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


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RATINGS: 1410   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2431) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5167) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4595) - 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 (6136) - 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 (4634) - 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.

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