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

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine in DE last week. Best before date read June 2018. Brewed with coriander and aged in oak barrels. Poured mine into a Stella glass for review.

A: Pours clear ruby with nice tight head. Some lazy carbonation is evident. Cool artwork on the glass.

S: Rich, chewy, with lots of toffee and viscous smelling caramel. Subtle oak and even subtler coriander. Loaded with malt in the nose. Some cocoa. Some perfumey floral notes.

T: Thick & chewy with lots of toffee & caramel. Tastes like that string of caramel after biting into a Snickers bar. Pure liquid candy. Enough hop bitterness to not allow the malts from becoming too cloying. Lots of melanoidin character from the supposed 2-hour boil this beer endures. Some light oakiness in the background. Perhaps a little sweet orange from the coriander in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well in check. Just the right level of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer overall. Thick and malty rich. Perfect for cold December weather. Glad to have tried. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2017. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Rosewood body with a thin smattering of khaki foam that recedes to a lasting collar. Sandy lacing, thin tears, average retention.

Very distinctive but hard to place aroma suggests toffee, lemon zest, violets, pipe tobacco, and plenty of spice among other things.

Deep but not cloying caramel notes, a mild huskiness, dark fruit, grassy hops, and a leaf-like earthiness introduce the flavor profile. Coriander is only just present in the finish. Suggestion of port, peat, and rich malt throughout. Finishes medium-dry.

Rather light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Well attenuated, flavorful, yet subtle ale. Quite complex thanks to the long (LONG) boil and resultant kettle caramelization rather than the addition of any specialty grains. Worth reading up on how this is produced - there are few if any brewers still making scotch ales this way. While I think I actually prefer Alesmith's Wee Heavy, this has a certain rustic purity not found elsewhere.

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

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked

T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be

M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation

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

There are a lot of approaches to the Scotch ale style: body, aroma, taste, and finish can vary greatly.
Some Scotch ales have a lighter body, aroma and taste. Others, such as the Alesmith Wee Heavy,
and the MacKrocken Flower from Bilboquet in Quebec, have darker colors, strong fruity-caramel aromas /taste, and a strong alcoholic finish.

The Jacobite is in the middle of the wide variability of the style.

In Stone Imperial pint glass, the beer poured a caramel color with a 1 F head. Initially, I tried a balloon glass, as shown in the Traquair web site pic, but I found that the Imperial pint glass brought out more flavor.

The aroma was not strong- but there was good caramel presence.

The mouth feel was moderate and malty. This is the usual in this style- not hoppy. This may be due to the Scotland not being a traditional hop growing region.

The taste was light caramel, and a lot of spice. The bottle suggested Coriander, but I didn't smell or taste coriander in the beer.

The finish was spicy.

The body was lighter- almost watery. That was a bit disappointing, as I like Scotch ales with a heavier body such as the Alesmith.

Overall, a very good scotch ale worth trying.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up little head which doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown with a slight tinge of maroon. Maroon is more prominent when the beer is held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with a good amount of caramel with raisins and prunes in the background. Some brown sugar and molasses from the bottle. Some presence but not nearly as much as I expected but it may need to open up more. Slight notes of vanilla and toffee. Tiny notes of citrus. Mostly orange, but some lemon. A touch of chocolate. Swirling displays a rush of caramel.

Taste- Starts off fairly sweet and points to many of the fruit esters of the nose: raisins (mostly) but also some orange and lemon. Coriander comes through for the first time as the flavor profile rolls into caramel and then finishes with some slight oakiness. The balance and integration are amazing- this beer is silky in its notes. Lots of brown bread edging into fruitcake (almost) with heavy notes of brown sugar and molasses. The coriander is a nice addition as it provides a counterpoint to the rich but subtle malts that pervade the flavor profile. There is a nice amount of spice on the finish as well- some clove but more cinnamon (but very well rounded cinnamon). Almost everything about this beer is well rounded. Light anise on the finish which is tolerable and barely noticeable. Coffee notes start to emerge as well as hints of bittersweet chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer that is justifying my decision to look past its 8 dollar price tag. Not quite great but deserving of its high ranking among Scotch ales.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a touch of syrup. Slight touch of grittiness.

Drinkability- This is so sublime it could be chuggable. 8 bucks is pretty steep for a half liter but this is worth it.

Overall- Balance and integration define this beer. That is not to say that it lacks presence- it has that. Simply, no note defines this beer and therefore, this beer is incredibly accessible for a Scotch ale. Many are dominated by caramel notes which taste burnt but this is an artful melange of many different aspects. Worth a try even if you haven't liked Scotch ales in the past. This one could turn you.

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

Brown colour, no head. Smell and flavour of caramel and dried fruits. Almost no bitterness. There are better Scotch ales out there (Dogma, Skull Splitter, Dirty Bastard), and I think this one is bit overratted, but very nice.

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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 draheim
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (L0035 22:07) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a thin head that dissipates to a narrow collar.

Aroma is richly malty and fruity. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried figs/dates, orange peel and spice. Nice balance here, everything works in harmony.

Taste is likewise very malty with a slightly minerally quality from the water. More brown sugar, orange peel and spice. Tastes a little like a beer version of cinnamon cookies.

Mouthfeel is somehow a little lighter than expected. The heavy malt sets me up to expect a thick, chewy beer but it's just medium bodied and finishes clean, with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall a really nice, solid, understated beer from Traquair House. Would recommend.

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Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Traquair Jacobite pours a clear garnet with glowing mahogany highlights when held directly to the light. One finger ecru head forms on the pour that falls to a skim coat rather quickly. Good looking brew.

This beer smells fantastic. Nothing at all like I thought it would smell. Jacobite has the usual aromas of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. The big difference here is the coriander. It leaves an unbelievable refreshing orange aroma that makes this beer utterly unique.

Flavor is right along the lines of the aroma. Some toasted and roasted malts show themselves in the flavor. There's a tremendous burst of flavor mid-palate from the generous amount of coriander used. Great refreshing orange and herbal character. Finishes with a solid dose of hops to balance things out.

This beer is about as easy drinking as you can find. The high abv is the only reason it's not getting the highest rating possible. Very refreshing.

This beer just blows my mind. I expected nothing along these lines. The addition of coriander adds an amazing needed refreshing quality. This is a superb beer.

Reviewed: 8/13/07

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Photo of machalel
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark with some orange-red highlights. Fluffy and speckled tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Quite chocolate / coffee forward, with some spices such as nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and maybe cardamom. A little bit of orange peel and Cointreau notes, and an earthiness that I cannot quite place.

Taste: Strong chocolate and coffee again, but still very light and refreshing, and not in-your-face. Orange peel and nutmeg are definitely present, with the other spices taking the back seat. Very malt-forward, but not too sweet to be cloying or to detract from its refreshing nature. Some flowery and herbal characteristics from the hops that are more smelt than tasted, but only seem appear whilst drinking and not when attempting to exclusively smell the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body and low carbonation. Holds its heat quite well, with some light alcohol presence in the finish. A very refreshing beer for its weight.

Overall: Somehow, this beer manages to be light and refreshing, whilst also complex and strong. The spices are very well blended, and the malt is well balanced with the bitterness. There is not really much about this beer that can be criticised, although perhaps there is a tad too much coriander and possibly a little *too* refreshing for a wee heavy.

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