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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June, 2014:

Pours dark brown with ruby hues with a thin, creamy, tan head.

The smell is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark cherry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of coriander, toffee/molasses, dark fruitiness. Aniseedy notes come through. Hefty spiciness and chocolatey malt balance each other out nicely. Warming alcohol comes through in the finish.

It has a firm medium body. Okay carbonation.

This is a wonderful sipping treat.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade! It's a real treat!

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Photo of smakawhat
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 feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red 'round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous.
Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it's like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack!
Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It's like drinking spices!
A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it's only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it's all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1
My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I'll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

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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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown and pretty hazy. Forms a thin broken off white / brown head of small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweeter and less caramel than the other Traquair I had tonight but its still appropriate leveled and nice.

Beer is medium to full bodied and leads off with some malt sweetness. Its nice and full in the mouth. There is a kind of roasty bitterness at the backend of this beer that is different from the last and nice. Beer is quite drinkable and its got some nice subtly to the flavors. Everything is well balanced and comes together nicely in the end. Finishes cleanly, although this beer kind of coats my mouth unlike the other on. Still a good beer but I definitely prefer the other Traquair.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5/14/05- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- A deep dark mohaganey color with a large foamy head and light sticky lacing.

Smell- Pretty damn sweet and malty with maybe a roasted scent to back it up. Smells very inviting.

Taste- Wow, just had the House Ale from Traquair and this one seems much sweeter and much darker. This beer has tons of different stuff going on. It has a pretty sweet carmel and chocolate malt taste as well as a toasted malt taste. Not super smokey or anything, but just enough to detect. Then it also has many spices, corriander the main one, plus some dark fruits in the mix.

Mouthfeel- Sugary sweet mouthcoating and light carbonation. Goes down super smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- This could be one of my top beers after a good dinner. I was kinda stressed out when I drank it and still loved it. Just think if I was to drink this when I was happy and had my full attention. Excellent brew with a mixed bag of goodies inside.

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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 Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a ruby brownish color with a thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely smell the coriander alongside booze that was pretty dominate with brown sugar, maple syrup, and some aroma that reminded me of aqua net hairspray.

T: the coriander and toffee notes blend really well and the booze isn't as potent on the palate like the nose. The hair spray character was also on the taste with brown sugar, maple syrup, and slight malt notes.

M: the brew was light to medium body with low amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky finish.

D: the beer was quite drinkable that was a good dessert brew after a BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, sight oak, slight hop, and hint of syrup. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of oak, slight alcohol, and hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE date of July 20th.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet molasses, caramel, smoke, whisky.

T - Toffee, brown sugar, peat, molasses, caramel.

M - Medium body, chewy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - Remarkably smooth for 8.0% ABV.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown/ almost black color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is great. It has a very attractive malty scent with a touch of corriander and a fruity yeast aroma. It boasts of dark malts, mostly roasted and crystal. The taste is good. It has a sweet and fruity rich malt flavor with a creamy, yet dry finish. The presence of corriander is nice it adds another level of complexity that enhances the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine spiced brew. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I kill two birds with one stone with this review. First off, this is my 300th review. Second, I leave town tonight for Montréal, and this is my departure beer. Got the snifter out, so now I'm ready to go. On to the beer:

Head is less than one centimeter thick and doesn't last long, leaving a deep mahogany liquid in my glass. Light brownish highlights on the edges. Mild coriander in the smell, toffee and chocolate is there too. The aroma sweetens up as warms, and a little more diverse. The beer is very smooth with lots of different flavors coming up. First is the coriander. Then it hints orange and citrus. Then chocolate fudge. And caramel. I can find burnt sugar. Oooh, my tongue's getting a workout from this beer. Despite the complexities, it's not as thick as you'd think from the 8% ABV listing, but instead could be quaffed. But you'll get a better experience from this by drinking it slowly. Another winner from Scotland.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bottled on date of July 20. Pint glass.

Pours a chestnut brown, with some lighter browns and dark oranges round the edges. Finger or two of moch head. Nose of milk chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Tastes has some chocolate again, and sweet malt whacks you in the mouth off the bat. Hint metallic, but has a bunch of spice, molasses and peat in there too. A touch of back end heat. Great thick body on this one, a bit more than a sipper. Great for warming up with! Need more wee heavy in my life.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with some dark fruit and some peat malt. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of peat malt, dark cherries, toffee, light smoke and some alcohol. I also get a little bit of clove and black pepper notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch Ale. Glad I got to try this one.

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

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, nice little islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is sweet, malty, figs, raisins, coriander, yeasty, and some caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, spicy, yeasty, slight caramel thrown in. The ABV is hidden pretty well, with a nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Very drinkable, glad to have this brew available in utah, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown, to dark amber color. It is topped by a wispy brown head that is barely there. The aroma is a mix of earthy spice notes and rich concentrated fruit notes. I get aromatic notes of fig, prunes, dried cranberries, raisins, coriander, and cherry liquor. The aroma is quite nice and rich, and quite intrigueing, I am definitely spending quite a bit of time just smelling the wonderful aroma on this beer. The beer is only lightly sweet, but still finishes with the rich fruity notes that were found in the nose. The finish also has that earthy spice note of coriander. The taste does not quite live up to the wonderful aroma, but it is still quite satisfying. I get notes of prunes, raisins, and figs. This beer is quite good, though I would certainly wish that the flavor was as rich and intrigueing as the aroma.

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

Traquair Jacobite

Appearance: Dark amber brown color, pretty good clarity. Small white cap forms and recedes to the edges of this big brew.

Smell: Scotch aroma, alcoholic, sugary malts.

Taste: Deeply malty, with a peaty, vaguely roasted flavor. Caramel, barleywine like fruityness. Small coriander spice in the finish. Small alcohol presence. Flavors integrate well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super smooth.

Overall: A big, fine brew. Really puts the Scotch in Scotch ale.

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

Traquair Jacobite is completely lightless and nearly free of colour but, confusingly, isn't exactly black. I suppose it's a really dark brown, although, to be frank, I wouldn't call it that either. I don't rightly know what to call it?! And when you factor in the thin but ornate crest atop its surface, it looks even further every bit mysterious and antiquated as it sounds.

If this aroma doesn't get you excited then you might as well just pack it in right now. Zesty and exotic coriander and earthy and dank peat make for an unconventional and unparalleled bouquet. And although no other spices were used, the undertones of dark fruits and molasses are doused in pepper and encased in citrusy orange peel.

The brewery claims to brew this according to a traditional, more than 250 year-old recipe and I believe them - I can't think of any other beers on the market that taste like this! It is incredibly distinctive, so much so that to many it wouldn't even be recognizable as beer. It is full-flavoured yet light on the palate, easily quaffed but worthy of slow savoring.

Its uniqueness stems from a highly unusual combination of zestful, exotic coriander spice and earthy, lightly-smoky peat. Sweet (and lightly roasted) malts underlie with tastes of figs and hard toffee while a clementine-y citrus adds tremendous dynamism. Hops must have been used unsparingly because a faint resiny bitterness is laced throughout.

Traquair Jacobite provides a lot of character and gratification for a reasonably sized beer. It's an ideal sipper for when you're looking for maximum flavour in minimum quantity. It's also fantastic for drinking in threes or fours - fact is, no matter how many I have I'm never convinced I've uncovered all the flavours and nuances this beer has to offer.

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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with mild off-white head, no lace.

S: Light coriander with a lot of sweet caramel malt.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel candy. Some winter spice flavours as well. Very mild peat, the coriander is hard to find, but that really didn't matter to me.

M: Medium-bodied, mild aftertaste, creamy and smooth.

D: It's been almost 5 years since I had this for the first time, and I don't know why I waited so long to have it again. Traquair has crafted another classic, delicious.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deeply brown colored ale with a restrained head. This is a difficult beer too try and pour and not get a little sediment in the glass.

Smell is quite strong. Lots of figs and malt aromas with some peat and nuts in it. Scent of coriander is in this but is hard to separate from the rest of the strong smells here. Lots of brown sugar and spice in this. This smells much like a Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

Taste is sweet and VERY smoky and peaty in the first taste. Sweetness quickly tones down and lets the smoke takeover. There is a wine like acidity in play with this beer that works rather like a lightly roasted coffee. There is an earthy flavor here that I can best describe as mushrooms that I haven't tasted in another beer. Coriander is there as advertised on the bottle but there is so much more to this beer. The aftertaste is smoky and spicy and is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Best Scottish ale that I have tasted yet. All the required flavors are in this especially the smoked malt in abundance. Tasty and spicy you will never detect the alcohol level of this beer.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, found in Las Vegas and brought home to the UK 18 months ago: I figured it will have settled by now.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Ruby red with only a thin collar and mini wisp for a topping.

The smell at first was vinous, then comes dark chocolate, red berries and plum bread all at once, lovely.

This is my sort of beer, rich, almost smooth: the semi-sharpness of the hop bitterness reminds you this isn't supposed to be soft, it's a Scotch Ale not a Milk Stout! There are a multitude of flavours to find: spices from the Orient, berries from the forest, dried fruits in a Christmas cake, malts from a distillery, haggis from the hills. Take a sip and close your eyes, wonderful: let your taste buds go crazy.

This is a warming, winters brew and so, so well made: the alcohol is well hidden, comes out towards the end of the drying mouth, but not harsh or unpleasant, just letting you know that the car keys should be given to someone else.

If only the beer looked better in my glass (I do love a proud, deep head on my beers).

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best before June 2019.

Appearance: dark brown hue which lets through highlights of ruby. Head poured a finger of tan foam which dissipated rather quickly; stylistically appropriate.

Smell: deep, rich malt with dark fruits and raisin. There's also a spiciness; I wouldn't necessarily place this as coriander -- there are notes of black pepper, heather and even chiles. What a wonderfully complex mélange.

Taste: rich, deep, dark malt flavor with caramel, raisin, date, cherry and tobacco flavors. The spiciness evident in the aroma is not so prevalent in the flavor, though it hits right at the beginning with almost a cinnamon and nutmeg type of character. A sweetness comes in toward the end, and bitterness is very low. It reminds me of the best Belgian dark ales without that country's signature yeast character; a wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a silky smoothness. Low carbonation, but a deep creaminess can be coaxed from the texture. Nice.

Overall: what a wonderful beer. The interplay between the spicing and the rich malt character makes this almost the quintessential winter warmer. I'll definitely be having this again.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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