Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite
BA SCORE
4.15/5
918 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
Ranking:
#1,567
Reviews:
549
Ratings:
918
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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90
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best before June 2019"...Am I drinking this too early?

Creamy biege head that leaves a slippery blanket (and a permanent ring) of lace after each sip. The broth is dark ruby-brown where light shines through easily. Appears to be clear.

Brown sugar aroma with a floral touch. My first thought was heather, but surely that is from my preconceptions of the style.

Mildly burnt/richly toasted malt sugars. Think overdone caramel. Interesting and delicious. This beer is balanced but entirely through the choices of malts. It's sweet chocolate with a treacle element. If there is hop, it is not noticeable. The aftertaste is longlasting and reminds me of the after effects of eating bitter, dark chocolate. The carbonation is quite high, which does balance the heavier liquid.

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Photo of russpowell
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of June 2014, my question: Why wait?

Pours a bit turbid chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Some lacing & above average head retention

S: Almost gave this a 5; sweet caramel, fruitty, plus lemon grass ( reckon this is the coriander, but I usually get more pepper)

T: Slight smokiness, rich chocolate malt, boozey warmth& earthy hops up front. As this warms, i get maple syrup, raisins, figs, leafy & herbal hops. Finishes with dryness, jammy notes & hints of citrus & pepper ( the coriander finally showing up??)

MF: Slightly slick then later sticky as this warms, a bit chewy & low carbonation

Drinks really nice, i think the abv would chase me off this fairly complex wee-heavy before boredom, well done!

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, chestnut brown body that picks up some reddish hints when held up to the light. Also, a thin, ivory-colored head!

Smell: Dark malt aroma yields a scent of caramel and brown sugar alongside notes of plums and oven-toasted coriander seeds, which, being a popular gin ingredient rightly has me thinking of gin.

Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of dark brown sugar, maple syrup, and nuts. Pleasing, though never overwhelming sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Earthy, herbal coriander spice flavor, along with a mild bitterness and warming genever presence does a good job of tempering the malty sweetness. Leaves you with a lingering taste of pumpernickel bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine spiced ale. Plenty of complexity as well as overall restraint and balance to deliver an interesting, tasty brew.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark chocolate brown that straddles the line between opaque and not opaque. With bright morning sunshine streaming through the glass, I'm just able to see streaks of dark crimson within the beer and fiery red-orange accents at the edges. The toast brown head is small to start and is a barely covering film within minutes. I'm not anticipating much lace, but the color of the beer is more than adequate compensation.

The wonderful Scotch ale nose doesn't lack any of the essential elements of the style. Brown sugar, light molasses, a little peat and a pinch of coriander. The more I smell, the more phenolic, Scotch whisky-like aromas I pick up.

Jacobite tastes exactly as advertised: a wee heavy flavored with coriander. Coriander is much more noticeable on the palate and is present in a 'just right' quantity. Without it, this would be a good, but not a great, example of the style. It doesn't taste complex enough to be truly outstanding, but maybe the coriander is masking more of the underlying flavors than is readily apparent.

The malt structure is solid. There's plenty of roasted barley, along with the previously mentioned elements of sweet (brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, candied pecans) and sour (peat). Despite my initial doubts, new vistas of depth and complexity are opening up as the beer warms. The distinctiveness of the flavor profile is definitely growing on me.

The finish is tangy sweet and may be the best part of the whole experience. I wish the mouthfeel was more full, but it's full enough. A minor amount of mouthcoating contributes to the sense of lushness, although it's more of a glancing lushness than a full-on lushness. The 8% is masked incredibly well; the alcohol is beginning to sneak up on me despite the small bottle.

Traquair Jacobite is a singular offering within the wee heavy style due to the addition of a fair amount of coriander. A bigger body would help matters, but I wouldn't change a thing about the flavor profile. This is a beer that might take a half dozen bottles to truly appreciate. Since this is one of the few truly outstanding ales readily available to me, I look forward to the journey.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz black capped brown bottle, best before date on side of label. Label depicts 1700's Victorian artwork.

Appearance: Nearly black, this intensely dark brew dons an ultra creamy tan lace.

Smell: A blend of coriander and citric peel, light molasses and coffee also. Hint of alcohol in the nose with a faint whiff of anise ... toasted graham crackers? A fitting smell from this brew to warm me up from a long chilly November day.

Taste: Close to silky smooth though with the big chewy malt mouth feel it seems almost creamy in the mouth. Mouthful of coriander, touch of molasses and anise … spiced molasses cookie flavour. Roasted tastes chocolate and coffee are hand in hand with a subdued fruitiness of ripe dried prunes and dates plus a backdrop of warming alcohol brings this brew to the next level of complexity. Hops play a small part and are barely noticeable though still manage to show a little bitterness. Finish goes more and more towards a chocolate flavour.

Notes: A bitter-sweet brew, the coriander is kept in check by the roasted chocolate malt flavours. Any hardcore beer geek would be a fool to pass by this one … go ahead give it a try. Must be served at cellar temp, an easy pairing with a creamy and mild Danish Blue cheese or even match it up with a chocolate dessert. I have seen this brew for around $5-7 … it was worth the splurge.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - an 11.2 oz brown bottle with traditional art that displays thistles and a member of royalty. The dates 1745 and 1995 are printed in the center of the label. A freshness date that explains best before 2014 is includede on the label.

A - Initially a placid tan 2 finger head that settles into a sliver. Lacing is present and sticks momentarily in a layer of microfoam. A deep translucent copper liquid with nutty fade.

S - Spice cake-like aromas waft into my nasal cavities. Delicious scents of golden raisin, coriander, roasted malt and molasses. Dark fruit and rum-like molasses and brown sugar candied aromas are evident as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, spicy dryness-warmth of alcohol and bready yeasty textures go with nuances of carbonation. Peppery spice accents are perfectly aligned with the ample body.

T - Magikal caramel coated coriander and bready scottish ale flavors are so sweetly intertwined with warm boozy rum type flavor. Treacle and honey ride high on the substantial spicy underpinnings. spices go so well with the fruitiness and sweet malty depth. They compliment the soul of this brew. I get a sweet taste of acai or loganberries alongside the peppery/cinnamon of coriander and pine tinged hops and luscious caramel.

D - A wonderfully subtle spiced ale with great depth and incredibly delectable maltiness. A sipper as it gives the full impact of its bravado when warming. Worth having almost any time, I would seek this out again and again.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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 Charlie...in 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 johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich brown body reminds me of fig/dried fruit color with white head around the edges.

S - Huge apricot smell with brown sugar. Caramel and faint citrus are present. Smells great.

T - Dried apricot is prominent. Slight citrus and much dark sugar and caramel notes. A little bitter with a dry finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It's silky and smooth and pleasantyly sweet and rich.

D - Very rich complex beer with a high abv. This one is meant to be slow sipped in my opinion. would go well paired with fruit or sweeter dessert breads.

Notes - This beer is very well balanced and rich in complexity with a delicious flavor profile. The apricot taste and nose is big but not overpowering or too sweet. The brown sugar and sweet malt balances it all out. Smooth drinking.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a dark brown with some mahogany clarity when held to the light. A tan cap, more than a finger strong sits atop the brew and slowly fades down to a layering that holds throughout the entire duration. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is sticky sweet with a thorough indication of strong dark maltiness like brown sugar, molasses, prunes, raisins and fruity alcohol. Initial scents remind me more of old ales than a wee heavy. As it warms up, some cocoa comes forward with a hint of vanilla. This is a fine smelling brew.

The taste includes a solid inclusion of that described cocoa batter. This is a rich and malty brew tasting of toffee, molasses and prunes. Across the back is a faint musty aspect. As it warms up, there is a very minor lemony aspect that mingles with the mild fruity alcohol inclusion. This lemony aspect is faint but works quite well to break up the layers of malt that are so centric in this offering.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully integrated and I found myself ripping through my glass at an alarming rate. I am disgusted it took me this long to pull the trigger and buy one of these. I will for sure be picking this up again when the opportunity presents itself.

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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 chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass.

A real creamy forming three finger very light tan head, almost coffee espresso colored, with thin bubbles in its makeup. Body color is a big mahogany with hints of burnt rust like red on the edges and highlights. Very muddy and opaque kind of pudding like character as well it seems strangely too.

Super fruity nose. Hints of raspberry like esters and big dry spices. Strangely sensing salty character, and mellow caramel. Very small hints of wispy like smoke as well, hitting nicely to match. Extremely subtly and complex bouquet, very enjoyable.

Palate actually comes as a bit of a letdown. For oak barrel aging, extremely watery and weak. Not much coating on the palate or lasting aromas. Faint milk chocolate malt sensations with not much thickness. Fruity hinting character and complexity feels completely washed out, not giving the large sensing aroma and hoping palate that might be forthcoming. Light bodied stout feel and flavors, mild ashen charing. Fruit flavors only seem to be on the nose and not the palate also.

Where is the caramel on this thing, or great mouthfeel that comes from barrel aging? Some real interesting fruity tones, but for a wee heavy and a particular barrel aged one this isn't doing much for me, as decent and simple the beer is to drink.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 918 ratings
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