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


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RATINGS: 1413   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alomtnez (165) - SPAIN - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Small tan fizzy head with poor retention. Clear brown colour with honey hues. Aroma is chocolate, toasted caramel and prune. Flavour is coriander seeds, biscuit, molasses, toasted caramel and dried fruits. Medium oily palate, medium body and low carbonation. Roasted caramel aftertaste. Great, complex and amazing taste!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1256) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
Bottle at home, 17th April 15. Pours deep dark brown, but clear. Little head. The aroma is burnt caramel, black treacle, liquorice. Taste is complex, caramel, molasses, cloves, slight alcohol. Body seems a little light. Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (474) - - APR 14, 2015
Dark brown with almost no head. Aroma and flavours of caramel, oak, dried fruits, cherry, little cacao notes. Low carbonation, full body, sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (1201) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Very dark but clear red brown color, small frothy beige head, recedes after a while to a thin layer, fair lacing; sweet malty nose, roasted, dark fruits, vanilla, cloves, licorice, chocolate, old madera; taste medium sweet and bitter, roasty, chocolate, spicy notes; full bodied, creamy texture, velvetty mouthfeel, soft carbonation, aftertaste rich and warm bittersweet, chocolate, spices, alcohol, quite dry palate at the end; overall a beer with a rich aroma, a round taste and a warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (1072) - HONG KONG - APR 6, 2015

500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear, deep burgundy black colour; Two finger head and crumpety light beige foam which lasted for 2 minutes; Fairly good sticky lacing and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and rich Ale malt, with strong Sherry, chocolate, strong plums and dark fruits, caramel, toffee, cream, vanilla, sugar and yeast.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet rich dark malt, with strong coriander, strong Sherry, strong red wine, red fruits, caramel, molasses, alcohol, biscuits, strong yeast, liquorices, lemon, moderate bitter hop and light grass.

Body: Mid to light body. Thin but fairly slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Incredibly rich dark maltyness despite the seemingly light body. A blitz of aged Sherry, red wine, coriander and tasty alcohol hit me instantly and they taste just right. Just how often do I say that! Coriander taste is perhaps the strongest I’ve had from a beer, not those wimpy flashes from Belgian Whites. These coriander is strong, veggy and for real. Yes! It mixes so well with those aged winey taste this is heavenly!

Hoppiness: Not much in aroma. Lemon, nice liquorice and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderate at best as it share with Sherry and liquorices for a lasting mid to light sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Refreshing and sweet to mouth.

Comments: While its House Ale is full on Wee Heavy, this one is insanely malty yet veg-refreshing at the same time. The coriander and aged winey taste works like magic, it’s intense but in a relaxing way. Great for sessions as well as chill out. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (704) - truckee, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
A nice herbal spice to the aroma. Clear thick caramel color. The herb pull out in front and remain as the body builds around it. The spice adds a little zip to your tongue. Ends very rich and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mario_giri (162) - SWITZERLAND - APR 4, 2015
Süsslich-fruchtig riechend, vielleicht dunkle Beeren, aber welche? Angenehm malzig-süss zu Beginn, kommt feine Bittere die gut entgegenhält. Beeren oder auch Feigen; Pflaumen nicht. Schöner Abgang, sehr feines Ale. Mehr davon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3384) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
Bottle 0,33ltr: Clear brown/ruby colored brew with an great sweet bitter taste with some dryness. Hints of caramel, liquorice and dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
1.2.2015. Dark ruby brown. Aroma is sweet caramel, wood, dried fruits, sherry. Taste has wood, sweet caramel, raisin, slight cacao.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (417) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Caramel, burnt sugar, earthy with dough like qualities a bit if letter and licorice with a tint of soy sauce, quite complex but thin and semi-dry.

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