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

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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


4.2
   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!

4.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Much better than the house ale. the spice covers the ill flavors from pasteurization. Good, but not world class.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (7033) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -malty, fruity and spicy, alcohol hints with nice spiced coriander flavor, moderately bitter finish, excellant brew

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1207) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 8, 2004
A very dark, but clear brown color with a small beige head. Nice lacing. Sweet spicy scent, almost a soy sauce scent. Sweet without being syrupy, floral hoppiness and spice follow. Very tasty, I’m happy to have found this one way over here!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours a dark brown with not much of a head. The aroma of this brew is wonderful sweet malts, spices and plenty more. Nicely balanced flavours of malt, raisins, spices and although it didn’t give much of a head it still had a nice soft carbonation to it. What gives this beer a high rating from me is the blended balance of the flavours. Very well crafted and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Dark brown color, sweet light roasted fruity aroma, heavy sweet taste, full body, long sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 4, 2004
Dark brown in colour, with a beige foamy head that disappears rather quickly. Malty, fruity and spicy in the nose with hints of alcohol and old wood. Quite sweet and a bit sour, full bodied and a nice hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Poured brownish amber with not much of a tan head...smelled of corriander and new leather boots and I too got notes of lime...taste is full of spice and fruits...small notes of nuts and licorice...finish is a little cloying though...this might be a tad over rated...

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
I have a hard time describing this beer but I know one thing for sure: This is an excellent brew! Very complex and pleasant nose. Extremely malty and spicy flavour with notes of dark berries (black currants, bilberries). The finish is not particularly bitter but the beer is still nicely balanced. Excellent stuff!


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