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Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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

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Reviews: 534 | Ratings: 878
Photo of DrainBamage
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color. It's quite cloudy and can barely see through it when brought to light. There is only a small head lace around the glass. The smell is excellent. It is very strong with caramel aromas. The taste, well, you can tell why they call it scotch ale. This is probably the best scotch ale I've every had. The mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and is very smooth. This is the best there is for scoth ales and I high recommend this one.

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Photo of foamer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. Tan bubbly head disappates to bubbles on the surface in a few minutes. Nose of malt, alcohol and some herbs. Unusual for a wee heavy. Sweet malts in the taste with a hint of, I think it's coriander though I'm not sure, vying for dominance with the warming alcohol. Quite a unique ale and quite unlike the other wee heavys I've tried. Mouthfeel is good with low carbonation. All in all this is a rather fascinating ale. The alcohol brings down the drinkability a wee bit. Shall have to pay them a visit.

(For the uninitiated, and to avoid embarassing yourself in Scotland as I did, it is pronounced Trah-kweer)

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great excuse to break out my Scottish thistle glass that I hardly use. Pours a deep,somewhat muddy brown color. Low aroma-slightly vinuous. Malty,sweet. Earthy,somewhat treacle like. Malty flavor-slight taste of coriander. Sour and very slight phenolic taste. Really complex but well balanced. On the thin side as far as body goes. A very drinkable beer. The coriander makes a nice difference from your average Scotch Ales. A sipper to be sure.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely smashing!! It poured a very cloudy, rusty, dark brown with no head. This smells, to me at least, a little like blue berries, but I know its the corriander mixing with something else. Plenty of malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate faintly noticeable. Just fantastic. The corriander is mildy noticeable (but certainly there, just not over powering) and there is a myriad of flavour profiles. There plenty of different malts, chocolate, a toasted flavour that is noticeable on the finish.'s simply magnificent. It's very smooth with a very tiny bit of carbonation. You must try it! Brilliant!!

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly unique and intensely likable brew! I think I'm falling in love all over again! How intense!

Poured a medium amber/brown with a thin head, lots of lacing throughout. Smells heavily of coriander and malts, maybe some fruity wafts thrown in for good measure. I was very impressed with this brew, a truly unique and truly Scottish beer, something I definatly appreciate. This is one you will remember for many times to come. It's a sipper however as the coriander is quite strong and even a small sip leaves the taste lingering for many miinutes, I was still tasting this one even after sampling some other brews. Traces of clove and other herbs make their subtle statements as well as the hops, but coriander remains the main attraction.

A+ in my book, I'll be back again!

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

Best before June 09; tasted in 10/04 (it was stored 8 months before I popped it). Label tells me the ingredients are springwater, malt, hops, yeast, and coriander. Oh, good, my first beer where they tell me it has coriander- I can look for it and isolate the flavor.

Pours a dark muddy river brown- no obvious particles in the mud, but NO light passes through. A slight hint of bubbles on the top (I cannot pretend to call it a head). No carbonation to be found.

Aroma is sweet, malty, with nutbread, strong rich chocolate, and a little smoky. It makes me want to bite into this chocolate beer and see if it's a Mounds or a Snickers Bar! I don't get any herbal/spicy notes from the Coriander.

Flavor is interesting- starts off brown-ale like, rich and smooth with malt biscuit and chocolate. Then, mid-drink, the spice comes through, building stronger and stronger as I swallow. By the end, it's all I taste. So that's what coriander tastes like! Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Nice, full, creamy mouthfeel, as good as it gets.

Overall, I was really excited by this beer. I am not a fan of the Scotch Ales I have tried, and I am not a fan of heavily spiced beers, but I really enjoyed this. Really. Enjoyed. This. Maybe because it surprised me how much I liked it.

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

Pours a nearly-opaque dark brown and black with a finger of very smooth tan head which settles into creamy film and light lacing. Smells of roasted sweet malts blended with strong floral coriander and tinged with alcohol spice. The taste is a flavorful interplay between malt sweetness, toasted coffee and chocolate malts, and very fragrant, somewhat bitter coriander. The finish leaves you with lingering coriander bitterness on a developing wave of alcohol warmth. Good mouth-feel, medium-bodied, very creamy, and with just enough carbonation. Unique, extremely tasty, and pretty easy to drink relative to its strength. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up in Hawaii and hand carried it back to Texas. Noted that it is best before June 2011 (sampled Jan 05)!
Aroma: Mild smell with the main player being dark malt flavored with coriander.
Appearance: Deep brown glass with a tan head that quickly collapsed to- nothing.
Flavor: It’s all about the coriander baby. Very strong coriander spice dominates the rich dark malt and slightly sweet molasses flavors. It’s like they used coriander instead of hops (an exaggeration, but they went big on the coriander).
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with a nice dry finish.
Overall Impression: This was very enjoyable to me, but, I LOVE coriander. I’m amazed they put such a long best by date as I’ve found coriander will fade quickly. I’m guessing as this beer ages you get a very different experience, but I’m personally glad I got a fresh bottle. Wish I had access to more to do a vertical with this to test my theory.

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Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was all over the board but in the end it was spectacular. I seriously felt it was a mid 3 rating beer when I first opened it, and I never put it in the fridge but it was sitting in my rather cold basement. When it was somewhat cold it was on the thin side and the flavors seemed a bit displaced. However as the beer warmed it continued to change in flavor and thickness and richness of body and continually improved. By the time it reached room temperature, this beer was simply phenomenol! The body was still a bit thin for all the flavors but there were so many flavors. Figs, dried prunes, raisin skins, juicy cranberries, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, wood, smoke, peat, hazelnuts, the coriander was hardly noticeable to me, maybe b/c of all the other flavors or maybe b/c of the aging of this beer. Eitherways, I really liked this beer once it warmed to room temp. but it was merely average until then. I wonder how this would be mulled?

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Photo of travolta
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Looks just like a pepsi. Lacing is minimal. So is head retention.

Nose: Orange peel, coriander, chocolate.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel. Unsweetened chocolate, coriander, dances on the tip of your tounge, while the creamy texture pulls the rest down your throat. Lightly bitter.

Notes: A pure joy to drink, I would gladly have another.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, thick dirt brown with a tight white head that disappears but leaves a nice ring around the glass.

Smells like spicy candy, and has a strong malty scotch ale taste with a hint of spiciness. A little bit oily feeling, but this doesn't take away too much from it. A great winter beer, and an interesting take on the typical wee heavy.

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

Poured a deep brown, about the color of old motor oil, with a decent head that receeded to a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Smell of dark fruits, almost like raisins, as well as some molasses, and an almost floral aroma, which I take to be the coriander as per the label.

Thick, malty flavor of those dark fruits, molasses and coriander, as well as some roasted malt flavors. Extremely smooth going down.

Very enjoyable beer. Well worth the five and a half bucks or so a bottle.

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

Pours a murky, chocolatey brown color with a thin beige head. Coriander aroma is strong, more subtle caramelly, toasty malt notes and a citrus zest-like fruitiness. Malty and rich in body and texture. Caramel-like malt sweetness, some earthy notes like peat and moss, and a citrus zing that goes hand-in-hand with the coriander. Finishes smooth and a slight bit tart, with the coriander hanging on well after each sip. Carbonation is about average, which is good for this beer. Very enjoyable, but I think I still prefer the House.

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Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackened maple, but only when held to a strong light source. Simply blackened otherwise. The head is a strong capping of bleached beige.
Strongly perfumed of molasses and liquorice, roast and tar. Leafy and lemon notes clue the coriander addition.
Coats and assaults the mouth. Cannons of treacle, molasses, burnt gingerbread, chocolate, asphault, liquorice, anise and ash. Caramel and smoke arrise as it lingers. And it does linger. Lemon notes hint at the advertised spicing, and grow as it warms. Think of a lemon poppyseed muffin, coated in tar and molasses, then seared to a crisp.
Slightly plumper than medium bodied. And despite it strength of both flavor and alcohol (which is masked ridiculously), it is drinkable beyond any rationale.
Akin to the quadranglation of a Wee Heavy, Imperial Stout, witbier and barleywine. Every bit as arcane as that sounds.
Just delicious.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a deep blackish brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is exceptional as you can smell this ale when you pour it out of the bottle.
Deep dark fruity ester mingle with a citrussy coriander spiciness make for an excellent aroma, this is the first beer i have tried in which the aroma exceeds the flavor. The rich aroma led me to a letdown as the flavor was much more subdued than i expected. The coriander flavors were there though they were much less prevelent due to the intemingling of the roasted grain flavors detracting from the spice. The body of this ale is an immense letdown as a scotch wee heavy IMO should have a bit more viscosity and sweetness but this is a rather thin ale in terms of body. For being an ale with such disinction and prestige i would have thought it would taste better but maybe it just isn't my style. The scotch ales always throw me off due to the lack of hops and for some reason i have a hard time enjoying tha malt flavors unless they are balanced by a signifigant amount of hops.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slick, oily and immensly deep mahogony with a slightly thin beige head.

Coffee, molassess, and slight alcohol nose. Should be slightly warming.

Thick malt with dark fruit (plum? passion fruit?). Alcohol presence warmed as I thought. Sweet but not too sweet.

Thick and chewy that left an oily feel on the tongue.

Very easy to drink, the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Dangerous beverage after a few. I will have again.

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Photo of tjd25
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is perfectly dense, bubbles are so small you almost can't see them. The body is of an intense opaque very dark brown-purple color.

The smell reminded me of a rich spiced tea bag: fruity and spicy, aromas of oranges, strawberry, verbena and mint. A sweet yeastyness.

The taste shows fruits, yeast and spices (cloves). Some dark chocolate confers the brew an enjoyable thickness together with some toasted malts. This beer is such a refined and harmonious balance of ingredients: spices are noticeable but not too present and greatly show the complexity of the base beer. At some points I had the impression I was eating a chocolate or a trufle with some fruit liquor inside of them (it's always exciting how you don't know what liquor you're gonna get). The smell is actually spicier than the taste: even without the spices, this beer would be far from being bad.

The mouthfeel is perfect: smooth, really melting in the mouth, complex without being viscuous. I haven't had many spiced beer, but this is a truly great brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumping this beer violently from the bottle gives me about a finger of head: light tan, dense, bubbly. The beer is hazy black-brown, with brown-red highlights. Sweet, sweet toffee and bread in the spicy nose. A little vinous and very yeasty. Smellicious! Sweet toffee dominates the front, turning thicker and more buttery towards the caramelized finish. There's some bitter fruit in there... what is it? Grapefruit? No... more like tonic water! This is a very nice, malty toffee, sweet, spicy beer. The bitter tonic finish with alcohol makes me think of ginandtonic. Delicious.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

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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 silenius
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a very interesting beer we have here!

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears leaving a ring around the edge where the beer meets glass.
No lacing.

Smells like muscat dessert wine at first. Figs, toffee, honey, and caramel. As it warms, the sweet muscat smell recedes and one that has a hint of black tea comes forward. Complex stuff!

Taste is predominated by black tea, toffee, honey, and spice (coriander) in the background. By no means a "spicy" beer. After swallowing, a coffee like taste lingers with the drying quality of tannins from tea. I like this. This would be a great winter beer with fish and chips!

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The drying mouthfeel lingers and coats your mouth.

I think after one I am done, but it very enjoyable!

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

i wasn't sure what the appropriate glass would be for this beer, so i poured it into a burgundy glass that i usually reserve for dubbels, since i have no chalices. the color was a deep, dark maroon, with a thin cap of off-white foam. lots of clingy lacing all down the inside of the glass's reservoir.

the beer smelled like a strong dark chocolate rum cake. the coriander comes through in the nose as well, adding an herbal contrast to the powerfully sweet malt aromas.

the taste was also dominated by dark chocolate and huge, rummy alcohol flavors. the farther down the glass i got, the less the coriander seemed able to integrate itself into the beer's flavor profile; while initially it was a pleasantly subtle, herbal balance to the sweetness and chocolatey flavors, by the last sip the coriander stood out so conspicuously that i knew that if i poured myself another bottle, the beer would begin to remind me of a celery stick topped with a generous dollop of dark chocolate. but some beers aren't meant to be drunk in copious quantity, and that certainly seems to be the case here. no detectable hop flavors, as expected. but the powerfully sweet chocolate and the coriander go together well for about the first 85% of the beer; the coriander only becomes a problem during the last few sips.

the mouthfeel was very smooth. any more carbonation than the tiny spritz that the beer exhibits would be too harsh.

overall, an excellent beer. i'm sure that in subsequent tastings, when i become acclimated to the taste of coriander, i won't find that spice nearly as difficult to deal with, and since it really wasn't much of a problem for me to begin with, i have no doubt that this beer will make its way onto my list of favorites.



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Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark brown with almost no head. It's leaving a really cool clumpy lace behind as I drink it down.

There's a hint of banana in the smell, but not in the taste. The taste is full of spice but remains balanced and very nice. It's a little harder to drink than some of the other similar beers out there, but not terribly so.

This almost reminds me of Anchor's latest Our Special Ale, but in a stronger way. Overall, it's pretty darn good.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown color with an light brown white head. Head diminishes quickly and leaves a sticky lace. A good amount of carbonation is present as well. Aroma of spices (coriander),caramel, hops and malt. Flavor is malty with a peppery and spicy finish. Spicey finish mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low effervescence.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with "best before June 2011" on the label. Pours a very dark brown, clear mahogany with garnet tints when held to a strong light. Beautiful tan head is tightly knit, and retains well. Interesting sheets of lace appear to be glued to the side of the glass.

Aroma begins with a Belgianesque spicy coriander and malt. I almost expected fruity banana to come forth, but it was smoky peat and molasses, instead, that followed up the spiciness.

Mouthfeel seems undercarbonated, and has a mild, vinous note. Medium bodied.

Spicy coriander and anise lead a spicy beginning to the taste that is almost tart in character. Toffee and molasses emerge into a featured role as this nears room temperature. Anise, peaty smoke, and toffee add to a complex character. Leather and a mild tobacco note are present near the finish. A bitter, spruce type, hop presence provides a nice, balancing, bitterness. Alcohol was picked up in the nose, but not in the taste.

A fine Scottish ale here. The use of coriander gives this a unique flavor for an ale from the UK. I'm curious to know how this ages.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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