Traquair Jacobite | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair JacobiteTraquair Jacobite

Brewed by:
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 flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (330ml for £2.99 from The Cave, Glasgow):
Dark, mahogany brown colour that is almost black in colour and has a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a brownish tan colour. The head is bubbly and fades of a tiny patch of lacing after about thirty seconds.

Strong dark fruits on the nose with lots of raisin, plum and figs. There is a lot of brown sugar and some rich malts in the mix too along with a little toffee.

Sweet malts and some toffee, a great blend of figs and raisin along with numerous other dark fruits that are all quite evenly balanced and work well together. There is some sugar, a bit of spice and some light cocoa as well.

Smooth on the palate with a very sweet feel and medium body. Carbonation is quite low and there is also a slightly boozy feel to it, as expected given the alcohol levels.

Quite complex beer and a strong one at that but it was a very enjoyable on as well. There is a good mix of fruits and sweet malts along with enough alcohol to give the beer a pleasant, boozy kick to it.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really deep reddish brown. Decent sized light brown head. Very fluffy and light head at that. Fades pretty quickly, leaving zero lacing behind. Pretty still as well.

S: Sweet and malty for sure. Caramel and molasses mainly. Get some spiciness that I can't quite place, I guess that would be the coriander. Get some decent dark fruit, especially when swirled. Figs maybe?

T: Again, very sweet. Raisins and fig mixed with tons of caramel. Hint of toffee. Coriander, kicks in in the middle especially. Get kind of a meaty smoke, maybe peat actually in the finish. Kind of has an herbal, spicy lingering aftertaste.

M: Lower carbonation, thick bodied bordering on syrupy.

O: A very malty brew; almost zero hoppiness. Having said that, it's surprisingly balanced between the sweet caramel, the fruits and the spices. It actually goes down well despite the borderline syrupy feel and overall heavy sweetness. Not ridiculously smoke or peaty like some scotch ales too. I enjoyed it, great example of the style.

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Photo of jewellrunner
5/5  rDev +20.5%

The best beer I've ever had. I don't really know what else to say. To try to break down this drinking experience might cheapen just how fantastic it was. I just want to remember the moment, not define it.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark black colour with a slight red tinge to it. Faint head.

Smells gorgeous, dark and very rich.

Tastes very fruity, malty and still very dark, reflecting the smell. Some herbs/spice there as well I think, but quite faint.

Overall a lovely warming beer.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel obliged to begin this review with a little history. I have a particular affinity for this beer based on name alone. The whole reason I exist is because my Jacobite ancestor was booted out of Scotland in the 1600s. He settled in Goochland, VA and the rest is history--literally.

The beer pours a gorgeous clear, dark ruby-amber color. It's not just clear. It is like a colored, solid glass paper weight. Imagine how light looks when it passes through an object like that. It has a light taupe colored head. The head consists of the microbubbles often seen in nitro-infused beers. The aroma is mild, but rich with toffee and sorghum. The mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, wet, and slick. A bit dry on the finish, but only enough to balance things. Sweet sorghum emerges first with faint lemongrass coming in late. I don't pick up the corriander, but this beer seems to be all about balance. So it could just be absorbed into the overall expression of flavor. It's very drinkable and a nicely engineered beer.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown to black color. Carbonation remains nicely on top through consumption. Some lacing on the glass. Smells strongly of raisin, prune and some other dried fruits. Taste adds in string fruit and candy. Mouthfeel is thin - all of the flavors are still present but not as bold or have the retention of others I'd put in the same class. But still very enjoyable.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, cola color, no head or lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits like plum, rasin, fig, roasted malts, caramel, some scottch, spices, corriander and lemon peel.

Taste - Sweet malts, sugars and spices start this off. Lots of fruits mixed with the caramel malts gives this a ton of flavor. Very syrupy, the addition of corriander and brown sugars really comes out. Alot of fig and plum with some scottch really adds complexity.

Mouthfeel - The beer drinks thin, even though it does taste syrupy. Tounge gets the malts, sugars and fruits, were palate gets alot of malts and the spices, espically corriander. Aftertaste is sweet, thin and fruity.

Overall - World class, a highy respected beer that has very distinct flavor. Very easy to drink, balanced and full of flavors. Its pricey but well worth the treat.

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

after the Belgiums, this was a nice treat at 8%. no lacing to speak of, more malts than hops (of course), and very fruity. bought it because i had always loved the Tracquair Ale but had never tried this Jacobite stuff. it says it's "flavored with coriander", but i think it's more of an obscure brew. definitely not a 'session brew' but one to be enjoyed as your last of the evening before you plunge into some good food. no bitterness at all detected, fruity and strong, but smooth.

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

Deep glowing chestnut with a fine beige film.
Black grape, cola, ash and plum jam on the nose with a hint of peat.
Vinous, Jamaica ginger cake, dates, sarsaparilla and coffee sweets with a touch of carob and bark and, as Buckeye Nation says, candied pecans. Someone also said pumpernickel, which I could see, and maybe a bit of almond oil.
Blackberry ending and lingering herbal tightness.
Medium to full, chewy, lush, no burn.

3 years in storage, and I'm surprised how much sweetness is still here - lots of berries and dark fruit. I'm looking for something - roast malt, hops, alcohol, coriander - to cut it, but it's not quite getting there. It's undoubtedly top quality, there are facets to it, and the residual sugars means it drinks very smooth without every cloying, but I don't think Scottish ales are supposed to be just about sugar.

Definitely something missing here.

Fizzier, sweeter, fruitier and less deep than House.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. When I was still relatively wet behind the ears, beer-wise, I reviewed what was almost certainly a bottle that had been sitting around in a warehouse a couple of years and had not aged well.

Poured a very dark, cola-ish brown that takes on a reddish tinge when held up to light, with a decent-sized tan head that dropped after a few minutes to leave a skiff of foam on top of the beer.

Brown sugar, figs and booze are what greets the nose after this beer has been poured. Smells very tasty.

Taste starts off with a brown sugary sweetness, then a bitter, dark fruit flavor kicks in. A boozy presence lurks in the background. Everything is very well balanced.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating, sticky mouthfeel.

Glad I tried this again. It pays to give a beer everyone else seems to like another shot, so long as it's not a style you just don't like. I like wee heavies, and I think this one might be my new favorite.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before September 2020. I like that. Dark reddish brown, more red when held up to light but pretty damn brown, all things considered. Big head which lasts a while and tons of lacing left on the glass. Right pretty.

Figgy, brown sugar smell and some alcohol. Quite a prominent aroma. Tastes of chocolatey goodness, golden syrup, spice, fig and raisin. Something a bit savory about it... I believe it contains coriander seed? You don't notice the 8% ABV at all upon drinking, despite picking it up on the nose. In terms of feel, a bit thin. Not quite what you need to push all those flavors across the palate.

Although it's something of a classic, I've never had this before. I can see why everyone likes it. The perfect beer to distract your girlfriend with while she's making muffins so as to better sneak a big handful of dark chocolate chips and then bugger off and drink the beer and eat the chocolate chips on the porch. Also good for whatever other winter activities you have going on.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best before June 2019.

Appearance: dark brown hue which lets through highlights of ruby. Head poured a finger of tan foam which dissipated rather quickly; stylistically appropriate.

Smell: deep, rich malt with dark fruits and raisin. There's also a spiciness; I wouldn't necessarily place this as coriander -- there are notes of black pepper, heather and even chiles. What a wonderfully complex mélange.

Taste: rich, deep, dark malt flavor with caramel, raisin, date, cherry and tobacco flavors. The spiciness evident in the aroma is not so prevalent in the flavor, though it hits right at the beginning with almost a cinnamon and nutmeg type of character. A sweetness comes in toward the end, and bitterness is very low. It reminds me of the best Belgian dark ales without that country's signature yeast character; a wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a silky smoothness. Low carbonation, but a deep creaminess can be coaxed from the texture. Nice.

Overall: what a wonderful beer. The interplay between the spicing and the rich malt character makes this almost the quintessential winter warmer. I'll definitely be having this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber to murky brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and a dark cherry. In the taste, dark cherry, a small roast and a small caramel presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small alcohol, and a dark cherry presence in the aftertaste. Nice flavor with the cherry, but a bit too much.

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

11.2oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a dark brown with some mahogany clarity when held to the light. A tan cap, more than a finger strong sits atop the brew and slowly fades down to a layering that holds throughout the entire duration. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is sticky sweet with a thorough indication of strong dark maltiness like brown sugar, molasses, prunes, raisins and fruity alcohol. Initial scents remind me more of old ales than a wee heavy. As it warms up, some cocoa comes forward with a hint of vanilla. This is a fine smelling brew.

The taste includes a solid inclusion of that described cocoa batter. This is a rich and malty brew tasting of toffee, molasses and prunes. Across the back is a faint musty aspect. As it warms up, there is a very minor lemony aspect that mingles with the mild fruity alcohol inclusion. This lemony aspect is faint but works quite well to break up the layers of malt that are so centric in this offering.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully integrated and I found myself ripping through my glass at an alarming rate. I am disgusted it took me this long to pull the trigger and buy one of these. I will for sure be picking this up again when the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. Label says best before June 2019.

A- Pours a black color with a bit of ruby light shining through and a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass plus plentiful surface foam. Full sheet of lacing.

S- Coriander is definitely the main attraction and the roasty, chocolate-like malt is actually very complimentary to the spice. Smells sweet and floral.

T- Perplexing. Tastes like a Belgian witbier but with an incredible malt body. The sweetness and bite from the coriander plays off the roasty finish in a way that makes one take more and more sips just to unlock the mystery. Alcohol is certainly present but not imposing. Notes of raisin, brown sugar and molasses.

M- Slick and not very thick considering the abundance of malt. Medium-low carbonation is spot-on.

O- Bought this because it was recommended by a customer at my store and I'm glad I did. What an interesting hybrid of flavors.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traquair Jacobite side-by-side. One assumed 2009 vintage (Best Before June 2019) and one assumed 2004 vintage (Best Before June 2014). Each poured into wide snifter glasses.


...very dark brown pour with a crackling 3/4" of light beige head. The head doesn't want to sit entirely still. 3.5

Dark sweet malts with notes of butterscotch, licorice, caramel, coriander, vanilla, and a sweet hint of alcohol. Slight herbal note is close to pine, among the malt mix mind you, and is muchly reminiscent of hops. Pretty dreamy smelling, I must say. 4.5

Somewhat attenuated flavor here. Some burnt chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar. Dusty flavors that carry into the mouthfeel. A little more attenuated than I was expecting. Mostly wet grains, roastiness, a bit of peat, cocoa, and sparse dried fruits. Presence of coriander seems a bit strange in confluence with the other flavors. Finishes with some firm bitterness, at least for a Wee Heavy. 3.5

A little watery-feeling, but the body is solidly medium. Not gluggy or thick. Light carbonation tickles for a split-second before going away. Pretty easy to drink for the style. 4.0

The '09 has the stuff necessary to develop into something fuller-flavored and succulent. Still growing. The coriander needs to back off. 4.0


...nearly identical almost-black deep brown color with a loose-bubbled 1/2" of head that fell down to a myriad of large bubbles on the surface and skewed to one side of the glass. 3.5

Surprisingly, less buttery flavors and less caramel. Big whiff of artificial grape reminds me of Fruit Roll-Ups. Nope, it's a grape/chocolate mix. It smells like Grape Tootsie Roll Pops. Exactly. Some other dark fruits become unearthed such as black raspberry, prune, and raisin. More toffee than caramel. Less noticable alcohol than the '09. 4.5

Vinous. Raisined grape flavors dominate with subtle alcohol supporting. Some pretty rich roasted flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, peat smoke, and prunes. Definitely developed nicely. Not to say the '09 was watery, but this one has rounded out fully. Coriander snaps in with an herbal/medicinal bite. Less roasty bitterness. 4.0

Smooth silky feel, yet with a firm body. Very low carbonation. Rolls off the tongue and down the hatch. Warming in the stomach. 3.5

A great-drinking '04 Jacobite. Wonderfully complex. Vinous and daring. Proving that time was very good to this beer. Worth stashing away for the reward. 4.5

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Coudy brown body. Looks like murky water. Tiniest bit of head with no retention. Not that much lacing at all.

Smell: Dark fruit, sweetness, peat, smoke, molasses, scotch, toffee.

Taste: A bit sweet, hoppy bitterness as well. Smells a lot better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, feels a bit watered down to be honest. Light carbonation.

Overall: Slightly disappointed with this bottle. I was expecting more. The aromas were incredible though.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Smoggy black/brown, with just a little head. Cola-like bubbles.

S: Very aromatic. The best smelling beer I've ever tried. It's difficult to describe, but there are very sweet notes in there along with molasses and balanced perfectly with a light, smooth scotch. Wow.

T: Remarkably, it tastes as good as it smells, but with even more flavors and complexity mixed in. Scotch notes are on the front, but they quickly fade into the most amazingly smooth, delicious, sweet molasses, buttery savory flavor... It's fantastic.

M: Well balanced carbonation, full bodied ale.

O: A bit pricey, but well worth the price of admission. This ale stands on a level all its own. I've often found "Wee Heavy" style ales to be a little too harsh, but this is so well balanced and smooth that you could easily mistake it for a much lighter ale.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass...

P: Thick light tan cola head setting atop of a dark brown ale with glistening red tint. Cloudy when held to the light. Head stays around for a while the leaves a thin layer behind.

S: Sweet bourbon right from the start, rich roasted malts, cherry, raisins, and oak followed by spices and carameled bananas.

T/M: A playful light medium, tongue numbing, burst of toffee, coriander and cold bitter coffee. Similar to cherry cola with compliments of dry hay, orange rind bitters, a tad salty with a lingering bourbon finish that warms on the way down.

O: A fantastic rendition of this terrific style. Loads of flavors that all marry together to deliver a smooth warming brew that leaves you wanting more. Highly recommended.

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

A - Pours a dark copper colour with a mahogany hue, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Butterscotch and toffee, hints of musty malts, leather, hints of orange rind, peppery spice, coriander and leafy greens.

T - Given the complexity of the nose, the scotch ale characteristics came through nicely with the bready caramel and toffee leading alongside a hint of peat. The fruity orange rint and peppery coriander spice come through and linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, though finishes a tad dry with a hint of ABV heat.

O - A tasty scotch ale with some complex flavours. This one is certainly unique and well worth a try. I would've liked to pick up a few extras because it's a great brew to start the night off with.

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

This is a delicious little strong beer. Immediately noticeable upon opening is the fresh and very aromatic smell that this beer releases.

The taste is complex....a bit of toffee, cocoa, some whiskey and maybe a fruitty bit too....definitely complex.

Not overly boozy tasting and makes a great sipping beer.

The beer is around 8% so not a lite one for sure....

nice after taste and the beer pours dark golden coppery

nice to put into your mouth and nice to smell as you drink

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

BBE Jul 21 (July 2021????)

Pours a very dark toffee colour, a bit maroon. A moderately sized tan head sits atop with lots of active bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Smell contains toffee, sweet bready malt, molasses, coriander, a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Burnt toffee, biscuity malt, molasses, coriander, brown sugar. Quite sweet.

Moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Quite chewy, fairly smooth.

Overall, nice in every respect but not a standout in any of them. I have to admit that Scotch ales are not my favourite styles, but this is a pretty good example.

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

12 oz bottle into a wine glass

A - dark brown body with a hint of purple in it. small lightly browned head fades quick with minimum lacing.

S - malt, molasses, peet, scotch, caramel, toffee, wood, spice, grass and floral hops.

T - rose pedals, coriander, dark fruit, wood, peet, burnt malts, some mild grass hops in the back.

M - medium to full bodied with medium to high carbonation. some very mild astringency and a tiny bit of alcohol felt on the throat.

O - a finely done wee heavy. not my absolute favorite but definitely up there.

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

"Best before June 2019"...Am I drinking this too early?

Creamy biege head that leaves a slippery blanket (and a permanent ring) of lace after each sip. The broth is dark ruby-brown where light shines through easily. Appears to be clear.

Brown sugar aroma with a floral touch. My first thought was heather, but surely that is from my preconceptions of the style.

Mildly burnt/richly toasted malt sugars. Think overdone caramel. Interesting and delicious. This beer is balanced but entirely through the choices of malts. It's sweet chocolate with a treacle element. If there is hop, it is not noticeable. The aftertaste is longlasting and reminds me of the after effects of eating bitter, dark chocolate. The carbonation is quite high, which does balance the heavier liquid.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year old 330ml bottle enjoyed in a tulip

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly.

The aroma on this beer is quite remarkable. I get toffee, butterscotch, cocoa, a little booze and some red grapes at the end. I get a little Belgian abbey impression from this beers aroma.

On the palate, theres more of the same - plus some extras. Roasted malt, toffee, dry sweet smoke, dates. The yeast used in this beer is really impressive, makes itself known yet not overpowering. A little boozy warmth comes out as the beer warms.

In the mouth the beer seems a little thin. Would really appreciate some more chewiness here, but oh well.

Terrific. Seems like one of those educational beers that needs to be tried on the path to become an ultimate beer guru. Will definitely seek this beer out again and perhaps experiment with some aging.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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