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


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RATINGS: 1405   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4563) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 So, my first round with this beer was less than stellar. I believe my palate had not developed much at the time. So now, I try it again. Dark ruby color with a thin head. Cloves, corriander, and maybe some nutmeg in the aroma. Different... Chocolate, spice, and malts dominate the flavor. A bit of earth and dirt too. It tastes and feels a little chalky. A bit of smoke? Okay, much better this time around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Murky brown appearance with a light mocha colored head. Aroma is luxuriant with elements of licorice, pipe tobacco and prunes. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and sits well. The spiciness sits well on this one and makes an interesting brew - goes down smooth - would be good for sipping on a cold winter's night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Wow. I was seriously fearing some kind of soy-sauce thing, but this is a tribute to craft brewing. Aroma is loaded with berries and vanilla. Good spice bittering, this is a fruity dark wit with high abv. Very good. Thickish, maybe a bit undercarbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Poured brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and nuts. Big malt taste and more nuts with some chocolate. Pretty good but maybe a little overrated? Hell, maybe not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, chocolate, tea malt (H); no hop aroma; corriander isn't as heavy as I was expecting. Smells mostly like sweet tea. Deep brown body with a quickly diminishing tan head. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly astringent finish. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: an odd little concoction, reminds me a little too much of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2004
"Best before June 2009." Pours nondescript brown with garnet highlights. Wispy foam, almost no carbonation, yet leaves a small amount of lacing. Molasses and brown sugar (dark rum?) in the nose are followed by dates or prunes, fermenting apple cider, vanilla, grapefruit zest, old leather, and faint espresso notes. Almost port-like. Surprisingly fruity flavor- blackberry, plum, grapeskin, sour cherry- backed by citrusy coriander and chocolate covered coffee beans. Perfectly balanced. A little less than medium body. Long and mild bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Dark brown with no head but good amounts of bubbles on the sides of the glass. The nose is rich and dark with heavy malts. The taste has a distinct malt flavor with a little bit of plumb skin as well. The body is medium and overall is quite good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Dark brown with no head. Nose is big malty and complex with a great spicyness. Flavour is rich and malty with a spicy bite from the coriander. Medium bodied, finish is spicy with a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2004 330 ml bottle best before May 2011. Dark brown-black beer with a slight ruby tint. Had a thin creamy head and some lacing. Rich, sweet, malty backbone with a fair amount of fruit, especially dates, prunes and plums. Coriander is very prominant but wonderfully complex. Lemony aroma. Tastes is very similar to the smell with a long spicy finish. Creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
Rich malty complex spicy flavour. The spice is just right, it's not overdone. One of the best spiced beers I've had.

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