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


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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkD (9) - USA - MAY 13, 2004 does not count
Very small amount of head. Surprisingly sharp and bitter scent. Has a characteristic whiskey color. A slight herbal taste but the coriander flavoring doesn’t come out. On the malty side. Has a taste reiminscent of some citrus household cleaner. Not really a bad flavor but I think the coriander would work better in a lighter, wheat beer. Finishes well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
After doing official beer tastings for 10+ years, I have finally tried this beer and I like it so much, it could be a top 10 beer for me; Superb dark flavor is sweet, very malty, roasty, mildly bitter and strongly alcoholic, and is reminiscent of McEwan’s Scotch Ale; Nice smokiness accentuates the finish; The coriander is an interesting twist that gives this beer its uniqueness and complexity, but since I don’t usually care for coriander in beer, it’s a minor distraction at first that takes a few sips to get used to, but in the end, has a positive contribution; The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied and coats every nook and cranny of the mouth; The complex aroma is just amazing, and is strongly scented of tea, and of raisins to a lesser degree; Muddy, ruddy brown color; Light tan head is a little small, but holds up very well, settling to a thin layer on top of the beer that remains until most of the beer is safely in my stomach; Some lacing, but not much

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Sweet, flowery, coriander, chamomile, spicy, tea-like complex aroma. Could smell this for days. Very relaxing. I’d score an eleven for aroma if I could. Dark brown with reddish tones - almost opaque. Thin tan head recedes to thick ring. Large bubbles. Wow. Flowery, herbal spices, chocolate, raisins, tea-like, caramel, port, sherry, a touch of alcohol in the finish. Lasting sensation of chocolate. Medium-full mouthfeel. Carbonation recedes but flavour lasts. Be prepared, it’s fairly still, but the mouthfeel is like a fine part. This is a great after dinner drink. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Aroma of spices, port-like, alochol. Pours a very opaque ruby brown, thin head. Flavour is smooth, dry finish. Chocolate notes. Becomes rounder as it warms up. Sweetish aftertaste. An interesting beer, but the 99th percentile is pushing it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Almost no head. Dark brown, or dark amber depending on the glass. Earthy aroma reminds of Belhaven, (imagined) Scotch soil and Christmas pudding. Aroma starts thin but builds and is well contained in the bowl of a snifter. Very good for the style shown but does adding spice to a strong Scotch Ale put it in this category? A very nice spice Scotch Ale. Warm malt flavours, chewy hops and a plesant spice quality all the same, well made for winter’s eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Caught me by surprise with the first sip of this headless dark brown beer. Interesting fruit and spice aromas that I would not have identified as coriander, sits atop a sweet malty background. This is a very nice beer but I can’t say I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 30, 2004
Opaque dark brown body with a medium beige head. Roasted malt and corriander aroma. Sweet malt, dark friut, spicy corriander and pepper flavors. Slightly bitter pepperey hops finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - APR 29, 2004
Very dark and opaque brown body. Beige head, one finger tall, medium lasting. Delicious, intense aroma with coffee, roasted grains, hops and spices, beautifully blending together. The beer is thicker than the House Ale but just as smooth, delivering flavours of burnt sugar, caramel and port. But despite the sweetness, the finish is bitter and sligthly smokey - even a bit tarty. The aftertaste is long and clean. Extremely drinkable. I was just saying "Wow!" at every sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
(330ml bottle) Purchased at Glenville Beverage. Prices were good. Pours a large, creamy, beige head and a deep redu body. Nose is mesmerizing. Spicey, caramel and port. Raisin resin finish. Very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Appearance: dark, eggplant brown color, ruby red ’round the edges, with a head thick and creamy, tan and voluminous. Aroma: unheard of! exquisite! Alert, lively, swimming in spiciness! To drink it in is divine! Deep and complex, and so rewarding in so many ways! Though containing precious little "subtlety", it’s like being smacked upside the head with a spice rack! Tasty! Bitter hops at first, then dark, turbulent malt, and a very complex flavor: what is going on here? It’s like drinking spices! A certain fruitiness arrives around the middle, but I perceive it’s only suggested by the spices. In light of full reasoning, it’s all about the spices, in Jacobite. Wow! Me likey,me likey1 My very first encounter with Jacobite, but I’ll be going back for more! A remarkable ale!

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