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Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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4.14/5
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,692
Reviews:
549
Ratings:
920
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Ratings: 920 |  Reviews: 549
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quality: Marvellous scotch ale, pronounced woody, well-balanced not dominant in bitterness or sweetness, chocolate malt, toffee,barley, spice, smoke. Rich, well-carbonated. Medium mouthfeel, not overwhelming in spicyness, but its there: corriander, orange peel, and a drop of cinammon, pepper and cloves.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and has a great smell.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this at my local place that had it because I saw all the positive feedback it was getting. I opened the bottle and poured it out. The beer was quite dark and didn't really retain much head at all. The aroma was floral and roasted, an interesting combo. The taste was just not my cup of tea. I kept going back for more but I continued to struggle through this one. I really didn't find much of anything that really impressed me here. I feel bad but I suppose that the Coriander just wasn't working for me here. I finished the bottle a little disappointed.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (nearly opaque) and poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles surrounded by a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose is very sweet and has strong aromas of dark fruits--smells of plums stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very fruity with flavors of plums and other dark fruits and has a moderate amount of sweetness. There are some hints of coriander in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth but a bit thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are completely masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a lot of flavor in this one. A big-time caramel, malt, and molassas nose with a little smokiness and nutty character. A little stout-like in aroma--only sweeter and more complex. A dark brown-black opaque with a thick tan head that laced with every sip. Flavors are deeply malty with a molassas flavor and texture. Lots of caramel, liquorice, walnut, and a root-beer like sweetness and spiciness. The corriander, though, never really comes into play over the big malts. Mild alcohol flavor and warmth until the end when it grows in harshness. Body is thick, rich and creamy--quite cling-ey. Finishes sweet and a bit drier than expected.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Coriander? A bit far north of Wallonia, aren't we?

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly beige head, which slowly dissipates, leaving some decent spectral lacing around the glass.

It smells quite strongly of caramel and toffee malt, sticky treacle, milk-tinted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a prune and fig dark fruitiness, and mild herbal, earthy hops. The taste is a lessened, but still sturdy caramel malt, saltwater taffy, baker's chocolate, a touch of ash, cafe au lait, a subtle, indistinct sweet spiciness, some mild orange flecks, and staid earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is rather mild, but hardly inert in its supportive duties, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (much, much more than 'wee'), quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes still big and malty, but in an increasingly restrained manner, as the mustiness of some Scottish castle muscles its way in. There is indeed an underlying boozy warmth, but it's so well hidden amongst all the other pleasantly distracting flavours.

This is definitely something capable and worthy of warding off the chills (so it is that I'm drinking this in the middle of summer), or instead pair with some bready, chocolaty, or boozy dessert. A bit too bad about the proclaimed coriander, though - very little comes through at any juncture.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown body, slightly hazy, with garnet highlights; not much of a head and only modest lacing

Smell: Gingerbread, molasses, burnt caramel, peat; the nose has it all

Taste: Starts with a ginger snap cookie base and takes a long time to get to the mid-palate shift when the coriander infused bitterness starts to kick in; the finish is very dry and filled with coriander

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot going on, but at the end of the day, it is a challenge to consume; I am enjoying it in small quantities but would surely not want a second bottle

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices, which probably include some coriander and some liquorice, is one of the most enjoyable ever. Taste is also quite distinguishable with the spices mix that marries very well with the molasses malts. One truly unique beer that doesn’t disappoint.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly, cloudy dark brown color with a very small, tan head of foam. It didn't leave much lace.

S - It smelled a little smoky, malty and mossy. There was a touch of nuttiness and caramel, too.

T - Rich malty taste with mossy and smoked peat flavors. It leans toward the sweet side with its caramel and toffee taste. Very little bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that hides its ABV quite well.

D - This is a good brew. Traquair does some good stuff.

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Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/1/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, cherry, plum, pear, fig, toffee, toast, apple, molasses, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, apple, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, oak, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding scotch ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with almost no head and a thin lace left on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander spice and dark fruit (cherry & raisin). The coriander is so strong, I couldn’t smell much of anything else.

T: The taste is exactly what you smell, fruity & spicy. There’s a decent malt background but it isn’t as heavy as I was expecting. The after-taste contains more of the fruity sweetness and coriander spice. To be honest, it tastes like a dark version of Sam Adams White Ale (which is the only other beer I’ve had that goes this heavy on the coriander).

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish with only a slight bit of stickiness.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little bit filling but I could drink a few in a sitting. Overall it’s a good beer and rather unique.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with slight head,aroma was very malty and chocolaty with an alcohol tinge in there.Very caramelly taste with some dried fruit in the background,nice and sweet.Just an all around good very well made beer.Really like to drink rich,hearty ales like this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in the District.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a nice, dark copper/caramel color with a very thin off white head that does not really leave behind any lacing at all. The nose is caramel, toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruits. Some slight alcohol there as well. The taste is fairly one dimensional with a faint caramel and toffee sweetness. No really fruit presence. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation and a bit of booze. Fairly plain without much going on; this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacobite is dark brown, almost black with a small, light brown head. Aroma is of sweet toasty, earthy malt with a bit of herbal hop. Taste is initially of roasted malt with touches of coffee and chocolate. Mid sip flavors seem to lean towards dark fruit and maybe licorice. Sweetness is moderate. Overall, I definently enjoyed this beer, and found many layers of flavor, but found Jacobite to be one of those beers that lacks an undefinable "something" that keeps it from being a great beer for my tastes.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 920 ratings
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