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


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RATINGS: 1427   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Pours a deep red/brown color with an light brown white head. Head diminishes quickly and leaves a sticky lace. A good amount of carbonation is present as well. Aroma of spices (coriander),caramel, hops and malt. Flavor is malty with a peppery and spicy finish. Spicey finish mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Bottle into ale glass, Guthrie’s (Chicago). It’s aight. Personally, I thought it was a bit flat and oily. Taste was not the issue, just the texture. Deep plum flavors, sugar cane, of course coriander over everything. Dark diluted mud color, no head, no carbonation to speak of. Smell was faint, but I picked up some of the dark fruit smells. In my opinion, not as good as its rating suggests.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2004
What a brew! Great! Aroma is very strong and complex. Herbs, spices, malt (coffee, roasted), syrup and fruits (apple and peach). Fantastic. Well, just a little minus. Balance is not optimal but good. heheh. dark-brown coloured with a thin lasting brown head. Taste is very decent. Sweet roasted Coffee malt with spices and some fresh fruity notes who make it very pleasant to drink. Dry finish. I’ll get some more of this one, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Dark brown with very little head. Aroma of coriander dominates with a malt background. The flavor of coriander isn’t as strong as expected. It is much more subdued than certain Wit beers. You can also taste dark fruit and sweet malt. I really like this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Oh my lord..... This brew is heavenly. Pours a deep brown with aromas of herbs and spices. Flavors of roasted malt, smoke, almost seaweedy and chocolate. Great mouthfeel that gently worms it way down your throat. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2004
Great brew with a intens dark color and a small head. This unique beer has a complex pallet of rich aroma’s of ripe bananas,plumpudding,sweet spices,cinnamon,coriander, and roasted malts. It has a dens mouthfeeling with a full rich taste. The taste leaves impressions of ripe fruits, exotic spices and good hops. Great beer with a original taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Pours dark brown with NO head. It smells like iced tea and prune juice. Tastes very herbal like something my mom would whip up when I had a cold. Definately a strong prune/raisin taste as well as hints of fresh coffee grounds. Dry with some spice and some iced tea flavor. Malty and creamy. As I continued to drink I noticed a slight chocolate taste. I would like to drink back to back bottles of this and get another for aging. The smell and appearance don’t do justice to the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
lager glass: dark brown with ruby highlight. light brown and tight head diminishes into a ring around the glass. little lace is left. the aroma is great and so is the flavor and palate. i really enjoyed this brew. it smells like a syrupy candy; malty, peanut butter. the flavor carries a sweet and slightly spicy complexity. the palate is slightly syrupy yet it would never be cloying. it’s great. "a coriander spiced scotch ale." yeaup, i *guess i* can understand. it's a spicy scotch ale ;o) fresh, sweet, thick, and it's surprisingly refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Slightly hazy brown beer with a small light head. Very fine bubbles keep rising and slowly swirl at the top of the glass. Aromas of molasses, prunes, raisins, and sweet spices with an alcohol bite. Very malty and rich flavor with a spice and alcohol bite and a creamy chocolate flavor mixed with a little sour fruit. Very interesting. I like this more than their House ale. Impossible to drink quickly. No want or need to, however. A beer to sit back and sip once in a while, contemplating how diverse beers can be. Unique and well made

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Aroma of over ripe fruit. My bottle poured black into the glass. Tasted like grape juice that sat in the sun for too long. Not very beer like. Dry finish. I needed to wash this nasty stuff out of my mouth. Not able to finish this one. Maybe a bad bottle? Will revisit.

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