I guess I sort of scoffed when I’d read bout the superiority of Scottish ales a couple of years ago, before I’d actually had any. Now I’m beginning to think that the Scotch Ale or “Wee Heavy”, as some call it, is one of the most interesting beer styles out there. My most recent foray into the style was the excellent FOUNDER’S DIRTY BASTARD ALE, but one direct from the mother country that I loved (though technically it’s a “gruit”, whatever that is) was EBULUM ELDERBERRY BLACK ALE. Both were outstanding. Now I’m on the Scotland train. Climb aboard with me, and let’s discuss TRAQUAIR JACOBITE ale, my most recent foray into the land of Nessie, The Prats and The Rezillos.
TRAQUAIR JACOBITE was recently hyped big time on one of my daily blog reads, I just can’t remember which. So I put it on “the list”. It seems to be available at your better beer importers. It’s a deep, dark ale, one that immediately hits you with this really cool “maple”-like taste. I liked its richness – this is one you could drink for a good hour by a fire, so get ready to stock up for winter. It has tastes of figs as well as that maple resonance, and I really liked that I could barely taste the alcohol, despite it being a fairly bold 8% ABV. It really tasted like something you’d WANT to pay $5.99 a bottle for, as I did. It’s another ringer from Scotland, and I’m going with a 7.5/10.