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

Poured blackish brown-red Lin the light with a slight head and a bit of lacing

smell is a lot of chocolate, a bit of dried fruit and pipe tobacco

taste is very nice, complex but light and silky in the mouthfeel.
Cherry Cola like subtle sweet spice combines with chocolate and a touch of bitterness and vegetal notes on the finish

overall this beer is incredible, the best scotch ale I've had. Totally lacks the sweet, stickiness of some of the others.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, with a thin white head, reminds me of the black lager I just brewed...but I have a feeling this will trump it.

The nose is dark and brooding, but not in a cloying way, it has a light freshness to it that makes it very enjoyable. I primarily smell licorice, caramel, molasses and vanilla as well as prunes and hints of ashtray (minor...not a flaw but rather accentuating complexity).

Full-bodied, with a silky creaminess and slightly funky, sour, dry fruit and dry on the finish. Again, the malts are not overpowering, just like a good wine has enough acidity, this beer has enough dryness to stand up to a hearty meal.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep iridescent brown. Dense when held to light, with coppery hue at edges. Thin beige head.

S - Rich and malty with molasses and sweet bread. Traces of licorice.

T - Once again, rich and malty. Brown sugar and dried fruit (apricot and plum). Coriander is faintly present but very subdued. Finish is tangy and dry. Overall balanced and complex.

M - Smooth and slightly "chewy" with more carbonation than expected which helps to keep it from feeling overly heavy.

D - Very tasty and surprisingly easy drinking, though still a beer to be sipped and savored. A beautiful example of the style.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely an hour into my 48th birthday, I open a Traquair House Jacobite ale. A finger of tan head collapses quickly into a sticky disk of foam over an opaque black liquid. The nose is vanilla and fruit- sherbet, even, and sort of a powdery undertone of mocha. Flavor is crisp unsweetened chocolate, citrus, and something else- tannins? Mouthfeel is light and very dry- the aftertaste is coriander. Roughly analogous to a very dry red wine- in fact, according to the label, this run can be cellared until 2014. Deceptively simple, but very interesting!

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Photo of erz316
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before of 2014 into old speck pint glass

A - two finger slightly red tan hear, big bubbles on the foam. the body is a dark brown with some light cola-esque highlights. the body is dark, but it doesnt seem to be muddy or turbid.

S - nice little nip of corriander in the nose. the nose has pretty much all that counts: dark malts, molasses, a bit of peat, and some light alcohol. the nose could be a bit stronger however.

T - an excellent taste. the sweetness is quite tame in comparison to some others who either let it go wild or have it masked by spices. the initial taste is a bit peaty, sweet like a juicy fruit (not the gum) kind of way; slight bitter hops add a splendid astringency to counter act the sweetness and bring a balance to the brew. the finish is a sweet caramel and malt taste, while the fter is mostly a simple malt-sweetness combination. the stealth alcohol is quite amazing, ou simply do not see it coming!

MF&D - the feel is definitely lacking though. there is a lack of carbonation and the body is a bit too thin, especially with out the reinforcement of the bubbles.

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

A - Rich brown body reminds me of fig/dried fruit color with white head around the edges.

S - Huge apricot smell with brown sugar. Caramel and faint citrus are present. Smells great.

T - Dried apricot is prominent. Slight citrus and much dark sugar and caramel notes. A little bitter with a dry finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It's silky and smooth and pleasantyly sweet and rich.

D - Very rich complex beer with a high abv. This one is meant to be slow sipped in my opinion. would go well paired with fruit or sweeter dessert breads.

Notes - This beer is very well balanced and rich in complexity with a delicious flavor profile. The apricot taste and nose is big but not overpowering or too sweet. The brown sugar and sweet malt balances it all out. Smooth drinking.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ox bottle poured vigorously into a snifter.

Pours very dark with a hint of purple and red around the edges. A thin, bubbly head sticks around and leaves a pretty lacing. Carbonation appears to be medium, head retention is fairly good. Aromas of plums and brown sugar, molasses, apples, caramel, butter, some spices as well, clove, coriander. The nose finishes with a nutty character and an aroma that is just slightly smoky/meaty, maybe salty? Very nice complexity.

Flavour is splendidly malty, with all the things that make a scotch ale good. Cocoa, caramel, apple, butter, all balanced by a herbaceousness and earthiness with a bit of salt. Never too sweet, but so malty and full bodied. Oily and thick in the mouth, caresses the tongue. Carbonation is just muted enough that it's not obnoxious, but zippy enough to make the flavours come alive. Altogether a superbly balanced and crafted beer.

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown with reddish highlights. The beer would be clear if not so dark. There is a ¼ to ½" thick dark tan head which recedes fairly soon. Sipping leaves a ring and a combination of leggy and spotted lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a ring of foam with a light surface layer of foam and sipping leaves some scattered lacing for as long as the ring persists.

Smell: Until the nose adapts, the aroma is clearly and definitely present, even 18" away. Up close the aroma is rich and complex and contains dark caramel mixed with brown sugar and molasses. The coriander is clearly present here and seems to be mixed with traces of dark fruits (raisins and plums).

Taste: The rich malt flavor starts with a dark caramel character and then turns into brown sugar and milk chocolate. Soon the spiciness of the coriander blended with the fruitiness of raisins and plums shows up on the scene. Throughout, the sweetness is quite restrained and subtle.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth with soft carbonation that gently tickles the mouth. The finish is long and eventually turns dry, but without any real bitterness. There are neither hops nor alcohol showing here.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer for sipping, and if I had another I'd be hard pressed not to open it tonight. But as things go, I'll surely be looking to have this one again. The complexity of this beer more than justifies the price to have as an occasional treat.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having only three more of this bottle available in my store (and it being discontinued), I had to give it a try. I love a good Scottish Wee Heavy, and am a big fan of Belhaven's, so paying a dollar more or so was no big deal.

The appearance was just as expected, dark. The smell had hints of chocolate, as did the taste. The coriander stood out well and made this heavy beer a spectacular find, even if it may be one of the only times I will be able to try it.

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Photo of bort11
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. An inch of creamy egg-shell white head starts up and quickly settles down. Color is a dark purple/red, the color of black roses. The color is dense and only a pin prick of light punches through.

Smell has a mild smokey malt aroma. Hints of chocolate drift in and out. Taste has a dried pitted fruit sweetness. Prunes and figs up front. Chocolate and toffee still hang out at the edges. The coriander comes through in the finish and is very green, borders on minty.

Mouthfeel is mildly chewy and has a mild carbonation. Very interesting twist on a Scotch Ale.

Blipped "Cadence to Arms" by Dropkick Murphys

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Photo of flannelman808
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer pours a very opaque deep brown color. It has a frothy white head which keeps arround the rim of my delirium tulip.

S: Candied sweetness is present on the nose as well as molassis. The coriander is not so obvious but is definitely present. I also pick up on some ripe dark fruit. Plum, fig and or date.

M: This beer has very tight bubbles and leaves the palate prickled and dry. It also has a smooth oil slick quality.

T: Very complex. Smells like it's going to be sweet but finishes very dry. Malty creamyness up front and a herbal carbonic tang on the finish. Excellent!

D: all that said this beer is very drinkable. Dexterins masque the alcohol very well.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with very little carbonation to be seen, slight tan lacing but not much of a real head off the pour,

Smell- nice mix of malts and caramel, good sweetness on the smell, hints of corriander,

Taste- very beautiful flavor, nice mix of malts and slight corrainder you might get from a belgian beer can be noticed, overall its an incredibly enjoyable flavor and a very nice finish, very enjoyable scotch ale, nice carmel malts,

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied which is very nice for the style as it doesnt no get too syrupy like some scotch ales can be at 8% alcohol

Drinkability- very phenomonally drinkable, not one I can always get my hands on but wouldnt mind to see it more often despite price, its light and refreshing for 8 percent beer, the corriander does a nice job I felt of keepin the malts a little in check, the ingredients in this beer just taste so clean and fresh you can tell its of good quality and making, recommended for sure,

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a small head turning to a thin veil of large bubbles.

Smells of wet hay, sweet dried grass, dried dark fruit. And coriander.

Tastes of dried stone fruits, raisins and prunes. The coriander comes through , leaving a hot spice sensation on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is moderate thickness, low carbonation.

This is a very balanced and drinkable beer. It is instructional, providing a sense of what the coriander backbone is to many of the Belgian dark ales.

The artwork shows the White Rose of the House of Jacobites, the movement to restore the Stuart kings to the thrones of England, Ireland, and Scotland and honors the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Flavoring beer with coriander may have been picked up while engaging the support of the French to recover control.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.19/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours black coffee brown with a dense but minimal head.

S- SWEET! Sugary caramel and toffee. Smells like Nestle's Juicy Juice fruit punch with a caramel chaser. Not sure how I feel about it.

T- Follows the nose, but a bit more subdued (thankfully). I still taste Nestle's Juicy Juice Fruit Punch... what gives? Beer is tasty, subdued, and goes down easy. A bit unsettling, though. That flavor is dead on and creeping me out. I feel like I'm 5 and drinking out of the 64oz cans of Juicy Juice.

M- Thin, unoffensive, not terribly carbonated.

D- No thanks. This could be an unfair review, but this taste is so ingrained to me as Juicy Juice Fruit Punch that I can't get past it. A good beer, drinkable, and a stealth ABV, just not for me. I can suggest you try it, though, not bad by any means... I just don't click with it.

I haven't had Nestle Juicy Juice in 15-20 years, but this beer is a dead ringer. Didn't want to let bias in, but no choice... I will die a happy man if I never have this again.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly this beer has been rated one of the top 25 beers in the World...I beg to differ. The pour from the 11.2 z bottle was clean, barely a fizz. Nice caramel nose, extremely light mouthfeel, but just the right amount of coriander to mix with the rest of the brew. I found it light bodied, and very drinkable. The beer poured brownish, with red highlights when held up to the light.
A better than average beer, but not top 25 material.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got from a friend who was vacationing in Scotland - thanks Matt.

Clear ruddy brown with garnet highlights in the light. Cream colored head is both short and short lived. I don't see a date, and have idea how this was treated so you'll have that.

Mild milk chocolate and light malt rounded out with a hint of subtle raisin. To steal from candy brands, a Tupperware dish of Malted Milkballs mixed with Raisinettes smelled from a distance after being freshly opened.

See above, but dipped in bourbon. Alcohol is quite apparent early. Slight licorice and baked brown bread crust. Some sort of other cooking spice I cannot finger (anise?). In an odd twist, alcohol actually subsides as the ale warms. Chocolate actually picks up to take its place. No hint of hop. Clean yeast profile, with proper trace fruiitiness. Focus on malt.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A bit sticky after the swallow and after the glass.

A tale of two beers in one with the taste. Had I scored this in the first third, half a bottle there would have been problems. Time in the glass, not bottle (sorry Jim Croce) certainly improved the Jacobite.

Drinkability improved with time after pouring, like this baby just needed to breathe. I liked some of the complexities of the malt while being easy going. I'll bet on tap in Scotland this would be trouble by the pint. In my case, I enjoyed it and am now ready to cleanse the palate with an IPA.

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

Enjoyed a bottle of this at Dosa in SF. Paired with South Indian food.

Brew is dark, with blacks and browns melding about beneath a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Aromas are sweet with coriander, dark licorice or anise, and a bit of dark fruit. Tastes are much of the same, with the coriander coming in and out of dominance on the tongue. Tons of anise, as well as a few other dark spices. There is a bit of smoke, too. I can't get a lot of hops here, and there are very few bitter residuals left behind. The alcohol hides beautifully in a creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to finding it again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear mahogany color with a fizzy off-white head that is initially pretty small. Head fades pretty fast and does not leave much lacing.

Very fruit-laden big nose. Cranberries, raisins, earthy scotch, coriander and cherry cough syrup. Smells nice.

Taste is a bit more mild than the huge nose would indicate. Plenty of Britishly fruity ale flavors with sweet caramel malts and coriander zestiness. Has hints of maple syrup and peat as well. Lowly carbonated and fairly soft feeling. Decently complex, yet very smooth and quaffable. Nice brew, glad I finally tried it.

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

330ml bottle. Coriander? A bit far north of Wallonia, aren't we?

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly beige head, which slowly dissipates, leaving some decent spectral lacing around the glass.

It smells quite strongly of caramel and toffee malt, sticky treacle, milk-tinted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, a prune and fig dark fruitiness, and mild herbal, earthy hops. The taste is a lessened, but still sturdy caramel malt, saltwater taffy, baker's chocolate, a touch of ash, cafe au lait, a subtle, indistinct sweet spiciness, some mild orange flecks, and staid earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is rather mild, but hardly inert in its supportive duties, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (much, much more than 'wee'), quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes still big and malty, but in an increasingly restrained manner, as the mustiness of some Scottish castle muscles its way in. There is indeed an underlying boozy warmth, but it's so well hidden amongst all the other pleasantly distracting flavours.

This is definitely something capable and worthy of warding off the chills (so it is that I'm drinking this in the middle of summer), or instead pair with some bready, chocolaty, or boozy dessert. A bit too bad about the proclaimed coriander, though - very little comes through at any juncture.

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

Dark copper with a short-lived creamy off-white head.
Aroma is very complex: toasted/toffee malt, liquorice, tea, golden syrup, some vague woodyness and spices (cinnamon, ginger?).
Flavours of toasted malt, more spices, alcohol. More woody notes. Pretty sweet, but countered by a subtle roasted coffee bitterness. Very tasty!
Slick velvety mouthfeel with creamy carbonation, some alcohol heat on the palate.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Knowing that Traquair is exquesite and having the House I was able to pick this up at Puhi Cigar.

A - very very dark mahagony. finger head that seems very sticky

S - soft hints of chocolate, sweet malt, caramel

T/M - hmm, curious. more bitter than the house. starts sweet. almost chewy. chocolate and malt helps balance. becomes more mellow as it warms. (edited to increase rating on this note)

D - alcohol is very well hidden so beyond the well controlled sweetness can session for sure. and a mostly delicious session. though i think i might lean toward the House more.

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Photo of Seru1
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Mahogany Brown blackish body with a mid light tan thin head.

Smell- Very clear aroma of honeyed figs and plums

Taste- Tastes like it smells, which is verry nice. Sweet with ab it of a coriander finish.

Mouthfeel- Well Coating but not long lasting.

Drinkability- These would be terribly easy to drink for an entire afternoon, sweet but not candy sweet. I highly reccommend.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark, flowery beer that gives the senses a very powerful feeling when drank. The appearance is a deep ruby red with decent head but no lacing whatsoever on the mug. Smell is semi-sweet and invoking of something strange but alluring.

Tastes like it smells; coriander, flowers, dark malty chocolate. The aroma of the beer is very present as you down it. It leaves a malty aftertaste that rings for a multitude of minutes after it goes down.

Mouthfeel is decently creamy and is pretty nice. Drinkability is as well although the darkness of the beer and the 8% alcohol content brings it down a little.

Overall a very good brew; recommended!

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Photo of rwdkosak
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter at cellar temp (maybe slightly cooler). Nice dark pour with soft rocky head that lingered. Smell was light fruitness, chocolate sweetness, mild yeast and raisin-molasses. Taste was similar with a nice citrus note and balanced well with coriander. Silky smooth mouthfeel, would be more drinkable if not for the 8%ABV.
I found Traquair house ale by chance some time ago...a fantastic beer and the Jacobite is just as fantastic!

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

The color is a dark chocolate brown, what light that passes through it has a ruby hue to it. It's thick enough that you can't tell if it's cloudy or not. A thin tan head formed, and faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent is an exciting combination of Toffee, molasses and coriander. They combine to give the beer a scent reminiscent of a ginger bread cookie. As the beer warms up closer to room temperature the scent opens up and releases touch of a chocolate malt scent. The taste is much like the scent. The coriander, molasses and toffee flavors combine to make the main flavors of the beer. There is a subtle dark fruit flavor, such as prunes that accent the flavor and really boosts the taste. As the beer warms, the chocolate malts are more noticeable. This is definitely a beer you do not want to drink too cold, as the beer has a better flavor at just cooler than room temperature. At 8% Alcohol by volume, you can't taste the alcohol at all.

It is a medium bodied beer with a smooth and creaminess to it that coats the mouth. It is very easy to drink. There is a pleasant level of carbonation to the beer that is just strong enough to bite on the tongue.

This is an excellent beer. It's a nice beer to sit around with friends and enjoy slowly with conversation. In fact the beer itself may be the topic of conversation. Especially if you are with people that don't know what a Jacobite is. I found myself really enjoying this beer as I reviewed it. If you can get your hands on a bottle of this beer, I would recommend it.

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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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