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


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RATINGS: 1459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Pours a dark brownish red with a head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sweet red wine, caramel, cirtus, amd a slight spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, sweet red wine, dark fruits, toffee, and a slight spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Solid aroma that is a mix of styles (dubbel, porter, traditional ale). The pour isreddish black with s thing ring of lasting and lacing head. The flavor matches the nose (raisins, prune, spice), then dives immediately into a dry, smoked peat - like an old cigar. The tobacco is what ultimately remains on the tongue, but only briefly. There is so much going on herem that I’d add detail with every bottle. Unfortunately, the taste was far short of the expense, so there won’t be many more opportunities with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Dark Red. Aroma of dried fruits (raisins), baby puke, ginger, plums and sharp coriander. Very flavorful. Notes of fruits (plums, coriander, wood, other spices, melon and ginger. Complex malt body. A complex beer in general and a very nice sampling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Brown with ruby highlights, minimal head. Nice aroma with the obvious coriander, caramel malt, mustard. More of that in the flavor. Similar to the house ale, but better. The coriander confuses the brain into thinking you are drinking a Belgian white, with brown food color apparently. Relatively full body, chocolate hints, caramel, and a massive coriander attack. Just that simple ingredient addition really changes this beer. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2004
A nice complex brew that favors a little age. I found the brew had a pleasant aroma and a good mouthfeel. It reminded me of some belgians but frankly better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Dark dark brown opaque pour, little/no head. Great aroma laced with cocoa and some rich spices. Medium body, first pull is very malts and spice, with a skrait up long and spicy aftertaste. Further indulgence reveals more hops and a rich full flavor well blended. A most enjoyable beer, though a bit pricey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
dark brown/rootbeer brown appearance; thin to medium palate; aroma is abundant of spices, some sour and some fruity hints; flavor is quite similar with definite spices, and some citrus hints (lemon?) very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Deep brown body with orange-red highlights at the edges. Thin light tan head. Very spicy aroma with soy, wood, and fresh bread dough complimenting the coriander. Heavily spiced flavor with earthy yeast flavors, a touch of soy, and woody neutral malts. Kind of like a pumpernickel bread with coriander. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2004
This is just one of those beers that I have had so exceedingly available that I was never intrigued enough too sit down, drink and rate…. What a fool I was!
I have aged this one bottle for over a year. I stuck it in my cellar, looked at it every day when I opened the door, and just never decided to crack the capt….

Pours a full-bodied brown with edges of amber and a delicate light tan head. The aroma and flavor convey a magnificent brilliance of toffee, caramel, coco, the toasty yeastiness of a fresh pumpernickel loaf, a sweetness of Coca Cola syrup, the sweet smokiness of molasses, hints of home ground of coconut, a light touch of coffee bean, the Unforgettable spiciness of fresh ginger, and most notably, a renowned semi muted addition of coriander… it’s F-ing Phenomenal! I wish the body were just a bit more creamy, but man, this beer is TOTALLY addicting! I even pick up a hint of vanilla…. WOW! I wish I had not put this rating off for the past 12 months because this beers uniqueness places it as a World Class beer in my books!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Wow - what the hell is going on in that aroma. It’s full of ginger and nutmeg and molasses and rich dark fruits and then some more spices. Rich brown colour that pulls you in like the light. Flavour moves around too, from the maltiness to a bitter-tinged spiciness. Slightly sweet finish with evident alcohol. Very nice.

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