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


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RATINGS: 1435   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2004
thin off-white head that goes quickly. black in color, but dark to light brown & cloudy when directly in front of a light bulb. smoky and molasses sweet nose. fine carbonation start. bitter, peaty, salty taste and bitter finish, but not too strong a finish. can’t put my finger on the coriander flavor, even tried snooting some of the real ground spice to get a hint, but just not me bag. sorries!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2004
Bottled. A lovely aroma of spices (cinnamon and the whole Christmas cake thing) and sherry like alcohol. Almost black beer with very little head. Beautiful taste, again loads of spices as well as alcohol, Thick oily and delicious.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. Syrapy. No Head. Spice...Coffee. Roast. THICK... Didn’t really care for it...given the RB ratings...will try again on faith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3541) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Dark brown body with some nice reddish glints. It is topped with a thin and diminishing beige head. Strong fruity (mainly raspberry) nose with some notes of flowers, herbs and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is sweet, soft, liquorous, lightly carbonated. Taste is malty with nutty and fruity hints. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the finish is mild but warming. This is a real treasure! Thanks again, PrimeMinister!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Nice dough and coriander aroma that kinda smells like black licorice. Taste had a somewhat sour cherry thing going on along with mellow pepper. Also noted some dark chocolate. A bit sweet but very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Brown color with red hues. Small head. Very nice aroma of spices, caramel, cherry and maybe chocolate. Awesome flavors of cherry, caramel, spices, maybe chocolate, maybe smoke and a bit of roastyness. A truly amazing and very complex beer. I think that each time you taste another bottle you discover something new about it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Nice bottle! Deep dark chocolate garnet with red hints under the light. FInely laced light brown head, very foamy, diminishing. Unreal dessert aroma. Coriander boosted caramel pudding on the top of a decadent chocolate flavored cake. Out of this world complexity with nutmeg, ginger and vanilla complications. A dark fruitiness is involved, very mild in the back of all that terrific malt, it’s plummy, raisiny. First sip hits me with an unexpected round mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, fully sensuous. Big molasses and licorice flavors, chocolatey, fruity, spicy, so complex you know you’re missing half the flavors. Mild alcohol suggestion reminds you to slow down the sipping effortless effort. Wow this was great, maybe even better than expected, a wonderful dessert sipper with a nose that is nothing short of sinful and creates a dependance. Stunning artwork and unrivaled mastered spice usage. One of the few beers every human being has to try in their life, whether they like beer or not.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1054) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle Volo. Pours mahogony with a white soapy head. Malty fruit nose. Slightly sweet. Lots of roasted malt. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee. Brown sugar and molases. The hops in the nose really come out when it warms up. Light spices in the finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Dark amber, with a small brown head. Aroma is spicy and malty. It brings chocolate and licorice and also have hints of fruit. Flavor is malty and from chocolate. The alcohol gives it a strong taste and it is quite spicy. Bitter and spicy finish, very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (395) - 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. I’ve never had a coriander in front of me though, so I’m not sure. There’s definately a fruit/herbal taste. Not bad, not great.

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