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


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RATINGS: 1336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1357) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Nice scotch ale esque maltiness with fruitiness and caramel or toffee. Spice note very prominent, makes it sorta desertlike, but without a sickeningly saccharine character. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (178) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2014
BBD June 2018. Pours almost as dark as a stout, but has a very deep dark ruby hue. Nice head and lacing that retains well. The nose is dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs) coupled with hints of vanilla, oak, anise and coriander over a rich malt sweetness. Full bodied with a rich luxurious creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is both complex and balanced. It follows the nose with dark fruits slowly yielding to the sweet malt. In the middle chocolate notes are evident that slowly fade to a very subtle vanilla and smoky oak. The finish leaves you with a note of coriander and the only hint of alcohol. In short, this is a brewer’s masterpiece.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (272) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours very dark red, almost black in the glass with a quickly disappearing beige head. Smell is roasted malts, caramel, molasses, plums, light soy sauce aroma, some alcohol. Taste is similar, some burnt sugar sweetness, light final bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3539) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is extremely malty, with a lot of caramel and bready-earth tones coming off it. Taste is a little bit sweet and definitely earthy, with just a bit of bread and yeast to it. Creamier and breadier than I would like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (104) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 21, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Eccellente e particolarissima birra! Dolce, dall’aroma affumicato e maltato, sembra di assaggiare dello "zabaione liquido". Si avvicina molto ad una barley wine. Da non perdere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (895) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
@ Havregatan. Bottle (330 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Malty and caramelish, spices, sweet flavor, medium body and oily texture. The finish is quite dry and sweet with fruity and spicy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (458) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Pours oily black. Little or no head. Bit of tan in it. Molasses, cherry, honey, blackberry, alcohol and spice on the nose. Flavour is caramel dark fruit syrup sweetness with slick mouthfeel. Slight alcohol hit on the back of throat. Full flavoured body with lasting luscious berry aftertaste. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (975) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and finger thick beige head. Aroma: Aniseed, spiritous, dried fruit, liquorice, toffee. Taste: Medium sourness and sweetness with low bitterness. Palate: Thick fairly smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, aniseed, fruity, spiritous finish. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnCook101 (311) - - JUN 3, 2014
Toffee, spice and herbal notes. Very sweet initially but backed up with a detectable bitterness. Almost opaque black. Hides the abv well. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle from Traquair House brewery shop. Clear ruby body with a thin beige head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of fig, toffee, heather honey and coriander. Flavour of spices, toffee and herbs. Easy drinking for the ABV. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Soft fizz. This reminds me of Westmalle’s Dubbel.

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