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


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RATINGS: 1406   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 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. Iíve never had a coriander in front of me though, so Iím not sure. Thereís 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 (1073) - 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.didnít 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkD (9) - USA - MAY 13, 2004 does not count
Very small amount of head. Surprisingly sharp and bitter scent. Has a characteristic whiskey color. A slight herbal taste but the coriander flavoring doesnít come out. On the malty side. Has a taste reiminscent of some citrus household cleaner. Not really a bad flavor but I think the coriander would work better in a lighter, wheat beer. Finishes well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
After doing official beer tastings for 10+ years, I have finally tried this beer and I like it so much, it could be a top 10 beer for me; Superb dark flavor is sweet, very malty, roasty, mildly bitter and strongly alcoholic, and is reminiscent of McEwanís Scotch Ale; Nice smokiness accentuates the finish; The coriander is an interesting twist that gives this beer its uniqueness and complexity, but since I donít usually care for coriander in beer, itís a minor distraction at first that takes a few sips to get used to, but in the end, has a positive contribution; The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied and coats every nook and cranny of the mouth; The complex aroma is just amazing, and is strongly scented of tea, and of raisins to a lesser degree; Muddy, ruddy brown color; Light tan head is a little small, but holds up very well, settling to a thin layer on top of the beer that remains until most of the beer is safely in my stomach; Some lacing, but not much

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Sweet, flowery, coriander, chamomile, spicy, tea-like complex aroma. Could smell this for days. Very relaxing. Iíd score an eleven for aroma if I could. Dark brown with reddish tones - almost opaque. Thin tan head recedes to thick ring. Large bubbles. Wow. Flowery, herbal spices, chocolate, raisins, tea-like, caramel, port, sherry, a touch of alcohol in the finish. Lasting sensation of chocolate. Medium-full mouthfeel. Carbonation recedes but flavour lasts. Be prepared, itís fairly still, but the mouthfeel is like a fine part. This is a great after dinner drink. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Aroma of spices, port-like, alochol. Pours a very opaque ruby brown, thin head. Flavour is smooth, dry finish. Chocolate notes. Becomes rounder as it warms up. Sweetish aftertaste. An interesting beer, but the 99th percentile is pushing it.

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