Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a dark brown that approaches black. Sports a tan colored head that settles to a thick creamy collar.

The coriander spicing is strong, but does not overwhelm the other subtle scents. Beneath the spice there is a rich roasted caramel malt base that is absolutely inviting.

The sweet molasses, peat, and caramel comes through again in the taste with a brief smokey hint. The finish is slightly bitter and dry with coriander and some black licorice/anise flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation is very light. I would have enjoyed a fuller feel to sink my teeth into. Alcohol content is dangerously absent. Great beer that pairs well with lamb stew.

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

Traiquair House: Jacobite, Wee Heavy (Tasted 04/16/08) (Best Before 2011)
11.2 oz. Bottle: Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours out dark amber, almost opaque, with a one small off-white head that fades into a ring.
Odor: Rich candied currants or figs, molasses, hefty spices (coriander?). Minuscule whiffs of alcohol with some chocolate in the background.
Consistency: Deceivingly full medium body. Very smooth and velvety on the tongue, slightly chewy. Honestly, I was expecting the body on this to be humongous.
Taste: Dry roasted grain and chocolate flavors roll in first, some fruity esters flash in and out. Hop flavor is very subtle, earthy, sweet & herbal, tea-like. Finishes with dry baker's chocolate and earthy hops on the palate.

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Photo of Yesac
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours opaque bubbly caramel brown. A thin bubbly head fades away quickly. I also notice bubbles stuck to the side of the glass go away as well.

S - roasted caramel malts, scotch

T - Goes well along with the smell.. it's pretty simple tasting, not to complex. Thin bodied. Rosted malts. on the nose.. hints of caramel throughout and a big scotch finish (which I don't like).

M - thin and carbonated

D - eh.. it's drinkable due to it's mouthfeel, but the taste isn't there like the Traquair House Ale. A sipper for me.

I really enjoyed the Traquair House Ale so I picked this one up. After now having the two to compare, I'd rather have the House Ale over the Jacobite. This is just to 'scotchy' for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a murky, mudlike brown color and a thick consistency. Not a whole lot of head, but some good lacing.

S: Lots of malt, some spices and sweets in the aroma.

T: Deep malt taste, along with coriander, caramel, and some other sweets. Tasty, in a heavy sort of way.

M: Middle of road carbonation level, with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer if you're into wee heavies. It's thick and gives you a warm feeling right away, but it's never oppressive.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, chestnut brown body that picks up some reddish hints when held up to the light. Also, a thin, ivory-colored head!

Smell: Dark malt aroma yields a scent of caramel and brown sugar alongside notes of plums and oven-toasted coriander seeds, which, being a popular gin ingredient rightly has me thinking of gin.

Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of dark brown sugar, maple syrup, and nuts. Pleasing, though never overwhelming sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Earthy, herbal coriander spice flavor, along with a mild bitterness and warming genever presence does a good job of tempering the malty sweetness. Leaves you with a lingering taste of pumpernickel bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine spiced ale. Plenty of complexity as well as overall restraint and balance to deliver an interesting, tasty brew.

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

Mahogany brown in colour that pours with a good persistent off white head.

Oh man, superb aroma - sweet herbal coriander and a slightly white winey aroma leap out of the glass - really great smelling stuff. Spice aromas of fennel and mint waft in and out - love it.

Bittersweet malty palate that has a great bite to balance out the sweetness. More coriander but also some stronger dark fruit flavours and even a touch of stone fruit and perhaps a bit of butter (or "butter menthols" more accurately). Complex and enjoyable.

Creamy texture, first-class balance and whole lot of drinkability. 8% is carried perfectly.

More please! Top notch.

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

"best by" of june 2014

dark brown w red tint. decent head but soon fades to just a thin ring. lacing tends not to stick.

dark fruit and spice. herbal, almost minty. whiffs of molasses and dark caramel.

whisky and rum tones to the malt sweetness. herbal and grassy. moderate bitterness. trace of alcohol and phenols into the finish as well.

pretty smooth, with enlivening carbonation.

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Photo of FreightTrain
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown. Minimal head although a nice ring of lacing. Chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

I give this beer a high mark for smell because it's interesting; smells like a bag of herbs. Sharp citrus peel scent combined with dark roasted malts too. Very herbal.

Taste has an herbal bitterness combined with a chocolatey maltiness. Kind of tastes like my mouth in the morning if I have an imperial stout before bed.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with certain sharp carbonation that latches to the tongue as soon as the beer gets in your mouth.

This really isn't a very drinkable beer, but I feel like it's interesting and unique enough that I'm glad I had it. It's almost medicinal; kind makes me wonder if this isn't what beer tasted like before the widespread use of non-fire roasted malts and hops.

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown with a centimetre of light tan head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Initially herbal spice mixed with dark fruit. Some sweet toffee malt notes also come through as the ale warms, a touch of peat is also in there.
T - Toffee and dark fruit notes are more at the forefront in the taste with the herbal spice notes taking a back seat.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice beer, well worth trying but not something I'd purchase on a regular basis.

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

Traquair Jacobite
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Pours an deep obsidian-brown color with a slightly off-white head. Low head retention level and very light lacing.

S: tons of coriander in the nose, more than any beer I have smelled. Sweet, rich sticky malts, with some really strong sweet citrus tones.

T: tastes just like it smells. Tons of coriander are all over this, with some sweet, roasted malts with a lot of sweet citrus flavors. Very interesting palate.

M: very mellow compared to the color. Light to medium body. Lower carbonation than expected.

D: very drinkable if you like coriander. The taste threw me off after looking at a dark, thick looking beer. Makes me think that this is what beers in the 15th century tasted like. Well worth a try and glad that mhewes traded with me for it.

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Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a dense tan head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of corriander, which drowned out the other aromas. If you like the smell of corriander then this is up your alley. The taste is a unique mixture of corriander and chocolate malt. It starts off with a corriander hit then transitions nicely into a milk chocolate. There are some notes of vanilla and prunes as well. The feel is moderate to well bodied, with soft carbonation leading to a nice silky texture. The brew finishes a tad bitter from the malt with a touch of booziness. This is a very fine brew, nice flavors and very smooth. The corriander and the rich malt work very well together and is an interesting mix. Recommended.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to taste a little 2 ounce serving of this some time back, and recall enjoying it a great deal. Surprisingly, it has taken a couple months to pick up a bottle for review.

A: A burnt auburn shade, topped with a subtle little puff of head that doesn't last particularly long, waning to a little trim of lacing and a soft sheet.

S: The coriander makes itself at home, and an intriguing scent of anise comes through - the two compliment each other quite nicely. Hints of coffee, and a pleasant maltiness. Very nice.

T: Malts, light coffee flavours and, of course, spices. I don't get the flavour of anise that I may have expected from the aroma, but it can be detected in a way. Molasses, and a very subtle toffee like taste.

M + D: Quite an expressive, rich body. Not too heavy, and rather smooth and easy drinking. The ABV is sure to catch up quickly, but otherwise, absolutely fabulous. Recommended drinking, this.

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

A) Dark brown with a thin tan head, and a little lacing. Slightly Opaque.
S) Sweet and malty with a hint of chocolate, and some spices
T) Spiced, with a strong alcohol taste (the coriander is a good addition here), followed by a peat smoked background and a lingering wet maltiness.
M) Thin, but wet, lingers nicely though
D) Not my favorite wee-heavy, but the coriander is a nice thought, I used this in a very successful marinade, though

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Photo of aforbes10
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark crimson with a thin sprinkling of head. short legs. smells sweet and malty....chocolate, inviting aroma. Peaty and sweet malt flavor. coriander spice is nice and sits on top of the sweet malt. alcohol evident and slightly dry. some hop bitterness. medium to full bodied. smooth, but the little coriander gives it a punch too. i would call this more of an old ale with some interesting spices. tasty.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark cloudy red/brown. Head is unspectacular.

S - Aroma is very interesting though. Appley and fruity, but very lively fresh aromas. Pungent freshness I assume is the coriander.

T - Very very buttery, with a heavy dose of nuts to boot. Sweet, fresh apple cider and coriander. Some molasses and dark maltiness as well, but the way the coriander uplifts the sweet, heavy tones is really spectacular. Edit: Also, lots of apricots.

M - Somewhat chewy and heavy. Carbonation is very light.

D - Interesting balance between heavy body and malts and the lightness of the aroma and herb flavour. Dunno if I would drink a lot of this, but it's certainly interesting, and in a good way.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel with a reddish tinge. Minimal heads that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma of cherries, chocolate and caramel. Sweet malts present right up front, folloiwing throuch a whiskey taste to a finish of cherries and warming alcohol with slight bitterness. Very tasty ale.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, semi-opaque brown color with few highlights showing through in the light. The head is somewhat thin and light brown in color. This beer gives little away in it's appearance and the opacity of the beer hides any active carbonation save for the meager head atop the murky brew.

The nose is a marvel. Rich and sweet, as a Scotch ale ought to smell, but the addition of copious amounts of coriander take this beer in an entirely different direction than almost any other beer I can think of at the moment, regardless of style. I can detect sweet molasses notes and maybe a touch of whiskey - Scotch whiskey, not bourbon, as there is almost a hint of peat here as well. Then there is the incredible coriander aromas dominating the nose from start to finish. A hypnotic beer to smell.

The palate is almost as amazing as the nose. Almost. The coriander hits you right up front, almost like an aggressively hopped beer might. This one isn't aggressively hopped, of course, and maintains a consistency with the wee heavy style for the most part. I just can't shake the overwhelming impact of the coriander here though. Not that it is too strong, but rather it is simply pervasive. Without the unique flavors the coriander imparts, this might be a basic, run of the mill wee heavy in most respects - just kind of malty and blah. With the coriander, however ... wow. I wouldn't go so far as to call this beer complex, but it is certainly very unique in my experience. I taste very little of the 8% ABV in the mouth. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was a much lower gravity beer.

This ale is substantially thinner in body than I expected it to be ... it even looks much heavier than it actually is. A warm ale, but nothing akin to the "warming burn" you might get from some Scotch ales. The thin body betrays the respectable ABV and causes you to think you're drinking a much lighter, smaller beer. Both wee and heavy, it appears. The finish is light, dry and slightly sour/acidic. The coriander won't let you forget it is there and lingers long in the mouth. Never harsh, this beer is slick and surprisingly clean in the finish.

This is an incredible beer, in my opinion. Truly unlike any scotch ale/wee heavy I've sampled. I believe this beer is worth the price for the nose alone ... I found myself sniffing it with startling frequency all the way until the glass was empty. Like any aromatic ale, the aromas blossomed as the beer warmed to ambient temperature. A little thicker, fuller mouth feel would be my only critique of this beer and this isn't something I'd be wont to fight over. Mark my words, I will buy more of this beer. If you see it about, you should too. Excellent!

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

A - Pours a dark and dirty brown with hints of mahogany coming through on the sides. Head was thick and topped out at just over half inch. Retention was good. The resulting lace was average.

S - Starts out sweet and malty. Mostly caramel and molasses. The sweeter aromas fade into some dark bread, sweet spice and raisin. There is some alcohol present towards the end but it remains mild.

T - Spice becomes more apparent in the flavor. Sweeter flavors of caramel and molasses stay in the forefront though. Alcohol also is just a tad more noticeable in the flavor but it stays in balance with other flavors. Fruitiness shows up around midway through with the flavor profile being finished up by a taste of yeast / bread.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is sweet but does not stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. It has a very pleasing flavor that just works with my palate. The balance is very nice and the spiciness adds some complexity that makes it even better. This would have to be a highly recommended brew.

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

Pours a dark brow almost porter color with little head or lacing to speak of. The smell is great with coriander, dark fruits, roasted malts, and licorice. I also detect a hint of molasses. The taste is lighter on the coriander than I was expecting. Licorice cherry and roasted malt are the more dominant flavors. Carbonation is very light and has a slick finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

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

A- nice dark brown almost black color with a very thin white head on it, almost no retention.

S- the aroma of roasted malt with a touch of plum.

T- Nice roated malt taste with a sweet finish.

M- full bodied beer with a bitter but pleasant finish.

D- It goes do well and has a nice smooth finish.

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

a: This was a deep dark ruby red color. It poured with a medium sized light tan head that quickly faded to lace.

s: Earthy, peaty malts that are gently sweet leap out of the glass. There are some dark fruits as well, plums perhaps. Perfumed hops, spices that are beyond my vocabulary, and a bit of alcohol round things out.

t: This is a fantastic combination of complexity and subtlety. The taste mirrors the smell for the most part. The malts are peaty, smokey, and just barely sweet. There are also some drying spices that I cannot identify and some subtle flowery hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is not a big, confrontational beer. It is difficult to decipher and fun to ponder.

m: This was gently carbonated, which suited this one very well. The body was average for the style.

d: I'll probably never spend the money for one of these ever again. $7 is a bit too steep for regular consumption. This is absolutely worth trying once though.

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

A:It has a hazy dark brown appearance with red dominating the color. The head was off white and had a fine carbonation.
S:The sweet and roasty aroma come right at you when you first smell it. There is a little bit of coriander that comes in after the first wave of smell. The coriander gives it a very earthy smell.
T:The taste almost mirrors the smell, but it is a little sweeter on the palate than the smell lets on. A big sweetness hits the tonge right away when it enters your mouth. The end of the palate there is roasted malt and coriander.
MF:A medium mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. The beer feels very silky and smooth in the mouth.
D:It's a great beer to drink. It is balanced to the sweet side, but still very easy to drink a few. I really like how the coriander adds a earthy feel to the beer and I thought it was a nice surprise because I've never heard of a coriander in scotch ales before.

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

11.2-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark mahogany brown with a small light tan head that quickly resolved into medium lacing on surface.

S = Strong smell of ripe pears is the first smell that I get, then deeper in there is roasted smokey grain, some floral hints, when swished produces a smell of mincemeat and tobacco.

T = Taste has a good chocolate, caramel, then some bitterness almost like licorice, then spices into a long bittersweet finish.

M = Medium bodied, very good mouthcoating, pleasant level of carbonation.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer but I would not rank it higher than the regular Traquair House Ale if I had both to choose from. It is a spicier beer though so probably better for a Winter evening in front of the fireplace.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thinnish, black cola-like hue with half finger, semi-bubbly head that faded quickly but left lacings down the glass. An intense berry smell is what I picked up first, along with minor citric notes. I also picked up something like honey (it may have been something similiar to honey, I'm not sute), and even some yeast, so I don't know if there's bread/dough in there or what. The first thing I picked up was the coffee/chocolate malt taste with a semi-dry finish complemented with corriander for a little spice. Also picked up hints of berries, figs, bubblegum/sugariness and that honey(?). An extremely smooth passing over the tongue although a tad sticky/syrupy for my liking. Still, one of the best beers I've tasted and it is mixed well with the sweetness then hop bite. I had this as a nightcap, and I think it is worth a try as a "dessert" beer. The ABV is hidden well and the only thing that limits this from being a constant in my beer diet is the cost - well worth the price though.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slender, slim, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a prune-colored, ruby-red, mahogany brown appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a small amount of lacing...
Wonderfully complex and fruity aroma, with noticeable lemon, coriander, malt, and whiskey notes...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, heavy on the coriander and malts, with a slight sugestion of alcohol and dehydrated fruits... Figs, prunes, dates, and raisins also were apparent, and this beer was replete with a heavy Scoth flavor...
Rich, cream mouthfeel led to a fairly good level of drinkability, especially considering the fact that the 8% ABV struggled to make itself noticed...
Good stuff...
Heavy on the malts, and worth a try...

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 934 ratings