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Traquair Jacobite Ale

Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Traditional Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The famous Bear Gates guarding the approach to Traquair House, near Pebbles, have been closed since 1745 - when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair Brew House celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast to the "King O'er the Water."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
einherjar (5) - CROATIA - JUL 20, 2014 does not count
Dark brown color with decent head. Taste of caramel, liqueur, chocolate, some alcohol warmth at the end. Very balanced beer with excellent impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lambicboy12 (42) - salt lake, Utah, USA - JUL 18, 2014
1 coriander, oak, and a caramel sweetness 2 mahogany red with a tan head that lingers, clear 3 dark malt flavors, munich, with more oak flavor and long boil caramel 4 medium body with a medium carbonation and some astringency (low) 5 overall a tasty malty beer with a good oak balance, a good sipping beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (527) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 Couleur ambrée très sombre, très légère mousse beige. Nez sucre caramelisé, fruits noirs ( note vanillée) . Gout leger caramel, fruits noirs, sucre, forte figues, bien balancé et leger en bouche. Fin de bouche note de reglisse, figues. Bien!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Nice scotch ale esque maltiness with fruitiness and caramel or toffee. Spice note very prominent, makes it sorta desertlike, but without a sickeningly saccharine character. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (172) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2014
BBD June 2018. Pours almost as dark as a stout, but has a very deep dark ruby hue. Nice head and lacing that retains well. The nose is dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs) coupled with hints of vanilla, oak, anise and coriander over a rich malt sweetness. Full bodied with a rich luxurious creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is both complex and balanced. It follows the nose with dark fruits slowly yielding to the sweet malt. In the middle chocolate notes are evident that slowly fade to a very subtle vanilla and smoky oak. The finish leaves you with a note of coriander and the only hint of alcohol. In short, this is a brewer’s masterpiece.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (252) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours very dark red, almost black in the glass with a quickly disappearing beige head. Smell is roasted malts, caramel, molasses, plums, light soy sauce aroma, some alcohol. Taste is similar, some burnt sugar sweetness, light final bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is extremely malty, with a lot of caramel and bready-earth tones coming off it. Taste is a little bit sweet and definitely earthy, with just a bit of bread and yeast to it. Creamier and breadier than I would like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (88) - ITALY - JUN 21, 2014
Eccellente e particolarissima birra! Dolce, dall’aroma affumicato e maltato, sembra di assaggiare del "marzapane liquido". Si avvicina molto ad una barley wine. Da non perdere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (837) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
@ Havregatan. Bottle (330 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Malty and caramelish, spices, sweet flavor, medium body and oily texture. The finish is quite dry and sweet with fruity and spicy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (407) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Pours oily black. Little or no head. Bit of tan in it. Molasses, cherry, honey, blackberry, alcohol and spice on the nose. Flavour is caramel dark fruit syrup sweetness with slick mouthfeel. Slight alcohol hit on the back of throat. Full flavoured body with lasting luscious berry aftertaste. Nice

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