Review of Traquair Jacobite Flavored Ale

03 Nov
For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Traquair Jacobite Flavored Ale produced by the Traquair House Brewery Lld located in Peeblesshire, United Kingdom.

I had the Traquair House Ale not too long ago and thought it was a pretty good brew, so I’m hoping that this effort will be just as good if not better. 

The website,, has this description of the Jacobite.

Brewed to celebrate the anniversary of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion the ale proved to be so popular it has become a permanent addition to the range.  Based on an eighteenth century recipe the ale is spiced with coriander which gives a remarkably fresh aftertaste. 

Ok.  Let’s see how it is.

This brew has an ABV of 8.0% and comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown to dark burgundy color with ruby red and burnt orange highlights showing through the middle and at the bottom of the glass.  The khaki colored head was a little underscored on size; the retention was lackluster and the lacing was only average.

In the aroma I found hints of dark fruit.  Plums, prunes and stabs of deep, dark grapes.  Further tones of sour dough coalesced with light fragrances of chocolate and coriander.  I also found characters of toffee and/or caramel.  The aroma was nice and evenly balanced.

Within the taste a bit more of the chocolate came through.  Slight savors of booze intermingled well with the sweetness of the dark fruits.  Spices of coriander and maybe a very mild hint of clove gave the flavor profile a nice bite.  Some toffee malt added to the sweetness and helped complete the overall profile.

The mouthfeel was medium, dry, incredibly smooth and slick. Silky almost.  It left an “ok” amount of flavor behind on the palate, however it did leave a suitable bit of warmth from the alcohol.

Well.  This beer was just “ok” for me.  I can definitely tell that it is a well made brew that deserves respect, but I think it has more to do with this not being a favorite style of mine as to why I didn’t think it was better.  I had no problem drinking one, although I’m not sure that I would want to make a night of this.  I would suggest giving it a try though.  It’s quite a unique brew.  If you have tried the Traquair Jacobite Flavored Ale, be sure to let me know what you thought of it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I truly appreciate it.

Until next time.


Score:  3.55 out of 5
Grade:  B   

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Country: Scotland, Traquair


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