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


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RATINGS: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Spice and malt nose.Maybe I got a bad one, but the flavor reminds me of the smell of Absorbine Junior

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Veh tasty. The herb note is not as strong as I thought it would be. Has the classic Belgian taste and mouthfeel. Well done, although the pretentious bar where I drank this served it in a pint glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Malty aroma. Transluminate, dark brown in color. A little bubbly on the mouthfeel. Great malty taste. I’ll be having more of these in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Crisp and full with plum and coriander flavors. Very unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Aroma is pure excitement. Very nice deep reddish mahogany color, head is not much of a factor here. Flavor is become analogous to my concept of ambrosia, nectar of the gods. It's really just a decently strong, sweet, malty Scottish Ale with a whole lot of coriander in it, but somehow this makes it one of the more delectable beverages I've ever consumed. Unique flavor profile in the extreme. I guess I really like coriander a lot, because sometimes when I'm standing by the spice rack in the kitchen I'll take a whiff of the coriander so that it reminds me of Jacobite. One of my all-time favorite beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2002
pours hazy reddish brown with a tight beige head. great aroma. big toffee-ish malt with complex hints of fruit(orange?) cocoa and coriander. light carbo, but very thick and full mouthfeel. nice flavours of caramel, raisins, coriander, anise and chocolate. bitter sweet finish lingers. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (589) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
Muddy brown. Little carbonation. Super sweet spicy nose. I’ts like a liquid Terry’s chocolate orange. Groovy! So interesting. The taste is even more like a chocolate orange, in that the notes are very subtle, but still super. Kind of thin I thought. Aftertaste repeats all the sweet malt flavours. Thanks Indra!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
Molasses, spicey nose. Dark brown body with a little layer of a head. Spicey and roasted bitter taste. Thick. Good balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
Extremely tasty and well balanced. The nose like a spiced molasses, and kinda port wine-like. The dark ruby color makes this attractive as well. Some many flavors: toffee, chocolate, spices, and roasted malt. The end is crisp and dry. Thick, syrupy body. Beautiful!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Sweet orange peel,coriander aroma.Mellow sweet oak hoppy spicy flavor that hides the alcohol well.Similar to a fine Belgian specialty.Mild hoppy herbal aftertaste.

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