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


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RATINGS: 1454   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 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 (363) - 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 (8901) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Dark brown pour with red tints. Tanned brown head, small. Some spice in aroma, slight coriander and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was very silky - a perfect platform to explore the many flavours in the taste - coriander, and cinnamon, but not one dominating spice - instead, a beautiful blend of spices with a woody tint. As it warmed, I got a slightly fruity aspect to the beer as well. This struck me as being entirely original and a very good beer. One of those complex beers you don’t just enjoy for novelty’s sake - you’ll go back to this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2004
330ml bottle. Dark ruby, low carbonation, little head. Complex malt/treacle/chocolate/port/wood/toffee/licorice on nose. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and deliciously spicy and complex flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Pours a deep red/brown color with an light brown white head. Head diminishes quickly and leaves a sticky lace. A good amount of carbonation is present as well. Aroma of spices (coriander),caramel, hops and malt. Flavor is malty with a peppery and spicy finish. Spicey finish mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Bottle into ale glass, Guthrie’s (Chicago). It’s aight. Personally, I thought it was a bit flat and oily. Taste was not the issue, just the texture. Deep plum flavors, sugar cane, of course coriander over everything. Dark diluted mud color, no head, no carbonation to speak of. Smell was faint, but I picked up some of the dark fruit smells. In my opinion, not as good as its rating suggests.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2004
What a brew! Great! Aroma is very strong and complex. Herbs, spices, malt (coffee, roasted), syrup and fruits (apple and peach). Fantastic. Well, just a little minus. Balance is not optimal but good. heheh. dark-brown coloured with a thin lasting brown head. Taste is very decent. Sweet roasted Coffee malt with spices and some fresh fruity notes who make it very pleasant to drink. Dry finish. I’ll get some more of this one, that’s for sure.

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