Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a very dark brown color with reddish tints and just a little foam after an aggressive pour.

Aroma is excellent - sweet caramel and toffee, pumpernickel bread, candied dark fruits, rum cake, and spice.

The flavor is sweet - but at a good level - and well-spiced. Coriander and other spices, along with caramel and toffee, mild toastiness, candied date, sugarplum, and raisin. Not much bitterness at all.

Medium-full bodied and exceptionally smooth on the palate. A very impressive beer overall.

Easy to drink at 8% ABV.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly, cloudy dark brown color with a very small, tan head of foam. It didn't leave much lace.

S - It smelled a little smoky, malty and mossy. There was a touch of nuttiness and caramel, too.

T - Rich malty taste with mossy and smoked peat flavors. It leans toward the sweet side with its caramel and toffee taste. Very little bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that hides its ABV quite well.

D - This is a good brew. Traquair does some good stuff.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep dark brown, almost opaque, but clear when held to the light. Thin head that doesn't last.

S -Rich, complex earthiness, baked sugar and nuttiness that greatly resembles pecan pie, chocolate, sweet coriander.

T - Rich chocolate, huge nutty flavor, caramel, coriander. Has slight hop bitterness and finishes dry. Amazing.

M - Rich and full bodied, very soft carbonation.

D - Amazingly drinkable for the complexity. I can't detect any of the 8% ABV.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 6-3-10
Best before June 2017

Pours a very cloudy deep brown color, with almost no head and a thin ring of white lacing. Very ominous-looking.

Smell is strong malt, extremely complex, notes of peat, cinnamon, molasses, and sweet coriander right at the end. Very delicate, and well made.

Taste is very strange. Huge earthy flavors hit like a punch in the face, with a strong, herbal/vegetable edge. After the initial reaction, the flavors give way to more coriander, which dominates the finish. The aftertaste is tart bitterness and a little earthy malt.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin, and I can't figure out if this is good or bad. It's not very gratifying, but allows the odd flavors to dissipate quickly.

Drinkability is poor, the strong flavors are a chore to get used to.

Overall, not very good. But, given the drink by date, I'll get another one to put in the cellar.

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose has nutty malts, spices and toffee. Tast is sweet and malty with some herbal spices in the mix. Medium body is nicely carbonated. Good Wee Heavy, Traquiar really does a nice job with this style. Not as good as the original though.

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

the pour is dark orange, bordering on brown. Some sediment made it into the glass, but the pour is largely clear.

Compared with the House Ale, this beer smells great, but some of the "scottish" aspects are lost under the coriander. Don't get me wrong, it's a great spice and a great beer, but I liked the toffee/toast/dark fruit. This has more of a brown sugar note, but is otherwise heavily featuring the aforementioned spice.

The same spice shows itself heavily in the flavor, but its effect is to completely change the beer instead of mask its great Scottish aspects. The beer is quite bitter for its age, sweet heavily caramelized sugars mixed with spice. Yeah, it could use some other spices in terms of complexity, but if you were to pick one spice to use it is hard to go wrong with this one. If there is a shortcoming it is that the gentle earthiness that I assume is from peated malt or from the local water filtering through said peat is hidden. bummer, but there is plenty more here to enjoy. As with the House Ale, there is little alcohol showing anywhere, making this beer dangerous!

Medium body, medium low carb. Interesting that two bottles the same age showed much more carb in this than the House Ale. There is a sort of, well, almost tartness with this beer that I love. Anyway, I'd have this again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of levifunk
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dark in color, not as murky as the house ale. med-low carbonation.

s - smell the coriander, mostly. some dark fruit

t - some scotch flavor (peat), small bitterness. coriander flavor less than smell.

m - too light of body. light carbonation, which i normally like in scotch ales.

o - coriander does not fit IMO. As with the house ale, over priced.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with bobsy. Thank Rob!

Pours like Coke. I mean, EXACTLY like a Coke. Not much retention or lacing.

Smells nice and malty, light caramel and licorice--did I say malty? Very malty and Coke like in the aroma as well.

The taste is cherry sweetness, with sweet caramel washed away by a light bitterness, all with with a hint of the medicinal, or maybe that's just spice or floral hops. And either I don't know what coriander tastes like or I don't really get much from this, dry or fresh.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for something so malty, but not overly so, and it's surprisingly dry in the finish.

Overall a pretty drinkable example of a style that doesn't overly float my boat.

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Photo of klikger
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4 oz. pour served in a Port / Lost Abbey taster

A - Dark red; a decent amount of head, with average lacing

S - Wheat and caramel

T - Caramel, toffee, and malt. Standard Scotch Ale fare here - nothing more, nothing less.

M - Flat and a bit syrupy.

D - Drinkable, yet I don't feel compelled to have more.

I'm spoiled, as Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale is $8 or $9 for a sixer, and I can have Louie's Reserve a few times annually. Due to this, I generally am disappointed when I try other Scotch ales. This was a good enough beer, but I won't be buying it again. It's worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of rawthar
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first experience with this style.

A- Both the color and the carbonation look eerily like cola - not much of a head, but some bubbly lacing that looks like a soft drink.

S- Has the sticky caramel and exotic yeast smell of a Belgian trippel crossed with the uber-malty muscle of a stout. The sweet malts seem to flow and mingle with a light booziness. A nice, complex aroma.

T- The caramel malts of the nose come through, but the flavor surprisingly and refreshingly does not contain much of the sweetness present in the nose. I'm not sure if I could taste the coriander specifically, but there sure is a ground spice presence that I assume comes from it. Comes off like a Christmas beer, and a damn good one at that.

M- I was afraid of the mouthfeel when I saw the cola appearance, but this was fairly standard. A nice helping of carbonation in a slick light liquid.

A- I really get the impression that too many of these would lead to a killer headache, but one is worthwhile. I look forward to having this beer on a cold winter night while I pretend to be a viking. I've got one aging in the cellar that I might break out next winter.

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

After years of reading about this, I decided to give it a go. The colour was a dark walnut with hues of garnet around the edges. The aroma was filled with Christmas spice, molasses, turbinado and treacle. On the palate, a lovingly coating of tangy burnt sugar, a slight froth of CO2, then dark brown sugar, alcohol, Christmas cake, sailor jacks, dark raisins, zante currants and a long finish with hints of coriander. A glass truly worthy to raise and say, here's to the Jacobites and my ancestors who fought alongside them at Culloden!!

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Photo of philbe311
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A finger and a half worth of audibly fizzy creamy lite tan colored head that quickly recedes leaving nothing more than a slight ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a diminutive floating swirl of lace in the center of the glass... Quite still once settled... Dark brown mahogany color... A tad bit of lit leaks in through the top...

S - Without even picking the glass up to my nose, I can tell this is an epic aroma... Wonderfully sweet malts dominate... Butter... Caramel... Dark fruit... A touch of brown sugar... Glazed donuts... Strong and assertive, but not overwhelming... Wonderful depth and complexity...

T - A rich caramel sweetness to start... Butter... Toffee... Raisins... Turns increasingly earthy... Peat... A hint of vanilla... Touches of wood and smoke on the finish... A very smooth and subtle finish well into the deep finsih...

M - A very subtle prickly carbonation bite to start... Sleek and slightly sticky... Medium to full bodied... Chewy... Dense and lush to start... Turns ever so slightly dry and chalky on the finish... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - Highly enjoyable Scotch Ale... You won't want to put the glass down for long between each sip... Stunning craftmanship... A truly world class offering that I highly recommend and would welcome in my glass at anytime...

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark color for wee heavy, dark dark red.
Can't see through it without holding to light. Small tan head that doesn't stick around. Sheets of lacing do stick around when swirled though.

Smells like leather, bread dough, prunes, blueberries? , yeast, coriander maybe ; even though the bottle says made with it, its hard to detect. There is a rotting fruit smell that is actually inviting, leading me to expect some unique flavors.

Taste isn't as good as the smell. Smoked malts, yeast and dark fruit mostly, with some spice that makes this beer quite unique.
Not the flavor punch of traquair house ale, but still good.

mouthfeel is watery, and lightly carbonated. I think it could use just a little more bubbles and viscosity.

Drinkable, to an extent. Sessionable yes, at $4.50 per 11.2 oz, no.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from my local store during their march UK beer sale.

Poured a dark brown with a thin off-white head.

Aroma was a little fruity. I'm thinking coriander and various other spices. Malts are around as well.

Taste is just bursting with spices. Cloves, ginger and coriander. A light bitter hops flavor is present and is rounded out nice with a malt backbone.

Glad I picked this one up. Can't wait to revisit!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black cola color with a slightly below average sized head that is creamy and light beige. Good retention and a nice lacing left.

S - Lots of spices and some citrus. Also a good dark sugar/molasses smell. Dark, spicy, and alcohol.

T - Pretty sweet base with some dark malts, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and barley. There is also a lot of spice, in particular coriander, as well as some peat and a bit of alcohol.

M - A little above medium body with a little below average carbonation. Smooth, a little sticky, and a touch of a drying finish.

D - Complex flavors, but they don't kill the palate. Sweet and spiced. Smooth and goes down easy too.

Notes: A nice solid beer that definitely has some Scotch flavors. Has sweetness but not cloying or overpowering, same goes for the spiced flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a 11.2 oz bottle in to a small rocks glass for tasting...

Straight poured this, with a dark cherry brown with less than a 1 cm head that dissipated quickly, minimal lacing, no legs, moderate body...

Aromas of scotch and vanilla fill the nose...with a undertones of wood.

Flavors of plum, chocolate combine with the coriander to develop on the palate well, with the moderate body and satiny texture helps to dissipate the alcohol heat, which is minimal in the finish. 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 GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. brown bottle with a black and white label, pretty classy. Best before June 2017. I've had it in my basement for about a year but I'm not willing to wait another 7 years.

Served cold into a globe, Jacobite has a dark brown color with thin white head. The head settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and a little boozy like most wee heavys. It has a bit of peat and smoke like a scotch ale too. No hop presence that I detect.

Flavor is a little unexpected but really pleasant. I guess I saw corriander on the label and immediately thought of wit beer. This is more of a sweet porter with roasted malt, caramel/toffee, chocolate, and scotch. There isn't a great amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation which seems just right for the style.

Overall a very tasty beer and easily drinkable due to the well-hidden alcohol, but a little on the expensive side to make it a regular buy.

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Photo of abrand
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottle states best before date of June 2017.

The Jacobite flavored ale pours a cola brown color a very thin head that doesn't retain at all. No lacing is on the glass. Nose consists of sweet malts with backbone notes of caramel, nuts, and vanilla. Pretty good smelling ale. Quaff is quite sweet of raisins, fig, and malts. The label depicts that this ale is flavored with coriander and I am picking up some hints of these flavors as the pour warms. Mouthfeel is crispy and slick. Drinkability is good. I am curious what a few extra years would do to the taste.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Rome in 2007 so this is basically like having it fro the first time all over again.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Dark brown with light amber accents. One finger of off-white head.

S- Sweet black licorice, black grape, caramel malt, strong toffee, raisins, light citrus, some dates. Tiny bit of bitter chocolate.

T- Very nice. Slight alcohol bite. Sweet dark plums, raisins, malt, toffee, a bit of the coriander, light bitterness at the end which leads to a dry chocolate flavor and a slight alcohol burn.

M- Medium. Carbonation doesn't overwhelm. Alcohol is present but doesn't sting or distract.

D- At 8% and with all the flavor this has I'd say it's a good sipper but I'd restrict it to 2 at most in one sitting to truly appreciate the taste. I like this beer a lot, too bad it's not cheaper. 5.69 for a 12oz bottle

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

330ml bottle poured into DDC tulip jan24 2010

A dark brown with a thumbs width of light tan head that falls fast and leaves just a few patches of lace

S a fair bit of licorice and brown sugar with some spice and some caramels

T not far from the smell and that's a pretty good thing, a little sweet but it's right on for the style. A complex ale with some interesting characteristics I like how the mild spice works for it mellowing it out a bit

M a little flat but still full bodied enough to please, it has a silky feel to it that's nothing to be ashamed of

D I would never guess this was 8%alc it's very easy to drink but still not something I would drink many of back to back

this beer is a good one if you've never tried it you probably should. Lots of flavor and with a best before date of June 2017 I can only wonder what a few years under the stairs would do for this one

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Photo of HumanCarBomb
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 11.2 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This is a nifty looking bottle. On the side it reads: best before June 2019! The pour is dark brown with a small head that diminishes quickly. The smell is of roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and spices. All the wonderful aromas carry over to the taste. It's roasty, sweet, and spicy. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. You can feel the 8% ABV, but it does not overpower.

Overall, Traquair Jacobite is unique, complex, and very flavorful. Great stuff! ~

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

Best by 6/2017. This poured a hazy mahogany with a bit of tan head. It smelled like rich caramel and toffee with some milk chocolate and blueberries and coriander. It tasted like strong blueberry with toffee and honeysuckle and some cocoa powder. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting beer. It had a nice clean scent and taste with good body, although I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed that blueberry taste. The alcohol was very well hidden, so it was easy to drink. I'm curious how this would change with further aging. Good beer, but not as fantastic as others from Traquair House.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. Bought this a few years ago. Best before June 2011 on the side of the label.

Appearance: Dark and layered, with near-blackness and dark amber colors to the body. Mocha-colored lacing rimming the top of the glass.

Smell: Awesomely different. Kind of like dark anise mixed with bright coriander, mild coffee, and caramel sweetness. The dark estery flavors are there. Some licorice, red wine, raisins. Also some dark cherries and strawberries. Coriander's prominent, but not feigned, and works well with everything.

Taste: I feel like the flavor comes too late here, and doesn't last as much as I'd like it to. Coriander's here for sure, along with the darker estery fruit flavors and caramel malts. But everything comes closer to the finish, except the coriander. Don't get me wrong: my estimation of good is right on, but I wonder what a fresh bottle would taste like, if the hops have completely dissipated, and if some of the brighter and darker flavors are maybe a bit too subdued at this point. There's some good anise flavors at the finish though, balancing with some minor tar, earthiness, and maybe dough or graham cracker. No hops to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel: A big bodied brew, where the carbonation has to work really hard to balance itself with the body. That said, it does a fine job, feeling watery at first, but then bursting in some creamy carbonation at the end, which coats well.

Drinkability: Way too easy to drink for the price. And this bottle a few years ago was almost $6, so it may be closer to double digits these days. For a dark and complex brew brimming with quality and originality, this is very easy to drink, as I said, which is a good thing, but maybe not as good for the price in some ways, if you know what I mean. I wonder if I waited almost too long, though, and would like to try one fresh.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle into tulip. Best by date of 2017; I guess I had some time to spare. Sharp looking black and white bottle with a black cap.

A- Very deceptive color. In regular lighting it has a deep brown appearance, but when held up to a bright light it shows a crystal clear ruby red. Pours with a cream to tan colored head with thin but attractive retention and consistent lacing.

S- Black licorice, coriander, and warm milk hit before you even breath in. Take a breath and experience pleasant shoe polish, plastic vampire teeth, a little black pepper, and slightly estery (specifically aniseed, ethyl hexanoate? I had to look that up).

T- Not much at first contact, despite the complexity of the aroma. After that initial 1-2 seconds, vanilla, red anise candies, black licorice, coriander, spices, and a very light roasted barley character. The middle adds wood and tree branches to the mix. Finishes with all 8%, warming but leaves a very clean and dried feeling, like after you finish an anise candy. I found myself licking my teeth several times to get more of the candy flavor.

M- Smooth, but lighter than expected. The light body and moderate carbonation play very well with the coriander/spice flavor.

D- Mouthfeel makes this more drinkable that most 8%'ers, but the warming sensation in the finish makes me want to drink this slowly by the fire. Although slow, I could drink several, and want to.

Truly a beautiful beer that could pair up perfectly with many moments.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
Beer rating: 88.1% out of 100 with 914 ratings
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