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

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Photo of mophie
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-brown, with a thin tan head. Smells chocolately and tangy, with a touch of honey and anise. Sweet at first, with chocolate being the dominant taste, then giving way to a slightly spicy, ever-so-bitter finish. Peppery alcohol flavors as well. I expected the coriander to dominate, but it doesn't. Not a beer I would drink frequently, but a treat nonetheless. The coriander makes me want to head to the local Indian take-away for a curry!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark brown, clear, with a ruby tint when held to the light. Virtually no head or lacing.

S: Malty, with an anise or black licorice whiff that combines interestingly with a light hop aroma.

T: Wow! The complexity in this is hard to describe. There are some darker chocolate malts mixing with very smooth black licorice flavors, ending with the perfect balance of hop bittering. The finish is as even as the taste, leaving you with a nice licorice linger. Very good!

M&D: Heavier mouthfeel gives the impression of something along the lines of porter but the flavors keep things light and lively. The carbonation is rather light but the tiny bubbles are persistent through the experience allowing for a fantastic experience. I personally like the anise flavors and think this is an awesome brew. If you aren't a fan of black licorice, you might take this as under consideration.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices, which probably include some coriander and some liquorice, is one of the most enjoyable ever. Taste is also quite distinguishable with the spices mix that marries very well with the molasses malts. One truly unique beer that doesn’t disappoint.

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Photo of Steve188821
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Apperance is almost black with a good head.

S - The smell is of corriander, mint, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and ripe dark fruits.

T - It tastes like it smells with a little more bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is very creamy and thick.

D - The drinkability of this beer is excellent, one of the best scotch ales their is.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. To think I was passing this up in favor of other beers because I had no idea what this was about till I read all the ratings and decided to give it a try! Dark beer with perfect lasting 1cm head. Big fruity nose. Wonderful malty beer with just a touch of corriander in the background. Not too sweet, and no strong alcohol notes. Very well made and recommended.

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Photo of blakereik
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark caramel color - very similar to a Cola (hmm...that could come in handy) Very little head on the pour I had into a tulip glass, but laced well considering the lack of head.

S- I was a little stuffed up the day I had this, so will not presume to have accurately smelled.

T- Taste was near perfect and there was something about it that I liked better than the Traquair Scotch Ale, which I really enjoy.

M- The feel is smooth and lingers on the tongue only momentarily

D- Very high drinkability on this one. I could finish every workday with one of these in my grip.

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Photo of dgallina
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly-opaque dark brown and black with a finger of very smooth tan head which settles into creamy film and light lacing. Smells of roasted sweet malts blended with strong floral coriander and tinged with alcohol spice. The taste is a flavorful interplay between malt sweetness, toasted coffee and chocolate malts, and very fragrant, somewhat bitter coriander. The finish leaves you with lingering coriander bitterness on a developing wave of alcohol warmth. Good mouth-feel, medium-bodied, very creamy, and with just enough carbonation. Unique, extremely tasty, and pretty easy to drink relative to its strength. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown with a thin large bubbled head.
the aroma is very complex and intersting with lemony vanilla sweetness, coffee, milk chocolate, the corriander is there, pear, caramel, maybe some tea liek herbal hops.
the taste i was intitially not that impressed with, but it just needed to warm a little. orangey citrus flavor with some lemon rind combines with a coffee bitterness with touches of molasses. the coriander is most apparent in the back with a lemonade like tartness at either side of the toungue. caramel and pear weave in and out with occasional berry flavors and tartness. the tartness creates a really interesting almost airy feal on the toungue.
the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with delicate near nonexistant carbonation, that only contributes to the easy of drinking.
overall, wow what a subtle, beautiful masterpeice. well worth the 6 bucks. seek it out.

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Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color with some brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms to leave some good lace.
S: Lots of malt and coriander. Some citrus fruits as well. This is very interesting, and works suprisingly well. Dark fruits (plums and raisins) molasses, coffee, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose pretty close. This is a decadent and almost chewy beer. Like the nose, a good complexity of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate.
M/D: Rich and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is not a session beer, but a great sipping beer.

Much like the Traquair House Ale, this is a very complex brew. I don't think I have ever come across coriander spice and citrus in a Wee Heavy. A wonderful beer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just the bottle alone tells you that this is a very serious beer, with a heritage positively steeped, soaked and dripping in Scottish history. Produced on an original 18th Century Brewhouse, that had remained unused for 100 years until 1965. The brewhouse is located in a part of the 1,000 year-old Traquair House, which is Scotland’s oldest inhabited home, and included such famous visitors as Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Jacobite Ale is of the highest quality. Very black in colour but with daylight as a backdrop, it has a stunning deep ruby red-brown color. The brown fluffy head did not last long and dispersed to a ring quickly. A huge powerful alcohol punch in the nose tells the imbiber to gently sip this offering. Aromas of dark fruits, berries, herbs & spices, coriander in particular, sherry and some Christmas Cake. Starts with an alcoholic introduction that is the MC for the imbibing experience. Dark - but not very roasted - malts are in the middle, a light chocolate taste together with some sherry sweetness, which leads to a lovely warming bitter finish. All Traquair House beers are oak-fermented, and this gives an earthy - oaky woody character, most prevalent in the aftertaste. A Strong Dark Scottish Ale. Powerful, but not overpowering.

A “wee sleekit cowerin’ tim’rous beastie” ??
- Hmmm… I think Not!!!

$6 for the Bottle - Bargain. Slainte-va!

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Photo of Stunner97
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with very little carbonation to be seen, slight tan lacing but not much of a real head off the pour,

Smell- nice mix of malts and caramel, good sweetness on the smell, hints of corriander,

Taste- very beautiful flavor, nice mix of malts and slight corrainder you might get from a belgian beer can be noticed, overall its an incredibly enjoyable flavor and a very nice finish, very enjoyable scotch ale, nice carmel malts,

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied which is very nice for the style as it doesnt no get too syrupy like some scotch ales can be at 8% alcohol

Drinkability- very phenomonally drinkable, not one I can always get my hands on but wouldnt mind to see it more often despite price, its light and refreshing for 8 percent beer, the corriander does a nice job I felt of keepin the malts a little in check, the ingredients in this beer just taste so clean and fresh you can tell its of good quality and making, recommended for sure,

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red 'round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous.
Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it's like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack!
Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It's like drinking spices!
A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it's only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it's all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1
My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I'll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5/14/05- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- A deep dark mohaganey color with a large foamy head and light sticky lacing.

Smell- Pretty damn sweet and malty with maybe a roasted scent to back it up. Smells very inviting.

Taste- Wow, just had the House Ale from Traquair and this one seems much sweeter and much darker. This beer has tons of different stuff going on. It has a pretty sweet carmel and chocolate malt taste as well as a toasted malt taste. Not super smokey or anything, but just enough to detect. Then it also has many spices, corriander the main one, plus some dark fruits in the mix.

Mouthfeel- Sugary sweet mouthcoating and light carbonation. Goes down super smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- This could be one of my top beers after a good dinner. I was kinda stressed out when I drank it and still loved it. Just think if I was to drink this when I was happy and had my full attention. Excellent brew with a mixed bag of goodies inside.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown amber colored brew. Deep crimson notes like cranberry juice when held up to the light. Head is a mass of off-white to tan foam that sits on top for quite some time and leaves sticky lace all over the glass.
Sweet malts, masses of grassy hops, fruits, a bit of alcohol, and nice spices. This aroma is loaded. I guess it is the coriander that brings it all together into a magically complex whiffer that makes you just want to keep on smelling.
It has a sweet start with caramel and molasses. Malts come in big with a nice spiciness to balance. Alcohol comes in a bit later and is lead out the door by an extreme aftertaste of roasty malts that lingers on your tongue for a bit. Smooth and full of body, this one is just right. Complex flavors lead your mouth through a buffet as it slides down nice and clean. Not what I would call a drinker, but 11.2 ounces is way too small. A couple would be necessary for me.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured with a dark brown / burgundy colour. Had a creamy tan head with a little lacing..

Aromas – sweet caramel, spices (seemed like coriander to me) and some nuttiness. A little bit of malty roastness as well… Quite a lot of aromas going on….

Taste – sweet, toasted malt with maybe a hint of dark fruits and liquorice..

Mouthfeel – smooth and creamy

Overall – amazing beer. Well worth hunting down.

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Photo of BAbaracus
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium purple, very wine-like texture. Light head and carbonation. Beautiful coloring. Borders on a 5. Nose is a complex bouquet of floral esters and faint hints of grape. Hard to explain, but almost like the world’s greatest air freshener. Unlike any other beer I’ve ever come across, and if Traquair ever comes out with "new car" I’m all aboard. Mouthfeel: thin and lightly carbonated. Goes down almost like wine with very littly carbonation and zero hop presence. Most of the action is in the malt and coriander flavoring. The malt increases as the swallow finishes and this is what offsets the mildly cloying sweetness, thereby giving the beer it’s backbone. The initial taste almost feels like flavored soda water. With a great balance of abv and solid but not overwhelming taste, I could drink this all day, or at least until nappy nappy time.

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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 Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Just a small, one-finger tan head forms on this one, dissipating to a fine sheet kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation. The color is a very deep, dark ruby.

It has a great aroma of raisins, cherries, bananas, toast, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and earth.

The dark fruits make a big impact on the palate right away, and the flavor starts to give off more of the malty caramel and vanilla. The finish has some tasty breadiness that is eventually accented by a fantastic, earthy, leathury, smoky oak character. There's also a bit of chocolate. The flavor has a particular warming comfort to it that I find similar to toasted bread or nuts.

The feel is somewhere between medium and full, with kind of relaxed carbonation.

This is a terrifically malty beer with a considerable depth of leathury, earthy, oak character that makes it especially satisfying.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours intot he glass with a nice deep mahogany colour, ringed by a cola/orange edge. The head seems to have two levels- a pale tight top, and a looser, darker bottom.

Smell is VERY nice- full of hops, brown sugar, and a hint of spice and banana.

The flavour has acola overtones, wiht an element of coffee. It reminds me a bit of Kvas, or at least, the mass-produced non-alcoholic Kvas. It's pleasantly tangy- then a little smoky at the end.

Mouthfeel is just a bit watery at first, then a bit grainy at the end...but overall very smooth.

Maybe not my first choice, but this stuff is very tasty, and very drinkable. Could I get it in Alabama, and were it just a tad less expensive, I might have this one regularly. (I think I paid $8 for a 12 oz bottle.)

Be well

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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle identical to the one pictured above into a clean, clear Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass. Found it in stock on sale for $4.99 in single 11.2 oz bottles at Heinen's in Willouhby HIlls, OH

A Excellent appearance of a deep ruby red with a nice light brown (those two shades look really cool next to each other by the way) head made up of very small bubbles. Really great apperance. Observed after initially finishing this review was some sediment...a wee bit... in the bottom of my glass.

S Malty, certainly smell the coriander. I understand this to be a "wee heavy" but I do not smell strong alcohol. It smells like it is going to be a strong, hearty beer though. The coriander is interesting.

T A really great, full, malty ale with that coriander but it is not obnoxiously there, just a side spice. It is sweet but very well rounded. As I type and take drinks from time to time I am sensing that the aftertaste is that great malt with more prominent coriander.

M As mentioned above, this is a full beer but it also has a wonderful smoothness to it. Not in the sense of a sticky molasses type smooth but a smoothness brought on by malty goodness. So not a silky, syrupy smoothness but a really great malt ale smoothness.

D Maybe the best for an 8.0 ABV beer. I cannot taste the alcohol. I could have 4 or 5 of these without hesitation. Of course, at the price listed that would cost me $20-25. That would be money well spent!

Notes: Really happy that I picked this one up. I think that everyone should give it a go.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deeply brown colored ale with a restrained head. This is a difficult beer too try and pour and not get a little sediment in the glass.

Smell is quite strong. Lots of figs and malt aromas with some peat and nuts in it. Scent of coriander is in this but is hard to separate from the rest of the strong smells here. Lots of brown sugar and spice in this. This smells much like a Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

Taste is sweet and VERY smoky and peaty in the first taste. Sweetness quickly tones down and lets the smoke takeover. There is a wine like acidity in play with this beer that works rather like a lightly roasted coffee. There is an earthy flavor here that I can best describe as mushrooms that I haven't tasted in another beer. Coriander is there as advertised on the bottle but there is so much more to this beer. The aftertaste is smoky and spicy and is very nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Best Scottish ale that I have tasted yet. All the required flavors are in this especially the smoked malt in abundance. Tasty and spicy you will never detect the alcohol level of this beer.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderate pour yielded about a finger of tightly-bubbled, khaki colored head that sat atop a deeply rich mahogany brew.

S: Coriander spice definitely comes through alongside roasted malt and faintly sweet coffee notes in the bouquet. Rather complex, but not potent.

T: Gotta love a malt-heavy ale. Jacobite gives you so much that its hard not to love, but also balances the heaviness of its malty side with a crisp balance, the spice playing right in between for excellent transition. The hops are noticeable at the end as a sort of bittering effect along with the residual coriander and spice flavor, enhancing the aftertaste.

M: Fairly unique in the mouthfeel, had the carbonated characteristic of say, a Belgian, but a bubbly/silky texture that was all its own. Combined with the taste, this works quite well.

D: This is definitely a cut above the rest. The complex nature and flavors are great for those who love malts and originality. Another excellent offering from Traquair.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 2014. Love the reverse labeling (white on black) on this one.

A: Poured into my cab glass a murky black chestnut with a light tan, creamy head that immediately disappeared leaving a nice halo around the rim of the glass.

S: Thick, syrupy mix of coriander and sweet malts. Very pleasing and soothing smell.

T/M: Wow, now that's a unique and tasty beer! Much like the nose. Medium to full bodied and flavored with a relaxing mix of sweet coriander, caramel malts, light yeasts and spices. Very nice! As the beer warmed, the alcohol came out a bit, but it was never taxing on me.

D: I wasn't certain if I'd like this one, but I really did! It was very soothing and it's a great beer to finish the night off.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brown color. Head is large and rolling. Aroma is complex, mixture of malts, spices and fruits, with a mixture of old musty basement added. (This is a good thing). WOW. What a complex tasting beer. The rich malts and spiciness interact to make this a very complex and tasty beer. The malt sweetness is balanced by the spiciness. Body is more like a porter or a stout. It has a definite vinous quality as well. Flavors are varied; malts, plums, apples, smoke, chocolate, coriander, vanilla and whole lot more. Smooth. A very unique beer, one of the must tries. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of marburg
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses-inspired brown. Ring of off-white "head" clings to the top of the brew and the edges of the glass.

Coriander dominates the aroma. Wet leaves. Almost wheaty-citrus presence just floats over the top of dark, rich malts. Perfectly balanced flavors -- typical malty doughiness and sweet spiciness are offset by a raw, chocolate malt, bittersweet flavor.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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