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 Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001," I've Had this several times during my career.
The last one (which prompts this review) I kept too long, 18 months past the "best buy" date.
Despite deterioration, it was still tasty and complemented a chocolate dessert for flavor... but was a bit too carbonated (still) for the smooth feel that I prefer with desserts.

I will Have this again and if you haven't, make a point of having it.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking bottle design. The beer is a deep dark with an almost thick pouring feeling.
A complex aroma with dried fruits and coffee touches and a lot of other spices that I couldn't differentiate due to the richness of the taste.
A heavy beer with 8% alcohol that leaves a strong impression.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark, almost black colour with a beige head. Head is tight and disappears slowly at first and then more quickly to leave a fine film to the very last drop. Lots of lacing.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, red berries. Even a hint of vermouth - Superb.

Palate is very complex, rich, full-bodied, well-balanced and very smooth. Coffee, caramel, dried fruit, biscuit, some spices and a little whiskey (really) - hard to believe it's 8%.

Overall this is an absolutely superb beer. A huge, complex, full-bodied and flavoursome beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pauken
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice brew! Pours black. Pretty heavy on the malts but not in a bad way. The icing on the cake for me with this was the underlying fruits and almost sour notes. That really completed the experience for me and DEFINITELY worth a try for any beer lover.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red amber with a patchy head that dissipates to a thin ring leaving no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, raisins, apples and a touch of coriander. Flavor follows with caramel malt, toffee, raisins, dates, plums, brown sugar; finishes dark fruit and slight wood and coriander. Heavy bodied with a light creaminess, but mild carbonation. A nice, classic scotch ale, but with more wood than peat and mild spicing from the coriander. Good balance of fruit flavors and malt. A nice wee heavy that is frequently available, hoorah.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours clear reddish-amber with a medium sized tan head. Smells of cherry, oak, caramel and dark fruit. The taste follows closely with cherry, dark fruit, oak, and faint cilantro (coriander) in the aftertaste. Moderately dry and slightly bitter. Below average body and average carbonation. Overall, it's a well crafted beer, but needs less cherry and more caramel and malt backbone.

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

Poured into pint glass. It pours a lovely dark ruby-red with a thin, milk-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coriander, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste features earthy peat, raisin, coriander, molasses, and caramel. There is very little hop presence, only a very slight bitterness at the finish. I agree with other reviewers that this ale is surprisingly thin; it's like drinking a cola. It is very easy to drink, refreshing, and the 8% ABV is well-hidden. Overall, I while I enjoyed this Wee Heavy, it was missing some of the body and the bite I anticipated. It strikes me as a great pub ale rather than one to drink with a meal.

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Photo of Lumens66
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes of coriander is noticeable on the nose (after all, it is BREWED with the stuff). Also smell vanilla and birch. The mouth feel is light but not creamy. Coffee colored head when poured which quickly dissipates and completely disappears after a minute or two. Higher gravity than most stouts. It's closer to an imperial stout despite not being labeled as such.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spicy, smoky beer, pours dark cola brown with thin fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and floral, taste is more earthy, peat, wooden. Some of the coriander comes through on the palate. Complex beer, but very good.

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Photo of jooler
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is like murky sewer water. Smell is very sweet malts. Taste is initially sweet and then has a really noticeable alcohol taste. The oaky flavor does come through on the finish

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Wee Heavy i have ever had, It's much like the House ale from Traquair but with a few added spices like coriander which really make a difference in the taste of the beer...

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Photo of Stevem68
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmmm. This is an interesting one. Pours a deep chocolate color. Has an aroma of Carmel and a floral note I can't figure out. The bottle says coriander but I would expect more of a citrus aroma. Flavor is deep and rich. You get the Carmel and coriander. But it drinks much lighter than it looks. Overall a good one that I'm still trying to wrap my mind around

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, A clear dark body with a minimal head. Nose has sweet aromas of dark fruits and sherry. Taste is of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate and prunes. Very smooth.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - The pour reminds me of a Guinness extra stout. Very dark brown color with toffee looking head. Pours 2 1/2 finger head that dissipates averagely fast leaving no notable lacing.

S - I'm honestly not fully sure what to make of the scent. It appears to have a fairly robust aroma with a quite overwhelming scent of booze. It reminds me of Jack Daniels mixed with dominantly malts as well as dark fruit notes. Honestly, the aroma appears to be dominated by boozy scents more than anything. Very unique aroma.

T - It's a great tasting beer but nothing more. It almost feels like the beer is water-downed in flavor/ is lacking something that you'd expect given the fullness of how the body feels. Hops? Ha. None. Tastes like straight malts with hints of coffee, maybe? but not much else. Boozy flavors slightly present.

M - Very full bodied beer with the proper amount of carbonation. Drinks incredibly smooth; feels like sipping on hot cocoa -- wouldn't mind this as a cocoa substitute during the winter.

O - Great beer overall though it felt like I was drinking a weak bourbon. Very drinkable and amazing mouthfeel but I can't really decipher much from the taste.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Molasses and booze, like a White Russian. I am not familiar with this style, but I suspect Traquair Jacobite is probably a great reference beer for Scotch Ales. Plus the name reminds me of Jaqen H'quar, which is probably why I bought it in the first place.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traquair Jacobite Ale is an interesting one - history buffs will know well of the famous Jacobite Rebellions, which had the aim of restoring James VII of Scotland (and later his heirs) to the throne of England for its wholehearted brutality (mainly on the English side). However there were several alcoholic beverages to come out of the bloodshed of this era - a testament to the Scottish love of ‘a wee dram’ Drambuie is one. One of my favourite cheap single-malt whiskies: Bailie Nicol Jarvie is another, and now perhaps a third Jacobite themed favourite will be found in Traquair Jacobite Ale?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, dark, murky brown body with a beige head that soon enough disappears to leave (an expected given the 8% ABV) thin lace ring around the glass. Looks foreboding, and we all love foreboding [don’t we!?]. 8/10.

S: Malts dominate with a heady molasses/toffee note and some brandy thrown in. There are hints of over-ripe dark fruits, plum and prune specifically, with the added spices described on the label strangely absent in the aroma. 7/10.

T: Sweet (yet not over-sweet) from the get-go with the aforementioned molasses/toffee characters, then it follows through to bready/nutty note, and finishes with a touch of bitterness that is quite well-restrained and warranted given the profile. Some dark fruit flavours come through during a second sip, however it is the restraint of the characters that is both noted and lauded with this brew. Still didn’t detect any spices though. 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a fine/dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Easy-drinking for anything close to the 8% ABV this brew is putting out, with some decent and well-balanced molasses/toffee/bready/nutty/dark fruit characters that suit the style well. I missed the spices, but that could just be a sign of how subtle and well blended they are, otherwise this was a tasty Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale for a cold Canberra autumn day which I will doubtless encounter again in my many years drinking on this Earth. I really have the Jacobites to thank for many alcoholic beverages now... so what is it about the Jacobite Rebellion and tasty drinks? The Crimean War didn’t produce anything decent beverage-wise that I’m aware of. I guess this is a question for the ages... or historians... whatever. 9/10.

Food match: Medieval baked chicken with currants, prunes, clove, cinnamon, ginger and mace. Throw in some roasted vegetables too.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clean and very dark, up to the light it revealed rich amber tones. Head is light tan, recedes quickly to a ring on the glass. Very dark for a wee heavy,

Smell is a light to medium, sweet roasted and caramelized malt. Caramelization is pronounced like cracker jacks

Taste follows the nose with the Carmel not so strong and the malt taking a pure front and center. Bitterness is ever so slight, the balance is slanted strong to the malt. There is some earthy wood tones. It's good, in a cola-like way. Not a very dry finish

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, carbonation light

Not what I like from a wee heavy, I enjoyed the house ale much more. However this was a good beer and was interesting in a good way. I might buy again, especially if I have a wee heavy tasting to help point out differences in style. Give it a try, but don't let it be the definition wee heavy for you.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a medium brown. A little hazy, with no head, a little clingy foam. Smells of malt, caramel, a little chocolate and peat. Very nice. Taste is strongly malt forward- no surprise, I guess. Also picking up the coriander, some fig, raisins and caramel. Getting a pleasant bitterness on the back end. Nice body, well carbonated and kind of a dry finish.

This is a really good beer and I would recommend it to all, but I was kind of expecting it to be better. I imagine that's more my problem, than the beer's.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MALT. This is malt.
The smell is straight, delicious malt.
Taste is concentrated malt. Almost like molasses. There is a very faint bright note, (likely the coriander and what little hops there are) buried beneath the malt. Caramel. Viscous. Wine like. Oak. Smooth.
The maltyness is a little one-noted, otherwise this would be 5 stars.
No fruityness. Very clean.
Mouthfeel is very rich but despite the overall heavy nature of the beer, manages to have a semi-crisp finish which allows you to keep drinking

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Photo of Linus_Oberg
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Looks: very dark brown with red hints, light tan froth, overall surprisingly bland looking.
Smells: toasty, nutty, tobacco, pepper and plum
Tastes; A myriad of well balanced spicy tones, rich dried fruit, burned dark sugars, smooth chocolate, overripe plum.
Feels: rich, full bodied, oatmeal, discreet sparkling.
Overall: A tad on the sweet and heavy side, but without doubt one of the best ales I have ever tasted. reminiscent of a Rochefort.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jacobite pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with a finger and a half of dense ecru foam in my beer goblet that soon disolves into a thin cap. Roasted malt and caramel fill the nose while caramel, dark fruit and just a hint of diacetyl butterscotch blanket the tongue. The body is medium to medium-full, low carbonation and warming from the well hidden alcohol.

Overall, a truly enjoyable experience, the perfect libation to inspire a hunt for a descendent of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Dark brown, full finger fluffy light beige head that sticks around quite a while. Lovely lace later on.
Smells really nice, with nut and spongecake, dark grape, fig, cola, faint cognac, some light baking chocolate, caramel, herbs and spices (definitely coriander, but also some hints of vanilla, black pepper and.. bay leaf?).
A really nice salty caramel contrast in the taste that enhances all the other stuff. Nice nut, dried plum, raisin, toasted grain, chocolate cake, dried berries, biscuit, thoroughly spiced with coriander. Some faint minty and floral notes, bit of red wine, almost cognac, towards the finish. Some toasted wood chips, a bit of chewing tobacco and a mild bitter earthy hop presence.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is really nice, recaping everything but concentrating more on the toasted malt. Alcohol never boozy.
Quite a special beer, tasty, complex, deserves its spot in the "must try" gallery of Scottish beers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Deep, dark, syrupy, boozy, notes of spice--not only coriander, but also anise. A lot to take in. Alcohol is more noticeable than I typically care for, but it melds with the dark fruits to come off like fruit cake with prunes and raisins soaked in rum. A bit of brandy and cognac notes.

This is a great beer, but not my speed. Not enjoying this, due to the forward character of the alcohol, especially as it warms. Couldn't finish this one.

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