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


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RATINGS: 1325   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Fruity smell, but a strong spicy side to it. Color is nice and dark. But man, is this flavor complex. A little too much for me right now. Hell of a good brew though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2003
I've never tasted anything quite like this! In both nose and flavor, it's really fresh and flowery; yet has very heavy malt and burnt sugar (caramel and molasses). Strangely, wonderfully sweet, but not cloying. Excellent and special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 Much better than expected. Dark brown/black appearance. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Flavor has a slight alcohol burn with raisins, plums, chocolate, sour apples. Slight spicy. Quite complex. This is an excellent beer. And worthy of its previous top 50 beer standing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Dark dark brown, rich carbonation, sparkling tranquility qualities in the lacing, stunningly beautiful. Aroma of corriander, slightly fruity, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Flavor is almost cloying with just enough chocolate malt to balance all the flavors together. Spicey and zesty! Coffeeish bitter finish, slightly astringant. This beer has some wonderful complexities and delicious spicey notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark amber color, fruity plumb/prune aroma, with small head that disappears quickly. Had a very nice plumb raison flavor balanced nicely with corriander. Begins with sweetness and ends in a spicy bitterness. Delightfully warming and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Dark amber with a medium off-white/tan creamy head. Coffee, chocolate, hops aroma. Silky smooth, spicy, oily. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2003
A rich fruity smell clings to your senses from the first aroma. Beautifully dark and complex, definite hints of corriander, clove, and raisin. Very warming and relaxing to drink on a cool night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark brown, purple body with a nice lasting head. Smells of licorice,plum,and raisin. Oily and spicy(coriander). Good balance, alcohol is hidden well, but still has a warming feel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
Dark red body. Incredible aroma with malt and spice. Taste is spicy (not too much!) and malty (notes of smoked malt). Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Beautiful beer from a beautiful brewery! I stayed there back in 2001. Nothing like having the beer 50 yards from where it's brewed!

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