Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery

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4.15/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
traquair.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,630
Reviews:
549
Ratings:
923
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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90
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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brandon_C
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look:
I had this beer poured from a pint sized bottle into a pint glass at cellar temperature. Bottle was nicely decorated in Victorian style art and was as unique as the beer itself. Pour was a dark amber color, hints of red in the light, but not as dark as I assumed it would be based on other reviews. Almost non-existent lacing, and a decently thick head.

Smell:
Very unique smell, sharp and boozy, but strong hints of coriander and spice the further away you get. Slight hints of coffee, fruit, and oak, but overall a strong scent of alcohol.

Taste:
Very reassuring taste, not as booze-heavy as the scent would lead you to believe. Hints of toffee and juniper. Smooth up front, drifting into an almost fruity slightly sharp aftertaste, with hints of coriander all throughout. The oak flavor hits subtly and briefly at the tip of the tongue. Very malty. Lingering flavor pleasingly sits on your tongue after each sip, a great experience.

Feel:
Smooth, slight sharpness in the background, but the carbonation perfectly fits the flavor, mellowing the whole drink out into what I would call the perfect mouth feel.

Overall, this is a must-try in my book. It's not extremely distinct or overpowering on any side of the spectrum, but it doesn't need to be, because it is great as is.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At pour it looks very dark, almost like a porter. But when you hold it up to the light, it has a nice mahogany color. About half a finger of thick head.

At 60 degree F.

Smell of coriander comes out very nicely. With lots of caramel and fruitiness. Reminds me of a Belgium Quad.

Taste of caramel.Vanilla, raisins, Some coffee. A good amount of fruitiness. Very smooth and clean tasting. Alcohol isn't overwhelming at all. Excellent Brew.

Overall : This beer is great. Smooth and flavorful. Would go great after eating a Nice Bloody Steak. Or With a cigar. Will buy again and cellar a few. High recommend

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

Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Average pour barely yields a head, momentary surface coating that is comprised of larger bubbles and dissolves rapidly, as would be expected, zero lacing too. Completely opaque liquid with a brown to yellowish hue, looks like a glass of mud, every now and then you can see a big, fat bubble break the surface. The nose slowly unfolds to produce fig, prune, date fruit notes, nuts, caramel and toffee with lower dark chocolate, more medicinal than driven by baking spices, doesn’t really develop a roasty side until allowed to warm a good bit. The fuller body along with minimal carbonation makes it feel chubby in the mouth, sort of sluggish like awakening from a nap. Certainly on the sweeter side, here the lead element is the chocolate, caramel and molasses with a lesser role for the date, fig, raisin fruit. Nutty here too, the coriander is not that clearly evident. More licorice and vanilla to cola present, uncooked oatmeal. Whisper of peaty booziness at the end but overall it’s smooth and balanced. Ends with more chocolate and a fruit cake sweetness and texture. More flavorful when warmer but has higher drinkability while chilled.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001," I've Had this several times during my career.
The last one (which prompts this review) I kept too long, 18 months past the "best buy" date.
Despite deterioration, it was still tasty and complemented a chocolate dessert for flavor... but was a bit too carbonated (still) for the smooth feel that I prefer with desserts.

I will Have this again and if you haven't, make a point of having it.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of qrazvan
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking bottle design. The beer is a deep dark with an almost thick pouring feeling.
A complex aroma with dried fruits and coffee touches and a lot of other spices that I couldn't differentiate due to the richness of the taste.
A heavy beer with 8% alcohol that leaves a strong impression.
Recommended!

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Photo of Gemini6
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a very dark, almost black colour with a beige head. Head is tight and disappears slowly at first and then more quickly to leave a fine film to the very last drop. Lots of lacing.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, red berries. Even a hint of vermouth - Superb.

Palate is very complex, rich, full-bodied, well-balanced and very smooth. Coffee, caramel, dried fruit, biscuit, some spices and a little whiskey (really) - hard to believe it's 8%.

Overall this is an absolutely superb beer. A huge, complex, full-bodied and flavoursome beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of dougbreathe
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BellsFan
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Really nice brew! Pours black. Pretty heavy on the malts but not in a bad way. The icing on the cake for me with this was the underlying fruits and almost sour notes. That really completed the experience for me and DEFINITELY worth a try for any beer lover.

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opening the bottle I had a clear chocolate smell which was weird for the style. Then it drifted to a spicy smell with clear dark fruits (raisin). The taste is quite beautiful with caramel and raisin. The caramel is VERY present, never had it so present in a beer. It's more elegant than in lesser trappist beers like Chimay, where you can clearly feel it's just glucose syrup. It is very sweet however, too much for my taste, I probably couldn't drink a whole pint of this. The finish is a tiny bit (or wee bit should I say ?) hoppy, not boozy despite the 8% which is nice. I would have liked more bitter and roasty flavor to balance it all out.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sweffin
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 AlarmClock314
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours clear reddish-amber with a medium sized tan head. Smells of cherry, oak, caramel and dark fruit. The taste follows closely with cherry, dark fruit, oak, and faint cilantro (coriander) in the aftertaste. Moderately dry and slightly bitter. Below average body and average carbonation. Overall, it's a well crafted beer, but needs less cherry and more caramel and malt backbone.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 923 ratings
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