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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of carln26
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a thick tan colored head that receded quickly into the beer. It has some mild orange highlights. The aroma had dark toffee, a hint of orange citrus, and just a touch of spice. Just like it’s little brother, this reminds me more of a Belgian beer than one from Scotland. Flavor has a load of caramel and toffee. Mid drink it has some mandarin orange and a touch of spice I can’t identify. The finish is slightly bitter, but very satisfying. The mouth feel is very smooth and rich. No alcohol, very drinkable. Nice beer, but I like the House a bit better

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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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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

330ml bottle poured into DDC tulip jan24 2010

A dark brown with a thumbs width of light tan head that falls fast and leaves just a few patches of lace

S a fair bit of licorice and brown sugar with some spice and some caramels

T not far from the smell and that's a pretty good thing, a little sweet but it's right on for the style. A complex ale with some interesting characteristics I like how the mild spice works for it mellowing it out a bit

M a little flat but still full bodied enough to please, it has a silky feel to it that's nothing to be ashamed of

D I would never guess this was 8%alc it's very easy to drink but still not something I would drink many of back to back

this beer is a good one if you've never tried it you probably should. Lots of flavor and with a best before date of June 2017 I can only wonder what a few years under the stairs would do for this one

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Photo of MattyV
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown colour with a thin creamy off-white head..appearance bordering on porter-like, maybe a bit thinner.
Nose is of sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit... pretty standard but still pleasant.
Taste follows the nose, but with a roasted component, perhaps a bit of smoke as well. Nice complexity and smooth crisp finish.
Decent mouthfeel, maybe a tad on the thin side.
Really enjoyed this one -- had all of the rich and sweet flavours I love about scotch ales without the cloying finish/aftertaste.

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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 hypnotoad1
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 Stephen63
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very, very dark beer but not quite as black as stout. A blink and you'll miss it head.

S - Suprisingly busy with a darkness of raisins and sugar/treacle.

T - Dark fruits and the treacle are very much dominant. The alcohol is virtually undetectable.

M - Light carbonation and very agreeable on the tongue.

D - With the hidden alcohol this very drinkable brew could be dangerous.

Though not my favourite style I was mightily impressed by this beer.

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

Appearance - ruby-tinted dark brown in colour. A head begins to form, but disipates almost before I am fnished pouring.

Smell - coriander, candied peel, sugarplum, and dark rum.

Taste - Rich deep malts with dark fruit flavours, wood, coriander, and a bright orange note breaking through the darkness.

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Photo of -DF-
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The pour is thin-looking. The head is roughly one fat finger of mocha-colored head. The beer is nearly black in color and mostly opaque. A thick cap of foam hangs around for almost two minutes. No real lacing.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of powdered cocoa, toasted barley grain, citrus fruit, cherry fruit, toffee, and slightly medicinal alcohol. I do not detect much of the advertised coriander, but I find the smell to be unique and inviting. It reminds me of ruby port.

T-The taste has a similar fruity profile with cherry, citrus, and lightly medicinal alcohol. Again, it is port-like. The fruits are paired with a toasted barley base and a bit of cocoa flavor. There is faint bitterness in the back of my throat on the finish, but hops are virtually non-existent here.

M-The body looks thin out of the bottle, but it is medium heft for the style and is a pretty substantial beer. The carbonation is very smooth.

O-This is an intriguing and tasty winter-warming type beer. I really like the ruby port aspect of the aroma and taste, which is a slight departure from the typical tawny, caramel flavors of the style. The gently warming alcohol fits well with the flavor profile and the feel makes for good drinkability but provides enough heft to make it worth sipping. Nicely done.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a dark red-brown with half a finger of tan head that leaves dripping ice cream lace as it recedes.

Smells of rich dark caramel, molasses, toffee pudding, red wine fruitiness, faint coffee and mild sugary coriander.

Tastes of toasted caramel, spiced rum, raisins, coriander, barrel wood, more gently fruity red wine and more mild coffee.

Feels deceptively light at first. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A big beer that is fun to sip.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bottled on date of July 20. Pint glass.

Pours a chestnut brown, with some lighter browns and dark oranges round the edges. Finger or two of moch head. Nose of milk chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts. Tastes has some chocolate again, and sweet malt whacks you in the mouth off the bat. Hint metallic, but has a bunch of spice, molasses and peat in there too. A touch of back end heat. Great thick body on this one, a bit more than a sipper. Great for warming up with! Need more wee heavy in my life.

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

i wasn't sure what the appropriate glass would be for this beer, so i poured it into a burgundy glass that i usually reserve for dubbels, since i have no chalices. the color was a deep, dark maroon, with a thin cap of off-white foam. lots of clingy lacing all down the inside of the glass's reservoir.

the beer smelled like a strong dark chocolate rum cake. the coriander comes through in the nose as well, adding an herbal contrast to the powerfully sweet malt aromas.

the taste was also dominated by dark chocolate and huge, rummy alcohol flavors. the farther down the glass i got, the less the coriander seemed able to integrate itself into the beer's flavor profile; while initially it was a pleasantly subtle, herbal balance to the sweetness and chocolatey flavors, by the last sip the coriander stood out so conspicuously that i knew that if i poured myself another bottle, the beer would begin to remind me of a celery stick topped with a generous dollop of dark chocolate. but some beers aren't meant to be drunk in copious quantity, and that certainly seems to be the case here. no detectable hop flavors, as expected. but the powerfully sweet chocolate and the coriander go together well for about the first 85% of the beer; the coriander only becomes a problem during the last few sips.

the mouthfeel was very smooth. any more carbonation than the tiny spritz that the beer exhibits would be too harsh.

overall, an excellent beer. i'm sure that in subsequent tastings, when i become acclimated to the taste of coriander, i won't find that spice nearly as difficult to deal with, and since it really wasn't much of a problem for me to begin with, i have no doubt that this beer will make its way onto my list of favorites.



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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 dpend
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1995 11.2oz opened 11/14/03

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a creamy head that diminishes rather quickly.The coriander is definitley present in the aroma,but not overpowering like in other brews.Fruits and spices are also present in the nose and taste.It finishes wtih a unique flavor that I can't indentify, but it makes the brew interesting.Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than I expected and was looking for a more oily and heavier characteristic, but it helps it pair with food better.Nice desert beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Absolutely lovely. Very light head. This wine-dark beer looks red, black, or brown depending on the angle. Backlit, it has an internal brilliance. I'm excited.

S: Alcohol-soaked figs, molasses, and coffee beans in sambuca.

T: Thin, but pleasant. Raisin, malt, sweetness, dryness, and a light coffee bitterness. There are hints of deeper flavours or spices, but they're comparatively weak. (Possible reason: The "best by" date was a month ago...but the owner of the beer store assured me this would not be a problem.) The aftertaste is slightly sticky, tingly-dry, and moreish.

M: Bland throughout the taste, however the feel on the finish is like a dry red wine with a hint of fruit.

D: Definitely drinkable! Quite light for 8% with lots of fun flavours. A pleasure to drink, appealing to most, and recommended to all.

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Photo of poskok
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose has nutty malts, spices and toffee. Tast is sweet and malty with some herbal spices in the mix. Medium body is nicely carbonated. Good Wee Heavy, Traquiar really does a nice job with this style. Not as good as the original though.

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Photo of dherling
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting something completely different. When I saw this was infused with corriander (the seed of the cilantro plant) I thought I would get a stong 'soapy' or metallic flavor typically associated with the spice and it's herb. It gave the beer a unique characteristic, but basically blended itself in seemlessly with the beer, which was damned good. The taste of the beer just dropped out from underneath on first tasting. Very clean, with little to no aftertaste. you have to keep drinking it to get a hold on its flavors. For a beer that advertises itself as a corriander beer, it doesn't really reflect its billing, but the beer itself is trully good and should be enjoyed.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 912 ratings.
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