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 prototypic
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color. Head is roughly a finger and a half deep with an off-white head which stuck around for a decent bit. Lacing was somewhat light.

Smell: Initially it smells of dark fruit (raisin and plum). A bit of cherry and roasted malt aromas emerge. Spices are somewhat faint on the nose, but a light corriander smell is there.

Taste: Plum and raisin flavors are immediately noticeable. They blend well with roasted malts. Good malty base. There is a slight spicy, corriander twist, but it's not dramatic. It does give it depth. Slight smoky taste on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very well carbonated. It's extremely smooth and drinkable. A little on the strong side, but very drinkable nonetheless. Overall, this is a very good beer. Check it out.

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

I picked this beer up in Amsterdam on my honeymoon, May 2007. Enjoying it after doing some pro bono research for LSNF.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

It pours a beautiful dark brown with a light brown head that rose up about one inch, and settled fairly quickly. If it held better this could have been a 4.5 or better.

The bold smell of Scotland. It smells of chocolate, malt, and has a bit of a spiciness to it. Toffee becomes evident as the beer warms. Sweet without being cloying.

The last time I had this beer i was in Scotland, however this is not as big in flavor as I remember it being. Perhaps the age made it a bit more docile. This beer tastes of sweet milk chocolate with a citrus finish. Very nice.

This beer feels very light despite the low carbonation.

A big beer and a easy drinker. I love wee heavies and this one is a gem. It is probably more aggressive fresh.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite opaque, can see a bit of red, with flashes of gold and orange around the edges. Head is not long lasting (likely due to low carbonation). No lacing.

S - initial smell out of the bottle is "orange freezie," after pouring in a glass, it's more of a vanilla-orange mixed with layers of sweet malt. Very enjoying!

T - malt is smooth, caramel sweetness is restrained and some dark fruits show up. Undercurrent of fresh sweet oranges. Finish is rather abrupt.

M - Medium bodied, low carbation, immediate alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

D - This is good, but not necessarily something I'll be desperately seeking out again.

This seems to walk a thin line between Scotch Ale and Belgian Dark; take away the spices and up the body and you've got a Scotch, add more yeast character and up the carbonation and you've got a Belgian Dark. It lies right in the middle of the two, and while I appreciate it's uniqueness and craftsmanship, it's just not moving me, ya know? I'd have to say I prefer their House Ale.

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

A= This beer pours a very dark brown (think porter) with a minimal creamy head and lacing.

S= Though the scent of this beer is subdued, you do get a sense of sweetness, dark fruits, and warm biscuits.

T= As with the smell, you get sweetness up front in the sense of dark fruits and mollasses, but I also detect licorice, hops, and an herbal note from the coriander. The finish is bittersweet chocolate and a bit of oak.

MF= Very creamy, very low carbonation as in a great porter.

D= I'd be happy to drink more of this unique ale! It is a great winter brew with a respectable abv and all flavors in balance.

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Photo of faernt
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought the bottle on 11.25.01 It's 01.26.08 and the bottle says best before June 'O9. It pours nearly black. It's porter black not stout black, but I had to hold it up to the light to differentiate.

It doesn't give much of a smell clue, but drinks very creamy.The lace is spotty down the sides of the glass and the skim of foam (this is a seven year old beer) is fluffy in places. It's very well made.

The taste is sweet scotch ale. I don't get the coriander. I'd tone down the sweet so I'll not have another for another year. It is a pleasant surprise from the back of my oollection.

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

This beer pours a dark brown with the wind of the highlands rushing through your hair and a nice one finger foam of the sea.

Has a very unique smell. roasted malts, dark fruits, coriander, liquor.

Peppery taste, with sweetness, good mouthfeel. This one will put a lift in your kilt.

Great beer, It's Scottish and Not Crap!

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

pours dark brown with a small head and minimal lacing. aromas of coriander, dark fruits, roasted malt. taste is sweet, coriander, dark cherries, dried plums, roasted malt, molasses and anise or licorice. mouthfeel light to medium and carbonation is ok. complex aromas and taste, only had the one 11.2 oz. bottle to try but price is a little prohibitive at 4.95 on sale from 6.45.

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Photo of beerking1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany brown, almost black, but with some very nice red tones. Head is about 1/2 inch of very dense tan bubbles. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, backed by some coriander, and hints of licorice. Mouthfeel is rich and oily. Flavor is big malty, with more licorice and a subtle coriander. Tail is all roast malt and licorice. Really nice spiced Wee Heavy.

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

This beer poured nice and black with a 2" tan head, that disipated fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The ale smelled strongly of malts, Chocolate, with corriander being very strong. The frist taste was almost overpowering with the corriander this was followed by the malts, and chocolate notes on the back of the tounge. Mouthfeel was thin, slightly oily, pronounced carbonation. At first I did not think I was going to like this beer by the end of the pint I was looking for another.

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

Poured from the 330ml brown bottle (Purchased 12/20/2007; "Best Before: June 2014") into a pint glass.. I was rewarded with a perfect 1" head, tan in color (faded to a thin cap and left no lace), over the top of dark brown colored ale. The beer allowed some orange/ruby light to shine through... not quite clear.... just a touch of haze.

Aroma: Fruity malt with a whiff of alcohol. Follows up with an aroma of freshly baked cinnemon rolls. Not a tremendously powerful smell.

Taste: VERY GOOD. Nice caramel malt with a slight ripe fruit edge... like apple. Slight spicy finish (corriander). Some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy... carbonation on the low side (good). Not as heavy or thick as I would like, but not too thin.

Drinkability: Good Scottish Ale. Nothing objectionable. The only other Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy I've had to date is Founder's Dirty Bastard. I prefer the Dirty Bastard to this example.

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

Deep brown in color with a creamy light tan head that slips away quickly.
The nose is great. Dark fruits cherry and plum with a prominent over-waft of coriander. Sweet caramel and roasted malts show up in this one as well.
Oooh - minty cooling coriander, sweet dark cherry, roasted malts and smoked peat. All with a scotch alcohol warming as it passes down the gullet. The mouth feel is medium/full and the drinkability is "wish i had more."
Excellent beer.

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

A dark brown beer with burgundy hues and a tiny off-white head.

Smell is full of heavy caramel and mildly burned notes that are clearly coming from the roasted barley. A nice wood smell and a liquorice and earthy smell make the beer smell complex and lovely.

Taste is sweet and caramellic with coffee-like roastiness. Also some spicy, herbal tastes of coriander and liquorice, maybe some pine, I am not sure. The yeast adds some light fruit and adds just enough alcohol to get a warming feeling. Hops are non-existant and the little bitterness in the beer comes from the dark malts. This beer is sweet, but not syrupy. The big body balances the spiciness and roast nicely. A great beer!

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Photo of joepais
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured dark brown with a small white head that qiucky disapates Aromas of berries and fruit, malts and chocolate . Medium mouthfeel almost no carbonation flavors of spices and sweet malts with nice finish to it. A very interesting ale . will drink it again .

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I kill two birds with one stone with this review. First off, this is my 300th review. Second, I leave town tonight for Montréal, and this is my departure beer. Got the snifter out, so now I'm ready to go. On to the beer:

Head is less than one centimeter thick and doesn't last long, leaving a deep mahogany liquid in my glass. Light brownish highlights on the edges. Mild coriander in the smell, toffee and chocolate is there too. The aroma sweetens up as warms, and a little more diverse. The beer is very smooth with lots of different flavors coming up. First is the coriander. Then it hints orange and citrus. Then chocolate fudge. And caramel. I can find burnt sugar. Oooh, my tongue's getting a workout from this beer. Despite the complexities, it's not as thick as you'd think from the 8% ABV listing, but instead could be quaffed. But you'll get a better experience from this by drinking it slowly. Another winner from Scotland.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the weak nose turned me off of this brew at first but when i tasted it i was quite impressed. spicy smell, thin black with little head. at first sip one tastes the house flavor of traquair but shortly into the tasting sweet black licorice flavors emerge, without the intensity of gouden carolus noel, but without the abrasiveness of anchor winter. smooth finish flavor hangs on for a long aftertaste, great brew!

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Photo of russpowell
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of June 2014, my question: Why wait?

Pours a bit turbid chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Some lacing & above average head retention

S: Almost gave this a 5; sweet caramel, fruitty, plus lemon grass ( reckon this is the coriander, but I usually get more pepper)

T: Slight smokiness, rich chocolate malt, boozey warmth& earthy hops up front. As this warms, i get maple syrup, raisins, figs, leafy & herbal hops. Finishes with dryness, jammy notes & hints of citrus & pepper ( the coriander finally showing up??)

MF: Slightly slick then later sticky as this warms, a bit chewy & low carbonation

Drinks really nice, i think the abv would chase me off this fairly complex wee-heavy before boredom, well done!

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

12oz bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Translucent brown-copper body with virtually no off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fruit/berries seem to dominate the aroma, with chocolate and caramel malts playing a big roll too. Tastes fruity too, prodominantly, with a roasty chocolate/caramel malt presence and some peatiness present too. Medium bodied with only a moderate amount of carbonation help to make this a pretty drinkable wee-heavy. Definitely unique, and unlike any other example of the style I've encountered. Very good - definitely picking this one up again if I can find it.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Wasatch. Finally decided to crack it open tonight with dinner. Comes in a 11.2 oz bottle that is shaped just like a standard american 12 oz bottle but just a bit shorter.

Pours a ruby brown color, pretty dark, little head that recedes to a thin collar and is completely gone by the time i finish the glass. There was a few tiny chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass that were kind of a turn off--I would rather have a full layer of yeast that i can swirl around and enjoy.

Smell is warm alcohol, some dark fruits, bready malt and something else that i can't be sure of but have to assume is coriander. I've never used it before and don't know what it smells, or tastes, like.

Taste is like the smell, but reversed. More malt, followed by some fruitiness and what i can only, again, assume is coriander. Unusual, maybe i should say unique. I really enjoyed this one. I would love to find another and lay it down for a year to see what happens. Also makes me want to try the house ale. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation make this creamy without being thick or cloying. Very drinkable for all of its alcohol and taste complexity.

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Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark ale with moderate head retention.

Smell: Coriander and caramel; very sweet.

Taste: Heavily spiced with coriander. It's intensely sweet and malty; caramel and mild roasted notes mix with black licorice and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation; fairly light on the tongue.

Notes: A very unique and well-crafted brew, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with little head. Smells strongly of coriander. The alcohil is also noticeable as are aromas of sweet malt and dark fruit. The taste is similar, but with deeper and brighter flavors than suggested by the nose. Great dark fruit and an herbal zinginess from the coriander predominate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite interesting. The heavily herbed wee heavy style is quite different than a standard malt bomb.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small tanned head, little retention and lacing but that ok cause everything else is great. Has a brownish red color with some haziness.

Smells wonderful, some sour fruits, wood, smoke, caramel, molasses and spices. The nose is sweet but not to the point of overpowering everything else, very well balanced.

Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a bit of scotch, wood, caramel, earthy spices and a sour fruitiness that comes through with the hops at the end. This is one hell of a beer. My favorite beer from Scotland so far.

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

Had this at Bar 35 last night -- I don't think they normally stock it, but it was part of a tasting they were doing. Possibly the best wee heavy I've ever had.

Poured into a pint glass a very dark reddish-brown with a creamy tan head. Decent, fine carbonation, but the head dissipated by about halfway down the glass (may have had better retention in a snifter or tulip glass).

Smells of stewed fruit, plums, molasses, cocoa. Fantastic aromas. I didn't really detect the coriander, but it could be just a subtle addition -- there's a lot of stuff going on in here. Very tasty, with some of the characteristics I associate with an abbey dubbel (raisins, spice) with that pleasant brandy-type flavor of the wee-heavy. Despite being 8% and very big bodied, the finish is dry enough and the carbonation present enough to keep this from being a sipper and makes me wish that it were available more often!

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Photo of brdc
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, aged one year in a cellar, but still good until June 2014.
Poured into a tulip (RGC).
The only (light) brown thing here is the creamy head, made of very fine bubbles, topping an opaque, very dark brew with some crimson highlights. Little lacing once the head is down.
Pleasant smell, but perhaps because it is aged, it is not as powerful as I expected. Caramel, molasses, some coriander. At times, wine-like and sugary.
Very fine carbonation, leaving the brew with a vinous, very smooth mouthfeel that just adds to the experience. Sweetish without being overly sweet, caramels, molasses, some coriander, a mild overlying tangy and spicy bite rounds it up nicely.
Very little signs of its high alcoholic amount, it is incredibly drinkable.
A most impressive beer.

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

Pours out nicely, with a bit of head (though no real lacing). It has an excellent burnt copper color, very deep and dark. An excellent malty and refreshing scent, although not as peaty or deep as I'm used to with Scotch ales. Nice taste, here a bit of peatiness comes through, though not as much as I'd like. The coriander is very nice (even though it's not my thing, if you like coriander flavored ales, you should love this one), and also has a bit of the roasted barley flavor, but not much. It's a bit malty and sweet, but not over the top. It's one of the smoother scotch ales I've tried and goes down quite smoothly, with a nice spicy sweet after taste.

As I've matured in my tastes, I've kept retrying this (and other) brews as I find them/can afford them. I'm guessing my palate is getting better, as I'm getting more nuances as I go.

I've picked up the peat a lot more, with the coriander mix on this one. The slight pepper finish is nice, although I'm sure that's the coriander, as I can detect the Scottish yeast strains that bring out the smoky peat flavors. The scent is stronger, too, with a nice thick peat hit.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark, dark mahogany color with little to no head. The smell is terrific: light molasses, a tiny bit of citrus and alcohol which tickles the nose. Taste starts with a good roasty flavor with coffee added. The malts are definitely where the bulk of the taste is, but a touch of hops seem to balance out the sweetness with some bitterness. The consistency is terrific, like a stout its creamy and slides down the throat easy. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style: just a touch so as not to dissipate the taste too quickly. A great beer, well worth seeking out.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 906 ratings.
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