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Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

534 Reviews
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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Photo of Steamer
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into an over-sized wine glass. A rich, dark grape color with a light beige head that dissipates quickly. A light coriander aroma, but very pleasant - I did expect a little more intensity. Taste - Sweet plum, spices and a fruity smoothness that is unsurpassed - outstanding. Mouth feel - light carbonation and a slight stickiness that compliments the ale's fruity nature. Overall - Even though I rated the aroma a 4.5, I have to give ale an overall 5.0. The balance is as close to perfect as you will get and the flavor is exceptional. If you like Belgians, you will love this brew!

Note: I deleted my original review because the wording on the bottle didn't exactly match my bottle which reads " Ale brewed with coriander and fermented in oak barrels." After reading some of the other reviews though, I believe they are all referring to this ale so I thought it best not to add an additional beer to the mix and just confuse the situation even more. However, this is not your typical "wee heavy" Scottish beer. It is much closer to a Belgian Trappist in my opinion.

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Photo of Slap_and_Pickle
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but held up to the light almost a dark red. One finger width of a tan head that fades. Mild lacing around the glass.

Smells of molasses, coriander, sugar however not over powering; very subtle aromas.

Initial sip is predominantly of coriander, dark fruit and sugar however at the end im left tasting buttered toast -- delicious. Moderately carbonated. Medium body. There is no bitterness to this brew.

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Photo of endovelico
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch L2346.

Having this under the unnatural dim light of an after-dark veiled lounge club, I find myself denied of any reliable colour perception. Fortunately, this temporary handicap isn't enough to stop me from attesting as to how the milky thin cap perfectly adorns the seeming deep dark liquid and on the beach-wave-on-sand like effect it has on the sides of the glass. Whichever shade it carries: Garnet or copper, mahogany or sepia it's undoubtedly as gorgeous a beer as you'll ever see.

The sub optimal luminance is quickly forgotten as I experience what is to the best of my recollection of the most beautiful bouquets I have witnessed on a beer. It is BIG yet fragrant with beautiful lashes of rose water, raspberry bubblegum and underlying anise and dried fruits. In other words, the aroma alone makes this a must-have beer for any drinker from the mildly interested to the encyclopaedic fanatic.

At the mouth its dryish, slightly astringent and soapy with a very tight taste profile; It has wood, dried fruits, roses, anise and feels 'spiced' although I can't really discern what is being used - Which should earn any brewer bonus points, in my opinion.

No doubt a must-have beer, if for nothing else the excellent and unique aroma.

PS: Word to the wise, letting this beer breathe a little will really do wonders and open up chocolate, caramel and other spicy flavours.

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Photo of templar316
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black into my Selinsgrove snifter, but shows a deep dark chocolate brown when held to the light. Soft white head quickly fades. It drinks like an ale but shows like a stout and I could drink this all night! The nose is a delicate blend of roasted barley and floral hops; tulips, corriander, figs, oats and subtle horse. This is balanced enough for anyone to drink it: the flower hops and spices rising over the dark fruits fading into the soft corriander. Outstanding!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. I assume this is the right listing, but this says "ale brewed with coriander and fermented in oak barrels" below the Jacobite Ale text.

3.0 A: Deep brown, nearly black, color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and not much of any lacing is left.

4.25 S: Might not look great, but it smells great. Coriander hits you right on the first whiff and hits you hard. Earthy peatiness, light roastiness, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mineral, and some spicy phenols. Very nice, but could use a bit more power.

4.0 T: Like the nose, the coriander is readily apparent. Underneath you find much of what the nose has: earthy peat, light roast, brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Mineral and phenols are upped somewhat in the taste. Though I love the taste of coriander, it does dominate the brew. Whether or not that is a bad thing, I don't know. But it does prevent a deeper inspection as to how the flavors mesh. Still, damn good.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat slippery feel. Could use some more creaminess, but good enough.

4.0 D: I probably rated this higher than it deserves, but I love coriander so that's how it is. Worth a try either way though. Solid all around.

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Photo of TallSaint
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May 14th, 2013

Pours a dark, nearly opaque, ruby brown with a finger of off-white head.

Molasses and stewed dark fruits are strong in the nose. Vegetables and perfumed spice and coriander are also present in the nose. A bit too green for me.

On the palate upfront stewed dark fruits, caramel, molasses and a touch of peat lead into a spiced, green mid-palate and a sweet, dense, and silky back with a touch of alcohol heat. The spices certainly add something here with a spicy mid-palate that breaks up the fruity but dark malt body with spice and a bit of fresh coriander leading to an earthy malt finish.

Medium bodied with a pretty heavy carbonation, at least too much for my liking. It's surprisingly light upfront but it quickly weighs down on the palate, leading to its dense, silky finish.

An interesting brew, spices may be a bit too much for me, I don't really like the green/vegetal-ness that they seem to impart but it is still a solid brew! I need to try the house ale again now to compare.

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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 SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gordon Thistle, the color is brown with ruby highlights (SRM 20). A thin, creamy taupe head is short lived, leaving slight lacing.

Rich malt and molasses are up front and closely followed by prunes, then notes of white wine. There is spiciness with some tar and peat adding complexity. New layers develop as it warms.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose, though builds more on earthiness with spices taking the lead. Roasted malt is somewhat sweet without being cloying. Pecans and perhaps cashews are accompanied by prunes and figs with warmth. A subtle, lingering, sweet finish. Warmth gradually adds more character through to the bottom of the glass.

There is no sense of alcohol in this full-bodied, silky smooth beer with fine effervescence, and mouthwatering lusciousness.

This is an easy beer with plenty of character and nuances; just exquisite. On its own or with conversation, Jacobite is at its best. However, it could easily pair with a dry-aged steak.

This bottle aged four years in the cellar.

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Photo of BeerNotes
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A nice amber brown, with just a hint of red.

S: Dark fruits — raisins, prunes, figs — molasses, candy, tobacco, coriander.

T: Subtle sweetness. The raisin comes through. Bits of apple. Caramel. Licorice. Warmth.

M: Mild to medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

O: This beer is perfectly balanced. It’s infinitely drinkable, which is remarkable given the alcohol content. And every sip leaves you wanting more. There’s such an incredible depth to this beer; so much going on, but not overpowering or overwhelming.

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Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at 99 Bottles.
Appearance: Very dark muddled brown with a slight tan head that is very minimal. Leaves light bubbles around edge of glass.
Smell: Boozy oak barrel. Toffee and brandy notes.
Taste: Excellent. Rich but not too rich. Brandy and just a hint of red wine or even a bit of scotch. Light coriander. Little to no bitterness, not all that sweet though either.
Mouthfeel: Medium. Has a nice feel, not too heavy to the point that it covers your whole mouth.
Overall: Very good. Very drinkable. Nice subtle warming effect. Has an appreciable earthy quality to it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy dark brown. No real head on this one.

The aroma has notes of licorice with some peaty malts. The pallet mirrors the aroma with some hints of woody and licorice. Slightly sweet on the finish.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overal interesting enough brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is woody, deep and with black licorice.
The taste is oak, alcohol, lemon, moderate to strong malt sweetness and more wood.
The texture is crisp with a lighter body and moderate carbonation.
This is an interesting ale, worth trying.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Black body with a big white head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, toasted malts.

T: Dark fruits dominate, accompanied by some chocolate and coriander - sweet at first, then suddenly tangy, metallic and acidic - unappealing.

M: Very thin and dry - not much carbonation.

Hugely disappointed with this one - I've had a bottle of the House Ale set aside for a while and I really hope it has more to offer. On first sip this resembles a slightly muted Belgian quad, but it goes rapidly downhill from there. I battled to drink half the bottle and drain-poured the rest.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade with short retention. A small collar is left around the edges of the glass, as well.

S: Extremely dark fruit forward. Raisins, plums, cherries, figs, caramel, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and coriander are all on the nose at varying points. A budding oak quality comes out as it warms some. I really like the integration between both the sweet and herbal aspects.

T: At first, it's vaguely chocolaty, but it seems like the opening flavors aren't too impressive. If anything, this really picks up after the midtaste, where the dark fruit character becomes quite strong. Its finish sees a return of the chocolate notes, some molasses, pumpernickel bread, and a toffee quality almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. The distant aftertaste is where the coriander goes from being integrated within the caramel malt sweetness to being its own distinct note. In lieu of hops, the coriander and oak properties nicely balances the malty base.

M: Not as sweet or as syrupy as I expected (thankfully). The oak does a good job of drying out the finish some - unfortunately it has too much influence on the texture, rendering it a bit insubstantial feeling and excessively tannic. The dry, abrupt end gives it excellent drinkability, at the cost of some complexity and richness - but it also cuts down the sweetness admirably. It's a wash, really.

O: I didn't expect to finish this one so quickly. It's the exact same problem I had with Sucaba - I'm amazed at how fast I can kill a bottle of it, but I can't help but want this to be a more decadent and savorable treat with less barrel influence. Still, despite my complaints, this is a very good offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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 flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (330ml for £2.99 from The Cave, Glasgow):
Dark, mahogany brown colour that is almost black in colour and has a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a brownish tan colour. The head is bubbly and fades of a tiny patch of lacing after about thirty seconds.

Strong dark fruits on the nose with lots of raisin, plum and figs. There is a lot of brown sugar and some rich malts in the mix too along with a little toffee.

Sweet malts and some toffee, a great blend of figs and raisin along with numerous other dark fruits that are all quite evenly balanced and work well together. There is some sugar, a bit of spice and some light cocoa as well.

Smooth on the palate with a very sweet feel and medium body. Carbonation is quite low and there is also a slightly boozy feel to it, as expected given the alcohol levels.

Quite complex beer and a strong one at that but it was a very enjoyable on as well. There is a good mix of fruits and sweet malts along with enough alcohol to give the beer a pleasant, boozy kick to it.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really deep reddish brown. Decent sized light brown head. Very fluffy and light head at that. Fades pretty quickly, leaving zero lacing behind. Pretty still as well.

S: Sweet and malty for sure. Caramel and molasses mainly. Get some spiciness that I can't quite place, I guess that would be the coriander. Get some decent dark fruit, especially when swirled. Figs maybe?

T: Again, very sweet. Raisins and fig mixed with tons of caramel. Hint of toffee. Coriander, kicks in in the middle especially. Get kind of a meaty smoke, maybe peat actually in the finish. Kind of has an herbal, spicy lingering aftertaste.

M: Lower carbonation, thick bodied bordering on syrupy.

O: A very malty brew; almost zero hoppiness. Having said that, it's surprisingly balanced between the sweet caramel, the fruits and the spices. It actually goes down well despite the borderline syrupy feel and overall heavy sweetness. Not ridiculously smoke or peaty like some scotch ales too. I enjoyed it, great example of the style.

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Photo of jewellrunner
5/5  rDev +20.5%

The best beer I've ever had. I don't really know what else to say. To try to break down this drinking experience might cheapen just how fantastic it was. I just want to remember the moment, not define it.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark black colour with a slight red tinge to it. Faint head.

Smells gorgeous, dark and very rich.

Tastes very fruity, malty and still very dark, reflecting the smell. Some herbs/spice there as well I think, but quite faint.

Overall a lovely warming beer.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel obliged to begin this review with a little history. I have a particular affinity for this beer based on name alone. The whole reason I exist is because my Jacobite ancestor was booted out of Scotland in the 1600s. He settled in Goochland, VA and the rest is history--literally.

The beer pours a gorgeous clear, dark ruby-amber color. It's not just clear. It is like a colored, solid glass paper weight. Imagine how light looks when it passes through an object like that. It has a light taupe colored head. The head consists of the microbubbles often seen in nitro-infused beers. The aroma is mild, but rich with toffee and sorghum. The mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, wet, and slick. A bit dry on the finish, but only enough to balance things. Sweet sorghum emerges first with faint lemongrass coming in late. I don't pick up the corriander, but this beer seems to be all about balance. So it could just be absorbed into the overall expression of flavor. It's very drinkable and a nicely engineered beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown to black color. Carbonation remains nicely on top through consumption. Some lacing on the glass. Smells strongly of raisin, prune and some other dried fruits. Taste adds in string fruit and candy. Mouthfeel is thin - all of the flavors are still present but not as bold or have the retention of others I'd put in the same class. But still very enjoyable.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, cola color, no head or lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits like plum, rasin, fig, roasted malts, caramel, some scottch, spices, corriander and lemon peel.

Taste - Sweet malts, sugars and spices start this off. Lots of fruits mixed with the caramel malts gives this a ton of flavor. Very syrupy, the addition of corriander and brown sugars really comes out. Alot of fig and plum with some scottch really adds complexity.

Mouthfeel - The beer drinks thin, even though it does taste syrupy. Tounge gets the malts, sugars and fruits, were palate gets alot of malts and the spices, espically corriander. Aftertaste is sweet, thin and fruity.

Overall - World class, a highy respected beer that has very distinct flavor. Very easy to drink, balanced and full of flavors. Its pricey but well worth the treat.

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Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after the Belgiums, this was a nice treat at 8%. no lacing to speak of, more malts than hops (of course), and very fruity. bought it because i had always loved the Tracquair Ale but had never tried this Jacobite stuff. it says it's "flavored with coriander", but i think it's more of an obscure brew. definitely not a 'session brew' but one to be enjoyed as your last of the evening before you plunge into some good food. no bitterness at all detected, fruity and strong, but smooth.

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

Deep glowing chestnut with a fine beige film.
Black grape, cola, ash and plum jam on the nose with a hint of peat.
Vinous, Jamaica ginger cake, dates, sarsaparilla and coffee sweets with a touch of carob and bark and, as Buckeye Nation says, candied pecans. Someone also said pumpernickel, which I could see, and maybe a bit of almond oil.
Blackberry ending and lingering herbal tightness.
Medium to full, chewy, lush, no burn.

3 years in storage, and I'm surprised how much sweetness is still here - lots of berries and dark fruit. I'm looking for something - roast malt, hops, alcohol, coriander - to cut it, but it's not quite getting there. It's undoubtedly top quality, there are facets to it, and the residual sugars means it drinks very smooth without every cloying, but I don't think Scottish ales are supposed to be just about sugar.

Definitely something missing here.

Fizzier, sweeter, fruitier and less deep than House.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. When I was still relatively wet behind the ears, beer-wise, I reviewed what was almost certainly a bottle that had been sitting around in a warehouse a couple of years and had not aged well.

Poured a very dark, cola-ish brown that takes on a reddish tinge when held up to light, with a decent-sized tan head that dropped after a few minutes to leave a skiff of foam on top of the beer.

Brown sugar, figs and booze are what greets the nose after this beer has been poured. Smells very tasty.

Taste starts off with a brown sugary sweetness, then a bitter, dark fruit flavor kicks in. A boozy presence lurks in the background. Everything is very well balanced.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating, sticky mouthfeel.

Glad I tried this again. It pays to give a beer everyone else seems to like another shot, so long as it's not a style you just don't like. I like wee heavies, and I think this one might be my new favorite.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.
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