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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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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 GarethYoung1
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[bottle: peckhams] pours dark, almost black with a medium tan head. the nose is molasses, roasted carrots, spices, a little caramel, slightly meaty with the faintest notes of coffee and liquorice. exceptionally well bodied with a long finish. excellent stuff!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew courtesy of my good friend Stopper!

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a sample glass / mini pint.

The beer pours a dark brown with a thin beige surface layer of tightly packed head.
Aroma is sweet and spicy, with floral notes and definate coriander and also brown sugar and molasses. I also get some berries and orange peel. Very complex nose.

First sip reveals a silky smooth body with almost non-existent carbonation.
Flavor is sweet with chocolate and ripe dark fruits dominant, also the berry from thenose makes an appearance and a mix of sweet spices as well.
No hint of the ABV anywhere, and the beer is extremely drinkable and goes down easily.
Quite a nice treat that I have wanted to try for a while.

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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 horndecker
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the bottle and the look of this brew in the glass. It's inky brownish-black, the color of walnut stain, with a small oatmeal colored head. The foam leaves scattered and sticky lace.

Whiffs of espresso, dusty powdered cocoa and stewed fruits come to mind. as well as a hint of anise.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate, figs and burnt malt. Licorice -like flavors settle at the sides of your tongue. Looking for the prescence of the coriander, but it's subtle. There's a decent amount of dark fruit flavors as well. Is that the yeast?

It has a nice body to it, and a pleasing amount of carbonation. It finishes dry and dusty, a reprise of the cocoa powder. It's a treat, and I'll be happy to have this one quite often.

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

Appearance – Dark brown with red highlights around the edges. The head is a minimal off white covering, but what is there stays around. There is just a little lacing left on my pint glass.

Smell – Lots going on, molasses, dried fruits, alcohol and roasted maltiness.

Taste – Sweet roasty malts and a slight bitterness hit first. The alcohol is the smell is not present in the flavor more than a slight warming as I draw to the end. A subtle molasses flavor is also there, along with some spice flavors that I cannot identify. Hops are almost completely lacking except for that small bitterness. The aftertaste is spicy and slightly bitter, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Chewy with just a little carbonation. Very smooth for the style, creamy and delicious going down.

Drinkability – Really nice beer for sipping, the alcohol is very mild in the flavor. This is one of my favorite scotch ales, I like it more than the House Ale.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color. It's quite cloudy and can barely see through it when brought to light. There is only a small head lace around the glass. The smell is excellent. It is very strong with caramel aromas. The taste, well, you can tell why they call it scotch ale. This is probably the best scotch ale I've every had. The mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and is very smooth. This is the best there is for scoth ales and I high recommend this one.

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Photo of foamer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. Tan bubbly head disappates to bubbles on the surface in a few minutes. Nose of malt, alcohol and some herbs. Unusual for a wee heavy. Sweet malts in the taste with a hint of, I think it's coriander though I'm not sure, vying for dominance with the warming alcohol. Quite a unique ale and quite unlike the other wee heavys I've tried. Mouthfeel is good with low carbonation. All in all this is a rather fascinating ale. The alcohol brings down the drinkability a wee bit. Shall have to pay them a visit.

(For the uninitiated, and to avoid embarassing yourself in Scotland as I did, it is pronounced Trah-kweer)

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great excuse to break out my Scottish thistle glass that I hardly use. Pours a deep,somewhat muddy brown color. Low aroma-slightly vinuous. Malty,sweet. Earthy,somewhat treacle like. Malty flavor-slight taste of coriander. Sour and very slight phenolic taste. Really complex but well balanced. On the thin side as far as body goes. A very drinkable beer. The coriander makes a nice difference from your average Scotch Ales. A sipper to be sure.

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Photo of SilentSabre
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. Oh...it's simply magnificent. It's very smooth with a very tiny bit of carbonation. You must try it! Brilliant!!

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly unique and intensely likable brew! I think I'm falling in love all over again! How intense!

Poured a medium amber/brown with a thin head, lots of lacing throughout. Smells heavily of coriander and malts, maybe some fruity wafts thrown in for good measure. I was very impressed with this brew, a truly unique and truly Scottish beer, something I definatly appreciate. This is one you will remember for many times to come. It's a sipper however as the coriander is quite strong and even a small sip leaves the taste lingering for many miinutes, I was still tasting this one even after sampling some other brews. Traces of clove and other herbs make their subtle statements as well as the hops, but coriander remains the main attraction.

A+ in my book, I'll be back again!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best before June 09; tasted in 10/04 (it was stored 8 months before I popped it). Label tells me the ingredients are springwater, malt, hops, yeast, and coriander. Oh, good, my first beer where they tell me it has coriander- I can look for it and isolate the flavor.

Pours a dark muddy river brown- no obvious particles in the mud, but NO light passes through. A slight hint of bubbles on the top (I cannot pretend to call it a head). No carbonation to be found.

Aroma is sweet, malty, with nutbread, strong rich chocolate, and a little smoky. It makes me want to bite into this chocolate beer and see if it's a Mounds or a Snickers Bar! I don't get any herbal/spicy notes from the Coriander.

Flavor is interesting- starts off brown-ale like, rich and smooth with malt biscuit and chocolate. Then, mid-drink, the spice comes through, building stronger and stronger as I swallow. By the end, it's all I taste. So that's what coriander tastes like! Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Nice, full, creamy mouthfeel, as good as it gets.

Overall, I was really excited by this beer. I am not a fan of the Scotch Ales I have tried, and I am not a fan of heavily spiced beers, but I really enjoyed this. Really. Enjoyed. This. Maybe because it surprised me how much I liked it.

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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 HardTarget
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up in Hawaii and hand carried it back to Texas. Noted that it is best before June 2011 (sampled Jan 05)!
Aroma: Mild smell with the main player being dark malt flavored with coriander.
Appearance: Deep brown glass with a tan head that quickly collapsed to- nothing.
Flavor: It’s all about the coriander baby. Very strong coriander spice dominates the rich dark malt and slightly sweet molasses flavors. It’s like they used coriander instead of hops (an exaggeration, but they went big on the coriander).
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with a nice dry finish.
Overall Impression: This was very enjoyable to me, but, I LOVE coriander. I’m amazed they put such a long best by date as I’ve found coriander will fade quickly. I’m guessing as this beer ages you get a very different experience, but I’m personally glad I got a fresh bottle. Wish I had access to more to do a vertical with this to test my theory.

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Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was all over the board but in the end it was spectacular. I seriously felt it was a mid 3 rating beer when I first opened it, and I never put it in the fridge but it was sitting in my rather cold basement. When it was somewhat cold it was on the thin side and the flavors seemed a bit displaced. However as the beer warmed it continued to change in flavor and thickness and richness of body and continually improved. By the time it reached room temperature, this beer was simply phenomenol! The body was still a bit thin for all the flavors but there were so many flavors. Figs, dried prunes, raisin skins, juicy cranberries, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, wood, smoke, peat, hazelnuts, the coriander was hardly noticeable to me, maybe b/c of all the other flavors or maybe b/c of the aging of this beer. Eitherways, I really liked this beer once it warmed to room temp. but it was merely average until then. I wonder how this would be mulled?

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Photo of travolta
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Looks just like a pepsi. Lacing is minimal. So is head retention.

Nose: Orange peel, coriander, chocolate.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel. Unsweetened chocolate, coriander, dances on the tip of your tounge, while the creamy texture pulls the rest down your throat. Lightly bitter.

Notes: A pure joy to drink, I would gladly have another.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, thick dirt brown with a tight white head that disappears but leaves a nice ring around the glass.

Smells like spicy candy, and has a strong malty scotch ale taste with a hint of spiciness. A little bit oily feeling, but this doesn't take away too much from it. A great winter beer, and an interesting take on the typical wee heavy.

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Photo of Rio
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, about the color of old motor oil, with a decent head that receeded to a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Smell of dark fruits, almost like raisins, as well as some molasses, and an almost floral aroma, which I take to be the coriander as per the label.

Thick, malty flavor of those dark fruits, molasses and coriander, as well as some roasted malt flavors. Extremely smooth going down.

Very enjoyable beer. Well worth the five and a half bucks or so a bottle.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, chocolatey brown color with a thin beige head. Coriander aroma is strong, more subtle caramelly, toasty malt notes and a citrus zest-like fruitiness. Malty and rich in body and texture. Caramel-like malt sweetness, some earthy notes like peat and moss, and a citrus zing that goes hand-in-hand with the coriander. Finishes smooth and a slight bit tart, with the coriander hanging on well after each sip. Carbonation is about average, which is good for this beer. Very enjoyable, but I think I still prefer the House.

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

Blackened maple, but only when held to a strong light source. Simply blackened otherwise. The head is a strong capping of bleached beige.
Strongly perfumed of molasses and liquorice, roast and tar. Leafy and lemon notes clue the coriander addition.
Coats and assaults the mouth. Cannons of treacle, molasses, burnt gingerbread, chocolate, asphault, liquorice, anise and ash. Caramel and smoke arrise as it lingers. And it does linger. Lemon notes hint at the advertised spicing, and grow as it warms. Think of a lemon poppyseed muffin, coated in tar and molasses, then seared to a crisp.
Slightly plumper than medium bodied. And despite it strength of both flavor and alcohol (which is masked ridiculously), it is drinkable beyond any rationale.
Akin to the quadranglation of a Wee Heavy, Imperial Stout, witbier and barleywine. Every bit as arcane as that sounds.
Just delicious.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a deep blackish brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is exceptional as you can smell this ale when you pour it out of the bottle.
Deep dark fruity ester mingle with a citrussy coriander spiciness make for an excellent aroma, this is the first beer i have tried in which the aroma exceeds the flavor. The rich aroma led me to a letdown as the flavor was much more subdued than i expected. The coriander flavors were there though they were much less prevelent due to the intemingling of the roasted grain flavors detracting from the spice. The body of this ale is an immense letdown as a scotch wee heavy IMO should have a bit more viscosity and sweetness but this is a rather thin ale in terms of body. For being an ale with such disinction and prestige i would have thought it would taste better but maybe it just isn't my style. The scotch ales always throw me off due to the lack of hops and for some reason i have a hard time enjoying tha malt flavors unless they are balanced by a signifigant amount of hops.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slick, oily and immensly deep mahogony with a slightly thin beige head.

Coffee, molassess, and slight alcohol nose. Should be slightly warming.

Thick malt with dark fruit (plum? passion fruit?). Alcohol presence warmed as I thought. Sweet but not too sweet.

Thick and chewy that left an oily feel on the tongue.

Very easy to drink, the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Dangerous beverage after a few. I will have again.

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Photo of tjd25
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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Photo of kbub6f
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumping this beer violently from the bottle gives me about a finger of head: light tan, dense, bubbly. The beer is hazy black-brown, with brown-red highlights. Sweet, sweet toffee and bread in the spicy nose. A little vinous and very yeasty. Smellicious! Sweet toffee dominates the front, turning thicker and more buttery towards the caramelized finish. There's some bitter fruit in there... what is it? Grapefruit? No... more like tonic water! This is a very nice, malty toffee, sweet, spicy beer. The bitter tonic finish with alcohol makes me think of ginandtonic. Delicious.

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Photo of Rastacouere
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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Traquair Jacobite from Traquair House Brewery Lld
4.15 out of 5 based on 894 ratings.
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