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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - APR 29, 2004
Very dark and opaque brown body. Beige head, one finger tall, medium lasting. Delicious, intense aroma with coffee, roasted grains, hops and spices, beautifully blending together. The beer is thicker than the House Ale but just as smooth, delivering flavours of burnt sugar, caramel and port. But despite the sweetness, the finish is bitter and sligthly smokey - even a bit tarty. The aftertaste is long and clean. Extremely drinkable. I was just saying "Wow!" at every sip.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
(330ml bottle) Purchased at Glenville Beverage. Prices were good. Pours a large, creamy, beige head and a deep redu body. Nose is mesmerizing. Spicey, caramel and port. Raisin resin finish. Very delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red ’round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous. Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it’s like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack! Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It’s like drinking spices! A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it’s only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it’s all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1 My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I’ll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2004
Mahogany with a tan head that didn't last long. Nose was spicy with traces of fruit, perhaps prunes. A bit of anise. The body was full and rich. The taste was distinct and yet evasive. For some reason I thought of wine. Perhaps a port. Anyway, it was a complex and rewarding drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2004
Coloring of a rich stout when poured.Dark with a creamy tan head.Hints of nuts, wood and spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2004
This rich malty beer is reminiscent of a Jr. Barleywine. Deep garnet brown with just the slightest head. The aroma is malty with a fruity spicyness to it. Complex. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
Thin head but creamy and keeps regenerating. Great aroma of blueberries, blackberries, spices and a touch of hops. Color is a dark red mahagony. Flavor is a bit on the spicey and flowery side. Almost a bitter flavor and not necessarily a good bitter flavor. Kind of lumps in the throat. A little licorice in there also. Finish is dry and bitter. Alcohol seems stronger than 8% also. A good beer that starts off great but does not finish as strong.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2004
Very little head. Thick and black with a little amber in a bright light. There is visible carbonation. The aroma has bread and black licorice. The flavor has black licorice, bread, a little tangerine and slight roast beef. The flavors are strong. This is definitely not my style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4608) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6209) - 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.


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