taste is very strange. Huge earthy flavors hit like a punch in the face, with a strong, herbal/vegetable edge. After the initial reaction, the flavors give way to more coriander, which dominates the finish. The aftertaste is tart bitterness and a little earthy malt.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin, and I can't figure out if this is good or bad. It's not very gratifying, but allows the odd flavors to dissipate quickly.

Drinkability is poor, the strong flavors are a chore to get used to.

Overall, not very good. But, given the drink by date, I'll get another one to put in the cellar.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky mahogany with a creamy off white head.

Smell is dominated by alcohol, dark fruit and chocolate. Subtle peat smokiness and mild spices.

Taste is caramel maltiness and smoked peat flavor. Dark fruit has a touch of an off flavor in the finish. Toffee and chocolate make an impression. Finish has mild spices and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy.

Overall a decent brew. The slightly off flavor is a major distraction. For the money, I probably won't get this one again.

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Photo of levifunk
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dark in color, not as murky as the house ale. med-low carbonation.

s - smell the coriander, mostly. some dark fruit

t - some scotch flavor (peat), small bitterness. coriander flavor less than smell.

m - too light of body. light carbonation, which i normally like in scotch ales.

o - coriander does not fit IMO. As with the house ale, over priced.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, at Haket Pub & Restaurant, Göteborg, Sweden. Deep reddish brown colour, creamy head. Herbal aroma, quite nice. Sweetish and herbal flavour, sourish in the finish. Not bad, but is it worth the price? Not really, IMHO. Will necessarily be compared with Traquair House Ale, which is better!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber to murky brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and a dark cherry. In the taste, dark cherry, a small roast and a small caramel presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small alcohol, and a dark cherry presence in the aftertaste. Nice flavor with the cherry, but a bit too much.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown. No real head on this one.

The aroma has notes of licorice with some peaty malts. The pallet mirrors the aroma with some hints of woody and licorice. Slightly sweet on the finish.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overal interesting enough brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours and looks like a glass of Coca-Cola. A metallic malt and caramel nose. It's got light carbonation, a burnt caramel taste, pretty watery on the tongue. The coriander spice is there, but very mellow. For an 8% beer, it hides the alcohol extremely well.

A good one.

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Photo of phisig137
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mahogany color into my tulip, with a 1/2 inch head that diasappates very quickly, leaving only a tiny ring around the glass. No lacing to mention.

The aroma is very spicy. Coriander, and hints of coffee
Flavor is an explsion. Loads of coriander, bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and a minty sensation on the end palate. Mouthfeel is heavy, but somewhat thin. A dryness lingers on your tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability is kinda low here... and I'm used to huge extreme beers. This one is just SO heavily spiced, that I'm forced to take small sips, and spread this beer out.

Rather expensive ($6.59), but enjoyable. I think it's worth the price, and more of an experiance that a drink. This would make a great digestif.

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Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark ale with moderate head retention.

Smell: Coriander and caramel; very sweet.

Taste: Heavily spiced with coriander. It's intensely sweet and malty; caramel and mild roasted notes mix with black licorice and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation; fairly light on the tongue.

Notes: A very unique and well-crafted brew, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of those beers that, after you finish it, you say "well, that was interesting," but don't run out to buy another bottle. Barley wine/imperial body with wine/lemon in the background. Coriander, however, is the dominating flavor, and the bottle notes that it is an ale "flavored with coriander." I like coriander in white ales, but here it was almost oppressive. Worth a try for the experience, but not one I plan to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Tonight we're flashin' back to Bonnie Prince liquid form! This stuff pours a very dark garnet topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, orange juice, perfume-y and earthy greens, light lime rind, mild pine needles, light wax, and light toasted coconut. The taste brings in more of the same, but without the orange juice (which instead comes through as a mild bit of orange peel) and with a very light tinge of coffee-ish-ness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda watery feel. Overall, a generally solid bit of Scotch ale, one whose admittedly odd complexity both sets it apart from others in the style and also keeps it from achieving greatness therewithin. Still, not a bad bit of brew.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the Wine Emporium (smaller store) while in Boston attending Game 3 of the Stanley Cup.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown. There was half finger white head that immediately faded away leaving minimal halo.

S - Sweet malt and alcohol aromas. Some light chocolate too.

T - More of the nose. There are nice dark fruit (dates). Some light chocolate and carmel notes. I'm guessing light corriander as well.

M - A bit too sticky/syrupy for me. Low carbonation makes this a bit heavy on the mouth. Alcohol is big time present.

O - This isnt that bad of a scotch ale. It has some nice flavors, it just didnt all jive for me. I can respect why many others love this, I just simply didnt.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Red color. Aroma of dried fruits (raisins), baby puke, ginger, plums and sharp coriander. Very flavorful. Notes of fruits (plums, coriander, wood, other spices, melon and ginger. Complex malt body. A complex beer in general and a very nice sampling.

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Photo of TheDM
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very small dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly disappear. It has a dark semi-opaque brown carbonated body. It has an average strength aroma of spices and malt. The flavor of this brew is different than most other brews, not bad, not great, but it took a little while to get used to. It contains notes of spice, raisin, dark chocolate, and licorice. After a few tastes, the gas started to make me burp. The alcohol started to show itself after half a mug.

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Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep brownish-red with an inch of creamy tan head. This fizzes away and drops to a thin island and ring, although the head is easily refreshed.

S - Cherry, prune, raisin, molasses, toffee, liquorice, cardamom and some other spices.

T - Initial mouthful of dark fruit and spice, followed by creamy chocolate. A rum-like note appears and is joined by the molasses towards the end, and these flavours linger into a long aftertaste.

M - Velvety smooth after some initial sharpness. Full body and low-medium carbonation.

D - Not particularly drinkable, even for the style. Smell and taste was a bit disappointing, although it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of paxkey
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from LCBO
brown bottle. black and white label.
ingredients include Strong beer, Coriander.
plain black bottle cap.

poured in a chalice. dark ruby mahogany colored. aggressive pour yields no head. very hard to see carbonation besides a few white bubbles around edge.

a little vinegar on the nose. roasted malt. sweet cherry,charred wood, biscuit. i smell sweet,sour and bitter all at the same time. very intriguing.

sips a little coarse with delicious bitterness.
smooth and clean in the aftertaste. a hint of oakiness, and whiskey on the mid.

spicy and warming with no taste of alchohol whatsoever. a little thin at first but coats the mouth with lots of interesting flavour.

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Photo of TerryW
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours super dark with a short-lived moderate head. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is interesting without being overpowering. Roasty and malty, chocolate and burned sugar. Some coriander spice and earth. Dark fruit like prunes. Quite a few things happening, quite pleasant. Does a good job of hiding away the amount of alcohol in the beer.

Mouthfeel disappointing given all thats going on in the nose. A little thin-bodied. Tasty though, with most of what's in the nose coming through in the taste. Again a good job of masking the high alcohol content.

Overall, a little disappointing for such an aromatic brew. I was expecting a bit more presence on the flavour side. Worth a try, but not a regular quaff to my mind.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep murky ruby brown color, with a tan fleeting head leves even bands of lacing in my brandy snifter. Aroma: Malts seema bit stale herbal coriander notes galore with a great rich slightly smokey malt backbone. Taste: Alcohol is upfront here sweet sugary caramel maltswith corander spiciness sitt upon the palate, starts to become a bit cloying for me after about 6 oz. wish this was a nip bottle. Just too much spice from the coriander the house ale is much tastier in my opinion this is complex but it becomes medicinal in nature and it's quite a job to finish a whole bottle. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sits heavy on the palate can't say this one is smooth. Drinkability: Too much damn coriander for me if I would have tasted a sample I may have been a bigger fan of this beer, however after the how bottle I was sick of the flavor.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This deep dark brown almost black Scotch Ale went into my snifter glass. Fast falling light beige head , just a wimper of lacing.

S- Smells of dark berries, cherries, brown sugar and molasses. Very faint aromas of spice, corriander not being one of them. Slight alcoholic edge as well.

T- Fruits are riding the coattails of the sweet sugary malt. Definitely getting some of the corriander mid mouth. A slight tingle of pepper along with some bittering hops in the finish that hang around on the tongue.

M- I thought this could of had a heavier feel, but it was somewhat sticky. The carbonation stands out a little to much and tingles the tongue if let to sit.

O- Just not as bold as I like my Scotch ales, decent enough but I'd skip this and grab their House Ale.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade with short retention. A small collar is left around the edges of the glass, as well.

S: Extremely dark fruit forward. Raisins, plums, cherries, figs, caramel, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and coriander are all on the nose at varying points. A budding oak quality comes out as it warms some. I really like the integration between both the sweet and herbal aspects.

T: At first, it's vaguely chocolaty, but it seems like the opening flavors aren't too impressive. If anything, this really picks up after the midtaste, where the dark fruit character becomes quite strong. Its finish sees a return of the chocolate notes, some molasses, pumpernickel bread, and a toffee quality almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. The distant aftertaste is where the coriander goes from being integrated within the caramel malt sweetness to being its own distinct note. In lieu of hops, the coriander and oak properties nicely balances the malty base.

M: Not as sweet or as syrupy as I expected (thankfully). The oak does a good job of drying out the finish some - unfortunately it has too much influence on the texture, rendering it a bit insubstantial feeling and excessively tannic. The dry, abrupt end gives it excellent drinkability, at the cost of some complexity and richness - but it also cuts down the sweetness admirably. It's a wash, really.

O: I didn't expect to finish this one so quickly. It's the exact same problem I had with Sucaba - I'm amazed at how fast I can kill a bottle of it, but I can't help but want this to be a more decadent and savorable treat with less barrel influence. Still, despite my complaints, this is a very good offering.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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