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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with June 2014 "best before" date. Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't be drinking this now...

The brew pours out dark, with a low-medium tawny head that receded rather quickly. Sort of cocacola color.

Although it says spiced with coriander, what I get from the aroma is a boozy chocolate or vanilla, reminiscent of bourbon. Also, molasses.

The many components of the aroma fill out the taste. I also noted dark fruit. Right out of the fridge, the beer tasted muddy to me, with a strong alcohol bite. It was only as it warmed that I picked up sweetness accompanied by these more aromatic flavor components.

It went down more smoothly as it warmed, with the alcohol bite fading. Texture seemed thin and dry initially, similar to a dubbel, sweetening up as it warmed. Warm, it was surprisingly drinkable for it's ABV. Colder, the alcohol bite obscured flavor, perhaps?

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was clear and brown on the pour with a half finger head. It lasted a while, but overall wasn't too impressive.

Aroma was very malty... caramel malts danced on the nose, along with a nice breadiness and hints of sweetness. It also was very lemony, and slightly spicy.

Taste followed the nose. Rich full malts, quite a blast of lemon, and a slightly spicy lemon aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, full bodied enough to let you know you were drinking something substantial for the price but not cloyingly sticky or thick.

Good marks for drinkability. Again, the only thing that would keep me from making this a regular is the cost.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second traquair brew, and i am loving it. Great uniqueness and downright delicious.

Pours from a small 330ml bottle with a nice looking black/white label. It's a dark brew, with only a bit of light escaping through. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is fairly mild, but some dark fruit (fig/date) is there. Some slight alcohol burning.

The flavor is a huge kick in the taste buds! Rich complexity of malt, brown sugar/molassas, and a spiciness from the coriander and some cinnamon perhaps. This is one hell of a good beer. The 8% is present, but isn't overkill compared to the rest of the flavors. I really dig the finish and aftertaste on this one! It's luscious and sweet. I would highly recommend this brew if you can find it.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Opaque black color with glowing ruby highlights when held to a lamp. Moderate 1 finger of head recedes into a ring and filming on top, with lacing speckles down the glass as I drink.

S: Spicy sour nose from the coriander. Caramel malt, butter, peat, smoke, plums, and blueberries. An interesting aroma.

T: Mostly sweet malt, molasses, butter, peat, and smoke with strong coriander spiciness. No hop taste to it, but I didn't really expect one.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation was so low the beer felt flat, which ruined most of the sensations and made for a lackluster drink.

D: I may have just had a bad bottle, but I wasn't really enthused about having this again after the low carbonation. The taste is interesting, but the texture really makes or breaks a brew, and in this case, the latter.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is this beautiful creation? Scotch ale brewed with coriander? Who knew it was going to be a match made in heaven?

A deep black color with a small ring of head capping it off. Not much to say here (See my review of the Traquair House Ale for my feelings on appearance)

What a nose, with a slightly sour note from the coriander used in the brewing process adding dimension to the layers of cocoa-y malt, plum, blueberry and raisin.

This is like a scotch blended with a sour. Showing both the rich malty base and a tangy, acidic ribbon from the middle of the tongue to the back of the throat this beer is sort of in a class all of its own. Bright and full of lift with just enough carbonation to cleanse the tongue and keep the palate refreshed. Flavors of dried plum, bitter herbs, licorice, cassis and coriander, DUH!

A tremendous effort that I think is a must for fans of malty numbers or sours. I was caught a bit off-guard by this, I didn't really know what to expect from it. But now that I had it I can't really fathom what my beer drinking existence was like without it. This will be drunk often in my house.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/29/2006 (bottle):

Pours a brown color body with almost no head, off-color. Has an aroma of blueberries, some spices, dark fruit, some alcohol, some hops. Taste of spices, fruits. I don't know what coriander tastes like. Very spicy taste in the back of my throat. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of ccrida
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle (Best before June 2014, I think it's forward dated 10 years, making it about 4.5 years old) poured into my Delirium snifter, Jacobite is a dark hazy ruby with a creamy off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace. Nice darker color that I prefer in the style.

Smell is heavy lemon scented from the coriander at first, with wafts of graham cracker, rum, toffee, chocolate, but I'm really just grasping at straws, as it's difficult for me to get past the lemon.

Taste is also very heavy on the coriander. I thought that seemed rather unusual for the style when I read it on the label, but came in with an open mind. The problem is, my instincts were right, the coriander brings a bright, sweet refreshingly quality which is rather opposite what I look for in the style, which would be more of a sweet, earthy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is spicy and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high for me, sorry. I just really don't like beers where any spices (which I generally don't like period) are so overt, and I particularly don't like the coriander with this style. The only 'adjunct' I care for in scotch ales is a little smoke.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark complexity and a pleasant one finger head to follow. Nice floral aroma with the title coriander taking over the lead. Had this beer on many occasions and that is the one aspect that keeps me wanting more. The flavor is unique in its own right, but in a relative manner can be found in most other beers of its class and style. Big bite of hops on the entry and some of the high alcohol is noticed on the withdraw.

Recommend: 5 stars

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Photo of beveritt
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is all black, with writing and decoration in white. Depicts a seated man, flanked by two thistle and the dates 1745-1995. States that the ale is flavored with coriander and it is best before June 2017. Funny concept, that if I keep this for 9 years, it will be good, but 9 years and a month = crap.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of big-bubbled tan head. This settles very quickly to almost nothing, just a small island of thin foam. The beer itself is a medium brown and nearly opaque in the center. A very small amount of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Dark fruity-smelling malt, like plums and blackberries.

Taste: Dark and chocolaty, with just a hint or the orange coriander in the finish. Would I have noticed it if it wasn't so loudly proclaimed on the label? Probably not.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Well, the head retention is terrible, and therefore the appearance suffer some. However, the beer had a nice, full flavor that was easy to enjoy and lingered long after drinking.

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

Poured into snifter.

A: Dark, but thin, copper. Very light carbonation pours into s thin layer of off-white carbonation on the surface, and bubbly carbonation where the surface meets the sides of the glass. Beer ring lacing clings to the sides of the glass as you drink, but eventually retreats back into the body although spots of carbonation remain. Also little floaties settle at the bottom.

S: Malt, light hops, peat and hints of raisin.

T: Sweet syrupy malty taste, the peat really comes out, hint of hoppiness.

M: Starts with the sweet malt, hops then peat, finishes dry. Strong alcohol taste, and aroma really filters up into the nose. Has a light feel in the mouth.

D: Good strong drinkability. Flavor and refreshment.

Has strong alcohol taste, but doesn't feel strong if that makes sense (which I know it doesn't). Good flavor, a bit unique. Good atmosphere. Overall very good quaff. Try one if you can get one.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/17/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruits, brown sugar, very sweet. Flavor strongly of brown sugar, raisins. Thick mouthfeel. This beer is sweet but not oppressing, reminds me of a calmer/more complex/less intense DFH Raison D'extra. Quite good.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Deingeist
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich brown color, poured by the waitress thus I did not see the head throughout. It flattened to a thin dark tan ring that resulted in good sticky lacing.

S - Smelled wonderful, started with a light citrus, turning to dark fruits, coriander, molasses, and chocolate. I'd get an air freshener of this beer for the holidays.

T - Tasted even better than it smelled, the dark fruits and spices were persistent and right up front, as well as the molasses but it was a sweeter taste, more like cane sugar. Wonderful malts to balance that out and it finished very smoothly without any strangely bitter or overly sweet aftertastes.

M - Smooth, with low carbonation, but enough to keep it from feeling flat. The heaviness of the beer gave it a slightly oily feel, but I like that.

D - It's got a lot of flavor, and is on the heavy side, but don't forget this is a wee heavy were talking about. I could drink a few of these before feeling full but I'd run out of money first..

I had these beer at a small cafe in Providence RI, paired with a meat sampler. It went particularly well with the Pork Roulade due to the porks rather sweet and spicey (as in New England spicey, pumpkin spices etc.) flavor.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a short tan head that quickly turns into a ring of bubbles. Prunes, sugar, molasses, and coriander in the nose. Earthy malt with the same dark fruits, spice, and caramel dominate the taste. Hints of butterscotch, pepper, cinnamon, and herbs. Very different beer, almost like an aperitif.

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Photo of fank2788
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a pint glass
Dark chocolate brown to black in the glass, slightly hazy with a thin off white head. The nose is of light citrus, rum soaked dark fruit, coriander, dark chocolate and alcohol. The taste is rich full maltiness very reminiscent of dark bread and chocolate. The coriander comes through to spice things up a bit while there is a touch of chocolate in there as well and then comes a rounding warming alcohol taste in the end. There is little if any contribution from the hops but there is a rounding bitterness in the background that balances the malt nicely. The mouthfeel may be just a touch too light and prickly for my taste with a wee heavy I like something a bit heavier and fuller feeling, the finish is a touch dry and fairly neutral with a bit of a dark chocolate aftertaste. Great beer, a well balanced wee heavy the strong alcohol is covered by a host of other flavors making this delightfully complex and a joy to drink. Really good stuff a great example of the style.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice and dark in color, minimal size head, lacing is decent but not too prevalent.

Smell: Raisins, nuts, a tad bit of caramel/toffee, coriander, delightful to the nose.

Taste: A nice bready, yet malty brew with great standout ingredients. Nice lasting roastiness, Coffee lingers, a nice hint of spice, ginger, and the raisin nut in the nose stands out firm.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, very persisitent feel to the finish, not too thick, not too wet. Perfect balance for a Scotch ale. Leaves a lingering taste in the mouth.

Drinkabilty: If you didn't tell me this was 8.00 ABV I'd probably kill a sixer of these, very sessionable, yet has ingredients that make this one a winner. Very roasty and malty, minimal bite on the alcohol point of view but a sure winner in my book. Good use of balance between darker flavors and the malt. Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I missed a free employee tasting of this at work so manned up and got a bottle. It was a good idea, after all.

A- DEEP ruby color with wave after wave of small bubbles rising to the surface. There was a brief 2 1/2 finger head that leveled out at a quarter inch thick head, with no lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of candy, fig, and, well, corriander. Mellow tones. Not a lot of up front notes, but it smells really damn good.

T- corriander, date, raisin, candi sugar, and a nice persistent sweet finish. So enjoyable!

M- felt the body was pretty conservative for this one. Other than that, it was a rich, refined and worthy beer.

D- for 8% this is definitely one of the better 'strong beers' that i've tried. This beer is truely worth its weight in gold as far as complexity and flavor goes. PROST!

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Photo of positiverpr
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slight chill-haze that never completely cleared. dark mahogany brown. minimal tan head with large bubbles. not much lacing. carbonation fairly low.

a: malt sweetness. wonderful malt sweetness with slight floral hops aroma. very rich aromatic nose.

t:rich caramel and toasted malts with subdued but present alcohol. very complex and unbelievable lingering malt profile with a hint of oxidation. sweetness is non-cloying because of surprising bitterness.yeast profile is subtle with some spice that may be the coriander.(no outright coriander flavor which is shows good balance). some unusual tastes that i get are cola and fairly strong soy(both of which i've never gotten in beer). there is probably no peat in this beer but i swear i keep tasting it. a few raisen and dark fruits.

m:thick non-syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

o:wonderful. the malt complexity of this beer is amazing. each sip is different and the beer changes a lot with warming. alcohol is well-integrated. a classic.


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

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a very, very dark brown body with a slight one finger tan head that retained well. It had spotty and clumping lacing.

S: It had a roasted malt profile that was accented by chocolate and dark ripe fruit.

T: It had a semi-sweet roasted malt base with flavors of dark fruits (e.g., sweet plums and grapes). It is only modestly sweet compared to many Wee Heavy beers. The coriander was blended well with the light floral and flavoring hops to give the back side a tangy bite on the tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: It was medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation and a warming and clean finish.

D: It was a very well balanced beer with a smooth mouth presence, moderate ABV and pleasant flavor. It would make a good session brew.

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

Again, I write the disclaimer...I'm a big sucker for "traditional ales", or recreations of older beer recipes from throughout history. Thus my rating of this beer would reflect that. With that said, this is a GREAT beer, very enjoyable in its own right.

The Appearance is a dark chocolate/caramel brown, with a 1-finger tan head, not much lacing. The aroma was amazing; a mix of sweet caramel malts and fruit. There's a slight bit of spicyness thrown in. The flavor is much like the aroma. This beer reminded me more of an English porter than a scotch ale. The flavor was sweet malts, chocolate, and included a piney flavor, as well as a slightly spicy quality. The mouthfeel is thick, and enjoyable. The finish has a sweetness well balanced by hops and other spices. Great beer overall.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 2014. Love the reverse labeling (white on black) on this one.

A: Poured into my cab glass a murky black chestnut with a light tan, creamy head that immediately disappeared leaving a nice halo around the rim of the glass.

S: Thick, syrupy mix of coriander and sweet malts. Very pleasing and soothing smell.

T/M: Wow, now that's a unique and tasty beer! Much like the nose. Medium to full bodied and flavored with a relaxing mix of sweet coriander, caramel malts, light yeasts and spices. Very nice! As the beer warmed, the alcohol came out a bit, but it was never taxing on me.

D: I wasn't certain if I'd like this one, but I really did! It was very soothing and it's a great beer to finish the night off.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : dark brown color (Burgundy), with a tan foam head (not persistent), low carbonation.
Smell : spicy notes (coriander).
Taste and mouthfeel : roast sweet, anise and caramel, spices.
A sprawl of alcohol and sweet notes.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Scotch ale (taste at cellar t° 10-13°C).

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After being completely and utterly impressed by Traquair House Ale, when I saw this, I had to try their Jacobite Ale when I saw it. A dark, rich color, with a bready, sweet and lightly spiced aroma, it was delicious even before I tasted it. The taste is initially sweet, with a chewy, bready middle, and very prominent coriander in the finish. There is caramel and a note of whiskey in here too. Really nice mouthfeel here... just enough tiny bubbles of carbonation to give a little lightness, but very smooth on the palate. My only criticism is that the coriander is a bit strong for my taste... it comes through here much more than a Belgian Wit or other Belgian brews with coriander. But overall, while it doesn't impress me the way their House Ale does (but really, what could live up to that?) this is certainly very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

More drinkable than I expected. With this price (~$5) I expected to only want to drink one, but I could have multiple except that I'm not rich. Probably won't buy this on a regular basis due to the quality of American craft brews, but considering it's one of the legends I had to try it and will drink it again. The scent is fulfilling, strongly malty. The appearance is dark in the tone of a stout. Quality taste but not better than I expected (after drinking so many quality American craft brews I expect a lot out of a $5 11 oz bottle). Tastes a lot like a stout. I'm not a spice expert, but I don't experience so much coriander (it's written on the label). Great beer, maybe not worth the $5. I'm aging one to compare if it gets better.

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

Traquair must be one of the most consistant quality brewers I know, they have never dissapointed me. Tried this one also @ Bishops Arms - Karlstad with Ljunkan. And boy, this one was really interesting and good!

Looks nice, red/black colour with a nice beige/white head.

Smells really interesting! The smell reminds me slightly of Anchor Christmas Ale 2007 (or "Our special ale"). Lots of fresh spices and a slight smokiness.

Taste is like Anchor Christmas Ale on steriods in some way (maybe because that's the only spice/herb ale I have had prior to this one). Mainly spices and some nice leathery maltiness. Pretty sweet too actually, some notes raisins going on there I think.

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

A- Pours a 1 finger head on top of a dark mahogany ruby/black color. The head recedes rather quickly. A nice amount of sediment resides in the body.

S- Nice coriander, lemon, fresh flour component, blueberry, touch of coffee, and a bit of fig/caramel notes. Complex.

T- Starts out with a slight touch of acidity, And notes of blueberry, coriander, some citrus, then moves into some coffee notes, with residual dates and fig. the finish is a slightly dry coffee with a bit of residual fruitiness. (Go to the store and buy Malt-O-Meal fruity dino bytes. That taste+smell is a major component in this beer.)

M- Some low carbonation works well. The finish on this is nice!

D- 8%.. really?! The alcohol is WELL-hidden in this. Definitely give this one a shot. It's nothing like you've had before.

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