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 PEIBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a finger of creamy-looking head that reduced to a solid ring with some patches in the middle. It's quite dark... all brown earth, with very little red to it. Lacing is sparse / light.

The smell is interesting. I haven't had too many like this before. It's got some hops to it, but the malt comes through more (just like in the taste). You can pick out alcohol (something like bourbon, maybe), earthiness, dark molasses, dark chocolate, and maybe cherries.

In the taste is hop flavours like cherry & berries, but it's mostly malt flavours that come through... rich, sweet, earthy flavours. Peat. Scotch. Molasses. Dark, bitter chocolate. Nothing jumps out at you - it's all balanced evenly, and not too rich. In some ways, I would prefer them to be a little richer.

Like with many dark ales, I expect something rich and meaty, feel-wise. This one, in terms of feel, is pretty medium all-round. Its carbonation is light to medium, and beer is medium as well, verging on watery. It's a bit of a detraction in some ways... I want something strong and thick to sip on. Then again, its easy-going (down) nature makes it a very drinkable beer.

Overall, this ale is an accessible yet complex brew... a very good scotch ale / wee heavy.

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

A study in malt.

Deep mahogany body with a finger of off-white head that soon drops to a film leaving the odd spot of lace behind. Rich, malty nose has brown bread, molasses, caramel, peat and berry. Pretty much spot on for the style. The flavour follows in its malt-forward intensity, with the toffee, brown bread and peat providing the most dominant aspects. A slight alcohol warming on the way down, though this doesn't affect the drinkability, and it seems dangerously hidden in the flavour. Medium body and carbonation neither adds nor detracts.

A very good example of the style, but sadly still a style that doesn't appeal to me. Excellent value at under $3.

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Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown colour with hints of amber. Off-white head and nice lacing down the glass. Smells of dark fruit, chocolate, toffee and chocolate. Flavour is a little bit sweet, but there is a noticeable alcohol kick in there as well. Not huge carbonation, but enough to give it some body, yet still quite smooth. This hides the alcohol well, making it dangerously drinkable. Really good price on this in Ontario now, so I'll be buying several.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at a random liquor store for $4.50

Appearance - Beer pours a dark mahogany/dark eggplant shade and produces very little white head

smell - Cherries, peat, bourbon, malt, molasses

Taste - A little more interesting than the smell, cherries are coming through along with some spices (coriander), grapes, bourbon, malts, molasses

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, full bodied, not as sweet as some of its counterparts, solid mouthfeel nevertheless, slightly boozy on the finish, but not an overwhelming component of the beer

Drinkability - good beer, to me not quite as good as Skullsplitter, but solid on its own. I'd revisit.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky, dark chestnut color. Very close to black. There is a one finger, tan head that has decent retention. No lacing here.

S - I love being able to smell a beer right as you pour it. That's exactly what happened here. I got some dark grapes, roasted malts, toffee and some milk chocolate. Amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay this strong throughout the brew, but still very nice.

T - I feel like out of the two Traquair brews I've had, the complexity is really what sticks out at me. Upfront we get some dark, yet very distinct, grapes which are almost wine like. Then there is a silky smooth cream and hazel nut taste that is balanced well with roasted malts. After this is gives way to some brown sugar with sticky milk chocolate that lingers on and on. Incredible.

M - Hit this one right on the head for this style. Enough carbonation to pronounce the myriad of flavors, yet still able to maintian a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Perfect.

D - Considering this beer is amazing, I could drink it all night. Although it's an amazing sipper. Worth every penny.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a two-toned effervescent tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly, no lacing. Lots of malty sweetness, toffee, caramel and spices on this fine ale. Nice carbonation, balanced and spiced sweetness upfront and a bitter, pleasant booziness towards the end. When there's a cold night with a fire in front of me, I will drink two of these.

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

appearance: Dark brown with red accents. Small tan head.
smell: Intense toffee. There's spice in the background, guess it's the coriander but hard to distinguish. I like it.
taste: More of the same. Only a slight letdown from the tremendous nose. Still very good.
drinkability: Very smooth.

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Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dirty cola brown body of this beer is decieving, for its true glowing red amber body is only revealed by holding it up to light. A finger's worth of filmy egg white head is yeilded after an average pour. Any lace that is left behind glides across the alchohol feet that's left behind after a few swirls,sinking back into the beer's murky body.

Sweet, sweet, sweet in the nose, but what else can you expect from a Wee Heavy? Gooey over-ripe dark fruits such as figs, dates, plums, and prunes are sprinkled with molasses and soaked in a sweet rum-like alcohol. A well placed toasty, bready malt backbone adds some complexity and balance.

The alcohol character still retains most of the sweet, rum-like qualities it gives off in the nose but becomes a bit more biting and somewhat medicinal especially as it runs its course from start to finish. It is more pronounced in the taste but plays very nicely with the sweet and sticky dark fruit notes, with figs and dates being most pronounced. A bit of toastiness on the tongue midway through keeps the sweetness in check. The finish is lightly spiced and raw; meshing with the still prevalent alcohol kick.

Medium bodied, slick, and smooth in the mouth. The level of carbonation is kept in check; present, but low enough for the sweet flavours to really shine. Sweet throughout, but a good balance is struck between everything going on.

A great rendition of a Wee Heavy. Pleasantly sweet with a good balance and nice level of carbonation that facilitates its smooth drinkability. The only thing that needs tweeking in my opinion is its alcohol character. It's presented wonderfully in the nose, being sweet and meshing with the rest of the beer, but in the taste, it has a bit of a biting, medicinal quality to it that becomes most noticeable towards the end. At the same time, it wasn't enough to hurt the overall flavour or drinkability to the point of losing marks, its just something that if tweeked, this beer would make for an exceptional ale. All in all, this is a Wee Heavy that is more than worthy of purchase, and I'm glad to see that it's been incorporated into the LCBO winter release!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Absolutely lovely. Very light head. This wine-dark beer looks red, black, or brown depending on the angle. Backlit, it has an internal brilliance. I'm excited.

S: Alcohol-soaked figs, molasses, and coffee beans in sambuca.

T: Thin, but pleasant. Raisin, malt, sweetness, dryness, and a light coffee bitterness. There are hints of deeper flavours or spices, but they're comparatively weak. (Possible reason: The "best by" date was a month ago...but the owner of the beer store assured me this would not be a problem.) The aftertaste is slightly sticky, tingly-dry, and moreish.

M: Bland throughout the taste, however the feel on the finish is like a dry red wine with a hint of fruit.

D: Definitely drinkable! Quite light for 8% with lots of fun flavours. A pleasure to drink, appealing to most, and recommended to all.

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are all malt; caramels everywhere. Serious amounts of alcohol but not in a hot way. The sweetness infers the ABV. Boat loads of vanilla fill the nose with some undertones of wood.

Flavors of plum, chocolate combine with the coriander spice to develop on the palate well, with the moderate body and satiny texture helps to dissipate the alcohol heat. Very delicious. The flavors don't last over long on the tongue and do not continue to develop past that, but all the components compliment well until the finish.

Overall, delicious, would totally have this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in the District.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a nice, dark copper/caramel color with a very thin off white head that does not really leave behind any lacing at all. The nose is caramel, toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruits. Some slight alcohol there as well. The taste is fairly one dimensional with a faint caramel and toffee sweetness. No really fruit presence. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation and a bit of booze. Fairly plain without much going on; this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember when this was released 15 years ago to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Jacobite Rebellion. The impression given then was that this was a limited time release I stocked up at the time and enjoyed numerous bottles over the years. Fortunately, this became part of Traquair's line-up which means I can pick it up whenever I wish.
I must say I have been impressed by the thoroughness of the BA reviews here. I'll do my best to add more.
Jacobite Ale is pretty dark brown and certainly more opaque than the House Ale. And that nose is gorgeous. It delivers a rich fluffy one inch thickish rocky head. On the palate this is very soft yet still firm, fullish and with an ever so slightly sweet chocolately element. There is also an almost orange and brown sugar like quality to the sweetness without being at all cloying. Amazing how the coriander adds so much to this yet seems so difficult to detect in its own flavour. And as many have already stated, that alcohol truly is well hidden.
Hop heads may have trouble with this beer but there is so much going on here that you can't help to admire such a skilful high wire balancing act as this. Yes,I have enjoyed many of these over the years and I continue to be truly blown away at the consistent quality of Jacobite Ale. Never a duff bottle with absolutely no bottle or batch variation. Prime example of how the brewer's art in the right hands can be more that a match for modern high tech brewing.
I'm dinted.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a personal favorite and exceptional wee heavy with a nice color, carbonation, and malt that are on the brink of lager lean but consistent palate latitude. Color is amber mahogany and clear with a healthy by not sugar driven head. More is malt, maple, and coriander. Lots of coriander. Not candy though. Maple syrup hints and intense toast. The english celebrator. An ale in feel in latitude and a lager in feel.

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

My first impression of this beer was its sweet, yet complex aroma, which is fresher and fruitier than most beers this dark. For 8% ABV, it's very drinkable. You get a nice peppery bite first, followed by the bitterness, which mellows out into a sweet caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was a little bit light for me. I would have preferred it to linger a little more on the tongue, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a hint of aroma is detected when poured, although a little congestion may be affecting the olfactory.

A tan colored one-finger head settles down to a light coat of foam after a few sips, with little adhesion to the sides of the glass. The slightly hazy red-brown ale has a well rounded malt flavor with a bit of coriander spiciness that melds easily with some muted hops.

Creamy carbonation fills the mouth with a pleasant rush of tasty ale, presenting a slightly bitter back palate with some caramel notes, followed by an after glow of receding bitterness as the lingering coriander reasserts itself and leaves the suggestion of sweetness.

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

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with some dark fruit and spice

T - Like the smell its pretty sweet upfront then the spice come out and finishes with dark fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it was pretty easy to drink with its good flavor I didn't know what I was getting into when I bought it and was a little disappointed to see it was a Scotch Ale but this one is good I'd get it again

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Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Maudite Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, Freezer chilled approx 15 minutes before pouring

This pours a dark, murky, brown color with deep crimson highlights. Almost a full fingers worth of dark brown foam forms the head. The retention is good and the lacing is an almost solid 'rope' which is slightly sticky.

This has a big, malty presence, commonly associated with scotch ales/wee heavys. There is a ton of dark fruit presence here, also. A touch of smoke and leather. Mild traces of spices. Loads of caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

The flavor is much more earthy, then the blast of sweetness that I anticipated. Still a lot of good dark fruit presence. The coriander shines brightly. Lots of rich maltiness. Toasted malts. Strong hints of wheat. Some earthy notes, almost wood-like.

Lightly medium-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. Oh, sure, it's very smooth, but it really lacks a good amount of creaminess....which it should have.

It's 8.00%abv is masked, but not hidden. It's flavor is good, but not great. It's drinkable but not extremely.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 6/2017. Pours a murky brown with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malts, molasses, floral spices and dark fruits and chocolate and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet malts, cola, dark figgy fruits and chocolate with a slight bitter spicey finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and very watery.

Overall, an interesting and complex beer. It really needs to warm up some to shine.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with thin head and non-existent lace.

Aroma: hazelnut, floral notes, toffee and spices.

Taste: light malt with coffee, coriander and sweet caramel...mmm.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body with minimal carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent beer! be careful with the ABV. it's worth a try.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a ruby brownish color with a thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely smell the coriander alongside booze that was pretty dominate with brown sugar, maple syrup, and some aroma that reminded me of aqua net hairspray.

T: the coriander and toffee notes blend really well and the booze isn't as potent on the palate like the nose. The hair spray character was also on the taste with brown sugar, maple syrup, and slight malt notes.

M: the brew was light to medium body with low amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky finish.

D: the beer was quite drinkable that was a good dessert brew after a BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Photo of Long813
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: Feb 20
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark brown body with very little head. A thin ring stays for the whole drink and leaves little lacing

S: Sweet notes of caramel and chocolate. Wheat notes and mild coffee too. Very pleasing aroma.

T: Great mixture of caramel and chocolate. Full wheat body, spice and coffee too.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Thin but creamy texture and leaves a sweet finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

D: This is one pleasing brew. I was much more pleased with this than the House Ale. Nice version of a wee heavy I must say.

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Photo of blakereik
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark caramel color - very similar to a Cola (hmm...that could come in handy) Very little head on the pour I had into a tulip glass, but laced well considering the lack of head.

S- I was a little stuffed up the day I had this, so will not presume to have accurately smelled.

T- Taste was near perfect and there was something about it that I liked better than the Traquair Scotch Ale, which I really enjoy.

M- The feel is smooth and lingers on the tongue only momentarily

D- Very high drinkability on this one. I could finish every workday with one of these in my grip.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with mild off-white head, no lace.

S: Light coriander with a lot of sweet caramel malt.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel candy. Some winter spice flavours as well. Very mild peat, the coriander is hard to find, but that really didn't matter to me.

M: Medium-bodied, mild aftertaste, creamy and smooth.

D: It's been almost 5 years since I had this for the first time, and I don't know why I waited so long to have it again. Traquair has crafted another classic, delicious.

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

Beer is dark brown and pretty hazy. Forms a thin broken off white / brown head of small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweeter and less caramel than the other Traquair I had tonight but its still appropriate leveled and nice.

Beer is medium to full bodied and leads off with some malt sweetness. Its nice and full in the mouth. There is a kind of roasty bitterness at the backend of this beer that is different from the last and nice. Beer is quite drinkable and its got some nice subtly to the flavors. Everything is well balanced and comes together nicely in the end. Finishes cleanly, although this beer kind of coats my mouth unlike the other on. Still a good beer but I definitely prefer the other Traquair.

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Photo of dqrull
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/red with a thick, creamy beige head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smells dark and mellow of dark milk chocolate, light cofee, some spiciness and a very full caramellized sugary maltiness, yummy.

Taste is not as full and rich as the nose... still the chocolate is present, not as prominent and noticeable though, light roasted cofee and a spicy maltiness, little to no hop prescense. Finishes with a light bitterness, a bit disappointing finish.

Lighter body than expected, with this kind of heavy flavours it almost feels a bit watery, carbonatino is fine though, light and soft with small creamy bubbles.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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