Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
905 Ratings
Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom
traquair.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
905
Reviews:
544
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
94
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 905 |  Reviews: 544
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.

 818 characters

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.
Excellent!

 203 characters

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 911 characters

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Look:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Feel:
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.

 1,286 characters

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

 607 characters

Photo of JohnTurano
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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.

 1,147 characters

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.

 411 characters

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.
Recommended!

 307 characters

Photo of Gemini6
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

 579 characters

Photo of dougbreathe
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BellsFan
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 257 characters

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 905 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe