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


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RATINGS: 1362   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29662) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of smoke. The color is very dark brown and it has a small dense light brown head. The flavor is very sweet chocolate with underlying notes of malt, bread, and roasted malt. Great flavor - and great palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Dark mahogany. Excellent khaki,well-formed,head. Yep,there is coriander in the aroma. Also dark fruit,brown sugar,liqourice, and the slightest alcohol. Perfect carbonation,the creamiest malt character/mouthfeel. Excellent malt(chocolate,nutty,dark bread) character but a little to over spiced for me. Would proabably be better around the exp(2009). Finish is malty,with just a touch of spice lingering. To say the least interesting but hard for to explain what I'm tasting. Fruity mouth,spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9674) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 29, 2003
ruby-brown colour, the initial foam quickly disappears, deep and very complex nose of prune, licorice, alcohol and spices (ginger, ?), full-bodied, robust bitterness and a long alcohol, malty and fruity finish - thanks to fiulijn for this beautiful brew !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 I poured this into a goblet and held it up to light. A deep ruby red color with a thin tan head which is diminishing rapidly. Aroma is complex, I smell plums, figs and a big blast of coriander. Has a super creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Flavor is most interesting. Good sweet malt base with a bit of spicyness thrown in. This is one interesting brew but not one I really see myself drinking often. It's just a bit too weird for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
Dark brown, almost black. Nice creamy head. Coffee, coriander, citrus-peels and alcohol in aroma. Very smooth and complex in flavour. Coffee, chocolate, dried plums, raisin and coriander. Chocolate and spicy alcohol in finish. A great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Very good. Each sip gets better. Aroma is excellent. Reminds me VERY much of Maudite and Trois Pistoles. My wife was telling me it smells like raisons and watery soy sauce. At first I was like, "What the /$%&!! are you talking about!" But she's kind of right if you really take a big sniff. The raison is definately there, but the soy sauce is a bit of a stretch. She also said it tastes like soy sauce. I don't get that at all. The baby is sticking his fingers up her nose, so maybe that's it. There's no head on this. To reiterate, this is a lot like Maudite and Trois Pistoles. Perhaps tgis is a little less sweat and drier in the finish. For the price, I would rather have the cheaper Unibroue. This is very good, but I think I expected a bit more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1422) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Very unique, interesting, and good ale. Nose is malt, ginger, little plum. Beer pours dark ruby red with off white head that mostly diminishes, quickly. There is no lacing. Flavor is quirky, malt front with spices, then the alcohol kick in. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Had this last night. I did not really know what corriander tasted like, but identified a unique flavor to this ale that fits well. The price is high, but so is the quality. I will buy this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4810) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Very dark brown colour with a slight ruby tint when held real close to a light. Medium sized tan head of small bubbles tops the beer. Strong aroma of coriander (of course), malt, yeast, curacao (orange peel) and a bit of chocolate. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour with very noticeable hints of the spices, chocolate and a slight sweetness. Aftertaste bittered from the malt and the chocolate but not too much dealing with the spices at all. Overall, a great beer and one that should be had by everyone! Bottle says: best before June 2009. I got this 33 cL bottle in a trade with great guy: Matt A. (Mabdoney)...Thanks again Matt-A great beer to start out my final year at college!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2003
A very nice deep ruby color and thin tan head start this highly anticipated brew. The nose is VERY unique... beautifully spiced and very delicious. The flavor can't QUITE live up to the excellence of the nose, but is still very nice and leaves hints of the spice in the mouth for quite some time. Really an excellent spiced beer!

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