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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

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4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer poured from a pint sized bottle into a pint glass at cellar temperature. Bottle was nicely decorated in Victorian style art and was as unique as the beer itself. Pour was a dark amber color, hints of red in the light, but not as dark as I assumed it would be based on other reviews. Almost non-existent lacing, and a decently thick head.

Very unique smell, sharp and boozy, but strong hints of coriander and spice the further away you get. Slight hints of coffee, fruit, and oak, but overall a strong scent of alcohol.

Very reassuring taste, not as booze-heavy as the scent would lead you to believe. Hints of toffee and juniper. Smooth up front, drifting into an almost fruity slightly sharp aftertaste, with hints of coriander all throughout. The oak flavor hits subtly and briefly at the tip of the tongue. Very malty. Lingering flavor pleasingly sits on your tongue after each sip, a great experience.

Smooth, slight sharpness in the background, but the carbonation perfectly fits the flavor, mellowing the whole drink out into what I would call the perfect mouth feel.

Overall, this is a must-try in my book. It's not extremely distinct or overpowering on any side of the spectrum, but it doesn't need to be, because it is great as is.

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4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with 'eat' in that this tastes a bit watered down.

With the one negative aside, this beer is incredibly smooth. Subtle spice, slight roast at the very end, this has a nice finish, and is a great beer.

This has a very complex flavor and for the abv, is surprisingly smooth with little to no alcohol burn.

If the people of Traquair ever happen upon these reviews, I hope the make a more concentrated batch. Would love to see a Jacobite Reserve 2012, haha.

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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely smashing!! It poured a very cloudy, rusty, dark brown with no head. This smells, to me at least, a little like blue berries, but I know its the corriander mixing with something else. Plenty of malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate faintly noticeable. Just fantastic. The corriander is mildy noticeable (but certainly there, just not over powering) and there is a myriad of flavour profiles. There plenty of different malts, chocolate, a toasted flavour that is noticeable on the finish.'s simply magnificent. It's very smooth with a very tiny bit of carbonation. You must try it! Brilliant!!

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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is perfectly dense, bubbles are so small you almost can't see them. The body is of an intense opaque very dark brown-purple color.

The smell reminded me of a rich spiced tea bag: fruity and spicy, aromas of oranges, strawberry, verbena and mint. A sweet yeastyness.

The taste shows fruits, yeast and spices (cloves). Some dark chocolate confers the brew an enjoyable thickness together with some toasted malts. This beer is such a refined and harmonious balance of ingredients: spices are noticeable but not too present and greatly show the complexity of the base beer. At some points I had the impression I was eating a chocolate or a trufle with some fruit liquor inside of them (it's always exciting how you don't know what liquor you're gonna get). The smell is actually spicier than the taste: even without the spices, this beer would be far from being bad.

The mouthfeel is perfect: smooth, really melting in the mouth, complex without being viscuous. I haven't had many spiced beer, but this is a truly great brew.

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4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky, dark chestnut color. Very close to black. There is a one finger, tan head that has decent retention. No lacing here.

S - I love being able to smell a beer right as you pour it. That's exactly what happened here. I got some dark grapes, roasted malts, toffee and some milk chocolate. Amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay this strong throughout the brew, but still very nice.

T - I feel like out of the two Traquair brews I've had, the complexity is really what sticks out at me. Upfront we get some dark, yet very distinct, grapes which are almost wine like. Then there is a silky smooth cream and hazel nut taste that is balanced well with roasted malts. After this is gives way to some brown sugar with sticky milk chocolate that lingers on and on. Incredible.

M - Hit this one right on the head for this style. Enough carbonation to pronounce the myriad of flavors, yet still able to maintian a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Perfect.

D - Considering this beer is amazing, I could drink it all night. Although it's an amazing sipper. Worth every penny.

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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black and started with a two finger foamy beige head. The head faded, but seems to be sticking about a half centimeter thick. Can't ask for much more than that.

The smell is sweet licorice, peat and a dark malt aroma. The smell is not very strong, but it is nice.

The taste is very nice, quite the mix of the sweetness with a hint of spice. That sweet licorice flavour is back with some dark cherries. There seems to be a bit of mandarin orange there as well There is a very mild scotch flavour that fills in the middle, and a spicy and sweet finish, that has a bit of pepper and an alcohol warmth that you feel in your belly.

This beer has low carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Close to perfect, but I think it could be a hint thicker.

I am impressed. Not only is this my new favorite for scotch ales, I would have trouble picking almost any beer over this one. This bottle is going down too fast for an 8% ale, and I'm depressed that it is the only one I have.

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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 907 ratings.
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