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


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RATINGS: 1462   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riordan93 (14) - USA - JAN 1, 2005
Very nice. Aroma was strongly tinged with coriander and other spices. Coriander was also strong in the flavor but complimented a well-crafted ale. This isn’t one of my favorite styles of ale, but this is definitely well-worth trying, if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
deep hazy brown, light solid head. very spicy aroma, not unlike bells eccentric ale. brown sugar, molasses, light hops. very interesting flavor, molasses again, with other sweet spices surfacing. some fruits like cherry and raspberry worth a shot to drink once or twice. very solid beer but not a standout. tastes better as it warms, giving off some interesting cotton candy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
I am glad that I am drinking this in the northern hemisphere. There is a distinct mulled wine note to this one. It could be interesting to warm this up and drink it as such. Good appearance despite the disappearing head. Distinct coriander spiciness on the nose and subtle background of toffee. The ABV is clear in the mouthfeel and warming characterisitcs as it goes down. This is one of those beers that is one an occasion only. I am drinking this with some pate and Danish blue cheese which holds its own against both. I think this is more of an interesting beer than a top 2 percentiler.

   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

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