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

Got this in a trade with bobsy. Thank Rob!

Pours like Coke. I mean, EXACTLY like a Coke. Not much retention or lacing.

Smells nice and malty, light caramel and licorice--did I say malty? Very malty and Coke like in the aroma as well.

The taste is cherry sweetness, with sweet caramel washed away by a light bitterness, all with with a hint of the medicinal, or maybe that's just spice or floral hops. And either I don't know what coriander tastes like or I don't really get much from this, dry or fresh.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for something so malty, but not overly so, and it's surprisingly dry in the finish.

Overall a pretty drinkable example of a style that doesn't overly float my boat.

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

Pours a dark, cool brown with very little active head, settling to a ring almost immediately. Aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of coriander.

Taste is a really good Scottish ale dosed with a shot of coriander syrup. Lots of deep, smokey malt, but with a high sweet spice on top of it. Peat and woody scotch flavors with Belgian yeastiness on top. Bitter in the finish but no trace of alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium and very, very smooth. I'm conflicted: This is truly not a bad beer but I don't feel the elements marry very well in the profile. I miss the subtle complexity, distracted by the coriander presence. It really does seem like a quality wee heavy with a shot of curaçao added. Honestly, should probably be under the herb/spiced beer category.

Label sez, "Best before June 2014."

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

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottle states best before date of June 2017.

The Jacobite flavored ale pours a cola brown color a very thin head that doesn't retain at all. No lacing is on the glass. Nose consists of sweet malts with backbone notes of caramel, nuts, and vanilla. Pretty good smelling ale. Quaff is quite sweet of raisins, fig, and malts. The label depicts that this ale is flavored with coriander and I am picking up some hints of these flavors as the pour warms. Mouthfeel is crispy and slick. Drinkability is good. I am curious what a few extra years would do to the taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacobite pours a dark brown color with a very small lacing head. There is a harsh malt aroma, with hints of oak. The taste has a nice burnt malt flavor, with hints of scotch and big hints of oak. Nice good flavors, good body too. Overall its a very nice and rich beer.

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Photo of skillerified
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown with cocoa-like shades coming through at the edges. Looks a little red at certain angles (in a good way). A light tan, but really small head sits atop the brew. Equally weak on the lacing.

The scent is sort of unique. The first three things I picked up off it are an orange scent, but without the citrus bite, a floral scent, and finally an almost buttery scent. Never had a buttery scent in a beer before. It's not bad though. There's a dash of chocolate that comes through on a deep sniff. Might need to warm a bit to gain some complexity.

Taste comes together like a light coffee. The malt tastes just a little burnt around the edges. The buttery scent does seem to transfer to the taste and actually works nicely to mellow out the burnt malt flavor. There is a bit of a floral touch in there too. Not quite as complex as I'd hoped for, but fairly tasty.

The mouthfeel seems a little aggressive for a beer that combines so many lighter flavors. The carbonation is medium, but feels strong in comparison to the other flavors. The balance is good, leaning just a little to the bitter side. Feels fairly smooth, but just a little slick at the same time.

The mix of flavors makes this a unique beer drinking experience, but not necessarily a great one. This is good, but for the $5 a bottle it costs to get it, you can do better. I'd say try it at least once (maybe you'll like it more than me), but it's not a regular.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with almost no head and a thin lace left on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander spice and dark fruit (cherry & raisin). The coriander is so strong, I couldn’t smell much of anything else.

T: The taste is exactly what you smell, fruity & spicy. There’s a decent malt background but it isn’t as heavy as I was expecting. The after-taste contains more of the fruity sweetness and coriander spice. To be honest, it tastes like a dark version of Sam Adams White Ale (which is the only other beer I’ve had that goes this heavy on the coriander).

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish with only a slight bit of stickiness.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little bit filling but I could drink a few in a sitting. Overall it’s a good beer and rather unique.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An interesting ale. Pours a dark, semi-opaque brown with dark ruby highlights into my pint glass, with a 2-finger head that is dissipates in about 120 seconds or so, leaving moderate lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is immediately of dark bready yeast, pumpernickel, some spice, sweet, malty caramel, and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet and not too stout, with some dark fruityness (plum, overripe blackberry) on top of the caramel-toffee sweetness. There are definite tones of the coriander, along with the darkly yeasty bread flavor. Taste is pretty complex as the ale warms, but the alcohol comes out quite strongly also, as the ale approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel coats the tongue quite nicely, a bit spicy, not as carbonated as I'd like. For me, a good ale, but not one I'd have more than 2 of in a night, so low on the drinkability for me.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a brown cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a nice one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is very different with hints of port,nutmeg,muesli,spices and dark dried fruits,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is averagely carbonated and has tastes of toasted muesli,sherry,dark berries,dark coffee and finishes with a grainy bittersweet tinge,overall its definately a easy drinking Scotch ale/Wee heavy that could drink more than the one of just couldnt drink it all night as its ABV is quite well hidden.

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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 dqrull
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/red with a thick, creamy beige head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smells dark and mellow of dark milk chocolate, light cofee, some spiciness and a very full caramellized sugary maltiness, yummy.

Taste is not as full and rich as the nose... still the chocolate is present, not as prominent and noticeable though, light roasted cofee and a spicy maltiness, little to no hop prescense. Finishes with a light bitterness, a bit disappointing finish.

Lighter body than expected, with this kind of heavy flavours it almost feels a bit watery, carbonatino is fine though, light and soft with small creamy bubbles.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1.5 fingers of crackling foam cover a lascivious ruby-tinged sable. Head recedes to a substantial white rig around the glass and bedraggled wisps across the middle.

After warming up, smell and flavours open-up considerably; some wonderful, roasted-barley and deep toffee aromas are present.

Flavours are heavy on the dark-malts with some subdued dark-fruit coming through in the way of dried cherries and raisins. Threads of bitter dark chocolate weave through and Coriander makes little appearances here and there, but is definitely in the background. A hard-to-quantify ‘old’ flavour perhaps like leather of a dusty, decades-old courier bag is present, – perhaps this is the light hops talking\oak aging? A nice character in my opinion

Slightly aggressive carbonation makes for a crisp astringency which doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the beer's character. I was expecting a chewier and slick Mouthfeel. Surprisingly, alcohol was not detected anywhere. Overall, an enjoyable nightcap-brew, though not as great as the House Ale.

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opening the bottle I had a clear chocolate smell which was weird for the style. Then it drifted to a spicy smell with clear dark fruits (raisin). The taste is quite beautiful with caramel and raisin. The caramel is VERY present, never had it so present in a beer. It's more elegant than in lesser trappist beers like Chimay, where you can clearly feel it's just glucose syrup. It is very sweet however, too much for my taste, I probably couldn't drink a whole pint of this. The finish is a tiny bit (or wee bit should I say ?) hoppy, not boozy despite the 8% which is nice. I would have liked more bitter and roasty flavor to balance it all out.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark cola brown color with a moderate amount of dark tan head. No lacing.

S- Aroma of toffee, caramel, and roasted hazelnut. No spice could be detected whatsoever, unfortunately.

T- Round sweet flavors of toffee, dates, and hermit cookie. Long malty, nutty finish. No spice flavors were detectable, which was disappointing. No hops were detectable, which is as it should be for the style.

M, D- Quite drinkable, but could have done with a bit more CO2 to liven it up a bit and balance the slightly flat sweetness.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle of Traquair Jacobite into a snifter. The "best before" date is June 2017.

A: The first thing I noticed about the beer is how loud the head was. That tan head very loudly crackles away to nothing, leaving not a trace on top of the dark brown body. However, when that beer is held up against a strong light, we can see that the body's color is more accurately described as a deep, deep red with slight orange hues throughout.

S: Here is where this beer shines brightest. The aroma is powerful and rich smelling. It is filled with notes of rich fruits and coriander. I can pick out odors of fig, raisin, over-ripened bananas and apricot, not to mention coriander and other subtle nuances in the nose. For the boldness and the complexity, I am giving this beer a 5. I could sit and smell this beer all day long.

M: I was not digging the flavor when I started drinking this. I guess I was surprised by how little character there was for such a phenomenal smell. As the beer goes from the mouth to the throat, it loses much of its flavor and complexity. I have to also comment that I got an initial impression of hot dog water. I believe the only other time that I had that thought was with Victory's Whirlwind Wit. I guess that is the coriander?? The alcohol is a major factor in the taste, bringing out some of the rich fruits notes.

M: Full bodied with a warmth that is attributable to the high ABV.

D: Not really drinkable! I just thought that it was okay, and an okay beer with a high alcohol content is going to lose when it comes to drinkability. I would have given it a 2, but I remembered that a typically hate Scotch ales, and so I gave it a 2.5 for any bias that I may have.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is woody, deep and with black licorice.
The taste is oak, alcohol, lemon, moderate to strong malt sweetness and more wood.
The texture is crisp with a lighter body and moderate carbonation.
This is an interesting ale, worth trying.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a reddish tint. Half a finger of beige foam disappears promptly.

S: Smells of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

T: Tastes of sweet malt, a little chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little thin. Low carbonation level.

D: Drinkability seems pretty good, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep murky ruby brown color, with a tan fleeting head leves even bands of lacing in my brandy snifter. Aroma: Malts seema bit stale herbal coriander notes galore with a great rich slightly smokey malt backbone. Taste: Alcohol is upfront here sweet sugary caramel maltswith corander spiciness sitt upon the palate, starts to become a bit cloying for me after about 6 oz. wish this was a nip bottle. Just too much spice from the coriander the house ale is much tastier in my opinion this is complex but it becomes medicinal in nature and it's quite a job to finish a whole bottle. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sits heavy on the palate can't say this one is smooth. Drinkability: Too much damn coriander for me if I would have tasted a sample I may have been a bigger fan of this beer, however after the how bottle I was sick of the flavor.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This deep dark brown almost black Scotch Ale went into my snifter glass. Fast falling light beige head , just a wimper of lacing.

S- Smells of dark berries, cherries, brown sugar and molasses. Very faint aromas of spice, corriander not being one of them. Slight alcoholic edge as well.

T- Fruits are riding the coattails of the sweet sugary malt. Definitely getting some of the corriander mid mouth. A slight tingle of pepper along with some bittering hops in the finish that hang around on the tongue.

M- I thought this could of had a heavier feel, but it was somewhat sticky. The carbonation stands out a little to much and tingles the tongue if let to sit.

O- Just not as bold as I like my Scotch ales, decent enough but I'd skip this and grab their House Ale.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade with short retention. A small collar is left around the edges of the glass, as well.

S: Extremely dark fruit forward. Raisins, plums, cherries, figs, caramel, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and coriander are all on the nose at varying points. A budding oak quality comes out as it warms some. I really like the integration between both the sweet and herbal aspects.

T: At first, it's vaguely chocolaty, but it seems like the opening flavors aren't too impressive. If anything, this really picks up after the midtaste, where the dark fruit character becomes quite strong. Its finish sees a return of the chocolate notes, some molasses, pumpernickel bread, and a toffee quality almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. The distant aftertaste is where the coriander goes from being integrated within the caramel malt sweetness to being its own distinct note. In lieu of hops, the coriander and oak properties nicely balances the malty base.

M: Not as sweet or as syrupy as I expected (thankfully). The oak does a good job of drying out the finish some - unfortunately it has too much influence on the texture, rendering it a bit insubstantial feeling and excessively tannic. The dry, abrupt end gives it excellent drinkability, at the cost of some complexity and richness - but it also cuts down the sweetness admirably. It's a wash, really.

O: I didn't expect to finish this one so quickly. It's the exact same problem I had with Sucaba - I'm amazed at how fast I can kill a bottle of it, but I can't help but want this to be a more decadent and savorable treat with less barrel influence. Still, despite my complaints, this is a very good offering.

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Photo of TerryW
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours super dark with a short-lived moderate head. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is interesting without being overpowering. Roasty and malty, chocolate and burned sugar. Some coriander spice and earth. Dark fruit like prunes. Quite a few things happening, quite pleasant. Does a good job of hiding away the amount of alcohol in the beer.

Mouthfeel disappointing given all thats going on in the nose. A little thin-bodied. Tasty though, with most of what's in the nose coming through in the taste. Again a good job of masking the high alcohol content.

Overall, a little disappointing for such an aromatic brew. I was expecting a bit more presence on the flavour side. Worth a try, but not a regular quaff to my mind.

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Photo of paxkey
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from LCBO
brown bottle. black and white label.
ingredients include Strong beer, Coriander.
plain black bottle cap.

poured in a chalice. dark ruby mahogany colored. aggressive pour yields no head. very hard to see carbonation besides a few white bubbles around edge.

a little vinegar on the nose. roasted malt. sweet cherry,charred wood, biscuit. i smell sweet,sour and bitter all at the same time. very intriguing.

sips a little coarse with delicious bitterness.
smooth and clean in the aftertaste. a hint of oakiness, and whiskey on the mid.

spicy and warming with no taste of alchohol whatsoever. a little thin at first but coats the mouth with lots of interesting flavour.

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Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep brownish-red with an inch of creamy tan head. This fizzes away and drops to a thin island and ring, although the head is easily refreshed.

S - Cherry, prune, raisin, molasses, toffee, liquorice, cardamom and some other spices.

T - Initial mouthful of dark fruit and spice, followed by creamy chocolate. A rum-like note appears and is joined by the molasses towards the end, and these flavours linger into a long aftertaste.

M - Velvety smooth after some initial sharpness. Full body and low-medium carbonation.

D - Not particularly drinkable, even for the style. Smell and taste was a bit disappointing, although it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the Wine Emporium (smaller store) while in Boston attending Game 3 of the Stanley Cup.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown. There was half finger white head that immediately faded away leaving minimal halo.

S - Sweet malt and alcohol aromas. Some light chocolate too.

T - More of the nose. There are nice dark fruit (dates). Some light chocolate and carmel notes. I'm guessing light corriander as well.

M - A bit too sticky/syrupy for me. Low carbonation makes this a bit heavy on the mouth. Alcohol is big time present.

O - This isnt that bad of a scotch ale. It has some nice flavors, it just didnt all jive for me. I can respect why many others love this, I just simply didnt.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Red color. Aroma of dried fruits (raisins), baby puke, ginger, plums and sharp coriander. Very flavorful. Notes of fruits (plums, coriander, wood, other spices, melon and ginger. Complex malt body. A complex beer in general and a very nice sampling.

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Photo of TheDM
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very small dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly disappear. It has a dark semi-opaque brown carbonated body. It has an average strength aroma of spices and malt. The flavor of this brew is different than most other brews, not bad, not great, but it took a little while to get used to. It contains notes of spice, raisin, dark chocolate, and licorice. After a few tastes, the gas started to make me burp. The alcohol started to show itself after half a mug.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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