thevortex (150) - , SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2020 Dark reddish brown colour with a tan head, fantastic aroma of coriander, caramel and plums, medium body, complex flavour of coriander, nutmeg, oak, plum, caramel, malty, smooth. Fantastic beer, easy to see why it's in the top beers in the world, luckily I live only 1 mile from the brewery 😁 MNAle (452) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2020 Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisins, with the aroma promising sweet malts.
Appearance is a dark black-brown from the front, and a clear dark ruby with a back light. Topped with a 1/2 inch tan head with large bubbles, which fades quickly to a cap with a bubbly center island and a ring. Over time becoming just the ring. Then nothing. Sheets and strings of lacing as you drink that slip a down the side of the glass into the ring.
Taste reflects the aroma: plums, raisins, a bit earthy, sweet caramel. A subdued bitterness is present in the middle, but has faded completely by the finish. The coriander is subtly present, as is the oak. The flavors play off of each other in a wonderful way, with the plums and caramel remaining on the tongue in the aftertaste. You notice the alcohol warmth, but only just. The finish is sweetish, but not overly so.
Feel is mellow and smooth, with a moderate to thick body.
Overall, a delicious Scotch Ale, with a superb complexity of flavors and very well balanced. tfontana (2381) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2020 Bottle pour from Colonial Spirits, Acton. Appearance is clear dark brown (like root beer/cola), no sparkle, thin ring of beige head with fair retention and no lacing. Aroma is strong, rich brown bread. Taste is even stronger rich brown bread. Mouthfeel is medium side of light-to-medium bodied with smooth texture, soft carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, lacking in complexity but a good representative of the style and good strength. AirForceHops (10752) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2020 500 ml bottle shared by tfontana, thanks Tom. Aroma is mild coriander, caramel, dark bread, toffee. Flavor is a direct reflection of the aroma. Ends on a slight earthy malt and mild spice. I appreciate this beer for what it is. WortMeister11 (194) - TAIWAN - DEC 26, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2019 Aroma: caramel, toffee, raisin, subtle herb
Appearance:clear brown color with a two-fingered tan head
Taste: caramel, toffee, raisin, some herb, medium-high sweetness, medium-low bitterness
Palate: medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, medium alcohol sensation, medium-low dryness
Overall: It is malt-centric with some complementary dark fruit flavor and is similar to a lighter version of English barley wine. The alcohol sensation helps balance out the sweetness. The coriander can barely be found, maybe it presents as the weak herb flavor. Nice.
GregMooreNH (3184) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2019 Pours clear dark mahogany with a two finger, light tan head. Aroma is dried fruit, roast and light toffee. Taste is toffee and raisin, moving to roast, nutmeg and allspice. Finish is toffee, nutmeg and roast. ozzatoadisback (337) - ITALY - DEC 21, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2019 Pours a clean deep brown with a thin off-white head that recedes quite quickly, leaving just the slightest hint of lacing. Reasonably intense aroma has a biscuity malt base, followed by dried fruit (especially plum), liquorice and spicy notes of mainly anise. Taste is quite complex. A solid malty base of mainly biscuit and slight caramel, liquorice, a bit of warming alcohol presence, dried fruit notes as per aroma though slightly subdued, anise. Overall sweet but not at all over the top. Finish is semi-sweet with a surpising note of coffee, while the aftertaste leaves a spicy reminiscence. Medium bodied (actually very light for the abv) with very light carbonation. The beer is overall very smooth and could go down quite quickly, which gets a bit in the way of its complex and slightly warming character. Feels like there's not enough body to match the beer character. The beer was overall interesting and i did enjoy it, my main concern was with the lack of body. May try again in the future to see if something was wrong with this bottle. KansaiBeerLvrs (6911) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2019 Traquair Jacobite Ale 8%
Deep brown verging on black with a minimal head. A nice spicy coriander malty aroma. PlutonowyMan (1501) - Baardegem, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2019 Kolor burgundowo brązowy, klarowny. Piana beżowa, średnio wysoka o krótkim czasie redukcji.
Aromat: przyjemna słodka słodowość, ciemne pieczywo, dalej lekka paloność, karmel i akcenty przyprawowo korzenne. Tłem są tutaj ciemne suszone owoce.
W smaku na pierwszym planie suszone, ciemne owoce, karmel ze słodowością, a dalej ciemne pieczywo i delikatna przyprawowa nuta. Jest słodko ale w normie. Na dalekim finiszy ostra, nieco szorstka goryczka. Jej charakter kojarzyć się może z przypaloną skórką od chleba, jest lekko popiołowa.
Dobrze ukryty alkohol. Wysycenie średnio wysokie, nie przeszkadza. Treściwość dość wysoka, dodatkowo, gładka, nieco tłusta faktura płynu zwiększa uczucie pełni. Aftertaste chlebowo śliwkowy, dość długi. Allistar (226) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2019 From Traquair Brewery, 330ml bottle. Had on holiday in Nov19 in Innerleithen. Another very nice ale from Traquair.