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


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RATINGS: 1410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Brown color with red hues. Small head. Very nice aroma of spices, caramel, cherry and maybe chocolate. Awesome flavors of cherry, caramel, spices, maybe chocolate, maybe smoke and a bit of roastyness. A truly amazing and very complex beer. I think that each time you taste another bottle you discover something new about it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle Volo. Pours mahogony with a white soapy head. Malty fruit nose. Slightly sweet. Lots of roasted malt. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee. Brown sugar and molases. The hops in the nose really come out when it warms up. Light spices in the finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (13188) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Dark amber, with a small brown head. Aroma is spicy and malty. It brings chocolate and licorice and also have hints of fruit. Flavor is malty and from chocolate. The alcohol gives it a strong taste and it is quite spicy. Bitter and spicy finish, very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Not sure what to say about this one. Different. dark color, minimal head. Slight coffee flavor, along with what I believe to be coriander. I’ve never had a coriander in front of me though, so I’m not sure. There’s definately a fruit/herbal taste. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
(on bottle)Oh my; here comes the scotts. This is allmost a belgian strong ale- kind of beer. So dark/hazy brown, small/no head, with loads of dry, fuits, smoke and alcohol to the nose. Quite a mouthfull for an ale-lover, allmost too sweet and heavy, but the seasalty- and heetflavours comes trough and saves this excelent beer. A real treat for the dark nights of the fall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Dark ruby-bronze body with a perfect silky beige head consisting of tight uniform bubbles. Rich Scottish malts, toffee, hints of dark fruits such as prunes, and a spicy edge. Even some oranges seem to be present here. Light smoke. Very smooth body. I really dig this. Thanks to MRomero548 for staring the evil Delta Force in the teeth again and delivering this Scottish soldier safely to my home base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Muddy brown with light brown head. The aroma was wonderful and full of malts and spices. Flavor was the same. I very much enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Hazy dark brown body, tan head. Aroma is very malty, spicy, alcohol, tobacco. The flavor is just as good, spicy, malty, tobacco, some chocolate. Very nice brew. Very smooth and balanced!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2004
my 1/2 way mark beer poured brown tan small head. aroma sweet malt spicey, raisins, hints of chocolate, alcohol.didn’t want to stop smelling this.mouth fell was smooth and watery flavor was a very nice blend of spices raisin malts,some port wine flavor slight bitterness the alcohol just right> this is a very good beer will buy more

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