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


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RATINGS: 1459   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Woah. Lime in the nose? Lime?!? Soy? Whats going on? Cotton candy? Flavor is caramel, salt, peat, berries smoke. This grows on me.. but odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Poured dark brown with reddish hues with a small head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is quite unique, with a distinct maltiness and a hard-to-place spice character. Flavor is sweet malt, with the spices flocking to the roof of the mouth. A slightly smoky roastedness predominates the finish. Tastes very close to a scotch ale with the addition of unique spices. There is a slight alcoholic twinge in the flavor as well. Very unique and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2004
(bottle) Quite an interesting beer. Very complex, with flavors I don’t think I’ve ever encountered before. The stuff was good, though perhaps just a little too fruity for me to say I really liked it. I will have it again sometime though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marko (4872) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 13, 2004
Had big expectations for this, and it didn’t disappoint me. It was quite expensive, so I wasn’t sure if buying this was a good idea, but now I’m pretty sure it was. Smells like... chocolate, and some other things. The taste is of chocolate, oranges, and a hint of lemon. Basically, this tasted like liquid jaffa cakes. Which is great in my opinion. I’ll try this again, but the price is very high, so it won’t be in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12288) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2004
Malt, brown sugar, peach and licorice in the aroma. Full bodied, thick and oily. Very sweet and low on carbon. Loads of licorice in the flavor, with some malt. Very tasty, but I miss finess in this beer. Licorice rules, and not very much else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Very dark brown to black with light shallows. Head is minimal. Frangrance of boysenberry syrup with a blueberry chaser. Flavor is sweet coriander (not too sweet). A nice rich vegetable quality with sublime palate. The alcohol is very warming, but barely detectable. The carbonation is right on. Highly recommended. Zesty and a little rough on the palate with time. A little bottle is plenty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
nice golden breown opaque body, not much of a head. nose is saturated with esters and phenols, coriander and dried banannas. burboney, oaky, rich ripe fruits, plums, prunes, a hint of chocolate and tobacco, roastiness builds as the beer goes. like an oak aged Barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Smokeless Joes. I was quite scared to try this brew, but warmed up to it almost instantaneously. Ruby in colour with tastes of sweet molasses, malt, coriander, banana, grass, and a touch of fruit. This is a spice drink and a good one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (370) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Interesting ale - a scotch flavored ale that resembles a barleywine. Molasses flavor with hints of butterscotch and banana. Fruit flavors more apparent as ale warmed. Would definitely like to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9030) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
This ruby-colored ale pours with a short tan head and elicits a fruity (cherry?) aroma. The initial smooth, malty flavor is followed by a somewhat spicy aftertaste, dominated by coriander. Overall, a very tasty and interesting beverage. Bottle purchased at Whole Foods.

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