Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tune in Tokyo! Traquair Jacobite Ale

I'm in Tokyo for work this week. Near the Meguro train station is this lovely underground beer bar, Meguro Republic. They have an envious selection of US, German, Belgian, and British beers. I picked out the Traquair Jacobite from the UK. This is a 250 year old recipie for a dark spiced strong ale.

As it pours It has a hazy brown hue and thin white head. The nose is rasin and malt with some cinnamon and spices almost like a holiday ale.

There is almost no hops to speak of in the nose or flavor. The main flavors are sweet raisin with a strong malt backbone. Like boston brown bread. There is a bit of alcohol to balance but it comes in on the sweet side. It's not cloying or oversweet. The spices help to balance it out and keep drinkable so you can enjoy the entire glass.

Pros: Good hearty alternative to an IPA that has an interesting and enjoyable flavor profile.

Cons: It's on the sweet side and will turn off the hop heads out there.

Verdict: A good hearty beer when you're ready to switch it up from the hop set.

3.5 out of 5 on the Mark-o-meter

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