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Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased when I saw it in California, and brought back to my bro @LaitueGonflable and my Scottish bro from another mo @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pretty deep brown colour, certainly not particularly bronzed or reddish. A true, muddy dark brown colour. Head is a little filmy and large bubbled, but it sticks around on the rather heavy and oily body. Minimal Lacing. Looks ok, but a little lacklustre.

Nose is surprisingly sharp and sweet, with oddly confectionery like notes of lemonade and fairy floss. Minimal dark characters present. Spice comes through a little, giving a slight peppery bite and perhaps a whiff of the spicy coriander. Very interesting.

Taste is actually where this starts to come into its own. For the most part, there's a lovely malty toffee sweetness which wells on the tongue, giving a hint of roasted grain, but mostly rich molasses flavours. Along with this, especially on the back, there's a slight citric peppery character, that I can only pick as coriander because I know that's in it, but it really lends an unusual note to the brew.

But below the obvious spice, there's a really pleasant complexity to the malt, giving some booze, some port characters, and a faint blend of grain with the malt. Feel is very pleasant - deep and rich, but with a pleasant lightness through the middle which mirrors the coriander lilt in the flavour.

A nice beer, very interesting and quite tasty. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content, and enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a brown cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a nice one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is very different with hints of port,nutmeg,muesli,spices and dark dried fruits,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is averagely carbonated and has tastes of toasted muesli,sherry,dark berries,dark coffee and finishes with a grainy bittersweet tinge,overall its definately a easy drinking Scotch ale/Wee heavy that could drink more than the one of just couldnt drink it all night as its ABV is quite well hidden.

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Photo of fostachild
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bbe jul 20.

pours a slightly translucent dark burgundy-red/amber colour. decent off white/very light tan head and retains nice lacing.

smell was amazing. fruity/sweet scents with slight a alcohol and bitterness aroma.

taste really fruity, mostly berries i think. little bit of spices in there too. sweet yet very well balanced.

smooth, good carbonation, and incredibly drinkable. just an awesome beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a half finger of head that fades extremely half to a little ring on the outside. A little bit of carbonation is noticable streaming up the side of the glass. Bright.

S - Licorice, dark fruits, booze, and chocolatey sweetness show up in the aroma. Some petrol maybe.

T - That licorice comes out again with those dark fruits and some booze in the finish. Dryness in the finish too. Maybe raisins there too. It's sweet but not cloying and boozy but not too boozy which is nice for the cold weather.

M - Full bodied. Not alot of carbonation. Creamy. Lingering flavours are good.

D - I could have a few of these but I probably won't be seeking it out again any time soon. Lacks some complexity but otherwise nice for the moment.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


A- Deep dark mahogany, almost black until held to light. Cramy head that recedes to thin white lingering ring. Leaves creamy sea foam walls of off white lace.

S- Dark chocolate, sweet malts, caramels, spiced rum, dark fruits (plum, dark cherries, figs)

T-Dark chocolate, dark fruits like cherry, clove, cinnomon, ginger, toffee and hints of orange peel and coriander on the back end. Very complex.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Nothing cloying. Smooth and velvety.

D- A sipper, but delicious and creamy smooth. Velvet like. Very nice.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Poured into a nonic.

A very deep tawny chestnut brown, very dark, leaving a thin head that recedes into a fine ring.

Nose is all sweet malty goodness, with some notes of caramel, molasses, earth and dark fruit (grapes, figs and cherries).

Tastes very nice, a rich malty profile with notes of alcohol (sherry), grape, caramel, molasses, toffee, all with a touch of peat/leather. Really hitting the spot on a cold winters day. Reminds me of a doppelbock I had recently.

Mouthfeel is thick and robust, with mild carbonation, again reminding me of a doppelbock. Carbonation is enough to for me to slog through.

A sweet, boozy, flavorful ale with enough to distinguish it as a Scottish strong ale. A perfect winter drinker, well worth a pickup.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a reddish tint. Half a finger of beige foam disappears promptly.

S: Smells of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

T: Tastes of sweet malt, a little chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little thin. Low carbonation level.

D: Drinkability seems pretty good, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -4.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.8%
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 +13.3%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -4.1%
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 -20.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +8.7%
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 +7.2%
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 +5.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -16.2%
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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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 920 ratings
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