Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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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 Stevem68
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmmm. This is an interesting one. Pours a deep chocolate color. Has an aroma of Carmel and a floral note I can't figure out. The bottle says coriander but I would expect more of a citrus aroma. Flavor is deep and rich. You get the Carmel and coriander. But it drinks much lighter than it looks. Overall a good one that I'm still trying to wrap my mind around

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, A clear dark body with a minimal head. Nose has sweet aromas of dark fruits and sherry. Taste is of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate and prunes. Very smooth.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - The pour reminds me of a Guinness extra stout. Very dark brown color with toffee looking head. Pours 2 1/2 finger head that dissipates averagely fast leaving no notable lacing.

S - I'm honestly not fully sure what to make of the scent. It appears to have a fairly robust aroma with a quite overwhelming scent of booze. It reminds me of Jack Daniels mixed with dominantly malts as well as dark fruit notes. Honestly, the aroma appears to be dominated by boozy scents more than anything. Very unique aroma.

T - It's a great tasting beer but nothing more. It almost feels like the beer is water-downed in flavor/ is lacking something that you'd expect given the fullness of how the body feels. Hops? Ha. None. Tastes like straight malts with hints of coffee, maybe? but not much else. Boozy flavors slightly present.

M - Very full bodied beer with the proper amount of carbonation. Drinks incredibly smooth; feels like sipping on hot cocoa -- wouldn't mind this as a cocoa substitute during the winter.

O - Great beer overall though it felt like I was drinking a weak bourbon. Very drinkable and amazing mouthfeel but I can't really decipher much from the taste.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Molasses and booze, like a White Russian. I am not familiar with this style, but I suspect Traquair Jacobite is probably a great reference beer for Scotch Ales. Plus the name reminds me of Jaqen H'quar, which is probably why I bought it in the first place.

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

Traquair Jacobite Ale is an interesting one - history buffs will know well of the famous Jacobite Rebellions, which had the aim of restoring James VII of Scotland (and later his heirs) to the throne of England for its wholehearted brutality (mainly on the English side). However there were several alcoholic beverages to come out of the bloodshed of this era - a testament to the Scottish love of ‘a wee dram’ Drambuie is one. One of my favourite cheap single-malt whiskies: Bailie Nicol Jarvie is another, and now perhaps a third Jacobite themed favourite will be found in Traquair Jacobite Ale?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, dark, murky brown body with a beige head that soon enough disappears to leave (an expected given the 8% ABV) thin lace ring around the glass. Looks foreboding, and we all love foreboding [don’t we!?]. 8/10.

S: Malts dominate with a heady molasses/toffee note and some brandy thrown in. There are hints of over-ripe dark fruits, plum and prune specifically, with the added spices described on the label strangely absent in the aroma. 7/10.

T: Sweet (yet not over-sweet) from the get-go with the aforementioned molasses/toffee characters, then it follows through to bready/nutty note, and finishes with a touch of bitterness that is quite well-restrained and warranted given the profile. Some dark fruit flavours come through during a second sip, however it is the restraint of the characters that is both noted and lauded with this brew. Still didn’t detect any spices though. 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a fine/dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Easy-drinking for anything close to the 8% ABV this brew is putting out, with some decent and well-balanced molasses/toffee/bready/nutty/dark fruit characters that suit the style well. I missed the spices, but that could just be a sign of how subtle and well blended they are, otherwise this was a tasty Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale for a cold Canberra autumn day which I will doubtless encounter again in my many years drinking on this Earth. I really have the Jacobites to thank for many alcoholic beverages now... so what is it about the Jacobite Rebellion and tasty drinks? The Crimean War didn’t produce anything decent beverage-wise that I’m aware of. I guess this is a question for the ages... or historians... whatever. 9/10.

Food match: Medieval baked chicken with currants, prunes, clove, cinnamon, ginger and mace. Throw in some roasted vegetables too.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clean and very dark, up to the light it revealed rich amber tones. Head is light tan, recedes quickly to a ring on the glass. Very dark for a wee heavy,

Smell is a light to medium, sweet roasted and caramelized malt. Caramelization is pronounced like cracker jacks

Taste follows the nose with the Carmel not so strong and the malt taking a pure front and center. Bitterness is ever so slight, the balance is slanted strong to the malt. There is some earthy wood tones. It's good, in a cola-like way. Not a very dry finish

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, carbonation light

Not what I like from a wee heavy, I enjoyed the house ale much more. However this was a good beer and was interesting in a good way. I might buy again, especially if I have a wee heavy tasting to help point out differences in style. Give it a try, but don't let it be the definition wee heavy for you.

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

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a medium brown. A little hazy, with no head, a little clingy foam. Smells of malt, caramel, a little chocolate and peat. Very nice. Taste is strongly malt forward- no surprise, I guess. Also picking up the coriander, some fig, raisins and caramel. Getting a pleasant bitterness on the back end. Nice body, well carbonated and kind of a dry finish.

This is a really good beer and I would recommend it to all, but I was kind of expecting it to be better. I imagine that's more my problem, than the beer's.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MALT. This is malt.
The smell is straight, delicious malt.
Taste is concentrated malt. Almost like molasses. There is a very faint bright note, (likely the coriander and what little hops there are) buried beneath the malt. Caramel. Viscous. Wine like. Oak. Smooth.
The maltyness is a little one-noted, otherwise this would be 5 stars.
No fruityness. Very clean.
Mouthfeel is very rich but despite the overall heavy nature of the beer, manages to have a semi-crisp finish which allows you to keep drinking

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Photo of Linus_Oberg
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Looks: very dark brown with red hints, light tan froth, overall surprisingly bland looking.
Smells: toasty, nutty, tobacco, pepper and plum
Tastes; A myriad of well balanced spicy tones, rich dried fruit, burned dark sugars, smooth chocolate, overripe plum.
Feels: rich, full bodied, oatmeal, discreet sparkling.
Overall: A tad on the sweet and heavy side, but without doubt one of the best ales I have ever tasted. reminiscent of a Rochefort.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jacobite pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with a finger and a half of dense ecru foam in my beer goblet that soon disolves into a thin cap. Roasted malt and caramel fill the nose while caramel, dark fruit and just a hint of diacetyl butterscotch blanket the tongue. The body is medium to medium-full, low carbonation and warming from the well hidden alcohol.

Overall, a truly enjoyable experience, the perfect libation to inspire a hunt for a descendent of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Dark brown, full finger fluffy light beige head that sticks around quite a while. Lovely lace later on.
Smells really nice, with nut and spongecake, dark grape, fig, cola, faint cognac, some light baking chocolate, caramel, herbs and spices (definitely coriander, but also some hints of vanilla, black pepper and.. bay leaf?).
A really nice salty caramel contrast in the taste that enhances all the other stuff. Nice nut, dried plum, raisin, toasted grain, chocolate cake, dried berries, biscuit, thoroughly spiced with coriander. Some faint minty and floral notes, bit of red wine, almost cognac, towards the finish. Some toasted wood chips, a bit of chewing tobacco and a mild bitter earthy hop presence.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is really nice, recaping everything but concentrating more on the toasted malt. Alcohol never boozy.
Quite a special beer, tasty, complex, deserves its spot in the "must try" gallery of Scottish beers.

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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 logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Deep, dark, syrupy, boozy, notes of spice--not only coriander, but also anise. A lot to take in. Alcohol is more noticeable than I typically care for, but it melds with the dark fruits to come off like fruit cake with prunes and raisins soaked in rum. A bit of brandy and cognac notes.

This is a great beer, but not my speed. Not enjoying this, due to the forward character of the alcohol, especially as it warms. Couldn't finish this one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle stamped L 3112:
Pours an almost black dark brown, with a nice foamy off white head. The head eventually collects and maintains at the edges. Very little to l=no lacing, but some alcohol trails, somewhat surprisingly. Nose is date, dark raisin, light brown sugar. There is also some dark roasted malt, somewhat coffee-ish notes as well.

Taste again follows the nose (like the House Ale previously rated). The barrel comes through more prevalently in this beer that the other. The taste does have a certain fruitiness to it, I get what I can best describe as plum. The feel is light-to medium; the carbonation leaves me with a feel similar to almost flat cola.

To me, the feel again is a minor issue. In this beer, the flavor is better overall, which helps make up for the lack of body (IMO). A nice offering, and I'd be willing to try again to see if I might be missing something.

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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 Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 7.99/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates at Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing fair – many small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125
This is an excellent wee heavy – since it’s made with coriander and I could neither smell nor taste any, it lost points. The price point is too high.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacobite pours a dark brown color with a very small lacing head. There is a harsh malt aroma, with hints of oak. The taste has a nice burnt malt flavor, with hints of scotch and big hints of oak. Nice good flavors, good body too. Overall its a very nice and rich beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BBD June 2018. Pours almost as dark as a stout, but has a very deep dark ruby hue. Nice head and lacing that retains well. The nose is dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs) coupled with hints of vanilla, oak, anise and coriander over a rich malt sweetness. Full bodied with a rich luxurious creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is both complex and balanced. It follows the nose with dark fruits slowly yielding to the sweet malt. In the middle chocolate notes are evident that slowly fade to a very subtle vanilla and smoky oak. The finish leaves you with a note of coriander and the only hint of alcohol. In short, this is a brewer's masterpiece.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Just a small, one-finger tan head forms on this one, dissipating to a fine sheet kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation. The color is a very deep, dark ruby.

It has a great aroma of raisins, cherries, bananas, toast, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and earth.

The dark fruits make a big impact on the palate right away, and the flavor starts to give off more of the malty caramel and vanilla. The finish has some tasty breadiness that is eventually accented by a fantastic, earthy, leathury, smoky oak character. There's also a bit of chocolate. The flavor has a particular warming comfort to it that I find similar to toasted bread or nuts.

The feel is somewhere between medium and full, with kind of relaxed carbonation.

This is a terrifically malty beer with a considerable depth of leathury, earthy, oak character that makes it especially satisfying.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traquair House Brewery 'Jacobite Ale' @ 8.0% , served from a couple of 33cL bottles purchased for $4.65 each

A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a smallish tan head leaving a minimal lace film along the pint

S-licorice & corriander spice

T-big tasting , yet smooth , warms the body on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-tasty beer , a real winter warmer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Traquair's Jacobite Ale last month for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I've never seen or heard of this beer before, but I was looking for something different and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Best before 2018. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got some decent information on it, but it's not the most eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of medium tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candy like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some toasted, caramel, light brown bread and toffee like aromas. Up next comes the dark fruits, they are pretty sweet and brighter then you normally get with this style and they impart some black cherry and red grape like aromas that are pretty nice and there's a slight spicy aroma in the background that must be from the coriander. Towards the end i get a light sherry and light tobacco like aroma with some light oak flavors showing up. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty complex, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly simile to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet candy like flavor with the coriander showing up first imparting a spicy flavor with some of those light toasted, caramel, and toffee like malts aroma. Up next comes a big fruity flavor with black cherry and red grapes still sticking out the most, but they are a little medicinal tasting with a little more sweetness in the background. On the finish there's some lighter oak like flavors with a lighter sweet alcohol flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting and unique beer, but i wish it wasn't so sweet.

M- Smooth, rich, a little cloying, silky, on the thicker sided of being medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while it isn't the truest to style it still has some of those base Scotch Ale flavors, but the sweetness and fruity flavors are really kicked up and the coriander adds to the uniqueness of this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, rich, a little cloying and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention but I think the high amount of sweetness would start to wear on me so I think one glass would be enough for me, but I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy on cool fall night by the bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and very unique and complex for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and it held this beer back from being as good and drinkable as it could be. I might buy this beer again in the fall if i'm in the mood for something like this, but it's a little expensive and I wouldn't buy it regularly. I would recommend this to people who likes sweet and fruity beers. Overall I thought this was a nice beer, it did have a couple things that held it back but when it came to the flavor and aroma it was pretty complex and I thought it was a very unique take on the style and I actually thought that the Coriander worked well with this beer and I wasn't really expecting that to happen and I wouldn't mind seeing more Scotch Ales brewed with it. This made for a nice first impression for Traquair and while it isn't my favorite Scotch ale it sure is pretty memorable. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The pour is thin-looking. The head is roughly one fat finger of mocha-colored head. The beer is nearly black in color and mostly opaque. A thick cap of foam hangs around for almost two minutes. No real lacing.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of powdered cocoa, toasted barley grain, citrus fruit, cherry fruit, toffee, and slightly medicinal alcohol. I do not detect much of the advertised coriander, but I find the smell to be unique and inviting. It reminds me of ruby port.

T-The taste has a similar fruity profile with cherry, citrus, and lightly medicinal alcohol. Again, it is port-like. The fruits are paired with a toasted barley base and a bit of cocoa flavor. There is faint bitterness in the back of my throat on the finish, but hops are virtually non-existent here.

M-The body looks thin out of the bottle, but it is medium heft for the style and is a pretty substantial beer. The carbonation is very smooth.

O-This is an intriguing and tasty winter-warming type beer. I really like the ruby port aspect of the aroma and taste, which is a slight departure from the typical tawny, caramel flavors of the style. The gently warming alcohol fits well with the flavor profile and the feel makes for good drinkability but provides enough heft to make it worth sipping. Nicely done.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken January 2014(though I've tasted this at least a half dozen times)

500 ml brown bottle. Great bottle shape with the 'nonic' like neck. Black label with traditional Scottish artwork and script in white. Nice story and a superb look. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - almost opaque brown color. Light brown head poured quite nice quickly settling into a thin ring of lace into just a covering. Leaves decent lace.

S - sweet and rich up front with the coriander displaying much more than your traditional scotch ale. A whiff of Boozy scotch whisky creeps up with an almost peat like character. Sweet molasses and faint chocolate undertones balance the citrus and dark fruit notes quite nice.

T - big coriander spice up front. Not overbearing but just right. Chocolate like and a toasted malt go hand in hand with the alcohol Booz which display a very nice Scotch whisky backdrop. Sweet molasses with rich bittersweet malt in the dry finish. Not your average wee heavy. The coriander takes this to another place. Very different yet lovely.

M - a bit thinner than it looks, but still a respectable medium body. Though a touch on the thin side it still does its job coating the mouth with its rich yet balanced flavors. There are some Booz to this but it goes perfect with what its getting across. But yes, it does pack the punch the abv would suggest.

O - my favorite offering from Traquair. Just Scotch ale at its finest. These guys are damn near under rated in my book yet I've never had one I haven't liked. This like their house ale is top shelf scotch beer at its best and I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a very good wee heavy. The price is worth it no doubt, and ill buy this at least once every year.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this Festivus gift.

Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours a clear, dark brown. soft light brown head fades quickly

S - brown sugar, raisins, caramel

T - caramel, vanilla, oak

M - very smooth, hides the alcohol well

O - very good, very easy drinking, will definitely seek out again

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