Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traquair Jacobite Ale is a Scotch ale with an ancient ingredient, coriander: rich, deep flavors are accented by exotic coriander aroma. Traquair House Brewery, located within Scotland's oldest inhabited house, uses a 1738 copper kettle and oak fermenters to produce this fine ale, first brewed in 1995 to commemorate the Jacobite Revolution.

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Photo of Brabander
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quit impressed with this little present i got from my Scottish buddy Zimbo. Thanks Craig, this is a very nice ale indeed.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks good. A very darkamber to brown colour with a lightbrown head. Very little carbonation, there are some bubbles in the glass.

Smell is better than average, roasted malts come in my nose and some oak smells.

The taste is really very good, lovely soft and smooth with some sweetness in it.

This is a good one!!!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of head into a brandy snifter. Tastes of caramal dark malts with a slight scotch kind of finish lingering there. The after taste isn't too bad on this one either, almost sweet like. Drinks down very well for 8% alc. Very drinkable beer and I was not disappointed by this.

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Photo of decimator
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Goblet.
ABV 8%

A - Poured a dark brown with mahogany highlights. No head and no lacing.

S - No trouble picking up the coriander. It's accompanied with caramel and toast at first. A few whiffs later and a bit of coffee, wood, earth, sourness, and hint of anise come through.

T - Some toffee sweetness, some roastiness, light toffee, a bit of sourness, and some spiciness. As it warms up a bit of smoke and alcohol shows up.

M - Low carbonation, some creaminess, light tang, and a wet finish.

D - Interesting aroma and flavour combination. Not quite my thing but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear black/brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - butterscotch, earthiness, malts, chocolate/coffee, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee and chocolate. I can also taste coriander and an earthiness. The beer finishes with a malty scotch aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer, but it was decent for sure. A must try for the scotch ale fans.

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Photo of russellcricket
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Dark brown. Up to light reveals reddish brown. Very light head that dissolved quickly with no lacing.

Scents of burnt toffee, raisin, dates or dried figs, smokey pete moss is definitely there with a hint of alcohol.

Cola and prune juice in the front transition into smokey scotch a very faint bit of booze which you more so notice with a slight warming.

The mouthfeel is what really did it for me especially for a scotch ale. Starts smooth and malty into a little bitter hop tickle then balances just right leaving you wanting more with a mellow subtle finish.

This beer is dangerously drinkable however I could live with just this one. If your a scotch ale fan pick one up.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traquair Jacobite | 330 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Traquair House Brewery Lld
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: Duvel tulip

Dark, almost black, but it lets through glints of plum-tinted light.

Very strong coriander/licorice smell.

Coriander and anise light up the taste buds--a very unusual flavor. Light, bready malts hang in the background. Some sweet caramel and dark chocolate on the finish.

Chewy but slick. It has just enough body to make it substantial and yet very drinkable.

Very nice ale--expertly balanced but highly flavorful. A liking for anise and coriander are key in appreciating this one.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, though I prefer Traquair House Ale.

Bottled: best before June 2019
Served: January 17, 2011

Price = $4.99 at Witherspoon Wine

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Photo of mintjellie
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red tint to its dark brown colour. Thin beige head doesn't stick around long and doesn't stick to the walls of my glass very well. That's ok in a higher gravity beer though, as alcohol affects head retention. This is a fine looking beer. Solventy alcohol and toffee are all I really pick up in the aroma. It's odd that I can't pick up the coriander in the aroma, because it's actually quite prominent in Jacobites flavour. In addition to that strong coriander flavour, it's richly malty and medium sweet, and vaguely reminds me of a good doppelbock. Some raisin-like dried fruit character can be discerned. The alcohol is noticeable, but it integrates well with the other elements in the flavour profile. Tastes pretty damned good. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Feels slightly sticky. How does it drink overall? Lets just say I know I shouldn't, but I think I might have a second.

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Photo of MattyV
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown colour with a thin creamy off-white head..appearance bordering on porter-like, maybe a bit thinner.
Nose is of sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit... pretty standard but still pleasant.
Taste follows the nose, but with a roasted component, perhaps a bit of smoke as well. Nice complexity and smooth crisp finish.
Decent mouthfeel, maybe a tad on the thin side.
Really enjoyed this one -- had all of the rich and sweet flavours I love about scotch ales without the cloying finish/aftertaste.

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle marked 'Best Before June 2017' into a Duvel tulip.

The Pour: A deep, almost opaque, mahogany/black colored liquid went halfway up to the Duvel logo with a rich cream colored head 1cm thick. The head dissipated almost immediately.

The Aroma: Malty, rich and sweet. It's nice overall, a hair away from being unpleasantly sweet and alcoholic but the roastiness of the malt holds it together.

The Taste: Delicious! Smooth with a velvety round mouthfeel. I like very much the light carbonation, it allows the creaminess to come through. A little like the aroma in that you feel like its almost going to be overwhelmingly sweet and alcoholic on the initial taste but then it settles into perfect restraint and a balance of malt, roasted grain, sweetness and the coriander slides in at the end just so. Finishes cleanly in the center of the palate and leaves some tingling at the sides of your mouth.

Overall: Unexpectedly balanced and delicious. I think the coriander is used very elegantly. Even while it weighs in at 8% abv and is on the sweeter side it pairs perfectly with food. The food will probably be best if it was meat and potatoes but it is a Scotch Ale afterall.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE date of July 20th.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet molasses, caramel, smoke, whisky.

T - Toffee, brown sugar, peat, molasses, caramel.

M - Medium body, chewy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - Remarkably smooth for 8.0% ABV.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bottled on date of July 20. Pint glass.

Pours a chestnut brown, with some lighter browns and dark oranges round the edges. Finger or two of moch head. Nose of milk chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Tastes has some chocolate again, and sweet malt whacks you in the mouth off the bat. Hint metallic, but has a bunch of spice, molasses and peat in there too. A touch of back end heat. Great thick body on this one, a bit more than a sipper. Great for warming up with! Need more wee heavy in my life.

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Photo of paxkey
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from LCBO
brown bottle. black and white label.
ingredients include Strong beer, Coriander.
plain black bottle cap.

poured in a chalice. dark ruby mahogany colored. aggressive pour yields no head. very hard to see carbonation besides a few white bubbles around edge.

a little vinegar on the nose. roasted malt. sweet cherry,charred wood, biscuit. i smell sweet,sour and bitter all at the same time. very intriguing.

sips a little coarse with delicious bitterness.
smooth and clean in the aftertaste. a hint of oakiness, and whiskey on the mid.

spicy and warming with no taste of alchohol whatsoever. a little thin at first but coats the mouth with lots of interesting flavour.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep ruby/mahogany in color with a little bit of light getting through. A thin off-white head that disappeared with no lacing.

S: Very complex! You have to let this get up to temperature or else you'll miss something. Of course you get the coriander spice and malt sweetness but there are some other tones in there for good measure. Fruit... Caramel... Bourbon, maybe... But DAMN!! I could sniff this stuff all evening!

T: It's like a Scottish ale with spice and other subtle undertones that follow the nose. Just as complex as the aroma.

M: Smooth as hell. A little lighter in body than what I expected in a Wee Heavy. Not harsh in any sense of the word. A little oily sensation on the tongue.

D: This is one of my last beers in 2010. I've had it before but I thought I'd go out with a bang. I'm only going to have just one bottle of this tonight and that is a good thing. At 8% ABV it rocks - and the flavor is wonderful - but one is enough. I have other beers to drink before my head hits the pillow in the wee hours of the morning but I'm glad this was one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola colour with mediocre head that settles out to a ring of large bubbles. Some nice lacing spots around as well. Looks alright, more head/lace would be a plus.

Smell is surprisingly intense. Lots of nice, pleasant notes, fruity with a robust dark sourness. Masses of sultana and raisin aroma, plus some light metallic notes and leather adding to the mix, topped off with a black peppery spice. Over the top of it all though is a tragic fusel alcohol/solvent kind of intensity wafting off which really mars what would otherwise be a delicious, complex smell.

Taste has less intensity, but that same dark fruit appeal. Lots of brown sugar with molasses and raisin notes, then backed up by a distinct cocoa-rich chocolate flavour. Slight dark fruit tartness on the back, mildly sultana-esque; ends quite nicely, really, with residual sweetness running gradually dry. Good blend of sweet with mild pie spice, although fruit dominates slightly more than necessary - it's malty, but could stand to be maltier as odd as that sounds (especially from me).

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but decent texture to it. Not bad.

Yeah, remarkably drinkable for the ABV. It's smooth, sweet drinking, albeit hearty and warm.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -9.6%
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 +5.8%
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 -7.5%
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 +14.5%
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 -7.2%
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 -11.1%
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 -5.5%
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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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 934 ratings